Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for October 24, 2018

 

Newberg Noon Rotary Newsletter for October 24, 2018

Judy Robinson was today’s GREETER….Thank you, Judy!  [Check with Paula to sign up to be a GREETER…also consider offering your own special “Rotary Moment”.]

Maintaining her usual high level of INSPIRATIONAL excitement, Club President, Om, opened today’s meeting…look at that contagious smile!

Walter Want led us in today’s PledgeThanks, Walter!

Guests today were: Renee Brouse, Assistant District Governor; Lauren Clifford and Marni Tilrico…family of Laura Tilrico…visiting from Alaska.  Welcome, all!   [Renee, a good friend of Om’s, received a little special “Welcome!” gift!]

Announcements: Sign-up sheets were at each table for the various ways we can be involved with our Annual Auction…it is not too early to sign up…as this is our biggest fundraiser…and it will be held in the Cultural Center for 2019…which is a major change from last year’s event.  If we each do our part[s], the Club will be able to continue doing its part in supporting our community’s needs!

Next week’s meeting, October 31 [Happy Halloween!], will be Bob Andrews, Mayor of the City of Newberg Saying Goodbye “Reflections and Roads Forward”    the meeting will be at the Cultural Center.

Leah reminded us again of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 1, 4:30 – 5:30 PM at the Cultural Center. That’s coming right up!

NEWS FLASH! Here are a few photos from Ken’s birthday celebration! With several Rotarians from BOTH Newberg Rotary clubs, and our District Governor Larry Hatch as well.  Ken was founder of adec…in the early 1960s..and has been the world’s largest manufacturer of dental equipment for a L O N G time. Two examples of adec’s products displayed on the stage are shown here:

Hopefully, we will soon get a more in-depth report on that morning’s festivities!  It looks like a good time was had by all!

Be reminded that the e-mail link is on the club’s website for volunteer sign-ups for Senior Meals, etc. https://signupschedule.com/noonrotary

Instead of our usual DUCK routine, Becky Ankeny led us in a repeat of the “Cake Walk” activity from last week, but with a bottle of wine in lieu of a cake….and Mike Caruso started off with a $100 donation…into the Duck it went…and the “ante” was a suggested $10 this time, with all proceeds going toward Polio Eradication…so…nearly every space was covered, and Laura Tilrico won the bottle of wine! It is obvious that Newberg Rotarians know how to have F U N !!!

Today’s Program:  A visit from our Rotary District Governor is always a treat…and today was especially so for Yours Truly, Editor Rick, as DG Larry Hatch is a long-time personal friend of mine…even before he was a Rotarian...as we both grew up in the Forest Grove area…and were both Charter Members of the Forest Grove DayBreak Rotary Club in 1991. So it was my pleasure to introduce our District 5100 Governor, Larry Hatch

D.G. Larry served as Club President twice, and was an Assistant Governor for three [3] years. After serving in Viet Nam in the Army as a Military Police officer, he began a 41-year career in public safety.  13 years as a police officer and the last 28 years as the Assistant Director of Washington County 9-1-1 before retiring in 2015. He believes we must all be global citizens and chose Rotary as his pathway for service.  To that end he is a proud Rotary Foundation Triple Crown donor.  Larry has been married to LaDonna for 45 years.  They live in Forest Grove and have one daughter, Christy, and a granddaughter Abbey.  Larry and LaDonna are both retired and enjoy heading out in the RV to explore the backroads of Oregon and surrounding states finding unique places you can’t see from the highway.  He is an avid sports fan supporting the OSU Foundation and all things Beaver.

