June 18, 2018 Newsletter

AN INSPIRATIONAL NEW PRESIDENT 

New Club President Om Sukheenai.

Thank you and kudos to outgoing President Todd Engle and his Board of Directors.

Outgoing Club President Todd Engle officially installed Om Sukheenai as our new leader during a jam-packed Installation Dinner event June 14 at the Methven Family Vineyards in Dayton. Om unveiled the new Rotary International theme for the year, “Be the Inspiration,” and shared her own inspiring story of immigrating to the U.S. from Thailand.  She laid out her leadership principles and said she looks forward to working with her board to implement the strategic plan and vision recently developed by club members.

LAURA TILRICO HONORED AS “ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR”

 Outgoing President Todd Engle and Corey Zielsdorf give a certificate of recognition to International Committee Chair Laura Tilrico for her work on many, many projects, including in Nepal and Guatemala. 

A  CELEBRATION OF 50 YEARS OF ROTARY SERVICE……

Rick displays his special 50th anniversary gift.

Rick Kaufman’s daughter and son-in-law attended the Installation Dinner to help celebrate his 50 years of Rotary service.  He has been a club president (twice), and is probably best known for being one of the founders of the Concours D’Elegance car show in Forest Grove, a Rotary-sponsored event. He is a retired dentist who stays busy as a woodworker and bonsai expert…and has a long list of other interests. Congratulations, Rick!

…..AND RECOGNITION FOR  30 GREAT YEARS 

Ann and Patrick Dolan attended the Installation Dinner and received awards and recognition for Bill Dolan, who would have celebrated 30 years of Rotary service this year. Bill passed away in May.

FOOD WASTE AND RECOVERY TOPIC AT LAST WEEK’S MEETING

Guest speakers Paul Petillo, with Fred Meyer, and Diane Longaker with YCAP.

By Rick Kaufman
Suzanne Miller introduced Paul Petillo and Diane Longaker to discuss the subject of “waste food”, its challenges, and ways it is dealt with in our area.
Paul is the corporate executive with Fred Meyer responsible for policy and logistics in company as regarding minimizing food waste in their operations. Diane is Resource Development Coordinator for Yamhill County Action Partnership [YCAP] Food Bank.
Both spoke of concerted efforts to reduce food stuffs from going into landfills. Paul spoke of how very tightly Fred Meyer monitors/manages all food commodities they buy, sell and dispose of [if/when needed]….with “best practices” resulting in still-safely-consumable-but-no-longer-marketable products going to entities/organizations such as YCAP Food Bank for appropriate re-distribution. Diane addressed the Food Bank’s efforts in dealing with all those in the “food chain” from farmers & producers/processors on through “food banks” and others assisting the “food needy” in our communities…and on to final disposal of un-usables…such as “anaerobic bacterial digesting” into fuel for electric power production….a process management detailed by Paul.
 

 $50,000 IN LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS

AWARDED BY CLUB

Using the proceeds from our auction in April, the Club has awarded over $50,000 in scholarships to 39 local students.

New this year was the $3000 Bill Dolan Scholarship, named in memory of 30-year Rotarian and St. Paul Rodeo Hall-of-Famer Bill Dolan, who passed way in May of this year.  Presley Smith, St. Paul High School Valedictorian, is the first recipient of that award.

Six of the larger scholarships are named in honor of local Rotarians and citizens, in recognition of their contributions to the community: Bill Dolan, Joan Austin, Ken Austin, Ray Simonsen, Larry Bohnsack and Crystal Dawn Smith Rilee.

“We are delighted to be able to make these awards and help local students with their college expenses,” said Club President Todd Engle. “We thank all of the auction sponsors, donors and attendees for making this possible.”

“SERVICE ABOVE SELF” AWARDS

A “Service Above Self” award was given to Scholarship Committee Chair Dave Parker for his leadership and service to the club. Dave has accepted a new job as the Superintendent of the Forest Grove School District and will be leaving the club.  Thanks and best wishes, Dave!

 

Former Auction Chair Grant Gerke is also leaving the club. Grant was recognized for his hours and hours of tireless service as Committee Chair for many auctions and other projects. Thanks and best wishes, Grant! 

