Dec. 11, 2017 Newsletter

Must start off this newsletter with kudos to Past President Leah Griffith for her work organizing the December 2 holiday tree lighting ceremony. Lots of compliments were reported, including, “Leah did a really wonderful job.”  Also, kudos to the Interact kids for helping to decorate. Thank you, all!


Geoff Gilmore introduces our speakers.

We got a great answer to that question from Geoff Gilmore and our two guest speakers last week–Dusty Binkerd and Mikayla Heineck. Geoff introduced the two by saying RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy) is “all about high performance leadership for youth.” He explained that once applicants like Dusty and Mikayla are nominated and approved, the club provides the fees so they can go to camp. “It’s an absolutely fantastic program,” he said.

Dusty and Mikayla attended camp at the Menucha Retreat Center in Corbett with about 30 other young people last July. Their presentation offered a day-by-day look at what they did and some of their “take-aways.”


Sensory overload!  “Getting to know you” exercises and instruction in the “flow of conversation.” Wonderful group facilitators.  Takeaway: “It was good to learn how to talk with strangers that you are about to become best friends with!” exclaimed Dusty.

Day 2

Dusty Brinkerd, left, and Mikayla Heineck, right, share their experiences at RYLA camp.

Featured a presentation from Rotary on the “Eradicating Polio” campaign.  They also had a presentation on “Expanding Your Comfort Zone,” from Jake French, a speaker who had been paralyzed and was in a wheelchair.  Jake talked about his adjustment to his new way of living and forgiveness.  “We had a Culture Walk, and ended up knowing more about these people than some long-time friends,” said Dusty.  “The camp leaders created an environment for people to be open, accepting and vulnerable.”  Takeaway: “Do what you need to do to get where you want to go,” said Mikayla.

Day 3

The Myers Briggs personality test was explained and administered to the attendees, and they learned about their styles and requirements. Also learned about Life Balance.

Day 4

Family Day. Had a presentation from a psychology professor at Portland State University and lots of discussion and sharing. Got together into small “color groups” of 4 or 5 people and facilitators to debrief the day.  “We felt lots of love that day,” Dusty said.

Day 5

Professional Day.  Business owner Junki Yoshida spoke and told them about his journey to success.  The topic was “Finding Your Why.” Another speaker from the Wayfinding Academy in Portland spoke on life purpose. And they heard from other business owners about personal finances, how to budget, management styles, etc.

Day 6

The theme for the day was “Looking into your future.”  “We did some exercises like closing your eyes and imagining you were 10 years in the future, ” said Dusty. “Where you were living, the car you were driving, etc.  Some people had no idea and some had strong visions. It was interesting to see everyone’s results.”

They also got outside to play some games and had a session on “Living Your Values.”

That evening, the participants put on a talent show. “At that point, it was only 6 days, but by the time of the talent show you’re all very close. As a talent, one person walked on his hands. He inspired me to walk on my hands and I would not have done that before,” said Mikayla.

Day 7

A half day and, according to Mikayla, “Definitely one of the most powerful days.”  They practiced how to give and receive well-thought-out, heartfelt compliments. They received envelopes that contained written compliments from fellow attendees.  It was the “warm and fuzzies,” she said.   Mikayla, who is going into the military, said the week was “an amazing experience.”  Dusty works in an office environment now, but learned she wants to work with more people around her. “A lot of us, our parents are in Rotary and said we should go to RYLA camp,” said Dusty. “At the beginning of the week we were not super excited, not sure why we were there. But by the end, we all learned so much.” 

For more information on RYLA, please contact our club’s RYLA chair, Om Sukheenai.


The president of the Sherwood Rotary Club, Neal Brown, joined us last week.


Please try to attend this week’s meeting, as it will be Election Day and a club assembly. You will have an opportunity to vote for directors for 2018-2019, as well as join committee(s) of your choice. The club assembly will focus on: membership, club service, PR/marketing, programs, and the Auction.

Don’t forget! There will be no meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Instead, the meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 21, when we visit with the local Kiwanis.  Same time–noon–and place–Cultural Center.


Dale Welcome will hopefully be back at this week’s meeting after having shoulder replacement surgery.

Marge and Judy display a possible club tee-shirt.

Marge O’Connell (left) and Judy Robinson are working on a project to offer special Rotary tee-shirts and/or polo shirts for club members to purchase.  There will be a price break if enough are ordered. Stay tuned for more info!