D.G. Hatch primarily discussed three important aspects of Rotary…PARTICIPATION, The Rotary Foundation’s efforts/successes on Polio Eradication, and YOUTH programs…principally Interact and Rotaract...as THOSE YOUTH are our FUTURE ROTARIANS!   At an International Convention he spoke with RI President John Germ regarding the importance of MEMBERSHIP….and shared some ideas gleaned from other clubs’ successful membership recruiting efforts around the world.  Larry told us that District 5100 had broken several Rotary records per Foundation contributions ….most recently exceeding $1 Million dollars...and said that “Rotary is a Force of Nature”.…then described the deeper meanings of the aspects of this year’s Rotary International banner symbol…a wave, sail and growing heart. D.G. Hatch encouraged us to participate in The Rotary Foundation’s [TRF] “Rotary Direct” plan for consistent contributing…and/or “The PolioPlus Society of Rotary District 5100”.  For questions regarding these programs, please contact Doug Taylor at dougtaylor7160@gmail.com  or call at: 503.421.5329  Also, forms can be sent to the District Office by e-mail office@district5100.org or fax at 503.605.5101

Commenting on Newberg Rotary’s 82 years since initial chartering….and all the good things we do for the local community and beyond…such as the recent Rotary Mural, our international projects, and more, he acknowledged three [3] Newberg Rotary “Champions”…and presented each with a unique Oregon Myrtlewood plaque:

1. She is a very fun energetic person who loves the “Mama Mia” movie. Of course, she can dance and have a good time with so many hats she wears for multiple tasks she takes on. All her work gets done marvelously.  To work with her is just like lighting a Christmas tree. Warm and Joyful.  Champion Leah Griffith.
2. He is a very competitive person. Winning is his motto. And he continues to bring victory to our community.  He joins us together to build beautiful clean recreation parks. His final project before his retirement is a top notch Chehalem Aquatic CenterChampion Jim McMaster.
3. Speaking of innovation, being an extraordinary type,  thinking outside the box, realistic, and communicates well with different age groups. Given his challenging personal life, he is always there to support us. The latest mural project said it all about this capable Rotarian.  Champion Geoff Gilmore.

In turn, President Om presented District Governor Hatch with a bouquet of blue & yellow flowers…and a bottle of wine from Mike Caruso.

Thank you, District Governor Larry Hatch, for further Rotary enlightenment & encouragement!

AND…we all are reminded of the date and location for the 2019 Rotary District Conference:  May 17 – 19, 2019, at the “Riverhouse on the Deschutes”, Bend, Oregon…SAVE THE DATE!

President Om had District Governor Larry close our meeting with the ringing of our Club’s Rotary bell!

~ “Be the Inspiration!” ~

October is Rotary’s Polio Eradication Month….so here are some recent polio stats….

Number of Wild Poliovirus Cases Globally as of October 16, 2018

New Cases Last 7 Days 1

YTD – 2018 20

YTD – 2017 12

Total – 2017 22

Total – 2016 37

Total – 2015 74

Total – 2014 359

Total – 2013 416

Total – 2012 223

Total – 2011 650

Total – 2010 1,352

Total – 2009 1,604

Total – 2008 1,651

Source:

http://polioeradication.org/polio-today/polio-now/this-week

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

And a “BIG THANKS!” to Auggie for the terrific photographic coverages!

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for October 17, 2018

Newberg Noon Rotary Newsletter for October 17, 2018

~ GREETER ~

Beth Pent was today’s GREETER….Thank you, Beth!

[Be a GREETER…it’s FUN and a great way to get to know your fellow Rotarians and our guests! Check with Paula or Prez Om to sign up!]

~ Opening of meeting ~

Club President, Om, opened today’s meeting…with her usual contagious excitement!


~ Pledge ~

Laura Tilrico led us in today’s PledgeThanks, Laura!

~ Visitors – Guests ~

Our one guest today was: Casey Kulla…guest of Walter Want.  Welcome Casey!