A NEW FRIEND OF ROTARY

Membership Committee Chair (and new Chamber of Commerce CEO) Shannon Buckmaster (right) officially welcomed Diana Fisher back to our club as a “Friend of Rotary.” Diana said she has been gone for 5 years out-of-state. She is now the Executive Director of the Providence Newberg Health Foundation. Welcome, Diana!

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Auggie Gonzales, Club Foundation Board Member, presents an auction- proceeds check for $30,750 to Mike Pollock for support to the Helping Hands organization.

Jim Hirte has returned to the club after 5 weeks in Mexico and 4 weeks in Galveston, Texas.  Welcome back, Jim.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND SELL PANCAKE BREAKFAST TICKETS!

The annual pancake breakfast, sponsored in conjunction with the Morning Club as part of the Old Fashioned Festival, will be here before you know it. Good news–this year, the requirement to buy $72 in tickets has been dropped. However, there is still a “requirement” to sell tickets, help get sponsors and volunteer for the event!  Curt Walker has once again stepped up to lead this project and is the man to see for more information.

GUESTS

Lydia and Jackson, wife and baby son of Dan Keuler, joined Dan for lunch.

Sara James Vandehey, cousin and guest of Shannon Buckmaster, attended our meeting to check us out.

 

June 11, 2018 Newsletter

Corey Zielsdorf presented the findings of our recent visioning session.

Imagine it’s 2023. What do you think our club will be like then? What would you like it to be 5 years from now? Defining that was the purpose of our May 3 visioning exercise led by Corey Zielsdorf, who reported out on the results of that session last week.

Twenty-three categories of discussion from a wide variety of members who participated in the exercise were compiled. Corey presented the top visions from each category. He said these will be translated into future club goals. Then, action plans will be developed to help accomplish the goals.  Following is a summary of the visions:

Category: Leadership Development

  • New members get a mentor; then become a mentor
  • Hold an annual club leadership academy and have a 2- to 3-year succession plan

Category: What Our Club Stands For

  • Civility and civic involvement
  • Make significant differences in the community and internationally
  • Encourage and support diversity

Category: Club Size

  • 75 to 85 members

Category: Club Attributes

  • Diversity in age, gender, ethnicity and personality
  • Embrace and celebrate the club’s uniqueness and be open to change
  • New members integrated immediately; also with their new ideas

Category: Club Service/Administration

  • Find out interests of new members and plug them in
  • Mentorship program for new members
  • Social events at homes and businesses of Rotarians, with great attendance
  • Bi-annual meeting to review club goals and progress

Category: Vocational Service

  • Know every members’ talent and why they chose their career. Inspire Youth.
  • Celebrate ethics in business, membership and youth with an event
  • Introduce Rotary service in public/private/homeschool

Category: Community Service

  • Expand school resource rooms from only material support to social services
  • Pioneer a process to coordinate community organizations and county to identify needs
  • Implement a tool to define, refine, prioritize and evaluate community service projects based on criteria

Category: Youth Service

  • Interact, Rotoract and Rotary combined a program to help address community issues facing youth
  • Scholarship fund created for post high school vocational training
  • Pilot a program for middle school mental well-being resulting in zero suicides

Category: International Service

  • Increased member participation in international projects
  • Expand Guatemala project to include OHSU and Pacific U.
  • Fund members to attend international conferences
  • Hands-on activity in international projects

Category: Fundraising

  • Walk/fun run through Wine Country
  • Sponsor annual Festival of Children

Category: Rotary Foundation

  • 50% of members add codicils to their wills to the Foundation
  • Every Rotarian Every Year 100%
  • Increase Paul Harris Sustaining members from 15 to 30%

Category: Local Club Foundation

  • Foundation and Club Boards meet regularly to keep goals aligned
  • Term limits for Foundation Board Members to encourage more member involvement
  • Develop a self-sustaining endowment fund

Category: Public Image

  • Every local business has a “We Support Rotary” sticker in their window
  • Utilize social media
  • Hire a part-time marketing coordinator
  • Scholarship recipients get Rotary “swag.”

Thanks to all who participated in our Vision facilitation to plan our club’s future!

MURAL UPDATE

 So exciting! The design (above) of the mural planned for the side of the Steve’s Auto Body Shop building on Highway 99W in Newberg was unveiled by the four George Fox University student artists working on the project: Ben Cahoon, Sierra Ratcliff, Annabelle Wombacher and Jared Mar.  