Denise Bacon reported that the Interact Club has picked its International project for this year. They will be collecting solar-eclipse-viewing glasses to send to people in Africa for viewing next year’s eclipse there. If you have some leftovers you could donate, please see Denise.

Clara (Anna) and her prince in the Nutcracker.



In case you missed it, Shannon Buckmaster’s daughter, Anna (left),  played the lead role of Clara in the recent local production of The Nutcracker at Newberg High School. Anna was recently selected to be a Rotary exchange student next year.


Matt Stephens was spotted at the new Chehalem Valley Middle School Resource Room, labeling clothing donations that had just come in.  Our club is supporting the room, which provides school supplies, food, clothing and other items for needy kids and their families. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jeff Lane.


Nov. 27, 2017 Newsletter


A record may have been set last week for the number of guests at a meeting! Not sure I got all the names, but I counted 24. There were Rotarians from the Morning Club, international exchange students, lots of Newberg Kiwanis joining us for the holiday week, and Shannon Buckmaster‘s family members.  As President Todd Engle exclaimed, there was “a plethora of visitors.”

The main topic of the meeting was an update from two of the international Newberg Rotary exchange students.

Exchange students, left to right: Anna Hinkle, Nevres Eryigit, Kathryn Lawson, Eric Myers, Ian Kirschner, Danielle Bosse, and Clara Perez Rossi.

Kari Fahrenkopf, from the Morning Club and one of the administrators of the exchange program, introduced the students: Clara Perez Rossi, a long-term from Argentina; Nevres (“Just call me John”) Eryigit, a long-term from Turkey; Kathryn Lawson, a short-term who went to Germany last summer; Danielle Bosse, a long-term who went to Argentina last year; and three new recruits: Ian Kirschner, planning a long-term to Japan; Eric Myers, planning a long-term to Germany and Anna Hinkle, planning a short-term to Italy.

Danielle in her special jacket and pants.

We heard first from Danielle, decked out in a jacket with the pins the exchange students traditionally collect, and some unique pants she got at a flea market in Argentina.  She lived there for almost 10 months last year.  She stayed with two different families, and went to a small private school.  She said the school experience was different from Newberg because the students stayed in the classroom and the teachers moved around.

She lived in the town of Reconquista, located on a river with “tons of palm trees.”  Early on, a tropical storm surprised and scared her….until she found out it stormed every single day without fail. She took “thousands of pictures,” and made lots of new friends.

Danielle said food is one of her greatest loves. “Here I am a vegetarian, but there I wasn’t,” she giggled. “If you have an opportunity to eat beef from Argentina, definitely take it.” She also liked a special type of ice cream similar to dulce de leche and mate, “like a tea you drink out of a gourd. It’s a very traditional Argentina drink, and people sit down for hours to talk over mate,” she said.

She traveled quite a bit–visited Clara’s home town and went to Patagonia and the southernmost city in the world. “Then we got in a boat and it was freezing,” she said. “But the highlight was that we reached a point where half the boat was in the Pacific Ocean and half in the Atlantic Ocean!”

She is planning to go to college and hopes to study abroad again.  She closed by thanking Rotary for the experience she was able to have.

Kathryn Lawson

Kari Fahrenkopf introduces Kathryn.

Kathryn was acknowledged for raising $2000 for her trip by recycling bottles and cans. Amazing!

“I lived 45 minutes outside of Munich, Germany and was there for 45 days” she said. “It was flat farmland, and a small town.”

Kathryn was also able to travel around with her host family. Regensburg and Berlin were  among her favorite places.  She enjoyed the East Side Gallery, seeing a piece of the Berlin Wall and reflecting on the ” freedom once they broke down the wall.”

“My biggest dream was to visit a castle,” she said. So her host family took her to 4!  “My favorite was Neuschwanstein in Bavaria because of the history there.”  They also crossed the border into Austria “for about 5 minutes” so she could say she went there.

She showed lot of photos– of the castle, the many churches she visited, even city mascots.

Food was important to her, too. She was able to visit the Rittersport candy factory, and her favorite food turned out to be Doner, a pita with lamb and garlic sauce. In fact, she had it as her “last meal” before leaving Germany.

Kathryn also plans to go to college and is interested in a career in government. She likes history and would like to go back to Germany.

