Friday, July 12, 2002
George Rouches squinted through the sunlight at the stone column dedicated to him Wednesday at the fifth hole of the Indian Creek Golf Course.
Rouches’ blue hat cast a shadow over his face in the nearly 100-degree heat.
“Little early for a tombstone, don’t you think?” he said.
The assembled crowd burst into a cathartic guffaw at his remark. Many of Rouches’ friends had traveled from Portland for the dedication.
For the attendees, though, it was more than just a ceremony. It was another chance to see their friend alive. Rouches has colon cancer.
The plaque on the stone column read: “Tee one up for George Rouches.”
His friend, Paul Thompson, did just that, swatting a golf ball towards the green, groaning as it sliced to the right.
He hugged Rouches, and the crowd began to disperse.
Rouches was one of the founding members of Tournament Golf Foundation, Inc., organized in 1972, which brought the Ladies Professional Golf Association tournament to Portland. After retiring as president of Portland Bottling Company, he helped develop membership at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course in North Plains. He also served as general manager of Indian Creek for three years beginning in 1997, and since then has handled its marketing.
In addition to the hole dedication, the creek that flows from the fourth hole to the fifth has been renamed “Rouches’ Creek.”
“George has built a strong foundation for Indian Creek to grow,” said Tyson Jacobs, Indian Creek general manager, before unveiling the plaque and column. “There aren’t enough words in the dictionary to describe how kind and generous he is.”
“You can rub that stone for good luck when you play,” said George.
Linda gestured towards the cart.
“Why don’t you get in, George? We can go heckle your friends.”
Rouches climbed into the cart with his wife, and they cruised down the hill together in the bright afternoon sunlight.
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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge