Dick Elixman, charter member of Tigard Breakfast Rotary Club, dies
A charter member of the Tigard Breakfast Rotary Club, who was extensively involved with Rotary activities throughout the area, has died.
Dick Elixman, 65, passed away on Sept. 10, according to Rotary officials.
"Rotary International and District 5100 lost a friend, a leader and trailblazer …," Diane Noriega, current Rotary District Governor, wrote to fellow Rotarians recently. "Dick Elixman was a giant in the world of Rotary for over 30 years."
Elixman was a memberr of the Tigard Breakfast Rotary Club from 1992 to 2012, serving as president of that club from 1997-98. From 2004-05, he was District 5100 governor during Rotary International's centennial year.
Characterized as an innovator in Rotary membership development, Elixman founded the New Generations Rotary Club in Portland and co-founded the West Linn Rotary satellite club, which allows smaller groups of people to meet with the goal of someday forming a larger club.
President of Business Systems Consulting of Beaverton, Elixman was a donor to The Rotary Foundation as a Triple Crown Donor and was a member of the Paul Harris Society, which recognizes individuals who contribute $1,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
He received the Rotary Foundation's "Citation for Meritorious Service" in 2008.
"He was a mentor supporting those of us coming up through the ranks of Rotary leadership within the district," wrote Noriega. "The greatest legacy that Dick leaves us is his heart and spirit and dedication to Service Above Self."
Services are set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Young's Funeral Home, 11831 S.W. Pacific Highway.
The family asks that donations in Elixman's memory be made to Rotary International.
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