Visiting Rotarians from the Morning Club:
Club President Gary Stewart, Kari Fahrenkopf, and Susan Utterback

Exchange Students:
Danielle Bosse, Kathryn Lawson, Eric Myers, Anna Hinkle, Clara Perez Rossi, Nevres Eryigit, Ian Kirschner– plus Kathryn’s dad, Jonathan Lawson


President Larry Hampton, Jim Jackson, Jack Maxwell, Kat Ricker, Heather Lewis, Dennis Lewis, Rick Lee, Lionel Muthiah, Marion Muthiah, Zach Mode, Kayla McElligott

Shannon Buckmaster’s family members: Paul and Bennet Buckmaster (Note: Anna Hinkle is Shannon’s daughter!)


Club member Jack Czarnecki is recuperating from brain cancer surgery at Marquis Newberg on Werth Rd.  He reports he is “feeling a lot better now.”  He has undergone chemo, and is getting “intense physical and occupational therapy.”  Jack said he believes he still has quite a bit of rehab time ahead, so he said to say “hi” to everyone.  He appreciates the visits he has had from club members, and would welcome more.  Looking forward to the time we can welcome you back and wishing you a full recovery, Jack.


This year’s tree awaiting the official lighting ceremony.

Ralph Koozer and Kari Fahrenkopf were among the volunteers staying after the meeting.

It’s finally here! The Holiday tree lighting event is this Saturday, Dec. 2. A number of volunteers stayed late after the meeting to help put stickers on 714 candles to be used at the event.  “The candles were a hit last year. The kids like them and they add an element of magic,” said Past President Leah Griffith. Festivities start at 3pm.

Denise Bacon, left, Becky Ankeny and Auggie Gonzales look up from sticker-ing candles.


Kari Fahrenkopf invited us to attend the holiday auction at the Dec. 7 meeting of the Morning Club.  Join them from 6:30 to 8:30am at the Cultural Center for this event to raise money for the student exchange program.

Providence Newberg Health Foundation is sponsoring “An Evening of Hope” on Dec. 13, from 5:30 to 8:30pm at the Chehalem Cultural Center. Well-known violinist Aaron Meyer will be performing. The event is to fund new technology which will help increase breast cancer detection and save more lives.  Tickets are $25, and are available at or by calling 503-537-1671.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday event will be January 15 at the Cultural Center. Doors will open at 5:30pm, with the program from 6 to 7pm. The theme this year is “Be the Dream.” A reception and “invitation to action” will follow. Guest Kiwanian Lionel Muthiah was acknowledged for being one of the founders of this event.


Paul Jellum announced he is going to be a grandpa again…..for the 17th time!

Paula Radich said she made the jello, while her mom, who is turning 99,  chopped and prepped the Thanksgiving dinner dressing. Seems like there might be something wrong with that picture!



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Rosa Olivares.

“I’d like to open a dialogue and not just throw information at you,” exclaimed Rosa Olivares, 1.5 Generation Mexicana and City of Newberg Community Engagement Specialist, as she started her presentation on “Engaging Newberg Latinos” last week. “Go ahead and ask questions, even if it might feel uncomfortable.”

Many questions were asked–in fact, there’s not enough room to include them all in this summary.

Like: How large is the Latino community in Newberg?

Rosa said that as of 2015, Latinos make up 12% of the population. That population breaks out into Mexican, Puerto Rican, Venezuelan, Nicaraguan and other Hispanic nationalities.

Like: How has that number changed over the years?

Rosa offered to share reports with lots of historical nformation on this. She said one of the biggest changes is that the population is not so migratory now and immigrants are settling down.

Like: What does “Latinx” mean?

Rosa explained that Spanish is a very gender-specific language. The “X”  is to express recognition of the LGBT community.

Like: How can Rotary engage more with the Latino community?

Rosa suggested three main things:

  • Know the basics about this group. Learn more about things such as demographics, history, family and culture
  • Participate/engage. She suggested that Rotarians “go where Latinos are.”  Be present at their activities. Be a volunteer. Be visible. She also suggested participating in the Chehalem Cultural Center’s Latino Heritage Month activities.
  • When planning an event or something, think bilingual. Maybe do part of the programming in Spanish.

And a “big no-no”: “Don’t invite a Hispanic to a Cinco de Mayo Celebration!” she laughed. “It’s not a Mexican holiday. It is not celebrated widely in Mexico. In fact, it’s only observed in the state of Puebla. But for some reason, in the U.S. it has become a huge event.”

Like: How many Latino-owned businesses are there in Newberg?

Rosa initially thought there might be about 6, but group discussion took the number higher.

Like: What are the needs of the Hispanic community in Newberg?

