Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for March 20, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for March 20, 2019

Meeting was held at Friendsview….Thanks, Todd!

Aaron Lewis was Greeter.

Club President Om opened the meeting with her usual INSPIRATIONAL VERVE!  She spoke of Polio Eradication and how connected to that program control of MEASLES is critical as well.

Beth Pent lead us in the Pledge:

Guests: Rebecca Piros [Gene Piros sponsor]; Marianne Voight & Vanessa Troutman [both sponsored today by Michael Pollock]

Our Rotary Moment and major announcement were one-and-the-same…under the thorough and careful guidance of Leah Griffith:


Great new auction items!  Sell tickets!  Everyone needs to pitch in and help!  Dan has Golden Tickets! Sign-up sheets on the tables as well as on-line at the Club’s website.  3- 4PM Friday at Newberg Ford; Saturday Set-Up 9 AM – 1 PM;  Greeters needed 4:45 – 7 PM Saturday.  Jim McMaster reminded us of the WHY? of this auction….and THAT’s the BOTTOM LINE, FOLKS!  The many local, regional and international projects…especially youth scholarships, that the monies go to support!  If you have not already picked up several of the yellow promo sheets listing these philanthropies, the list is on the Club’s website.

The DUCK…was well-managed by Geoff Gilmore…with a”twist”…as he asked us to contribute $$ in exchange for telling fellow Rotarians what was the farthest away from Newberg we had traveled. THAT got many Rotarians digging into their pockets!  Mentioned were lots of different places….such as the southern tip of S. America, Rotorua/New Zealand, Seoul/S. Korea, South Africa, Nepal [Patrick Bancke had just returned from a humanitarian project there!], “No-Name” Cambodia, St. Petersburg/ Russia, Petra/Jordan, Lebanon, and many more….obviously a well-traveled bunch of folks in our midst!  All good reasons to wear one’s Rotary pin while out-and-about wherever you are in the world!  AND…it  is F U N to do Rotary Make-Up meetings outside your home community!  [Ed. note: in my 50+ years in Rotary I have had the privilege of attending Rotary meetings all over Districts 5100 & 5110 as well as in France, New Zealand, Australia, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, plus up and down the U.S. West Coast…and it is ALWAYS interesting and fascinating!]

Judy Robinson bragged on our  NHS Interactors and their BUSY involvement in the community…and internationally, too!:

Relay For Life Banner

Auggie had just returned from the Guatemala Dental Project trip and had plenty of photo highlights!  New Newberg Rotarians need to sit with him at lunch and ask about that project…as it is a MAJOR INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITY in which the club participates!  The many smiling faces tell more of the trip’s…and on-going project’s….success than mere words could express!  Among others, dental professional volunteers [dental hygienist students from Pacific University and OHSU School of Dentistry dental students participate].  I hope that volcano in the background stays quiet while our team is there!

Recognition is a GOOD THING!

Mental Health Matters:  A calm mind is a more healthy and productive mind….therefore…MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS….we were provided information today on the topic…particularly on the subject of child abuse and teen suicides.  For additional resources and information, visit:

Our program was the classification talk by new Rotarian, Dr. Joe Morelock, recently selected as the new Superintendent of Schools for the Newberg School District!

Dr. Joe provided a rapid-fire synopsis of his life’s story replete with a number of supportive photos. He is proficient in several languages…noticeably, besides American English…Portuguese…which he needed, spending some considerable time in Brazil.  He gave us chapter-and-verse on how he arrived at his current station in life.  There was no way your Editor could keep up with Joe’s story by taking notes…so I just sat there and listened!  For more details about Dr.Joe Morelack, sit with him at lunch and talk with him…guaranteed…he is NOT shy!  Thanks, Dr. Joe, for sharing your life story with us!  And welcome to a long-term position in Newberg!

Additional announcements:

The meeting of the 20th will be wrapping up preparations for the AUCTION!  And we will meet at CCC.

AUCTION! Theme: “It’s Your Move!” – March 23, at the Chehalem Community Center – 5 PM.

The meeting of the 27th will NOT be at CCC, but rather at the Ewing Young Distillery at 18715 NE Highway 240…about three [3] miles west of town…program presenters will be Doug & Bev Root.