Sierra told us the design–a series of hands with geometry as an aesthetic in the background– symbolizes community, connections, generosity and service.  “We came up with a series of hands,” she said. “‘Giving hands’ symbolize service, ‘receiving hands’ symbolize thankfulness and gratitude. ‘Embracing hands’ hold together the community and its values.” Permitting for the mural is now underway, and once finalized, painting will begin. The mural will include a Rotary logo at the bottom left. A big “Thank You” to Sherwin Williams for donating the paint.

INSTALLATION DINNER THIS THURSDAY

Still time to get tickets for this year’s event!  Always a nice evening in a scenic setting with a chance to sip some wonderful wine. Weather is supposed to be perfect. Come participate in this year’s “changing of the guard,” as Todd Engle finishes his year of presidency and Om Sukheenai is installed as our new one. Event is 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Methven Family Vineyards. Tickets $30 each. Please RSVP to Paula Radich.

THE NEW POOL IS OPEN!

Club Foundation representative Spike Sumner, left, presents CPRD Aquatic Center Project Manager Jim McMaster with a check for $30,000 from the club towards the new community pool. Club President Todd Engle attended the grand opening ceremony (below) last Thursday and took this photo.

THIS WEEK’S MEETING

Ever been at a restaurant where the portions were so huge you couldn’t finish the food and just left it on your plate? Ever wonder what happens to all the produce that is heading past its prime at your grocery store? A panel discussion on food waste and recovery in Newberg as a way to address hunger  is the feature for this week’s meeting. Representatives from Fred Meyer, J’s Restaurant, and the Yamhill Community Action Partnership will join us at the Cultural Center.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

A date has been set for the upcoming Habitat for Humanity build project. According to Shannon Buckmaster, the event will be Sept. 15 from 8:45am to 4:30pm. Lunch, all tools and training provided.  Please contact Shannon if you can volunteer.

A female tribute band to Meryl Haggard called “Geryl Haggard” will play at an upcoming fund-raiser for Peace Village Global on June 24. Proceeds will go  towards an upcoming Peace Village camp in Tripoli, Lebanon that our club is supporting in conjunction with the Rotary Club there. Come on out for pizza and some good music.  Sunday, June 24 from 5 to 8 pm at Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi in Portland. Donations at the door.

OTHER STUFF

Marge O’Connell is planning a trip to Newfoundland and will miss a couple meetings. Have a great time, Marge!

PDG Mike Caruso led a committee conducting interviews for District 5100-sponsored Peace Fellow candidates last weekend. A record 10 people, from places as diverse as India and Africa, as well as Portland, applied and were screened via personal interview. Eight candidates were recommended for additional review. Selection of the final candidates by Rotary International will be in the Fall in Chicago.

Shannon Buckmaster was named the new CEO of the Newberg Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations, Shannon!

Shannon also reported on a wonderful new idea from the Membership Committee. They will coordinate a “We Care” effort for club response to members’ illness, hospitalization, surgery, family member loss, or other events and milestones.  They will determine if perhaps a home visit, card, meal, or other action is needed and organize the information/response. If you hear of a situation like this that you think needs a club response, please contact a Membership Committee member.

 

June 4, 2018 Newsletter

Clara Perez-Rossi displays the pins she has collected while in the U.S

Most Americans probably think of Argentina  as a warm-weather country. So it was surprising to learn from Rotary International exchange student Clara Perez-Rossi that she is from the southern part of that country– where there are glaciers, snow and penguins! Clara is from Bariloche, a small town located just 15 minutes from mountains and ski resorts. She educated us on this and other aspects of this South American country at our meeting last week.

Tango is the national dance of the country. In the capital, Buenos Aires, there is a famous neighborhood for tango called “Caminito.”

Futbol (called soccer here) is a passion. “People get really intense about it,” she laughed.  “People go out to eat and then watch futbol on Sundays.”

Her “favorite part” to talk about is the country’s food specialties. She described things like empanadas  (“turnovers filled with meat, cheese or veggies”), pan dulce (“sweets usually served around Christmas and New Year’s,”)” and barbecue known as “asado.” When asked about her favorite American food, she smiled and said, “PB&J!”