~ Today’s Rotary Moment ~

Yours Truly, Rick Kaufman, provided today’s Rotary Moment...remembering a particularly delightful Rotary meeting “make-up” in a large tent at the World Scout Jamboree in Australia in early January 1988. Globally, Rotary was [still is, I believe!] the largest single organizational sponsor of Scout Troops. Sitting next to me was a Scoutmaster from a suburb of Tokyo, Japan ….speaking with maybe a half dozen words of English…across from me was another Japanese [at least by his name & facial appearance] Scoutmaster…but wearing an Australian Scoutmaster’s uniform…and he told me that he knew maybe a half dozen words in Japanese …as he was third generation Japanese-Australian…speaking with a decidedly Aussie accent! The breakfast meeting of Rotarian Scoutmasters from all over the world was really F U N and very interesting. Attending the Jamboree were over 16,000 Scouts and leaders from 93 countries around the world. It was a real privilege to represent the Scout Council in our area.

~ Announcements ~

Jim McMaster: Son Spencer’s time with the Peace Corps in Africa is now being spent in “training”…with some very new experiences such as eating with one’s hands & “showering” out of a bucket.

Leah reminded us again of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 1, 4:30 – 5:30 PM at the Cultural Center.

Paula reminded us of Ken Austin, Jr.’s, birthday celebration 7 – 8:30 AM at the Cultural Center on October 25. Ken is a Past President of our club and was a Charter Member of the Earlybirds.  Marge had a birthday card for us to sign for Ken.

Tony L. reminded us that the DICTIONARIES were in…..ready to be distributed!  Check with Tony if you can help!

Steve Palmer’s wedding card was also passed around for signatures.

Be reminded that the e-mail link is on the club’s website for volunteer sign-ups for Senior Meals, etc. https://signupschedule.com/noonrotary

~ The Duck ~

No usual DUCK this week, per se, but hints at a fresh way to generate $$ dedicated to Polio Eradication were on the floor as we entered our usual meeting place…in the form of twenty [20] numbered markers.  They proved to be “Cake Walk” markers!  And the two prizes were a DELICIOUS cake and a bottle of wine.  Most Rotarians’ dance “gyrations” were a bit….ummm…”low energy”…but Auggie more than made up for that with his highly energetic/entertaining “fast moves”….And as the Cake Walk participants went from number to number, with Paula at the music controls… they were encouraged to place contributions into the DUCK...situated on the floor in the middle of the activity…all proceeds to go toward Polio Eradication*Spike, the winner of the cake, contributed it back to the club, having Beth Pent cut it up in small wedges which were then distributed to those present….and we can only guess as to Judy’s plans….

Auggie paid for the Univ. of Washington LOSS….in OVERTIME….to Oregon in a really exciting game!  He also mentioned some new healthcare developments with Kaiser Permanente making a foray into our local healthcare scene…with further developments as they happen.

Laura Tilrico recalled: “Oct 17, 1989, 5:03pm. 29 years ago was the Loma Prieta earthquake. We were living at the Waterford condominiums in Newark, California in the SF Bay Area. Wow, I remember it as if it was yesterday! I kind of freaked out. My son MW was at the sitters on their way home by car. Michael was eating dinner at McDonalds, before his University of SF classes. I was on the phone talking to another graphic designer working on a big HP job. First jolt, I dove under my dining table then I freaked out running amuck in the parking area out front. No cell phones then. Steve, my girlfriend’s husband, who just got home from work, said to go back to my condo and shut off outside gas, lock front door and drive to the sitters. By the time I was able to do all that, the sitter drove up with my son, MW, who was about 1 1/2 years old, The sitter said she thought her tires all blew out. So she got out of her car to check and saw everyone else was doing the same thing. No communication at the time from my husband. I had no idea where Mike was. My husband said he grabbed his McDonalds fries and ran outside. He left his very expensive college books on the table. He eventually ran back in to get them. Then he tried to drive home in his pickup, traffic was a mess. He eventually ran out of gas. People stopped and helped push the truck to the side of the road and one of the guys dropped him off close to home, he walked the rest of the way. Boy, was I tearfully glad to see him. It took him 4-5 hours to get home. Then when the electricity came back on, we saw on TV the mess in San Francisco to Santa Cruz. We were lucky only a few dishes broke from the shelves and some outside concrete cracked. My artist friend Cliff was at Candlestick Park Stadium watching Oakland play SF. They were in the bleachers and were stamping their feet. Cliff thought the banging did damage to the structure and thought it was going to collapse but realized it was an earthquake when everyone stopped what they were doing, even the players. He said most people calmly evacuated the stadium.  Do you remember where you were?”

