Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 15, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 15, 2019


We’ll get back to THAT * with today’s program!

Always enthusiastic Marge O’Connell was our GREETER!

Pres. Elect Corey Z. opened the meeting today!

Ralph Koozer led us in the Pledge.

Guests: Alex Roosevelt, Jerome Spencer, and program participants [hosted by Deborah Cathers-Seymour]: Charlie Rice, Rachel Newell, Justin Worthing and Caroline Elms-Moran.

Denise Bacon provided an anecdotal/emotional revisit of her first meeting with Ken Austin, Jr.  Also, she spoke glowingly of Geoff Gilmore, the Rotary Mural and the responsible GFU artist[s].  THOSE are ROTARY MOMENTS!

Leah was impressed with the caliber of applicants to replace her in the City Library…..and pleased with the final selection.

Spike reminded us of Pancake Breakfast Sponsorships availability….that listing was in last week’s Newsletter.

Sporting a new bit of facial hair, Jim McMaster announced a Clean-Up at Memorial Park from 4 – 7 PM next Thursday…the 23rd.

The Club’s “Bergquam Dental Ambassadors” made it safely to their destination with their objective of improving dental care internationally. Photo shows Dr. Eric, his wife, their daughter and his dental assistant, and their Rotarian host meeting them in the airport terminal .

Deborah Cather-Seymour mentioned yet another volunteer opportunity to “clean out the barn!” on May 23rd – 24th.

Shannon said the Installation Dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, June 19th, 6 PM….site to be announced. Cost per person is $20.00 Sign up at:

Shannon also welcomed a fresh, always-smiling face into our “Friends of Rotary” Rosa Olivares, Community Engagement Specialist with the City of Newberg. WELCOME, ROSA!

AND…Shannon [she’s a very busy young lady!] reminded us of the Membership Committee’s meeting at 11:30 before the regular meeting on the 22nd.

Ray managed The DUCK this week….collecting $46 from a number of generous Rotarians more than willing to part with some of their hard-earned cash for a chance to “brag” on something or someone!  Most notably, and with Jim McMaster bringing it to everyone’s attention, Dale Welcome “fessed up” and took back his 2XL jacket he’d left last week!   And…for you newer members, sit with Dale and ask where he has been lately! And do that with all other Rotarians to get to know them better!  [Ed. note: In my 50+ years in Rotary this is one of the best ways to get to know folks…rather than sitting at the same table each week with the same group….just sayin’…as being a Rotarian is like having a HUGE “extended family”…globally!]

* YOOP!  YOuth OPportunity Program….”A Program of Chehalem Youth & Family Services”...introduced by Deborah Cather-Seymour.

Charlie Rice, Program Manager, and Rachael Newell, Supervisor, explained in depth this Yamhill County program that services about 2/3 of its clientele in the greater McMinnville area [Sheridan, Carlton, Yamhill, etc.], and 1/3 in Newberg and vicinity.  Now nine [9] years into the program to “Build the Workforce” with emphasis on Academic & Job Readiness through Incentives and Support Services, they brought with them two [2] “success stories” in the persons of Caroline and Justin, who gave their poignant/compelling personal stories as to how YOOP! helped turn them around, giving them new hope for their futures. To get a better idea as to the scope of this program, we were provided an example calendar of services/activities for May, bright yellow & red pens and wrist bands, as well as a very colorful/informational, first-rate flier describing in much detail what the program is, who it helps, and how we, as local concerned citizens, can help keep it going and improve it.

A BIG THANKS to Charlie, Rachael, Caroline and Justin for sharing your up-lifting stories with us today!

For more information and ways YOU can help, visit YOOP!’s website at:

AND….remember to check the Club’s website for information and calendar of upcoming meetings and activities.

As President-Elect Corey Z. closed the meeting…we are reminded how important in our daily lives is Rotary’s Four Way Test of the things we think, say or do…..

First – Is it the TRUTH?

Second – Is it FAIR to all concerned?


Fourth – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Keeping those four points in mind…now go out and ….

~ Be The Inspiration! ~

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

A tidbit of a chuckle….after reviewing his latest creation…”Frankly, said Lloyd, rightly…that architectural design is terrific!”

Rotary history questions:  How many men were in the initial group that became Rotary? Can you name them? And what were their occupations?








Additional News for May 14th

An update to this weeks newsletter:

A reminder that Noon Club will have its annual clean up of Memorial Park on Thursday, May 23rd from 4 pm to 7 pm.   CPRD will provide the equipment and bark dust, and you bring your gloves and energy.   Thanks to Jim McMaster for

coordinating this each year so that Memorial Park can look its best for the Memorial Day activities on Monday May 28th.


Eric Bergquam, his wife, Dr. Nina Bergquam, daughter Elsa and Dental Assistant Anina were welcomed in Nepal by Rotarian Bishnu yesterday.  They are being the “Rotarians on the Ground” for the 911/emergency response global grant and also checking on the dental grant of a year or so ago.   It’s great to see these relationships grow and continue.  We’ve seen the same type of connections with the Guatemala project and what a wonderful benefit of Rotary.  

