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Rex Putnam High School’s Kingsmen Thunder drum-line program is hosting a fundraiser from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, at My Path Wellness, 16099 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Director Rene Ormae-Jarmer, right, leads the Rex Putnam High School Kingsmen Thunder drum-line program.My Path Wellness owner Mike Thomas generously offered to help the drum line meets its fundraising goal by opening up his business.

For a suggested donation of $10 at, you can sign up to get a workout, massage, experience sample acupuncture and free samples from fitness vendors. While the drum line performs, you can bid on raffle items and gift cards from local businesses. Certified personal trainers will be on hand to answer your fitness and nutrition questions.

In addition to local performances and businesses and fundraisers, Kingsmen Thunder percussionists make up the backbone of the RPHS band when they march the Starlight Parade. In its six-year history, the drum line, which is not financially supported by the district, was a stand-alone battery (meaning no movement, no uniforms and basic visuals).

René Ormae-Jarmer, Kingsmen Thunder director, said it is now time to give the Rex Putnam drummers a chance to compete and elevate their skill sets to include movement, pageantry, and more sophisticated music.

“This fundraiser is crucial to raising funds to enhance the drum line program that so many folks in the community including businesses, event coordinators and school district administrators ask to play,” Ormae-Jarmer said. “The drum line is wildly popular and deserves a chance to compete for the very first time.”

Rotary Club of Clackamas donates $10,000 to La Salle

The Rotary Club of Clackamas donated $10,000 to La Salle Prep’s Signum Fidei (“Signs of Faith”) Pathways Program.

In addition to a gift of $4,000 from Clackamas Rotary Foundation (proceeds from the annual charity golf event), there was a matching gift from Tim Fuller of Fuller Brothers of $6,000.

La Salle’s program is designed to provide a Catholic educational option for students with diagnosed moderate learning differences. Students are integrated into academic life through shared electives and extracurricular activities, but the core classes are taught in a cohort model of education.

The $4,000 gift will be used to purchase movement stools for the program. The gift of $6,000 from Tim Fuller will be used to provide financial aid for students with demonstrated financial need who are in the program.

To learn more about Signum Fidei, visit

If you’d like to learn more about the Rotary Club of Clackamas, call Club President James Maciokas at 503-650-7702. The club meets from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Old Spaghetti Factory off Southeast 93rd Avenue in Clackamas.

New Urban High School launches publication

Thanks to a $499 grant from North Clackamas Education Foundation, the students of New Urban High School have published a collection of scary flash fiction housed in New Urban Publishing’s first publication: Creature. This magazine is designed by seniors and juniors in Martin Winch’s publications class and features graphics by Kat Snyder’s art students. The stories are written by freshmen students at NUHS, a project-based alternative school in the North Clackamas School District.

The main purpose of the foundation’s grant was to motivate freshman students by publishing their work as a permanent record of their success.

When freshmen arrive to NUHS in the fall, Winch’s creative writing class is the first English class they encounter. After creating narratives based on memories from the summer and fall, students turn these reflections into third-person or second-person fiction by adding zombies or other creatures.

All stories are based on true events, but by the time the reader gets to the second paragraph, the horror begins. Often, the creatures are metaphors for something troubling in society or in the students’ lives. Sometimes, the protagonist survives, using the coping mechanisms students learn through various classes, groups, and meetings at New Urban. Once the stories have been polished in class and published on the students’ websites, the work is handed over to Mr. Winch’s publications class.

Mr. Winch hopes that Creature will be the first of several publications offered by New Urban Publishing.

OC High JROTC instructor plans speech

Maj. Doug Thomas, the senior instructor for the Army JROTC at Oregon City High School, will speak to members of the Portland Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America’s brunch on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Hayden’s Lakefront Grill, 8187 S.W. Tualatin-Sherwood Road in Tualatin. The brunch begins at 10 a.m. with social time starting at 9 a.m.

The brunch costs $25 per person. To make reservations, go to and click on “meeting reservations,” or contact Chapter Reservations Secretary Cmdr. David Bredemann at 503-974-9335 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Deadline for reservations is 11 a.m. Nov. 4.

Rebels show how it’s done

The Sabin-Schellenberg Center Health Services “Rebels” group has been awarded the Oregon Public Health Institute Billi Odegaard Genius Award for 2015. Several Rebels students attended a luncheon on Friday to receive a check for $333, one third of the $1,000 award split between Beaverton High School, Madison HS and SSC who all partner with the Providence Health & Services’ Rebels Group.

The annual award recognizes individuals and groups who labor tirelessly, usually “behind the scenes,” supporting optimum health of individuals and communities, (often affecting Oregon’s most vulnerable residents suffering multiple health disparities). SSC Rebels have worked to promote an anti-tobacco message to other teens with a goal of preventing tobacco use by changing the perception of tobacco as cool.

Vendors sought for craft fair

Share your handmade crafts with the community during the annual Holiday Craft Fair at Clackamas Community College. Vendors are needed for the fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and Wednesday, Dec. 2, in the Community Center Mall at the center of the Oregon City campus.

Vendors who wish to participate in the fair should complete the craft sale application and submit it to the CCC Student Life and Engagement Office. Items for consideration must be handmade, at least in part. However, no homemade food items are allowed. The cost per table at the fair is $15 or a donation of 30 cans of food. Proceeds from the table fees will be used to sponsor CCC club activities. The deadline for submitting an application is Nov. 13.

To submit an application, contact Michelle Baker in CCC Student Life and Engagement at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, call 503-594-3041.

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