Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for January 9, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for January 9, 2019

Special “Field Trip” as we met at the NEW Chehalem Valley  Recreation District’s Aquatic & Fitness Center.

President Om was excited to share some GOOD NEWS from 2018 as it relates to the world in general with the able assistance and efforts of Rotary!

Some of the “Good News”….The world’s population is living longer and better than ever before; hundreds of thousands of people across the planet have gained access to electricity for the first time; were able to access clean drinking water for the first time; and were able to get online for the first time.  All good news…and Rotarians have been key in making this happen!

Guests were introduced:

Lisa Salmons, Providence Newberg Medical Center, Volunteer Coordinator, Guest of Spike Summer

Melissa Hoffman, Spouse of Spike Sumner
Mike Donahue, Auction Emcee, retired television broadcaster, Guest of Bob Ficker
Jeff Boileau, Spouse of Om Sukheenai
Bayo Ware, Community Visioning Coordinator, City of Newberg, Guest of Om Sukheenai
As today’s “program”,  Jim McMaster was in charge of our visit to the new Aquatic and Fitness Center, but before he could start into that role, Auggie had a special presentation for him….
…with a “Service Above Self” recognition gift from the club.
Then Jim gave us some of the history of how the center came to be…and in turn introduced the Primary Contractor’s spokesman-for-the-day, Project Supervisor, David Rappreyea, who told us more about the company and their commitment to this community project.
Between the two of them, we learned that though the Aquatic Center is now up-and-running with lots of participation, the Fitness Center is still in final stages of construction.  We were split up into two groups for the brief tour of the Fitness Center with particular attention given to the elevated “jogging track”….where 15 times [laps] around it equates to one [1] mile of distance.  Of special note was the attractive, multi-colored, wall mural….check it out in these photos…along with comments as to the extra strength built into the whole system for major seismic stability.  Jim and his crews have done a fantastic job with this amazing facility….which will see constant use for many years to come!  Everyone was having a GREAT time checking out all the details in the new Fitness Center!  Especially our “resident” photographer…..Auggie!
As they say, a good time was had by all!
A couple of reminders…..
Next week’s meeting [January 16] will be at Friendsview…NOT the Cultural Center!  The program will be Patrick giving us an update on the humanitarian emergency 911 project in Nepal.
AND….. DO YOUR PART for our primary fundraiser….The Auction! If you haven’t yet signed up for something…do so NOW!
With so much going on, I’m not sure who closed out the meeting, but I remember Jim saying that we were standing on the site of the former swimming pool where the primary group photo was taken….
SO…..let the Four Way Test of Rotary help guide your life…it works!
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Respectfully submitted,
Rick Kaufman
Newsletter Editor


Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for December 20, 2018

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Merry Christmas to ALL!

According to Auggie, the joint meeting  on Thursday, December 20th, with the Kiwanis went very well…thoroughly enjoyed by all!  Thanks for the report, Auggie…and the great PHOTOS, too!

Rather than a lot of words this time, how about mostly pictures!

Jack Maxwell, Kiwanis President, started the meeting by introducing the NHS String Ensemble.  They played Christmas tunes for 10 minutes or so.  Jack welcomed the Rotarians and introduced Rotary President Om, who graciously thanked them for the opportunity to meet with them.
Jack also had tickets available for the Provoking Hope Fund Raiser in McMinnville; Jack and his wife Vickie are the featured Guest Speakers at this event.   Jack adjourned the meeting by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas!!! Happy New Year!!!

REMINDER!  No Rotary Meeting Wednesday, December 26th and Wednesday, January 2nd.  Our January 9th Rotary Club Meeting will be at the Chehalem Park and Recreation Department’s new pool and fitness center at noon.  Join us for a TOUR conducted by Jim McMaster!

SO…go out there, follow the Four Way Test of Rotary, and…  

~ Be The Inspiration! ~

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor


Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for December 12, 2018

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for December 12, 2018

REMINDER:  THERE WILL BE NO REGULAR MEETING ON DECEMBER 19!  Instead we will be having lunch with the Kiwanis Club on Thursday, December 20!

Diana Fisher was our friendly GREETER today!

Prez Om opened the meeting with ENTHUSIASM…ENERGY…and an INSPIRATION to us all!

Gene Piros led us in the PLEDGE.

Guest Cathi Young was hosted by Auggie G….with a “plug” for Cathi’s current career offerings.

Marge passed around some “Get well, Jack!” cards to sign….

Walter handled the DUCK today….masterfully eliciting contributions from Leah, Om, Jim McM., Judy R., Stan, Rick, Walter, Rebecca and Karl H …with each having their own brief story to tell, and paying for the privilege to tell it…

Our program for the day is a “two-parter”….first is Prez Om and some important intra-club business….then on to Auction Action:

With appropriate images on the big screens, President Om reviewed the Club’s organizational structure, principally discussing the Officers’ positions, as well as the make-up of the Board.  She also went over the various chair positions…and their attendant responsibilities…for Rotary’s five [5] Avenues of Service…followed by paper ballot voting for the slate of officers for the Rotary year 2019 – 2020.  She looks seriously focused here!

New Rotarian Kim Abraham, equally focused, listening intently to Om, and taking it all in!