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 8, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 8, 2019

Always pleasant Dr. Stan Kern was our GREETER today!

Back at the Cultural Center, President Om opened the meeting with a somewhat somber welcome, asking Walter Want to lead us in the Pledge.

President Om reminded us of the recent passing of long-time Newberg Rotarian and citizen-extraordinaire, Ken Austin, Jr.  His book, “American Dreamers” memorializes the lives of Ken and his wife, Joan.

Fred offered a heart-felt prayer, and moment of silence, in memory of Ken & Joan.

Non-revenue-generating announcements included:

Spike reminded us that Pancake Breakfast sponsorships are now open:  Pavilion Sponsor/$1,500 [one available at this level]; Beverage Sponsor/$500 [one available at this level]; Griddle Sponsor/$250 [eight available at this level]; Table Sponsor/$50 [unlimited number available at this level!]. Sponsorships’ checks to be payable to:  Rotary Club of Newberg Early Birds.

Leah reminded us that advanced ticket sales by our members go to our club…whereas day-of-event sales and sponsorships go to a common  pool, then are re-distributed.

Tony asked about on-line sponsorship payments…”In the works”…per Spike.

A request was made for RYLA [Rotary Youth Leadership Awards] applicants, as we have NONE now….and RYLA camp is coming up in July!

Leah gave us an update on $$$ from Auction: $124,949 gross receipts; giving a $88,605 net.

Noon Rotarians have been invited to attend the Early Bird Rotary Fireside on Thursday evening, the 16th, 6 PM, at Tina’s Barn at 23095 NE Mountaintop Rd.  Please RSVP:         AND….a $10 donation will be appreciated to cover food costs!

Laura spoke of Foundation $$ uses, including a grant to a young woman helping the homeless in Uganda…working with Interactors.

Announcement:  The Austin|Parrish family cordially invite you to join them in a Celebration of Life to honor the life and legacy of Ken Austin Jr. on Friday, May 31, 2019.  The celebration will commence at 2:30 PM at George Fox University Bauman Hall Auditorium / Stoffer Family Stadium in Newberg, Oregon.   A reception will immediately follow at the Chehalem Cultural Center. To ensure that the Austin|Parrish family is prepared to welcome all that wish to celebrate Ken’s life, we kindly ask that you take a moment to register.  However, all are welcome to attend regardless of registration.
News from the Early Bird Rotarians:
1.  Ken Austin Jr. Celebration of Life for our Rotarians:    May 23rd at the normal Thursday Rotary meeting at 7 am at the CCC. I will be sharing photos of Ken’s 84th Birthday party and some of the slides we used during his birthday party. I want to encourage all of you to share a story or two with the club of how you met Ken and how he impacted your life.
2.  Reminders:  Memorial Day Clean up @ Pioneer Cemetery Saturday May 18th 9-12pm. Meet at the Cemetery @ 9 am! 
3.  Newberg Downtown Coalition Clean Up Day-May 19th 1-4pm meet @ Butler Property, grassy area across from City Hall on First and Howard st.
4.  Sherwood Club Rotary Tree Sale 4/20-5/11th Volunteer Signup on their website at
[Editor’s note:  I went to their Tree Sale on 5/11 and bought three [different] gorgeous apple trees….and their club accepted my offer to do a program soon for them on the Forest Grove Rotary Concours d’Elegance….yet another long-standing Rotary fundraiser!]
Noon Rotarians are invited to join the Early Birds in the all the above activities. 
Reminder of May 15, Club Meeting (Chehalem Cultural Center):  Program: Chehalem Youth and Family Services Update, Presenter: Newberg Noon Rotarian, Deborah Cathers-Seymour………….
Then the meeting on May 22nd…Membership Committee Meeting…@ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm….and the Club Meeting (Chehalem Cultural Center) Program:  Newberg Interact Club – Presentation of Projects
Geoff Gilmore managed the DUCK, with encouragement to tell stories/remembrances related to Ken Austin’s life….and there were several very heart-warming recollections….with $55 generated.
Today’s program presenters, Lori Bergen, CEO, and Diana Fisher, Executive Director [and a Friend of Rotary] for Providence Newberg Medical
Center, gave us an update on new developments at the Newberg Providence health-care complex.  Planned facility opening is in the Winter of 2019 – 2020.  Lori spoke first:
With detailed supportive images, she summarized the information provided in hand-out fliers provided at each table….”Elevating Care, Close to Home…”…In order to grow and serve more patients, Providence is investing in our community to increase access to primary care, cancer services, cardiac rehab and more….”
Diana reinforced what Lori had said, with more specifics that focused on such topics as the size/layout of facilities, cardiac rehab, specialty medicine timeshare offices, and “Basecamp” [with emphasis on wellness & prevention], etc.
To donate or learn more:  Call 503-537-1670 or visit: Providence
A BIG THANKS! to Lori and Diana for the terrific, insightful, update on Providence’s latest development!
Always-inspirational Club President Om closed the meeting.
A sure-fire way to guide a calm-but-productive life is to follow Rotary’s Four Way Test of the things we think say or do:
First – Is it the TRUTH?
Second – Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Fourth – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Following these guidelines makes it so much easier to…..
Respectfully submitted,
Rick Kaufman
Newsletter Editor
Rotarian Magazine question:   OK….so…what happened in Berea, Ohio, last Memorial Day [2018] that merited a photo in the May, 2019, issue of the Rotarian Magazine, and how does it relate to the Rotary “theme” for May?  [Your “prize” for researching this and reporting it to the membership will be the satisfaction of having read one of the finest publications on Rotary and its programs/activities around the world!…AND…perhaps making a small donation for the privilege of reporting this!….but don’t stop with the subject article…as there is much more…so much more…to be found each month in The Rotarian Magazine!]

