Rotary Club of Clackamas Non-Rotarian Award
On April 7, 2022 The Rotary Club of Clackamas presented Brandi Johnson, executive director of the local non-profit, LoveOne, its annual Rotary Club of Clackamas Non-Rotarian Award. The club started the award more than 20 years ago to recognize extraordinary contributions to the community by citizens who are not members of Rotary.
When Bill Stewart, a member and past president of the club, nominated Brandi Johnson for the club’s Non-Rotarian Award, he emphasized that, “she is organized and relentlessly positive, committed to serving the public.” Johnson’s impressive performance as executive director of LoveOne earned her the award, which was presented at the club meeting by Vocational Service Director, Bob Johnson.
LoveOne, a non-profit organization based in Oregon City, addresses the needs of unhoused individuals and families. Their mission reads, “Offering love, respect, and dignity. One load of laundry at a time. One shower at a time. One meal at a time.”
Stewart praised Johnson’s management of the Rotary mobile shower cart, which was donated by Rotary and put in service more than a year ago “with excellent results.” More than 300 homeless people receive showers two times per month due to the efforts or her group.
Johnson exclaimed that LoveOne has one of the best direct connections with homeless people, especially helping them move and receive appropriate services after “sweeps” of homeless camps. “We try to get them into programs for help. Whatever time it takes, we are going to invest in them until the work is done,” she concluded.
The Rotary Club of Clackamas is a community service organization. The club’s local and international projects include building an all-abilities park in Happy Valley, installing smoke alarms in mobile home parks in Clackamas, providing meals to those in need, and building a maternity hospital in The Gambia. For more information about the Rotary Club of Clackamas visit the club’s foundation website at https://clackamasrotaryfoundation.org/. The club meets most Thursdays at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Clackamas at 12:15 pm. Visitors are welcome.