Clara shared photos of her family and friends, and said she loves to go sailing in the summer and skiing in the winter.  She was on the ski team at home and in Newberg.  She has visited San Francisco, which she calls, “my favorite city in the U.S.”

In response to a question about the differences in schooling between Newberg and Bariloche, Clara said, “We don’t change classrooms like here. We stay in one classroom, and have a chance to get really close with other students. The school sizes are smaller. Also, we don’t have sports in the school. You go to a club for that.  The hours are different, too. We go from  7:50am to 1:4opm with no lunch.”

When she returns to Argentina, Clara plans to finish high school and go to college.

She said she has had a great experience so far. “I’ve had a lot of fun with my host family.”

LATE BREAKING NEWS: You have probably heard about the devastating volcano eruption in Guatemala that killed dozens of people today. Auggie Gonzales, coordinator for the club’s annual Guatemala dental mission, has been in touch with contacts there and says that folks who live the towns served by the mission are okay. However, the Antigua Rotary Club, which coordinates the mission there, is asking for help for the affected towns. More information on ways to help will be available at Wednesday’s meeting.

PAUL HARRIS AWARDS

PDG Mike Caruso made 3 Paul Harris awards at last week’s meeting, recognizing those who give at least $1000 annually to the Rotary International Foundation.  Mike said our club is the #2 Paul Harris Society club in District 5100 in terms of donations. Congratulations to LeRoy Benham (above left, with Mike) on his standing as a “Paul Harris +7,” which means he has given in excess of $8000.  Dr. Eric Bergquam (below right) received a pin for being a “Paul Harris +5,” meaning he has donated in excess of $6000. And Geoff Gilmore (below) was recognized for being a “Paul Harris +4,” giving in excess of $5000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers are needed June 8 and 9 to address envelopes for thank-you notes to our auction sponsors, and to enjoy some time with other Rotarians while doing so. You will be rewarded with either dinner on the 8th or brunch on the 9th, and are guaranteed to be well-fed! That’s because Auction chair and gourmet cook Denise Bacon is providing dinner on the 8th (6 to 8pm) and brunch on the 9th (10am to noon) at her house.  To sign up, please see the recent email or contact Denise.

Shannon Buckmaster is looking for 6 good volunteers for a Saturday in September to help with a home build for Habitat for Humanity. Minimum age of 14 to be at the site. Training, equipment and lunch will be provided. For more info and to volunteer, please contact Shannon.

GUESTS

Michelle Bechtold from the Early Birds Club introduced our speaker.

Visiting last week from the Early Birds Club were International Exchange Student Program co-chairs Michelle Bechtold and Elizabeth Still.  Michelle introduced our speaker and thanked our club for supporting the exchange program.

Exchange students Danielle Bosse, who went to Argentina, and Nevres Eryigit, here from Turkey, attended to support our speaker.

JUNE 14 INSTALLATION DINNER  

Time to buy your tickets for this fun annual event (with great wine!) coming right up at Methven Family Vineyards.  Come bid Todd Engle farewell as our president and welcome Om Sukheenai as our new leader. Social hour starts at 5:30pm; dinner at 6:30pm. Bon Appetit will be catering–so you know the food will be delicious!

HERE AND THERE

Walter Want, left, and Club President Todd Engle, make cleaning up Memorial Park a week or so ago look like fun. (No, it’s not an American Gothic redo!)

Past President Jim McMaster shared that the much-anticipated Grand Opening of the community’s new Aquatic Center will be this Thursday, June 7 at 3pm. Let’s hope Jim gets his life back after this event! Jim also shared that his son Spencer is earning money for college by working at a camp for special needs kids in the mountains of Santa Cruz, CA this summer.

A pat on the back to Dan Keuler , who recently received “Rookie of the Year” honors from the City of Newberg. And Dan’s wife was recently appointed to the school board. How’s that for a civic-minded family? And –their baby son Jackson can now sit up and clap his hands.

Rick Kaufmann has returned from a three-week visit with his son in Vermont. He attended meetings at some Rotary clubs while there, and brought us club flags from the St. Johnsbury, VT club and the Littleton, New Hampshire club. Thanks, Rick.