Walter spoke of the FUN had at the recent Soroptimists’ fundraiser, “Soup’s On”….by Noon Rotarians, Karen Jones, Auggie & Maureen Gonzales, Walter & Julie Want, Shannon Buckmaster, Jeff & Jackie Lane, and Beth Pent….five of whom are pictured here:

~ Today’s Program ~

Introduced by Corey Z, today’s program underscores how important YOUTH programs and outreach are with a prime example of Carlie’s Kindness Campaign: “It doesn’t matter how old you are, you CAN make a difference!” Carlie Steele is now 14, but at age 9 decided to start a campaign “…in hopes of showing kids the importance of volunteering and spreading kindness! We do several projects for different causes and organizations…”  Carlie was accompanied by her mother, Melissa Steele, who has been super supportive of Carlie’s efforts from the beginning.  From their home in Amity,  and through her 501c3 non-profit, Carlie has spearheaded many caring projects, a few of which are:  Carlie Cares: Carlie’s Christmas for the Troops; Daily Point of Light; Vet Luncheon; Hurricane Harvey Drive; First Federal Diaper Drive, and many more!  For more in-depth information on Carlie’s amazing efforts, check out her website at: carlieskindnesscampaign.org  Her website is well worth the visit! Funding support is provided by donations, sponsorships, grants, and selling of select merchandise such as the “KINDNESS FAN CLUB” T-shirt here displayed by Prez OmCarlie’s high energy and enthusiasm continue to drive even more successes that have resulted in NATIONAL recognition for her efforts.  Additional “kindness” projects are “in the pipeline” for Carlie, her mom Melissa, and a growing cadre of supporters!  THANKS, Carlie!

*October is Rotary’s “Polio Eradication Month”...so here are some recent “stats” on our efforts:
Number of Wild Poliovirus Cases Globally as of October 16, 2018
New Cases Last 7 Days 1
YTD – 2018 20
YTD – 2017 12
Total – 2017 22
Total – 2016 37
Total – 2015 74
Total – 2014 359
Total – 2013 416
Total – 2012 223
Total – 2011 650
Total – 2010 1,352
Total – 2009 1,604
Total – 2008 1,651
Source:
http://polioeradication.org/polio-today/polio-now/this-week

DON’T MISS THE OCTOBER 24, MEETING! District Governor, Larry Hatch, will be our speaker, and his message will be well worth hearing!

Once again, Prez Om closed with a very enthusiastic reminder to….

~ “Be the Inspiration!” ~

In Continuing Rotary Service,

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

Editor’s note: Assisting me with the newsletter each week is a TEAM of Rotarians usually consisting of Beth Pent, Auggie Gonzales, Prez Om, Corey Z., and often with extra assistance from Walter, Leah, Geoff G., Jim McM, et al…..A “BIG THANKS!” to all!

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for October 10, 2018

Newberg Noon Rotary Newsletter for October 10, 2018

~ GREETER ~

Laura Tilrico was today’s GREETER….Thank you Laura!

[Each and every Rotarian can benefit from being the GREETER, as it is a great way to get to know your fellow Rotarians and our guests! Check with Paula or Prez Om to sign up!]

~ Opening of meeting ~

Our always enthusiastic Club President, Om, opened today’s meeting per usual….with contagious excitement!   She animatedly told us about the images on the BIG SCREENS…images of the ROTARY activity that had just taken place at the new Aquatic Center...and the unpacking of the many components for the playground equipment. Several Rotarians showed up to follow Jim McM’s orders/instructions per the myriad of packaged items & components. ALSO…on screen…an image…with a person high in a tree…supposedly on a “zip line”…picture too dark to see who it was…SO…Prez Om challenged the membership to contribute to the Duck with a guess as to who that “Mystery Rotarian” was. [*answer under “The Duck”]

~ Pledge ~

Immediate Past President Todd Engle led us in today’s PledgeThanks, Todd!