Reminder: Membership Committee meeting Wed, March 27, 11:30 AM – at the Distillery…BEFORE the general meeting.

Then the Auction Committee will meet AFTER the general meeting on the 27th at the Distillery.

AND all the information you need to register for the May District Conference in Bend is available on-line.

A reminder to “BE THE INSPIRATION” and adhere to Rotary’s Four Way Test of the things we think say and do:

#1 – Is it the TRUTH?

#2 – Is it FAIR to all concerned?


#4 – Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Ever-INSPIRATIONAL President Om closed the meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

Newsletter Editor

Rick Kaufman

Humor for the day…”Life is too short to be serious all the time…so…if you can’t laugh at yourself…just call me…I’ll laugh at you!”




Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for March 6, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for March 6, 2019

Editor’s note: Weather/traffic concerns [I live in the often-snowy hills north of Yamhill…] prevented me from attending this meeting, so Paula did a FANTASTIC job of taking notes….so this newsletter is directly from Paula!  [No Photos….technical glitch!]

Rotary Club of Newberg Meeting Notes

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Chehalem Cultural Center

Greeter: Dale Welcome

Flag Salute: Denise Bacon

Duck: Becky Ankeny

Rotary Moment: Laura Tilrico


Rod Federwisch, President-Elect Newberg Earlybird Rotary Club

Susan Sokol Blosser, Guest of Geoff Gilmore


President Om welcomed Rotarians saying it was great to see everyone in person following last week’s meeting cancellation due to snow.


Julie and Walter Want, Rotary Club of Newberg Rotarians of the Year!

Geoff Gilmore, Community Enhancement Award for his work on downtown murals!

AUCTION UPDATE (Leah Griffith)

Only 17 days to go before the Auction! Our Auction is Saturday, March 23rd beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Chehalem Cultural Center.

Auction Help Friday, March 22nd

We are in need of Rotarians to bring Silent Auction items from Newberg Ford and Denise Bacon’s house to the Chehalem Cultural Center (3-5 p.m.) on Friday, March 22nd.

Auction Help Saturday, March 23rd

Rotarians are needed to set up, assist with decorations, greet patrons, pour wine and clean up on Saturday, March 23rd.

Click on the following link NOW to volunteer:


Spike Sumner and Geoff Gilmore are confirming sponsors. Corey Zielsdorf is updating our Club’s Facebook page to include pictures and names of donors.

Sponsorships for $250 and $500 are available. The $250 sponsorship includes one dinner ticket. The $500 sponsorship includes two dinner tickets.

Oral Auction Items

Please contact Leah Griffith ASAP if you have items for the oral auction e.g., houses/cabins, items of $500 or more in value.

Dinner Tickets and Golden Tickets

Go to our Club’s website to purchase dinner and Golden Tickets or purchase a Golden Ticket for $100 from Dan Keuler. Winner receives his/her choice of any oral auction item.


Thanks to a Rotary District 5100 grant of $2,000 and a $2,000 matching grant from our Club’s Rotary Foundation, the Newberg High School Interact Club will plant trees Tuesday, March 19th at Hash Road and Wednesday, March 20th at Chehalem Glenn Golf Course. The goal of the project is to help restore the watershed in these areas. All Rotarians are invited and encouraged to participate.

Students will depart the high school at 8:00 a.m. each day and return at 2:15 p.m. Rotarians with Newberg School District Volunteer clearance may ride the bus. Rotarians without clearance will drive themselves to the site. For more information contact:


On Wednesday, March 27th the Rotary Club of Newberg will hold our weekly meeting at the Ewing Young Whiskey Distillery. The distillery is three miles west on Hwy 240 adjacent to Oakhill Farms. Dress warmly!

18715 NE Highway 240.


The Yamhill County Cultural Coalition (YCCC) in collaboration with the Cultural Asset Award Committee is seeking nominations for the 2019 Marilyn Worrix Cultural Asset Award. Named for its first recipient, the Award will be given every two years to honor the following attributes of an individual or organization:

  • Significant contributions to local/regional/county level arts, heritage or humanities organizations
  • Recognizable civic impact on local community
  • Demonstrated leadership in community and cultural affairs
  • Voluntary pursuits or contributions
  • Cultural involvement with educational institutions

Contact Jan Winder for more information.


