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In This Issue
Reception honors scholarship recipients
Gary Cornelius (Donor) and Jillian Buswell (Recipient) enjoy dessert and the opportunity to get to know each other.


The Foundation Board of Directors considers the scholarship reception the highlight of the year as students meet their benefactors and formally walk across stage to shake President Truesdell's hand and receive their scholarship award.


Over 350 people - students, donors, faculty, spouses, children and other family members - gathered to appreciate and applaud this milestone


Student speaker, Danna Sweider, thanked her donors for their confidence in her, and their contribution to her success. She is pursuing an education in criminal justice and drug and alcohol counseling. Read her story below.
CCC changes life of scholarship recipient

My name is Danna Sweider and I am the grateful recipient of the Gladstone-Oak Grove Rotary Endowed scholarship, the Roger Rook Memorial scholarship, and the Reese Family Fund. I am in my last year here at CCC. I will be graduating this June with an associate's in corrections and certificates in human services and alcohol and drug counseling.


I couldn't have gotten to where I am today without CCC. My time here has helped set me on a path to greatness. I enrolled at CCC because I knew I would need an education to get into my career and accomplish my goal of being self-sufficient. But CCC has given me much more than just education and knowledge; it gave me strength and hope for a bright future, and showed me who I really am and what I'm capable of. And the scholarships I received gave me much more than just help paying for school, they gave me confidence, self-esteem, and helped me believe in myself again.


Because of CCC and all the donors who make scholarships possible, I have the confidence and courage to fulfill my dreams of making a difference in society. Today, I cannot wait to graduate, with honors, and put my education into action in the field of corrections, helping other people turn over a new leaf and get their lives back, as well. On behalf of all of the scholarship recipients here today, I thank you all so much for making these scholarships available, so that we may pursue our dreams of a bright, self-sufficient future. And to my peers, I'd like to say, I hope the challenges you face in life only make you stronger. May you go confidently in the direction of your dreams, and never let life get you down; because you really can do anything you put your mind to.

Click here to read Danna's full story.

Book signing event raises money for CCC's military endowment
Bob Vrilakas (left) greets Bill Call at the event before signing a copy of his book.

Clackamas Community College and Glenmoore Gracious Retirement Living community hosted a book signing and reception for World War II veteran Robert Vrilakas on Saturday, February 28.  A Glenmoore resident and WWII P-38 fighter pilot, Vrilakas signed copies of his book "Look, Mom - I Can Fly!" 


The book follows Vrilakas from his small town in Northern California, where he was in awe of airplanes flying overhead, to his own flight training and 51 combat missions against the German Luftwaffe and Italian Air Force in the Mediterranean Theatre of Operations in WWII. He spent 32 years in the armed forces, retiring as a command pilot with over 9000 hours flying time and multiple decorations for his service.


Vrilakas retired in 1973 and opened a specialized machine shop in Portland, which his sons took over in 1980. He is a resident of Happy Valley.


The reception included remarks from retired U.S. Army Major General Dan Hitchcock, Rep. Shemia Fagan, and a reading from "Look, Mom - I Can Fly!" by retired General Curt Loop.

Vrilakas donated proceeds from the books sales to the Foundation's Military Families Scholarship Endowment (MFSE).


The MFSE provides funding for tuition at Clackamas Community College and benefits veterans of all eras, their spouses and dependent children of active-duty personnel, reserves, Oregon National Guard (ONG), and survivors of those servicemen and women who have died since 2003.


The book signing was a standing room only affair. Donations for the MFSE as a result of this event have been received from as far away as Saratoga Springs, New York. 


Click here if you would like to make a donation to the MFSE. Rember to select the designation "Military Family Scholarship Endowment".

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Greg Fitzgerald Signature   

Greg Fitzgerald, Executive Director
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Save the Date
Reception at Annual Meeting 2013
Annual Dinner & Meeting

Thursday, June 4, 2015
5:30 - 8:30 pm
Abernethy Center
606 15th Street
Oregon City

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Rotary Club of Gladstone-Oak Grove
Walt Fitch presents a check on behalf of the
Gladstone-Oak Grove Rotary to Greg Fitzgerald of the CCC Foundation raising their endowment to over $50,000.


The Rotary Club of Gladstone-Oak Grove has made a lasting impact on students' lives at Clackamas Community College through a scholarship endowment. Realizing the transformative power of a higher education, advanced skills and training, members of the Rotary Club of Gladstone-Oak Grove are providing scholarships in perpetuity through this endowment.


The members of the Gladstone-Oak Grove Rotary Club want to help make college education affordable for students who otherwise would be unable to pursue an advanced education. The purpose of this endowment is to provide funds for a second-year Criminal Justice student.


"Service above self' is the motto of all Rotarians worldwide. This endowment fund represents a wonderful local example of this important Rotary value. 


In addition, this Rotary Club is hosting a pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 4 from 8:00 - 11:00 am at Gladstone High School. 


Click here for a flyer with more information.

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Clackamas Repertory Theatre Gala 2015
Another Op'nin', Another Show: Your Favorite Tunes from our First Ten Years


Saturday, April 11
6:30 pm
19600 Molalla Ave
Oregon City

The Gala will feature a musical revue of the best songs from our fisrt ten seasons and a sneak peek at next summer with the leads in our 2015 musical!  You will also have the opportunity to bid on things only we can offer, such as your Clackamas Rep debut!

Tickets: 503-594-6047

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