~ Visitors – Guests ~

Guests today were:

Rob & Nancy Lewis from Anvil Academy – guests of Shannon Buckmaster;

Jock Schowalter – guest of Shannon B. & Geoff Gilmore;

Ken Winder – Spike’s guest. [Ken is Rotarian Jan Winder’s husband.]

Robin Baker, President of George Fox University – Newberg Earlybird Rotarian

Welcome all!

~ Today’s Rotary Moment ~

Deborah Cathers – Seymour provided today’s Rotary Moment.. She highlighted her experience at the “Interrupting Hate” workshop sponsored by fellow Rotarian Becky Ankeny. The workshop taught how to turn lemons into lemonade in difficult situations in which injustice is perpetrated against someone in public. The underlying assumption is that if we don’t transform our pain we are likely to transmit it to others. Deborah’s impression is that in general she and other Rotarians are fairly skilled at peacemaking and she went to the workshop thinking she probably already knew a lot about the subject. She  was surprised and delighted to learn many excellent new skills. She expressed appreciation for the high value Rotarians place on learning and supporting  peace-making.    Thank you, Deborah.

~ Announcements ~

Next week’s program, the 17th, will be presented by Carlie’s Kindness Campaign  

Curious as to what THAT is?  Attend YOUR Rotary Club meeting on the 17th at the Cultural Center and find out!

Then the meeting on the 24th will feature our 5100 District Governor, Larry Hatch…..DON’T MISS HIM!

Paula reminded us of Ken Austin, Jr.’s, birthday celebration 7 – 8:30 AM at the Cultural Center on October 25. Ken is a Past President of our club and was a Charter Member of the Earlybirds.   Marge had a birthday card for us to sign for Ken.

Reminder: The e-mail link is on the club’s website for volunteer sign-ups for Senior Meals, etc. https://signupschedule.com/noonrotary

Reminder: In District news…Documents/Toone-Portland.pdf#page=1

Learn about Rotary’s world-wide fight to end polio. In the Rose Room at the MODA Center, 1 N. Center Court Street, Portland, OR. October 18. Noon to 1:30. Joan Toone, polio survivor, shares the history of polio and progress toward eradication.

~ The Duck ~

Denise Bacon “extracted” contributions to the DUCK this week…managing to collect generous $$$ contributions from several Rotarians present…for real or perceived “transgressions” and/or accomplishments.  *Then….after several way-off-the-mark guesses by others…….the “Mystery Rotarian”… …was….hold your breath a little longer………Beth Pent!  Who said that in the picture she was about 30′ up in  a tree…and REALLY DID the “zip line” thing and had F U N …doing it!  Thanks to Beth for the FUN new opportunity for some of the rest of us to contribute to the Club’s coffers!

Auggie showed up with a decidedly PURPLE…flagrantly-labeled “Huskies” shirt….and paid for the privilege while “taunting” the competing Beaver fans present to also “cough up”….

Your’s Truly, Rick, was called out for making the claim that the Forest Grove Rotary Club is now providing its membership with a newsletter formatted much as ours is…called the “Rotary Rewind”…which popped up within two weeks of sharing our newsletter with the F.G. Club’s Editor… a close personal friend of many years….HEY!…“…imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!…”  🙂

~ Today’s Program ~

Rebecca Piros presented our program, addressing the unique emotional/physical/cultural/logistical issues associated with being blind. She was ably “assisted” by her husband, Gene, former Newberg Noon Rotarian, but now new “Friend of Rotary”.  Today’s guest speaker was Rebecca Piros,  who shared her experience of becoming blind 3 years ago and what it took to relearn everyday tasks and go back to work at Newberg High School.  She was hospitalized 3 years ago with a rare fungal meningitis that caused her to lose most of her vision, only seeing blurred shapes and contrasts, no color or facial details or print.  Through the aid of the Oregon Commission for the Blind, she learned how to function in daily tasks and computer skills to be able to return for a couple of hours a day to NHS to work in the attendance office. 