  • Miranda Piros, daughter of Gene Piros made history! Miranda is the first player in Willamette University Lacrosse history to score a goal—coming at one minute 33 seconds into the contest. Miranda went on to score a total of six (6) goals in the match!
  • Jan Winder acknowledged Jeff Lane who gave Jan the key to Newberg Steel so the Auction Decoration Committee had a large space to construct Monopoly houses!
  • Stan Kern is in the process of training Walter Want in the wonderful art of dishwashing during monthly Senior Meals.
  • Geoff Gilmore was congratulated on receiving the Community Enhancement Award at this year’s Chamber Banquet. Becky Ankeny advised Rotarians to “keep moving”—saying, “Geoff will paint a mural on anything that’s not moving!”

  • Laura Tilrico reports Patrick Bancke shared news of 120 Nepalese women training to be First Responders.

  • Beth Pent knows a three-year-old horse that thinks Beth is — —-!

  • Ralph Koozer, resident energy engineer, heard the power was off in Oak Ridge. Ralph hauled a generator to town. Before Ralph could set it up–the lights came on! What’s worse? Laura says when their power went out, the first thing her husband hooked up to their generator was the TV—not the freezer!

  • Todd Engle met Auggie Gonzales’ twin!


President Om and Membership Director Shannon Buckmaster inducted Lisa Salmons into the Rotary Club of Newberg. Lisa was recently a Friend of Rotary and asked to become a Rotarian! We are excited about Lisa’s enthusiasm and look forward to getting to know her. Lisa is Volunteer Services Manager at Providence Newberg Medical Center.

PROGRAM: THE ROTARY CLUB OF NEWBERG FOUNDATION (Spike Sumner)The Rotary Club of Newberg’s Foundation is 45 years old–formed in March 1974. The first Foundation Board members were: Leroy Benham, Earl Sandager, Ken Austin, Russ Gainer, Al Blodgett and George Alexander.

Current Foundation Board members include: President Spike Sumner, Leona Todd, Andrew Aylor, Jeff Lane, Bob Ficker and Foundation Treasurer Auggie Gonzales.

Members serve three-year terms with Foundation board openings occurring in the spring of each year.

Our Foundation’s focus is Youth Activities, International Projects and Peacebuilding activities. Spike shared a summary of 2017-2018 Foundation expenditures in the amount of $196,450. Examples of recipients of Foundation funds include:

Royal Kids Camp, Toy n Joy Christmas gifts, Rotary Scholarships, NHS Frosh BBQ, GFU Intern for mural project, Migrant Preschool Program, Girls Softball, Robotics competition, Dictionary Project, Dream It, Be It, Guatemala Service Project, Youth Opportunity, Summer Reading Program etc.

Revenue for our Foundation is derived from two sources: (1) the sale of Rota-Dent (portable dental units) and, (2) proceeds from our annual Rotary auction. Because the Foundation has a solid fund balance, disbursements exceeded budget the past few years.

Revenue from the sale of Rota-Dent units dropped from $100,000 to $50,000 last year. The sale of Rota-Dent units has continued to drop and may disappear entirely—thereby leaving a huge gap in the Foundation funding for both Newberg clubs. Due to anticipated drops in revenue, the Foundation Board is re-thinking its disbursements and budget.

Spike and the Foundation Board will soon establish a budget for the 2019-2020 Rotary year. Scholarship amounts for this year will be $35,000 in lieu of the $50,000 normally allocated. Foundation Board members will also investigate investment opportunities that might result in a greater yield.

The Foundation Board meets every other month. This month’s meeting is March 21. Rotarians are invited to attend and also apply for open Foundation Board positions this spring.

SO….”Be The Inspiration!”

and follow Rotary’s Four Way Test:

#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 SPOT of HUMOR for your day:  “My mind is like the Bermuda Triangle…too often information goes in never to be found again!”

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for February 20, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for February 20, 2019

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?

Greeter: Laura Tilrico

INSPIRATIONAL Prez Om opened the meeting with reference to Rotaract’s impactful story in the latest Rotarian Magazine….AND….AUCTION! AUCTION! AUCTION!