Dr. Stan Kearns announced that he had recently celebrated his 62nd wedding anniversary. In commemoration, he made a generous donation to the Duck. Thank you and congrats, Dr. Stan.

Just when you think you know somebody……Auggie Gonzales revealed he had received the “best tango dancer” award when he attended the Rotary International convention in Buenos Aires as incoming president of our club a number of years ago. Who knew?

 

 

Memorial Day (May 28), 2018 Newsletter

Kevin Chambers discusses Bitcoin.

“Bitcoin: How It Works, How To Get It, Should You Care” was the title of last week’s fascinating presentation by Kevin Chambers from the McMinnville Noon Rotary Club.  Kevin is with Headwater Investment Consulting, an independent wealth management company.

Kevin said the movement toward a digital cash system was originally started by “cypherpunks,” who were into freedom and lack of government regulation.  He said Bitcoin specifically was started in 2008 by Satori Nakamoto– and what a story around that guy! Apparently that may not be his real name, he owns a huge amount of Bitcoin, and no one knows where he is now or if he is even alive.

The basic goal with Bitcoin, according to Kevin, is to use thousands of computers instead of institutions to verify transactions. “It is a public ledger system that takes out the middleman,” he said. “You can see all transactions and once made, they are unable to be changed.”

ACCESS

Bitcoin is accessed through a “key” system.  Your private key is a long (64-digit) random number that provides anonymity and is very secure.

MINING

Mining serves two purposes: It provides a process to verify all transactions and it creates new Bitcoins. “You use your computer to check transactions,” said Kevin. “Mining is also being done by big server farms now.”

BLOCKCHAINS

 Transactions are bundled into a “Blockchain” using cryptography as a tool to verify validity. According to Kevin, the invention of the blockchain for Bitcoin made it the first digital currency to solve the double-spending problem without the need of a trusted authority or a central server.

THIRD PARTIES

While third parties go against the founding concept of no middleman, you can pay a company for a “Wallet” to remember your 64-digit key for you. You can also use an “Exchange” to buy or sell Bitcoin.

Where can you spend Bitcoin? Kevin mentioned Subway, Overstock.com and some other companies.  “It’s a medium of exchange, but not as easy to use as some others. ”

“People are willing to invest in Bicoin because they think there will be future value.” he said.  “As an investment, you are betting that the price will go up.  If you want to buy some Bitcoin, but you don’t want to mine, go to an exchange to buy.”Auction Chair Denise Bacon, who was still battling pneumonia, gave us an update on some possible changes in the auction for next year, including the venue. Due to rising costs at the Allison Inn, it is being proposed that the club hold the auction at the Chehalem Cultural Center instead. She said the ballroom (where our club currently meets) could be decorated in such a way as to be very appealing and upscale. She asked for club members with concerns or comments about such a change to email her at: denisebacon@aol.com.

PDG Mike Caruso received acknowledgment from our Club for his getting the well-deserved Rotary International Distinguished Service Award for exemplary humanitarian service at the District Conference in Salem. Mike then told us about his recent trip to Lebanon to attend a Rotary conference, and the issues that a small country of 5 million people are having absorbing 1 1/2 million Syrian refugees. In strategizing with the Rotary Club in Tripoli on ways to help, it was decided to try a Peace Village camp, which teaches children conflict prevention and resolution skills.  The camp is being scheduled for late Fall in Tripoli, and will utilize club funds normally used to support Peace Village Newberg, which is on hiatus this year. This will be the first international Peace Village.

GUESTS

Kim Abraham from Director’s Mortgage joined us for the second week in a row to check out our club.  Welcome, Kim!

Tommy Sherwood from the McMinnville Club and Headwater attended to support our speaker.

MISCELLANEOUS

Please be sure your calendar is marked and highlighted for Thursday, June 14.  That’s the date of our annual Installation Dinner–always a nice affair at Methven Vineyards. 5:30pm – 9pm. Current President Todd Engle will turn over the reins to Om Sukheenai.

Painting of the club’s Rotary mural on the side of the Steve’s Auto Body building on Highway 99W began last Friday!  Our four George Fox student artists are working collectively to design and paint it. Should be done by the end of June.

THIS WEEK’S PROGRAM

Come hear from Newberg Rotary’s international exchange student from Argentina. See you on Wednesday at the Cultural Center.