Rosa said there were three big ones: housing, access to education, and healthcare. She urged Rotarians to find ways to get involved with any of these issues, especially education by working with DACA students.  Note: The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA,was an American immigration policy that allowed some individuals who entered the country as minors, and had either entered or remained in the country illegally, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for work.

Rosa also gave some historical perspective on Mexican in-migration. She said that during World War 2 there was a shortage of agricultural workers because of Americans’ involvement with the war effort. So Congress created the Bracero program, and mostly men migrated to the U.S.  to do seasonal work. These days, it is much more common for an entire family to move.

Past President Leah Griffith introduced Rosa.  She said they first met 12 years ago when Rosa was hired as the Library’s Latino Services Director.  Rosa is a grad of Oregon State and has an MBA from Willamette University.  “She developed the ‘Dia de Los Muertos’ celebration with the Cultural Center and has really made a connection with the community,” Leah said.  Then the City decided to have a community engagement specialist and hired Rosa.

Rosa ended with recommended reading, and has since sent me links to many of the reports she referenced. If you would like any of them, please email me.


Jake Ramirez from Water Bear attended, and was a valuable contributor to our meeting topic.

Spike Sumner introduced Ken Winder as his lunch guest.

Dan Keuler’s wife, Lydia, and baby son, Jackson, were able to join Dan for lunch again.


Leah Griffith sent this photo of school kids using the new dictionaries supplied by our club. Thanks to all who volunteered with this project.

It’s not too late to donate a turkey to a family in need. Tony Lelack is again coordinating this effort through Excel Fitness. If you can, please drop off a 15-lb. one (feeds a family) there.

Ann Dolan now has the distinction of being accepted as the club’s first-ever “Friend of Rotary.” Congratulations and welcome, Ann.

Dec. 13 is the date for the upcoming election of club officers. Rotarians who wish to nominate themselves or others for officer or director positions for the 2018-19 Rotary Year should submit nominee names to Paula Radich no later than Wednesday, December 6th.

Note: If a Rotarian wishes to nominate a fellow Rotarian, the person who is nominated should agree to have his/her name placed on the ballot.


Do you know how many spiders you eat at night while you are sleeping? Somehow club members found themselves discussing that creepy topic last week. Well, I had to Google it. Here’s what it said: “Fact is, the odds of swallowing even a single spider over your entire lifetime are so low that they’re virtually zero. In fact, it’s extremely unlikely a spider would even approach a sleeping human, much less crawl into their open mouth.”

Oh, thank goodness! Now maybe some of us can get some sleep again.


  • Past President Leah Griffith announced that plans are well underway for the Holiday Tree lighting event on Saturday, Dec. 2 in the Cultural District. It’s way more complicated than you might think. The City Public Works Dept. secures a tree, and PGE installs it. CPRD is in charge of making sure it is secure and standing straight, and TVF&R is in charge of installing lights. The Interact Club will help decorate it.  Leah said she ordered 900 electric candles to hand out to kids, as they were a big hit last year. Festivities will get underway at 3pm on the 2nd; Santa arrives at 5:30pm. A holiday craft fair and a kids craft sale are also planned.
  • Providence Newberg Health Foundation is sponsoring “An Evening of Hope” on Dec. 13, from 5:30 to 8:30pm at the Chehalem Cultural Center. Well-known violinist Aaron Meyer will be performing. The event is to fund new technology which will help increase breast cancer detection and save more lives.  Tickets are $25, and are available at or by calling 503-537-1671.

Nov. 13, 2017 Newsletter

Rick Kaufman and his daughter, Kimberly.

Early in his Classification Talk last week, Rick Kaufman asked us to notice the shirt he was wearing. It said, “Are we having fun… yet?”

“It’s kind of my philosophy,” he said. And it sure seems to be. Rick is one of those people who has a lot of interests and never seems to get bored.

He started his talk by introducing his daughter, Kimberly Howell, a U of O grad and artist who has designed a fun coloring book for Stoller Vineyards.  It is for sale in their tasting room.  She is the oldest of Rick’s two children. His son lives in Vermont.

Born in 1939 in Portland, Rick was one of 5 children. His father was one of the founders of Tuality Hospital in Forest Grove, and Rick’s ties to Forest Grove go deep.

In 1945, his dad joined the Forest Grove Rotary Club. “I grew up with Rotary,”  he said, “and I’ve been doing Rotary stuff ever since.”

