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….”

 

 

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for March 27, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for March 27, 2019

Today we had a special “off-site” field trip….to the Ewing Young Distillery about three and a half  miles west of Newberg, just north of Oregon Highway 240.

It was a beautiful RAINY day!  In spite of the rain we had a decent showing of Rotarians and even a few guests.

We met  in a tent immediately outside the barn housing the distillery.  The site forced some changes to our usual routine, so…with the rain on the tent’s roof immediately overhead, providing a nearly-musical aural backdrop to our proceedings, then, per usual, ever-inspirational President Om…

who had come in wearing the cutest darn hat you’ve ever seen…opened the meeting, walked through the guest introductions…including Megan Misa…GFU artist student [part of the MURAL TEAM, guest of Geoff Gilmore];  Don Hollaway [w/ Hague Hamilton Insurance] guest of Bob Ficker; a Mr. Petersen, guest of Curt Walker; Judy Robinson’s husband, Marvin; Laura Tilrico’s husband, Michael; and Michael Sipes w/Edward Jones, guest of Shannon Buckmaster,

and then turned it over to Leah for a quick report on our SUPER-SUCCESSFUL AUCTION of the Saturday night before…on the 23rd.  Leah particularly thanked Linda and Lacey for their exceptional efforts…Jan Widner and crew for the outstanding decorations….Interactors, Helping Hands, Water Polo Team, RYLA students, Exchange Students, and all the other volunteers…Rotarians, et al.  Leah, just touching on the financial aspects of the event,  also said a full report should be out before the end of April…as some bills and income have yet to be reported.  She gave us a date for the 2020 Auction …April 18…again at the Chehalem Cultural Center…and that we would likely have encore appearances of both our Master of Ceremonies with Mike Donahue…as well as our FANTASTIC auctioneer…Brian Cain, educator from McMinnville…but no “theme” yet.  Leah did a TERRIFIC job orchestrating the whole thing!

Preliminary report: $128,000 Gross receipts, sold more wine than last year, lower amount collected for Live Auction…but had fewer items, attendance lower than 2018, sold Ford Explorer for $5,500, Heads/Tails Fundraiser raised nearly $750, Paddle Raise: $15,000, Helping Hands: $17,000.  Rotarians with auction bills – submit to Leah a..s.a.p.

THEN….recently retired Jim McMaster

introduced Doug Root, owner/boss at Ewing Young Distillery,

our primary presenter for the meeting with a HIGHLY ENTERTAINING story about the place and its namesake…Ewing Young…Chehalem Valley pioneer, buried a short distance away under an oak tree.  Copies of the book Doug is holding ARE available at the Newberg Public Library…. confirmed by Leah.  Doug is a fascinating story-teller…and he regaled us with many anecdotal accounts from Ewing Young’s life.  It is highly suggested to not only read the book, but to visit the distillery during regular open hours to listen to more of Doug’s stories….not only of Ewing Young, but the history of the Chehalem Valley in the early years of European-American settlement.  Their website is FULL of interesting historical “tid-bits”… including hours of operation…check it out!

Doug then introduced their Principal Distiller…Tucker Mortensen.  Tucker has been at the Distillery since June of 2018…is a trained 5-star chef, with extensive experience in French restaurants…in France…brews beer…and is reputed to have a fantastic “palate” for identifying the nuances and subtleties of distilled “spirits”.  Tucker gave us not only some additional history, but described a few distillery “tricks” to create the special flavors of the varied “spirits” they have at Ewing Young Distillery.  Immediately after the meeting, we were then given the opportunity to do some taste-testing, as well as purchase some of their products. [Note:  Doug expressed a very strong interest in becoming a Newberg Noon Rotarian! Which was duly noted by Membership Chair Shannon! ]

All in all, in spite of the rain…it was a F U N special meeting…a very pleasant and unique field trip!  Much thanks to Doug & Tucker!

April 3 meetingProgram:  International Grant Project…Rotary at Work… Jambo! (Swahili for “hello!”) from Africa!

Presenters: Grace Kuto (Tigard Rotary Club) and her Rotarian Guests from Africa

International Relations Committee Meeting , Apr 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

April 10 meeting:  Another “field trip”…..NOTE THE LOCATION: Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue – Downtown Newberg Station

Program:   Fighting the devastating California Wild Fires;  Progress Report / Updates on Newberg Services.

Presenters:  Alex Haven – Captain, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue;  Deputy Operations Chief, State Fire Marshal’s Red Team – Stefan L. Myers
– Public Affairs Officer, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue

President Om closed our FUN meeting with the invitation to go next door into the Distillery for some tasting and/or buying!

The Four-Way Test of Rotary:

#1 – Is it the TRUTH?

#2 – Is it FAIR to all concerned?

#3 – Will it BUILD GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

#4 – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

.~ BE THE INSPIRATION! ~

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

Plus a touch of humor….“Of course I talk to myself….sometimes I need expert advice!”