THEN….on to AUCTION ACTION!  March 23, 2019!  Leah started with a reminder as to how important this is…where the proceeds go…and that the 2019 Auction will be held right HERE at the Chehalem Cultural Center...helping the Club realize significant cost savings.  Each Rotarian had a 45th Rotary Auction form  entitled “Who do you know that would have compelling auction items?”…with plenty of room to list three [3] names/items. 

Denise took it from there and had each table’s occupants spend time “on-the-clock” to come up with a list….to then be shared with everyone…and added to the Master List.  Surprisingly there was very little overlap from one group’s list to another’s….and with a LOT of creativity demonstrated. This all bodes well for our 45th Annual Auction!

AND….if you have not yet signed up for a specific duty assignment…do so NOW!

REMEMBER…MARCH 23 is coming up FAST! So the time for AUCTION ACTION is NOW!

A big THANKS to Leah and Denise!

Prez Om rang the closing bell with the reminder to…live by Rotary’s Four Way Test, and to….


Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor



Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for December 5, 2018

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for December 5, 2018

Kim Abraham was GREETER today for her very first time….GOOD JOB, KIM!

President Om opened the meeting revisiting the FUN weekend activity of the Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration in the front courtyard of the Cultural Center. This was the 34th Annual Event and there were 600 – 800 folks there having F U N!  [Ed. note: The picture of the tree is before the crowd was there!]

…and then she asked Karl Hughes to lead us in the PLEDGE.

Leah introduced her guest, Lacey Carroll, who will be managing much of the “gnittty gritty ” of the Auction, as Auction Assistant…with the reminder that next week, the 12th, we should all be considering Special items for the Auction…receipts now available…AND the Auction will be held at the Cultural Center!  The meeting on the 12th will be an “Auction Jumpstart Meeting” to get our club members on the same page and excited about collecting donations for our 45th Newberg Rotary Auction.

Rod Federwisch, EarlyBird Rotarian President-Elect joined us today with a reminder of one of their fundraisers happening the morning of the 6th!

Activity to happen on Thursday, Dec. 6….an AUCTION to support their philanthropic projects.

Leah Griffith provided us with a Rotary Moment in relating how grateful she was to see the Newberg High School Interactors…10 – 12 of them…just “diving right in” to help out with whatever was needed during the Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration.   Whatever the tasks…they jumped right in with VIGOR, enthusiasm,  and excitement and “got ‘er dun!”…Leah called them “AWESOME & RESPONSIBLE!” What an Interact Club we are so proud to sponsor!  Judy and Denise are doing a great job with mentoring these FUTURE ROTARIANS!  And Gene Piros was right in there with the Interactors.

Becky A. wielded the DUCK today…starting with a reminder to Dr. Stan of his not having been here on his birthday….for which he gladly made a contribution…with a big smile, too!

Marge is headed to Orlando and Mazatlan…with her VISA card!  There should be some stories coming out of THAT trip!

Leah needs a plumber [?]…bet there’s going to be a story here, too!

Lacey then bragged on the Cub Scout Pack & Boy Scout Troop and the 50 lbs of food raised during the Christmas Lighting Show!

Tricia…Dr. Hornback…our speaker today…said there been a contribution of $600 made to “Every Child Oregon”.

Gene P. was delighted to work with the Interactors…claimed he didn’t do much other than watch THEM work!

Mike C. said that Providence will help recruit a representative to our Rotary club…and they also have the newest Peace Pole site!

Laura spoke briefly on a grant program in-the-works to deal with youth suicides. The Foundation Committee met after the regular meeting to discuss various “matching grants” projects in the works…including a 911-type of Emergency System for Nepal that Patrick is leading…and projects in Uganda,  etc., with which our local Interactors can be involved.

Paula said Kim Abraham did an AWESOME JOB as Greeter for the first time!  Also mentioned need for volunteers for Meals for Seniors…AND….she SURVIVED her Mom’s 100th birthday celebration!

Auggie is pleased that the U of W Huskies are likely going to the Rose Bowl!

Reminder….we will NOT be meeting on the 19th, but have been invited to join the Kiwanis on the 20th…but still here at CCC at noon!

President Om introduced our program today…the Classification Talk by new Rotarian, Dr. Patricia “Tricia” Hornback, from George Fox University.

After providing us with fascinating information on her part-Cherokee/part Irish heritage….including a few well-chosen First Nations language “lessons” …and that she is a “Story Keeper”…she gave us background on her personal…and often international… history that led her to pursue her current efforts toward “Strategic Peacebuilding”.  She provided us at each table with printed material that outlined core considerations on this subject.  A few, but not all, of them, in no particular order, include:  Education,  Humanitarian Action, Dialogue/Conflict Resolution Strategies; Transitional Justice, Dealing with Transnational and Global Threats, Violence Prevention/Conflict Response and Transformation, Restorative Justice.  She has spent years in many places across the globe in pursuit of “Peace Building”, with interesting/eye-opening stories from the Middle East, Northern Thailand, SW China, SE Asia, and other locales.  Once again we have managed to add yet another terrific personage to the ranks of Newberg Noon Rotary Club!  Thanks, Dr. Tricia!

President Om closed out the meeting with the ENTHUSIASTIC reminder to follow the Four Way Test of Rotary

1 – Is it the TRUTH?

2 – Is it FAIR to all concerned?


4 – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?




Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor