Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for April 24, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for April 24, 2019

What a treat!  To see all those first graders, quietly, patiently, respectfully waiting with violins in their hands!

President-Elect Corey Z. opened our meeting, having Walter Want then lead us in the Pledge.

Today’s meeting was mostly about YOUTH….with a visit from the Earlybird Rotary Youth Exchange Chair, Dave Benson…and three exchange students…two in-bound …Maria from Mexico…Mateo from Italy…and the OUTBOUND student, Sophie, is going where? [Oops…I missed it!]  Each putting in a pitch to support their fundraising efforts at Subterra Restaurant with proceeds going toward Shelter Box.

The “friendly competition” between Judy R. and Dr. Stan as to who is the better dishwasher is a local, FUN, “Rotary Moment”: But their volunteering to help with the Senior Meals is classic Rotary “Service Above Self”….but….now….as to who is the better dishwasher…who is to decide?…what are the criteria for judging?…any “prize” involved….other than “bragging rights”?….stay tuned…as this “saga” continues….

Laura made an announcement regarding PEACE FELLOWS:

Erin Thomas is a Rotary Peace Fellow from Class One who is currently the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Every Woman Treaty, which is working to advance a treaty to prevent violence against women and girls. The treaty campaign is partnering with the Global Health Advocacy Incubator who oversaw the tobacco treaty campaign to develop our on the ground global campaign. We have identified 20 lead nations to ratify the treaty, and we will begin preparing these nations by doing in-depth training in each of them. We are seeking a Rotary Global Grant for $35,000 to fund the first in-country training, using the successful format used on the ground to advance the tobacco treaty. Erin will share at our club in a future program about the envisioned training, timeline, expected outcomes, list of lead nations, and the potential nations that could be the first in-country training. [Erin Thomas Bio]

Patrick B. gave us a brief update on Emergency Response efforts in Nepal…especially after the very latest earthquakes….adding how important our  Global Grant involvement is to the success of these Nepalese EMT efforts.

Walter W. artfully elicited $$$ contributions via the Duck….

….AND THEN…the PROGRAM…with about two dozen First Graders with violins in their hands!  Suzanne Sokol-Blosser provided us with multiple factors in the rationale for starting them young in music programs….

and introduced Julia P. [?], who is responsible for teaching these youngsters how to play the violin.  She does a fantastic job with them!  The “proof of the pudding”….was in a successfully rendered version of “Twinkle,Twinkle, Little Star”….an encore was warranted, but not offered…as that singular piece was the kids’ full repertoire at this stage!  Several proud moms…and Suzanne…were busily snapping photos with the cameras on their phones!

Such beautiful, quiet, attentive kids!  And our favorite photographer, Auggie, provided us with this pictorial coverage of the activity:

Pres. – Elect Corey asked some of the kids what they get out of being in this program…with resultant all good answers!:

A great bit of entertainment as well as a reminder that May is Youth Service Month in Rotary….and it may not seem like it at the moment, but some of these kids are FUTURE ROTARIANS!  Study their faces…their attentiveness…they were taking in everything we were doing!  [Editor’s note: It DOES happen!  I was introduced to Rotary at about that age…as my late father, Dr. Charles Kaufman, joined the Forest Grove Rotary Club in 1945…I was 6 years old!  And I attended MANY Rotary meetings/functions before I was even a teenager!]

Reminder that the May 1 meeting will be at Friendsview!  Program: Inbound Rotary Exchange Student Presentations: Presenters: Rosa & Matteo.

Another reminder:  Read your Rotarian Magazine…it is FULL of inspirational stories about Rotary around the world…and Rotary’s FIVE Avenues of Service.

As Corey closed the meeting, we are also advised to….

~ Be The Inspiration!” ~

….and live 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?

Respectfully submitted,

Newsletter Editor

Rick Kaufman

And a little “snicker” of humor, pirated from the Internet………”……I tired to grab the fog…..I mist…”

 

 

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for April 17, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for April 17, 2019

Editor’s message:  I was out-of-town taking care of some urgent business in S. Oregon, so the information in this newsletter is derived directly from notes taken by others….mostly Lisa Salmons….with photos by Auggie, to both of whom I give MUCH THANKS!

This was another great FIELD TRIP…this time to the Newberg School District Offices.

Guest: Our presenter’s wife, Isabelle Aguilar

Announcements:

  • Thank you NSD! We gathered at the Newberg School District office and Judy led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • President, Om Sukheenai, shared proud moments! Paris, Om’s daughter, received $750 with her bullet proof backpack project at a New Venture Championship/ University of Oregon. Paris will be earning her CNA certification through her participation in the CNA program offered at NHS. She will be attending University of Portland’s School of Nursing. Later, Todd Engle shared that the CNA program, in partnership with Friendsview, will be funded by the district.
  • Lynn Montoya Quinn shared PCC’s Patio Project workshop, Open to anyone interested in learning how to build a patio. For more information go to www.pcc.edu/newberg
  • Joe Morelock shared the Chehalem Valley Watershed Project’s Sandbox Project and encouraged everyone to try out the display. Displays were built by students on display throughout the schools.

  • Judy Robinson gave an update on the NHS tree planting project. The last tree will be planted today!
  • Tony Lelack is collecting snacks for students. If you would like to donate snacks please reach out to Tony. tlelack@excelfitness.com.
  • Lisa Salmons shared several volunteer opportunities at Providence Newberg for youth and adults. If anyone would like to learn more or knows someone wanting to serve at the medical center they can contact Lisa at Lisa.Salmons@Providence.org.
  • Reminder: Ryla applications will be accepted until May 31. http://www.ryladistrict5100.org/application/
  • Youth Exchange students are fundraising for ShelterBox by offering gala dinner night at Subterra on Wednesday May 1st, 2019 at 6 pm. Admission is $75; $40 goes to Shelter Box and $35 goes to Subterra. Please contact Michele Bechtold at mdbechtold@frontier.com by April 25
  • Mike Caruso with a sandwich box instead of our purple Duck and raised $99 for polio.

 Rotary Moment:

Todd Engle shared a Rotary Moment and great connection story with a club member who helped make a connection with Luke Neth.

 New Newberg Noon Rotary Member

Newest member, Angel A. Aguilar gave a wonderful and touching presentation. If you missed this you definitely need to connect with Angel to learn about him. He left Cuba at age 8 to Boston. His teen pictures were full of life with  his fashion, hair style, car, etc.  His childhood background, perseverance, career path from military, realtor to loan banker, and love for his wife and our country were amazing. He joins Rotary with a mission in his heart to give back. Angel is the Branch Manager, V.P. at First Federal. We’re very pleased to have Angel join NNR!

Angel is exemplary of Rotary President’s motto/advice for 2018-2019 :

~ Be The INSPIRATION! ~

May your life 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?
Respectfully submitted,
Rick Kaufman
Newsletter Editor
Today’s trace of humor:  “My ability to remember song lyrics from the 60’s far exceeds my ability to remember why I just walked into the kitchen…”

 

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for April 10, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for April 10, 2019

ANOTHER GREAT FIELD TRIP!

This time to the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue [TVF & R] facility in downtown Newberg….on 2nd.

Box lunches with choices of sandwiches…provided by Bon Apetit…each one very tasty!

Ever-inspirational Prez Om opened the meeting and Dr. Stan Kern led us in the PLEDGE.

A decent showing of Rotarians today at the Newberg Fire Department station on 2nd.

Announcements:  Tuesday, April 16, 6 – 8 PM, at PCC Newberg Center will be “A NEWberg the VISION” opportunity for the community to discuss the first draft.   Questions:  Contact Bayo Ware (503) 537-1240 ext 8501 or bayoan.ware@newbergoregon.gov

A request was made for “snack” foods for students….and before the meeting was over many Rotarians contributed the snacks from their box lunches….providing a spontaneous “Rotary Moment”!

April 17, 2019 Club Meeting Location: Newberg School District Office, 714 E 6th St, Newberg, OR 97132

Program: Classification talk by Angel Aguilar, Branch Manager, First Federal Savings & Loan

Polio Eradication stats: Year-to-date as of 4/10/2019,  polio cases globally – 9.  All of 2018 – 33 cases globally….by comparison the total in 2013 was 416!  AND 30,000+ in 1980!  We are “…that close!”….  The latest Rotarian magazines are a “very good read” on final push efforts….and “challenges”.

Leah informed us that the “final tally” for the Auction’s scholarship monies’ efforts left us a bit shy of the $50K goal..about $1500…SO…with vocal encouragement from those present, and doing her best to emulate our AUCTIONEER….she managed to make up that difference in a matter of a few minutes with on-the-spot contributions and/or commitments from the Rotarians in the room!  Literally an “over-the-top” performance!  Thanks to all who made it happen!  Good job, Leah!

Today’s program was provided by three of the top spokesmen for the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue contingent locally:  Stefan Myers, Public Affairs Officer; Chris Mayfield, Assistant Fire Marshal and Allen Kennedy, Division Chief.  With Stefan doing most of the talking [after all, THAT’S HIS JOB!], and additional comments and information as needed, that TERRIFIC TRIO gave us LOTS of information and insight into how the system works locally,  state-wide, regionally and nationally.  They brought us up to speed on the protocols followed on everything from a small field fire to a major regional conflagration.  With lots of experience and obvious knowledge of their subjects, they discussed everything from finances, tax base considerations, to equipment and response times….as well as fielding multiple questions from the audience.  Pictures appropriate to the subjects covered were also provided on the “big screen”.  All in all, we got an excellent new appreciation for the fantastic job these professionals do from day-to-day, 24/7/365, to keep the community as safe as possible.  A BIG THANKS TO TVF & R!!!

Prez Om closed the meeting.

Including “Rotary’s Four Way Test of the things we think say or do” in our daily lives helps smooth things out!

#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?

~ Be The Inspiration! ~

Respectfully submitted

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

[Special thanks to my “team” for helping gather the information I needed to create this newsletter!  BTW…I will be in S. Oregon on the 17th, so any help I can get from my fellow Rotarians with note-taking will be greatly appreciated!  AND….I plan to do a “make-up” meeting at my former club, Jacksonville-Applegate Rotary, on Thursday AM.]

Also, a small touch of humor:  “I’m terrified of elevators…and I’m taking steps to avoid them…!

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for March 3, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for March 3, 2019

After a FUN “field trip” to the Ewing Young Distillery west of town last week, we came back to our “home” at the Chehalem Cultural Center!

President Om was “elsewhere” today…so President-Elect Cory Z. ably took over “management” of the meeting, while displaying on the big screens some of the photos he took during the Auction.  He explained that the scheduled speaker was NOT going to make it today.  SO….more time for intra-club exchanges and a little hilarity!

Our GREETER was Michael Pollock….as well as taking care of DUCK duties…netting $46 today.

Dr. Stan lead the PLEDGE.

Guests:  Katherine Byer, from Sheridan, guest of Angel Agular, had attended our auction, and was very impressed. She is Community Relations Officer for First Federal–working with Angel….indicated her interest in getting to know our community better.

Bayo Ware, from the City of Newberg, announced the opportunity to let the City know “Did we get it right?” as part of the “A NEWberg…The Vision” Discuss the 1st VISION draft for Newberg’s future based on community feedback, April 16, 2019, 6 – 8 PM at the PCC Newberg Center, 135 Werth Blvd. This is a “child-friendly” meeting.  For additional details contact Bayo at (f03) 537-124- ext 8501 and/or bayoan.ware@newbergoregon.gov.

Visiting Rotarians: Rod Federwisch, President-Elect of Newberg Earlybird Rotary; Michael Sweeney from Soldatna, Alaska, which is located on the northwestern aspect of the Kenai Peninsula, about 120 miles SW of Anchorage…Michael is visiting family in Newberg…and he brought a club trading banner with him, while telling us a bit about his home club.

Beth Pent provided us with a Rotary Moment…having spotted some eye-catching BLUE park benches with Rotary signage on them, on a recent trip to Leavenworth, WA.

A little friendly rivalry is a good thing…as Judy R. challenged Dr. Stan’s dishwashing “prowess”!  And then gave us a very positive update on the tree-planting efforts by the NHS Interactors.

Paula thanked Lynn Montoya Quinn for leading our Scholarship Committee work….she is seeking five (5) people to give away scholarship money!  Lynn will provide the rubrics and send you the scholarship applications to read via email.  You’ll read through scholarships, score them, and if you have time, participate in interviewing finalists.  The number of scholarships is up to you – read 5 or 50!  Interested?  Please attend a brief meeting after Rotary next Wednesday April 10, at 1pm at the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Department (*Downtown Newberg Station–Behind Nap’s) to discuss the details. To volunteer, please sign up by clicking on the link below.  Thank You!!!
https://signupschedule.com/noonrotary         Questions?  Contact Lynn at Lmontoya@pcc.edu or 971-722-8601

……and Michael Pollock and his Helping Hands representatives for cleaning up after our auction. 

And several others contributed to the DUCK as well.

Leah gave us more info on the AUCTION…including a new date in-the-works for the 2020 event…as there was a scheduling conflict arise with the recently posted date.

Next week, April 10, we meet at the *Firehouse…and be reminded to park on the street, as Firehouse parking is for the firefighters and EMTs!  Program details are posted on the Club’s website.

ALSO….District news/reminders from DG Larry Hatch:  District Training Assembly coming up this month…and District 5100 Conference in Bend NEXT month…SO….DGE Diane ask that I send out a reminder on registering for District Training Assembly.  She has to turn in her food order this coming Monday, April 8th.  If you haven’t registered, do it now to ensure you will have a meal during the lunch break. Our room block gets released at the Riverhouse for district conference on April 26th.  To ensure a room, please make your reservations now.  We have put together a toll free number exclusive for our group. When you call this number it goes to our reservations office so that they know you are with the Rotary District #5100.  The number is (833)721-5050.

Today’s Program:  Given the late cancellation of our scheduled speaker, President Elect Corey did a great job of keeping the meeting’s pace going, FUN, and interesting!

~ Be The Inspiration! ~

and follow 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 – Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

And a touch of humor….”I’ve reached an age when my train-of-thought often leaves the station without me….”