Dale Welcome led us in the PLEDGE.

Guests included: Veronica Garcia [sponsor/Kim Abraham]; Joe Hanna/Newberg City Manager [sponsor Om]; Amy Caruso [Mike’s C’s wife]; Katie Jameson [Sponsor Denise Bacon]; Lisa Salmon [sponsor Om].

Visiting Rotarians: Verity Caruso/Sherwood Rotary, and Rene Brouse/Sherwood Rotary Assistant District Governor:

Paul Harris Fellow,  Geoff Gilmore, recognized by Mike Caruso and AGD Rene:

Announcements: A NEWberg…take the survey or volunteer…for a “Thriving Future For Newberg”….take the survey by March 4.  Contact Bayo Ware at :

Patrick Bancke with NEPAL MEDICS [Heroes training Heroes] is headed to Nepal…for more info:

Corey Z. is headed to PETS [Presidents-Elect Training Seminar] in Seattle this week-end.


Leah gave her weekly pep talk about the AUCTION….MARCH 23!  SPONSORSHIPS!  RECEIPTS for donations! SELL!…DONATE!…RECRUIT!

Dan had a “mini-tickets” special offer!

Paula reminded us to sign up for GREETER duties…..a FUN JOB!!

Judy R. spoke on youth scholarships.

Auggie commented on imminent Dental Project in Guatemala.

Rotary schedule for February 27:

Membership Committee Meeting- 11:30 AM – 12 Noon

Club Meeting (CCC) – Program: Celebrating Our History, Opportunities for Community Presenter: Greg Leo, The Leo Company, LLC – 12 Noon – 1 PM

Auction Committee – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Mike C. handled the DUCK with the reminder that the contributions would be going toward Polio Eradication…..with today’s contributions from several Rotarians totaling $162!

Today’s Program was focused on ROTARACT…and some of the considerations for starting a Rotaract Club….with Pacific University graduate and Rotaractor, Lishao Chen [originally from Canton, China] presenting:

Covering the subject with lots of photos, Lishao said there are basically two types of Rotaract clubs world-wide…school-based and community-based.  Age range is for 18 – 30 year olds. Attending the Rotary International Convention really opened her eyes as to the global extent and impact of Rotaract. Among other subjects she touched on: Leadership, fundraising, District Conference, and the many projects both local and global….such as the educational project “Pencils of Promise” in Laos, and the WASH personal and community hygiene program designed to reduce disease and improve neo-natal survival.  It was obvious that Rotaract has had a positive impact on Lishao, and she can be reached at for more information and the possibility of having her speak at other venues. [Ed. note: the Rotaract Club at Pacific University in Forest Grove is co-sponsored by the two Rotary clubs in that community.] THANKS, LISHAO CHEN!


Congratulations Julie and Walter Want, Rotary Club of Newberg Rotarians of the Year. Julie and Walter are always there to support our community and make things better. Thank you, Julie and Walter for your Service Above Self!

Congratulations to Rotarian Geoff Gilmore and GFU professor Luke Zimmerman who were presented the Newberg Community Enhancement Award for the Mural Project at the Annual Chamber Banquet. The 2018 mural is located at Steve’s Auto. The 2019 mural artwork will be in the Newberg Cultural District on the wall of the Library Annex.

President Om Sukheenai, Mike and Amy Caruso, Leah Griffith, Kim Abraham and Julie and Walter Want celebrate Rotary success at the Chamber Awards Banquet.

What a week for ROTARY in Newberg!

Truly exemplary of….                                          ~ BE THE INSPIRATION! ~


Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

[A bit of humor….A happy/content bullfrog sitting on the lily pad in the summer’s mid-day warmth with a constant “buzzing” overhead…then
“sluuup”…and again…”sluuup”…a sticky tongue up and back…multiple times…”My how time’s FUN when you’re having flies!”…







Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for January 13, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for January 13, 2019

Club President Om opened the meeting with INSPIRATIONAL enthusiasm!

[Editor’s note: As I was unable to be at the meeting, a BIG THANKS to Judy Robinson for providing me with notes from which I have developed this newsletter…as well as the always welcome photos provided by Auggie….THANKS, TEAM!]