Attending blind camp at http://hullparkfortheblind.org, she has been able to experience new adventures such as kayaking, white water rafting and rock climbing as well as the company of other blind people.  Her message of thankfulness for her family and friends and willing to get on trying and learning shows that life is still worth living even when you need to learn a new normal. 

Thank you, Rebecca and Gene, for a very interesting “insight”…if you will…on a challenging subject.

~ Closing of meeting ~

Prez Om closed the meeting with her usual call for all of us to…

~ Be The Inspiration! ~

May your days be guided by Rotary’s “Four Way Test” of the things we think, say or do:

1. Is it the Truth?

2. Is it fair to all concerned?

3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Rotarian Herbert Taylor –  RI President, 1954-1955, introduced The FOUR-WAY TEST to Rotary.

Respectfully submitted,

In Continuing Rotary Service,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

[If YOU had a fun/exciting/very interesting trip/adventure you’d like to share with your fellow Rotarians, e-mail me your story and I’ll include it in the newsletter…Rick…at: rmkaufman@yahoo.com]

 

 

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for October 3, 2018

Newberg Noon Rotary Newsletter for October 3, 2018

~ GREETER ~

Paula Radich was today’s GREETER….Thanks to Paula!

[BTW – Being the GREETER is a great way to get to know your fellow Rotarians and our guests! Check with Paula or Prez Om to sign up!]

~ Opening of meeting ~

Club President, Om, wearing a GORGEOUS & COLORFUL shirt…opened today’s meeting per usual….with excitement and enthusiasm! Om says that the shirt is hand-made from a Northern Thailand hill tribe, and that she has had the shirt for a long time.

~ Pledge ~

Walter Want led us in today’s PledgeThanks, Walter!

~ Visitors – Guests ~

Guests of Judy Robinson today were several Newberg High School Interactors: Paris Boileau, Madison Baronne, Maddie Schneider, Lindsey Clark, Emma Gentry, Anixza Resendiz, and Sydney Hanson…Welcome all!

~ Today’s Rotary Moment ~

Jim McMaster’s Rotary Moment....announcing that there will be a “build” project at the Aquatic Center this Saturday, October 6…to assemble the new playground equipment that the two Newberg Rotary clubs have paid for!  Join us in helping build a playground at the Pool Park from 8:00 a.m. to Noon. Jim McMaster promised to bring DONUTS! Please click on the link below to sign up!
https://signupschedule.com/noonrotary

LATE NEWS FLASH! Several Newberg Noon Rotarians showed up for the “build” at the Aquatic Center/Pool Park ….and from the looks of these happy faces, the activity was a SUCCESS! And it appears that Walter was a”driving” force on the team…putting Jim in his place!

~ New Rotarian! ~

Ivan Estrada, was inducted as a new Rotarian today…sponsored by Shannon Buckmaster and Denise Bacon. Since neither of them were present, President Om officiated with Ivan’s induction. Ivan’s training and background are in Public Health. His hobbies and interests are hiking, backpacking, soccer, running cycling, disc golf, reading, cooking, etc. Youth develpoment is a personal passion, with a particualr interest in International Health Initiatives. He currently is working with Yamhill County Public Health. We will learn more about Ivan as he presents his Classification Talk in the near future. Welcome, Ivan, to Newberg Noon Rotary Club! Help Ivan get into the Rotary “swing of things” and introduce yourselves, sit with him at lunch, and volunteer to assist him in any way to quickly become an integral part of our “extended Rotary family”!

