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As Clackamas Community College approaches its 50th Anniversary in 2016, we want to celebrate the people and events that connect CCC and our community. Please share this email with others who may be interested in CCC and the Foundation. 


In This Issue
2013 Scholarship Reception
Donor Spotlight - John Lewis
Student Stories - Elisha Poet
2013 State of the Schools Luncheon
Make a Big Gift - Pay No Taxes!
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2013 Scholarship Reception
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Janet Meister (right) with the recipient of the Curtis Meister Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Andrea Yager
Over 400 donors, recipients and family members braved the wind and rain to attend the Scholarship Reception on Sunday, September 29. Held in Randall Gym on the Oregon City campus of Clackamas Community College, this reception provides an opportunity for students and their benefactors to receive recognition.

Speakers included CCC President Joanne Truesdell, Foundation Board President Pam Bloom, Matt Stewart on behalf of donors, and Erick Breton and Elisha Poet on behalf of student recipients.

Special thanks to Portland Catering Company, Forté Floral Artistry and CCC Campus Services for helping make this event possible.

Donor Spotlight - John Lewis
John Lewis presenting a check to Foundation Development Officer,
Vicki Smith.

Retired faculty, John Lewis, stopped by the Foundation office to present a check from the Oregon Water Education Foundation to benefit the John Lewis Water and Environmental Technology (WET) Endowment


Since 1976, the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association and Clackamas Community College have partnered to produce and host the Water Environment School, a preeminent annual regional training conference. In 2004, the Water Environment School Committee created the John Lewis WET Endowment.  Dedicated funds from the annual conference are now invested in this special endowment honoring long-time Clackamas retired faculty member John Lewis.


The goal of the endowment is to provide scholarships for 50% of the students enrolled in the WET program.


2013 Scholarship Recognition Reception 

September 29, 2013 (CCC / Randal Hall)             

Water & Environmental Technology Endowed Scholarship and Pacific NW Clean Water Association Recipients. Center: Joel Borchers PNCWA and John Lewis CCC.


Student Stories - Elisha Poet 


Everyone in life has a "thing." Some people's things are more adventurous: mountain biking, horseback riding, athletics, or even mastering rocket science for those fortunate few. Others are more placid and predictable: the bookworm, seamstress, or artist. Me, my thing has always seemed to be school. Granted it has paid off now at the end of my public school journey, but during my escapade, I was the butt of numerous teacher's pet jokes and the person everyone wanted to partner up with during group projects. Poor, naïve me thought they wanted to hang out with me: boy was I wrong.


The funds that I have been awarded by my generous donors will greatly help me in my pursuit of following my "thing." Right now, I am not certain of what I want to major in during my college career, although I am not too worried about it. Eventually, I would like to make my way to a four year university that will direct me along my desired career path. But I know that for the present, Clackamas is the place for me to be in order to expand upon the knowledge I have and to uncover the career path that will best fit me. The tools this school can offer me are far superior to that of a larger university in many ways, but most significantly is that they care and get to know the students on a more personal level. 


I would like to personally thank each and every donor here for their investment in the young minds of today and their concern in the success of tomorrow. John Dewey, an American philosopher, once said "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself."

2013 State of the Schools Luncheon
Tuesday, November 26
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Gregory Forum, Clackamas Community College

Co-Hosted by the Clackamas Community College Foundation and the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce

Schools, at all levels, are experiencing changes and leaders are making adjustments to meet the need. Hear Clackamas Community College President Joanne Truesdell and Oregon City School Superintendent Larry Didway discuss their education programs and how these institutions are exceeding expectations in Oregon City. 

Reservations required. Ticket sales will close Friday, November 22. Click here for more information and the registration form. 

You can also register online at
Changing Lives. Changing Communities.



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Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Director
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Pay No Taxes!

Have you ever dreamed of making a significant gift that will help students for generations?  Here's a way to do it AND significantly reduce your tax bill!


The IRA Charitable Rollover is a special tax provision that allows certain taxpayers to distribute money directly from an individual retirement account (IRA) to a qualifying charity without paying taxes.  These gifts have a few simple rules: 

  1. You must be at least 70 ½, the age when the IRS requires you to start taking distributions;
  2. You can contribute as much at $100,000;
  3. Your contribution must go directly from your IRA Administrator to an eligible charity; and
  4. You have to make your gift BEFORE December 31, 2013.

The best news of all: the CCC Foundation is an eligible nonprofit. 


The process is simple and the benefits to CCC students are amazing!  If you want to make a donation through your IRA, contact your IRA administrator or broker, or call Vicki Smith at the CCC Foundation at 503-594-3128.


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Theatre Arts Department Fall Term Mainstage Production: "Almost, Maine"


Performances of "Almost, Maine" by John Cariani are Nov. 14 through 24, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. in the Osterman Theater. 
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