A pair of docs.

He did his first-ever Classification Talk at the Forest Grove Rotary, and ended up serving as club president there –twice. Probably the thing he is most proud of is the founding of the Concours d’Elegance car show held in Forest Grove each July.  “That started in my office,” he said. “And it is now one of the Top 20 car shows in the world.” (Note: The next event is scheduled for July 15, 2018. Promotional materials say it benefits “Rotary Club scholarships and community service projects.”)

At one point during his talk, Rick asked Dr. Stan Kern to come forward. “We’re a pair of docs,” he joked.  “We represent 100 years of Rotary membership between us!”

Rick went to Willamette University and to Stanford, and became a dentist. He also studied languages — Latin, Japanese, Russian, Spanish.

He spent a year in Korea in the military, stationed at the DMZ. “Hardly a day goes by when I don’t think of something that happened there,” he said. “One big thing was the birth of my daughter in the U.S. while I was there.”

Rick’s gift to our club–a “Donations” spittoon and stand.

He was forced to retire from dentistry due to a hand disability. “They don’t teach you in dental school what to do when that happens,” he said.  “So I started over.”  With a buddy, he started a company–Advanced Surfaces and Processes, Inc.” or “ASAP,” specializing in cold nano-fusion alloy technology. This technology is useful for industrial blades. Rick gave some examples of its application on Rolls Royce turbine engines, on a whole log chipper in the pulp and paper industry, and in the biomedical field.

Rick also mentioned his woodworking hobby, and had some samples of his handiwork on display.  Then, he just happened to pull out a trombone and said, “If you don’t toot your own horn, someone will use it as a spittoon!”  He announced he was donating something he made to the club….a wooden stand holding an actual spittoon to collect donations. “It’s clean,” he joked. He also offered to donate the proceeds from the sale of wooden “yard sale” signs to the club, and to do custom wood projects. “Just don’t hold me to a deadline,” he said.



President Todd Engle presents a membership pin to Beth Pent.

Beth Pent
, certified pre-planning consultant with Attrell’s, became an “official” Rotarian last week with her formal induction into the club.  Originally from Colorado and Wyoming, Beth enjoys living in the Pacific Northwest. She loves to cook and bake, especially using fresh, local ingredients. She also likes biking and hiking. Congratulations and welcome, Beth!






Jan Winder accepts a pin from PDG Mike Caruso.

Past President Leah Griffith shows off her pin.

PDG Mike Caruso reminded us that the Paul Harris Society was formed in 1957 as a way to honor the founder of Rotary and to do good in the world.  He recognized some of our club’s members who have given $1000 or more. Jan Winder, left, accepted a pin, and Past President Leah Griffith also received recognitionLaura Tilrico was unable to claim her pin as she is still on a cruise to Hawaii.






Lots of visitors last week!

Pastor Cathy Davis.

Cathy Davis, left, senior pastor at the United First Methodist Church in Newberg, was the guest of Denise Bacon.

Visiting Rotarian and president of the morning club, Gary Stewart, paid us a visit.

Newly inducted Beth Pent introduces her guest, Bret Chambers.

Bret Chambers with Attrell’s was the guest of Beth Pent.

Terry Weldon brought his 11-year-old daughter Isabella to lunch.

Sherri Colon with PNW Relief for Puerto Rico was a guest of Om Sukheenai.

PDG Mike Caruso was accompanied to lunch by his wife, Amy.





Shannon Buckmaster, who has embarked on a career as a professional speaker, has an upcoming engagement in front of the George Fox University student body. Congratulations to Shannon.

Bill Dolan said his wife Ann has turned in her application to become a “Friend of Rotary.” Great news, Ann.

Fred Gregory announced that he is taking a road trip with his wife and will miss some upcoming meetings. Safe travels, Fred.

Students at Mountain View Middle School check out the products available in the new Resource Room.

Jeff Lane reported on the grand opening of the Resource Room at Mountain View Middle School.  The room and its wide selection of products were introduced to students last Monday. Volunteers are still needed. If you are interested, please contact Jeff.

Dave Parker reported his daughter, Ellie, was voted as an Honorable Mention in the Northwest Conference, which is Division 3 Volleyball. She led the conference in Assists per Set, and was 4th in the nation in Assists per Set– this was with 250 Division 3 schools. Congrats to Dave and Ellie!

Thanks to Paula Radich for her work organizing the recent vote on the club Constitution and Bylaws amendments.  All of the proposed changes passed.