Guests: Barb Catts w/ Mt. View Resource Room [they need school supplies, clothes, apples/oranges/yogurt; open M/W/F kids come at lunch time; volunteer moms & dads help].  Tony presented a $4K grant to Barb reiterating that they need volunteers M-W-F during the students’ lunch break.

Denise’s guest was Dr. Anthony Biglan, author of the book: “The Nurture Effect”. Anthony Biglan, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist at Oregon Research Institute and the Co-Director of the Promise Neighborhood Research Consortium.

Spike’s guest: Ken Winder

Connie Christianson was a guest: Representing adults w/ disabilities…Tuesday @ Virtual Tour of “See the Heart”.

Todd’s guest: Rosa Olivares, Community Engagement Specialist for the City of Newberg.

AUCTION ACTION:  Leah:  SELL TICKETS! DINNER TICKETS…Baskets & “goodies” coming in; Auction booklets available to give out to encourage folks to come to the Auction.

Dan per announcing Golden Tickets: Tax deductible; chance to win a car; ticket to ride in a hot air balloon; and this is not just a “Trivial Pursuit”! FUN FOR A GOOD CAUSE! DONATE!!  SPONSOR!!!   Buy ads! – from $100 – $385.

Shannon said that on February 26th she will be traveling to Washington to represent business in Newberg for funds for the BYPASS.  She also mentioned an upcoming Chamber of Commerce Event…check the Chamber’s website for details.

Geoff asked how many have been stopped about the mural?  New mural site will be the Library Annex facing the Cultural Center….that mural’s DESIGN is in PROGRESS].

Gene handled the DUCK today:  Dan reminded us of the Mayor’s good deed in helping someone move their car during the snow storm.

Dr. Morelock spoke on…sense of community; graffiti in snow; positive response to efforts to rally against hate messages.

Our two newest Rotarians!

Prez Om gave thanks to all who came to GREETERS last Friday at Heritage Bank to promote the Auction!

New Member induction:  Angel Agular, Jr., was welcomed/inducted as the newest Rotarian in Newberg Noon Rotary Club!  Angel has been at First Federal since 2016…and we will hear much more about him during his Classification Talk.  In the meantime, please feel free to sit with him at lunch and get to know him a bit more personally….and make him feel truly welcome in our midst!

Today’s Program/Presenter:  the new Mayor of Newberg!  Rick Rogers…with all of 57 days in office! 

Rick is the father of three boys…NHS grads…has been Head Coach for the NHS rugby team; has lived in Newberg for 20 years; worked on Habitat for Humanity projects; and works with non-profits. Mayor Rick provided a slide presentation with the following points discussed [for more in-depth information/details on any/all of these subjects, go to the City’s website and follow the appropriate links…and the following numbering is Editor Rick’s, not necessarily Mayor Rick’s!  🙂 ]:

  1. Review of Council Priorities, including, but not limited to: the 5 year financial plan, encouragement of affordable housing, etc.
  2. Standing Citizen Committees;
  3. Riverfront Master Plan:  Parks, open spaces, trails, etc.
  4. Housing needs analysis – # of housing units assessments.
  5. “Newberg 2030”: High Density residential; economic land; Housing development [1261 Units/single family…371 multi-family  units]
  6. Commercial development: Providence Medical/Newberg ; Airpark Business Complex; Butler property;
  7. Stressing the need for business land.
  8. Meetings//discussions with Westrock.
  9. If we want these matters to move forward, entire community will have to “rally around” choices.
  10. Community Visioning:  Input from citizens welcome; an on-line survey exists for input……go to “”
  11. Student Contest entries due 4/11/2019.
  12. For the Riverfront: “Plan E” – light industrial, shop, eat, enjoy….

Make yourself known by getting involved and giving input!

Thanks, Mayor Rick!

Personally choosing to…… ~ Be The Inspiration! ~  ………President Om closed the meeting….reminding us to live by……

The Four-Way Test of Rotary:

#1. Is it the TRUTH?

#2. Is it BENEFICIAL  to all concerned?


#4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

[Disclaimer:  If there are “errors” in this newsletter, please let me know…but remember, I gleaned this info from Judy’s notes…and may have misread some!]