Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for July 10, 2019
Greeter: Lynn Quinn
Mike Pollock led us in the PLEDGE.
Guests: Yamhill County District Attorney [and today’s speaker] Brad Barry, and his Chief Deputy Attorney, Kate Lynch.
Leah Griffith provided today’s “Rotary Moment”…sharing some of her fond memories of her time with this club….and letting us know of her plans to join the Seaside Rotary Club….a new-for-her “extended family” that is part of the Rotary Experience.
With new Membership Chair, Kim Abraham, presiding, and ably assisted by newly-retired Newberg City Librarian, Leah Griffith, and officially witnessed by Club President Corey, two new Rotarians were added to our roster today: Brandy Penner and Connie Rice. Welcome, ladies! We look forward to hearing your Classification talks soon!
Jeff Lane reminded us of the need for more volunteers to signup for Pancake Breakfast duties…especially for Saturday early.
Curt Walker has breakfast tickets….encouraging their sales NOW..as pre-event sales proceeds go directly into our coffers…whereas event-gate sales will be split with Early Bird Rotary.
Spike Sumner announced that there is now an opening on the Club’s Foundation Board of Directors.
Walter Want did his usual stellar job of managing the DUCK today, collecting $31 from Rotarians present….including Yours Truly bragging on the Forest Grove Rotary’s 47th [!!] Annual Concours d’Elegance coming up on Sunday, July 21. This has become one of the Top 20 Concours globally. [French pronunciation lessons extra!]
Today’s program speaker, Yamhill County District Attorney, Brad Barry, eloquently gave us “chapter-and-verse” on his job & responsibilities as well as those of the County D.A. office.
There is one District Attorney [D.A.] in each of the State’s counties. The D.A.s derive their authority from, and represent, the State. As Chief of Deputy Attorneys, Kate Lynch has 11 deputies and an annual budget of $4M. Yamhill County’s D.A. Office is very “victim-centered”, and is involved heavily in child support issues/cases. The very nature of the system means they are very “reactive”…but are trying to be more “pro-active”. D.A. Barry spoke on: post-conviction restitution projects; an accountability diversion program; recidivism issues; sentencing guidelines; jail vs. prison; identification of “mental health” issues and ways to avoid jail and/or prison; does “dismiss the case” mean expunging case information from the individual’s record…or not?; Barry said there were several “works in progress”…..and as to the future….there is major concern that they are now prosecuting third generations in the same families…and what can the “system” do to break that cycle! Thank you, D.A. Brad Barry for a very informative presentation! For more information go to the Yamhill County District Attorney website.
Upcoming ROTARY EVENTS:
Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance – Sunday July 21….gates open at 8:30 AM. Admission/Adults $20
Newberg’s Old Fashioned Days Pancake Breakfast – Saturday, July 27 & Sunday, July 28…City Park…$7/Adult —- YUMMY!
Check the Club’s website/calendar for program & location schedule….all July meetings to be at Friendsview!
As President Corey closed the meeting, we are reminded of 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 – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
* An excerpt from 2019 – 2020 R.I. President Mark Daniel Maloney’s opening remarks: “…..All of us are in Rotary together, whoever we are, wherever we are from, whatever language we speak or traditions we follow. We are all connected to one another — part of our communities and members not only of our clubs, but also of the global community to which we all belong. This connection is what lies at the heart of the Rotary experience. It is what brings us to Rotary. It is why we stay. Please join your fellow Rotarians on this journey as Rotary Connects the World.”
And….a touch” of humor: “So much to do…and no desire to do it!…..” WOW! That’s a serious case of NCD…No Can Do…