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 1, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 1, 2019

Another FUN Rotary meeting at Friendsview!

We were greeted by Paula…..and presented with a somewhat TROPICAL lunch menu, including specially prepared/delicious plantain [looks like bananas to most of us!]:

Prez Om opened the meeting with such INSPIRATION…again!

She had Dr. Stan Kern ably lead us in the Pledge…

Then introduced our guests….Earlybird Rotary Exchange Students Rosa Ruiz Lopez and Matteo Crotta, accompanied by Elizabeth Still.

And visiting Rotarians, Newberg Earlybird President-Elect Rod Federswich….and John Bailey….Ray’s Rotarian guest from England.

For the “Rotary Moment”, Om then had Mike Caruso recognize two new Paul Harris Award recipients [each w/ multiple PHFs]….Geoff and LeRoy:

Beth Pent elicited $46 in DUCK contributions….with plenty of stories….from Auggie, Walter, Laura [interviewing for a new City Librarian], Jeff, Dan, Stan, Shannon, Deborah [pointing out RAY’s 80th birthday], Paula…..AND acknowledging AUGGIE’s Birthday, too!

Laura T. gave us an up-date on Matching Grant activities…including senior project….with “HelpingHands”.

Corey spoke of working on the early stages of forming a Rotoract Club at George Fox University.

Auggie announced an up-coming FREE forum and panel discussion on “Understanding Pain and Opiates, Challenges for Student Athletes” for Wednesday, May 15, 6 – 8 PM at the Chehalem Cultural Center…with registration requested….bit/ly/painforumegistration

Leah provided us with a new…and she claims…final…2020 Auction date: May 9, 2020…and said that some $62K – $63K went into the Foundation from the 2019 Auction proceeds, with $5K going toward the next MURAL….which will be on the east-facing outside wall of the Library Annex.

AND…Bayo, from the City of Newberg, reminded us that the City’s survey, “Are We Going in the Right Direction?” regarding the Community Vision, closes May 7:

Newberg Earlybird Rotarians have invited us to their annual social “FIRESIDE” being held on Thursday  May 16th, 6 PM at Tina’s Barn 23095 Mountain Top Road.  Please bring $10 to cover food costs.

Program: Presenters were Exchange Students, Rosa and Matteo.

Rosa is from Oaxaca, Mexico…located in the extreme south of that country. She is youngest of four [4] siblings, and the only girl.  She spoke of many holidays, including the Day of the Dead [Nov. 1 – 2] and the Day of the Good Samaritan Woman during the 3rd Friday of Lent.  Also mentioned were traditional handicrafts, gastronomy, and many tourist places in the region. She enjoys Scouting and swimming, spoke of the Zapotec culture and that she wants to be a doctor. She supported her words with photos of her family, home city and region. Her English is VERY GOOD!

Matteo: Lives near Switzerland, adjacent to N. Italy’s famous Lake Como….a city known for its BIG TOWER…is one of three [3] siblings; his dad owns/runs a pasta shop in the city…and his mom is a translator/interpreter [German <-> Italian] and likes painting and making jewelry.  Matteo enjoys soccer [claims his home team is always the worst ranking one in the area…except when he is not there!], snowboarding, skiing and hiking….and especially likes drawing/art, and hopes to become a graphic artist/designer. He also had supportive photos. His English is also VERY GOOD!

From their obvious levels of excitement and enthusiasm, both these great students are enjoying their time in Newberg!  The Rotary International Student Exchange Program is alive and well in Newberg, Oregon, USA!

REMINDER: The May 8 meeting will be back at the Cultural Center: Program: What’s New at Providence Newberg – Updates on the new expansion and more!  Presenters: Lori Bergen, CEO & Diana Fisher, Executive Director

Prez Om closed the meeting…and we are all encouraged to….


……and to 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?


#4 – Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


BTW…You are encouraged to read your ROTARIAN MAGAZINE…you may never know when there just might be a TEST on something in there!

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

and…’s “grin”….”…hmmm…..yet another day has passed and I did not use ALGEBRA once!…….very interesting…….”





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