~ Announcements ~

Next week’s program will be presented by Gene Piros’ wife, Rebecca, in a discussion on blindness. October 10, 2018 …Chehalem Cultural Center…usual time…

Jim McMaster gave a brief update on son Spencer’s travels in Africa as he begins his stint with the Peace Corps…We have not heard from Spencer this week. He is now in Eswatini which used to be Swaziland. He is in that country training.

Leah reminded us again of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 1, 4:30 – 5:30 PM at the Cultural Center.

Paula reminded us of Ken Austin, Jr.’s, birthday celebration 7 – 8:30 AM at the Cultural Center on October 25. Ken is a Past President of our club and was a Charter Member of the Earlybirds.

Be reminded that the e-mail link is on the club’s website for volunteer sign-ups for Senior Meals, etc. https://signupschedule.com/noonrotary

Another reminder…we can be a BIG HELP to the Earlybird Rotarians by including their two Exchange Students in our activities. Rosangela Ruiz Lopez and Matteo Crotta are both 16 years old. She is from Oaxaca, Mexico, and he is from Lake Como, Italy.   REMEMBER…these YOUTH are our FUTURE ROTARIANS! SO GET INVOLVED!  To get directly involved with these students’ exchange time in our community, contact Michelle at 503.476.5200.

In District news…Documents/Toone-Portland.pdf#page=1   

Learn about Rotary’s world-wide fight to end polio. In the Rose Room at the MODA Center, 1 N. Center Court Street, Portland, OR, October 18. Noon to 1:30. Joan Toone, polio survivor, shares the history of polio and progress to eradicaiton.

~ The Duck ~

Jeff Lane handled the DUCK this week…managing to collect generous contributions from several Rotarians present…including…but not limited to…Auggie…..missing last week as he was in Mexico with his family and who had some excitement with his trip to the Copper Canyon….so…in his words…..

Copper Canyon Adventure Trip

September 14-21, 2018

My wife, Maureen, and I planned a week-long family trip with our daughter Laura, her husband, Tobin and two grandsons, Logan (4yo) and Asher (16 mo.) thru Mexico’s Copper Canyon.

The scenic Copper Canyon, in the Sierra Madres is three times as big as the Grand Canyon with a depth of 7,000 feet. It is also the home of the Tarahumara Indians, renown for their long distance running ability.

We flew to and met in Chihauhau, Mexico, (and surprisingly we saw only one Chihauhau!) where we started our multi-city stop and tour of the Copper Canyon via the Chepe Express Train with panoramic views. We had short visits in the cities of Chihauhau, Creel, Divisadero, El Fuerte and ending in Los Mochis, approximately 350 kilometers (218 miles) from Central Mexico to the Gulf of California. We stayed several days in Divisadores where we experienced some of the most amazing views of the Copper Canyon. We had an opportunity to ride a Zip Line over part of the Copper Canyon, which was 2miles long and reached a speed of 85 miles per hour. For those faint of heart, there was another option of 7 shorter and slower Zip Lines. With the two little ones, we chose to take the scenic Tram ride across the canyon. It was an amazing trip.

(The last leg of the Chepe Express Train ride from El Fuerte to Los Mochis was cancelled as the train was not able to make it through due to a storm that passed through the night before causing three significant landslides. We made special arrangements for private transportation in order to make our flight out of the airport in Los Mochis, which was terribly flooded.)

Although there were serious safety concerns regarding travel in Sinaloa, Mexico (especially noted in the State Department’s website), we did not experience any unsafe situations. In fact, I felt it was much safer than Guatemala! [Thanks for sharing your adventure, Auggie!]

Paula pitted Huskies vs. Ducks in her “brag”…

Walter Want spoke about the increasing evidence of a wide range of health issues appearing in veterans who had been exposed to Agent Orange to one degree or another during the Vietnam War.

Corey was “suffering” from a guilt trip on having “spaced” on an information request from yours truly…the Editor….but we worked it out….

And others pungled up $$$ for real or perceived “transgressions” and/or accomplishments.

