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Rotary honors Beck with SASEE award; Respond to Racism sets next meeting; Mary's Woods kicks off author series

Rotary honors Beck with SASEE award

BECKLake Oswego Rotarians paid special tribute to Heather Beck on Wednesday night, honoring the outgoing school superintendent with an Inspirational Educator award at the annual Service Above Self: Educational Excellence banquet at Marylhurst University.

Mayor Kent Studebaker presented the award to a visibly surprised Beck, who has announced she will leave the Lake Oswego School District at the end of the current school year for a new job in Singapore. In his remarks, Studebaker shared quotes from a variety of school officials, who all pointed to the legacy Beck will leave behind.

"She brought attention to how essential it is that we build opportunities for success for all students," wrote Lilian Sarlos, the principal of Oak Creek Elementary School, "and asked us to truly open our district's sphere of success to be broader."

SASEE awards honor individuals who serve as an inspiration to others and exemplify a stalwart commitment to education through projects, activities or other work that underscores a longstanding devotion to "service above self." In addition to Beck's award, SASEEs were handed out in three categories:

Citizens/Volunteers, who each received a $2,500 scholarship established in their name to support the college education of a current high school student. This year's honorees are Larry Bowman, Courtney Clements, Laura Kosloff, Amy Mai and Aaron Nigel Smith;

Teachers/Administrators/Support Staff, who each received $1,000 to apply toward their school or service activities. This year's honorees are Ron Bagwell, Steve Coury, Rollin Dickinson, Adam Johnson and Candee Swenson; and

Students, who each received $500 to apply toward their school or service activities. This year's honorees are Delaney Ericson, Mya Hudson, Morgan Jones, Max Krueger and Claire Sarnowski.

Respond to Racism sets next meeting

Organizers of Respond to Racism, a grassroots effort to gather the community for a discussion about racism and discrimination in Lake Oswego, have announced that they will hold the next in an ongoing series of meetings on Monday, March. 5.

Liberty Miller and Willie Poinsette organized the original event in July in response to a blog post about a racist road-rage incident in Lake Oswego. That and incidents in local schools prompted Miller to start a conversation on the social-networking site Nextdoor, which led her to Poinsette. The women then decided to invite the entire community to join them for a series of monthly meetings that have already attracted hundreds of people.

The next meeting is scheduled from 6-8:30 p.m. on March 5 at the Lake Oswego United Church of Christ, 1111 Country Club Road. Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m.; the work begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to register, go to tinyurl.com/RespondMarch.

Mary's Woods kicks off author series

Dr. John Crocker, who spent eight months in the Gombe forest working with primatologist Jane Goodall, will kick off the 2018 Mary's Woods Author Series on March 7 with a reading and discussion of his book, "Following Fifi."

Crocker will talk about how his time spent with chimpanzees has helped him better understand his patients in Seattle with ADD, anxiety and depression, and how primate traits hardwired into our own natural behavior help chimpanzees protect their community, raise their young and survive.

The free event is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, at the Chapel of the Holy Names at Mary's Woods (17400 Holy Names Drive in Lake Oswego). For more information, go to www.maryswoods.org or call 503-675-2473.

— The Review

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