A True Community Leader
I joined to make a difference in my community…I stayed to change the world
Susan Winterbourne, a retired Juvenile Counselor and Past President of the Forest Grove Daybreak Rotary Club had heard about Rotary many times before visiting her first club meeting. “I knew Rotary was a service club, and I was invited to Rotary early in my career but didn’t think I had the time to give.” But after speaking at a local club and seeing that many community leaders she had worked with over the years were Rotary members she realized Rotary is “more than a service club – it’s composed of people who want to make a difference. Rotary’s commitment to peace and conflict resolution offered me an opportunity to be a part of something.”
One of Winterbourne’s first projects was to “recognize a family who I have known and who has done much for our community. It was a great way to start my Rotary career.” Since that first project Winterbourne has participated in many projects on the local, district and international level, including leading a vocational Group Study Exchange team to South Korea focusing on learning how other cultures handle juvenile justice issues.
When asked why she stays involved Susan replies, “Because the friendships, connections, and supports are limitless. Rotary is a place where you can make a difference locally and internationally, where you are not alone in your efforts but have the energy and support of thousands.