~ Today’s “two-part” Program ~

Part one: Judy Robinson introduced several Newberg High School [NHS] Interactors: Paris Boileau [President Om’s daughter!] , Madison Baronne, Maddie Schneider, Lindsey Clark, Emma Gentry, Anixza Resendiz, and Sydney Hanson.

We have just had our first 2 meetings. The elections will happen next week. So most of the time has been spent nominating officer candidates and just getting settled in. One member, Madison Baronne, will work on getting the Interact Club one page in the yearbook for NHS to enhance the exposure to the other school members and better promote Interact and Rotary. We will keep you posted as projects become more real…currently our membership is at almost 30. “ For her part, Madison read the “Four-Way Test of Rotary” to those present.

Part two: According to President Om, today’s speaker is “…Alexandre Dassise is a junior at Portland State University. I met him when he was ‘live’ interviewed by Dave Miller ‘Think Out Loud’ at Hilton Hotel in Portland few weeks ago. However, he came because he is a good friend of my daughter who was there as one of our Interactors. Her name is Paris Boileau.  Alexander shared that he loved soccer…but had suffered two [2] concussions as a result of his soccer involvement as a younger player…resulting in a significant personality shift/change…which led him to his new passion in entrepreneurship…his participation in the DECA program in high school…and development of ideas/products designed to be useful in helping people with autism and other social developmental issues to better integrate with society…i.e, teaching ‘community’ to ‘disabled kids’. His business is http://seijisbridge.com/ He is an amazing young man, please listen to his interview at https://youtu.be/yz7TnZfn8QE for brief info about him. It is very touching story. Yes, his brother Stefan Seiji, has autism*.”

Alexander enthusiastically shared with us his personal life story dealing with an autistic brother …Stefan …and what positive steps he has taken to do something about it. Alexander brought with him some of the product prototypes he and his team have developed to improve communication[s] with autistic individuals such as Stefan. Among the devices was a “frisbee”- like tool/toy with an integrated speaker. The natural tendency to catch it and throw it back opens up potential lines of communication between players. This was only one of several similar creations he presented & demonstrated. It was very obvious Alexander is very passionate about his current life quest.

[*Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. We now know that there is not one autism but many sub-types, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges.

A combination of genetic and environmental factors influence the development of autism, and autism often is accompanied by medical issues such as:

  • Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders
  • Seizures
  • Sleep disturbances

Autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children.

Many people with autism also have sensory issues. These can include aversions to certain sights, sounds and other sensations.

Autism’s hallmark signs usually appear by age 2 to 3. Often, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Some associated development delays can appear even earlier.

* In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association merged four distinct autism diagnoses into one umbrella diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They included autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome. ]

Thanks to the Interactors and Alexander!

May your days be guided by Rotary’s “Four Way Test” of the things we think, say or do:

1. Is It the Truth?

2. Is It Fair to All Concerned?

3. Will It Build Good Will and Better Friendships?

4. Is It Beneficial to All Concerned?

The FOUR-WAY TEST courtesy of Rotarian Herbert Taylor! RI President, 1954-1955

SAVE THIS DATE: October 24. District Governor, Larry Hatch, will be our speaker.

[Editor’s note: Soft-spoken, laid-back” D.G. Larry is a good friend of mine…and a long-time Rotarian in the Forest Grove DayBreak Rotary Club…a club which we both helped charter in 1991… D.G. Larry’s message will be well worth hearing!]

Once again, Prez Om closed with a very enthusiastic reminder to….

~ “Be the Inspiration!” ~

In Continuing Rotary Service,

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

Editor’s note:

Number of Wild Poliovirus Cases Globally as of October 2, 2018

New Cases Last 7 Days 1

YTD – 2018 19

YTD – 2017 11

Total – 2017 22

Total – 2016 37

Total – 2015 74

Total – 2014 359

Total – 2013 416

Total – 2012 223

Total – 2011 650

Total – 2010 1,352

Total – 2009 1,604

Total – 2008 1,651

Source:

http://polioeradication.org/polio-today/polio-now/this-week