Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for June 5, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for June 5, 2019

Meeting at Chehalem Cultural Center opened by our ALWAYS INSPIRATIONAL…and very excited to be a “short-timer”…Club President Om.

“PARTY TIME!” was her primary theme today….as she mentioned not only the planned INSTALLATION DINNER…[see invitation below]…but other celebratory “fetes” planned this month in Newberg.

Kathy George led us in the Pledge.

Geoff Gilmore provided a Rotary Moment…as it happened! Quoting Geoff:  “Here you go! A fellow Rotarian stated a half hour prior to today’s meeting that we should all be more actively engaging with our new members and guests – not just our friends that we normally associate with at our lunch meetings.  I decided I could do better and saw an opportunity a half hour later (today’s meeting) to sit at this table of all women – all but one whom I did not know.  I ended up being asked about and discussing our Rotary Murals Project – one of my favorite topics and was pleasantly surprised by this ‘Rotary Moment’. “

LOTS OF GUESTS TODAY!  Mary Jane Hendricks, 1st American Title, Early Bird Rotarian…and the rest are part of our program…to be introduced later….below….*

Announcements:  Spike reminded us of Pancake Breakfast Sponsorships available…check with Spike or go to the website…Jeff Lane has agreed to take on the position of our Club’s Treasurer for the event…and he let us know that this year we are NOT “obligated” to sell all the tickets given us, but that ALL the pre-event ticket sales proceeds go directly into OUR COFFERS!   SO…SELL!  SELL!  SELL!

Becky A. gave fresh kudos to Judy R. [she was not here last week for this!] for her help/dedication to the Scholarship Committee.  Thanks, Judy!

Gene Piros handled the DUCK …collecting a total of $54 from several Rotarians present.

NEWS FLASH! Next week’s meeting here at CCC will be an update on the St.Paul Rodeo.

SENIOR MEALS TUESDAY, JULY 2ND – We are in need of volunteers for both shifts Senior Meals Tuesday, July 2nd.  Please click on the link below to sign up!

Reminder:  Our Club Meeting June 19th is cancelled.  Join us for a special Celebration at the ROTARY INSTALLATION DINNER, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, FURIOSO VINEYARDS [8415 NE Worden Hill Rd., Dundee, Oregon.]   We will honor Om Sukheenai for an amazing year as Club President and induct Corey Zielsdorf as incoming 2019 – 2020 Club President.  Please see attached invitation. Dinner cost $20/person.

*Today’s Program: MV Advancements: Executive Director Kathy Schlotfeldt,  MVA Executive Director [and McMinnville Noon Rotarian] started out with a bit of her own “bio”, some of the organization’s history…and her own/personal impetus to “get involved”…

.Kathy grew up on a farm outside of St. Paul, picking berries, hoeing crops and feeding the livestock, along with her brother Wally who experienced disabilities. Wally was deprived of oxygen at birth. It wasn’t until Wally was many months old that her parents realized his development was delayed. He didn’t walk until he was 5 and his vocabulary is limited to about 50 words. One word he does use often is “work”. He lives in a group home in Mt. Angel and has many friends. People with disabilities want what you and I want: a job, a home, friends and to be active in the communities. Many of our friends are people we met at work. Imagine how your life would be different if you never had the opportunity to have a job.

MV Advancements [MVA] empowers and supports 300 adults who experience disabilities in Yamhill, Marion and Polk counties to live, work, and…most importantly…thrive.

We provide service and support for the whole person, not just one aspect of their life.

·         In the area of LIVE, we support over 40 individuals in our housing programs, from 24 hour residential to in home services in individual’s homes.

·         In the area of WORK, we support over 200 individuals in community employment. Employment includes individual placement jobs at local businesses as well as small group employment with several business partners, including A-dec in Newberg. These jobs pay minimum wage or higher.

·         In our COMMUNITY INCLUSION program, we support over 80 individuals to thrive by providing daily access to our community, building skills, volunteering and developing meaningful relationships.

Kathy then introduced Connie Christianson, MVA Business Relations Manager [and Newberg Early Birds Rotarian]…

….who…in turn introduced the following folks with their heart-warming MVA stories:

Marie Gwilliam – Employment Manager, Yamhill County [and McMinnville Sunrise Rotarian]

…..Pel is supported by MVA in residential and employment. Prior to entering services, Pel lost his mother and his home. His friend Denise Murphy was concerned what would happen to Pel when his mom died. Denise thought of calling DHS, but was afraid. She didn’t know if he would end up in a better place.  So she was relieved to find out someone had connected Pel to MV Advancements. This change was scary for him. In a little over a year’s time, he had lost his mother, his home, and 3 of his beagles. But he was so excited to go looking at apartments, and take his beagle, Princess, with him!  MV Advancements completely changed his life. They helped him land his very first job, moved him into a safe and clean apartment, enrolled him in food stamps, arranged for surgery on his cleft palate, connected him to a dentist, and assisted with funding for hearing aids. Before MV Advancements, he seemed to know everyone in town, but was alone and devoid of close friends. Now he is part of the greater MV Advancements community and has done things he never dreamed of – like, attend sporting events in Portland, fly on a plane, go on a cruise, visit the beach, dance and regularly play basketball with friends. That is living!

Steven Scherer  – Employment Manager, Polk & Marion Counties

….Cody worked for many years at our Wood Products division in Amity. He was a hard worker and did great for many years but the work was the same every day and he wasn’t being challenged or learning anything new. Then his attendance started to become sporadic and he often came to work late. It was time for Cody to find a new job. Steven worked with Cody and found out that he was really interested in cars. During job development he visited many possible employers. He visited the auto center at the Walmart in Dallas and at first was not interested in working there. But after observing the work, he agreed to give it a try. He found that he liked the job and his co-workers. One of his dreams was to buy a car. Steven encouraged him to set a goal and work towards it. 342 days after he started his job at Walmart, he bought a pick-up truck, all on his own and drove it to Steven’s office to show him. Since starting at Walmart, Cody has been promoted and is one of the fastest technicians in the department. Cody is now looking to the future and living his best life.

Ed Wanner – Manager of Enclave Operations

….Isaac joined MV Advancements after completing his High School transition program, he was 20 years old.  His first day was rough. He was scared and in a panic. Three different times his parents tried to leave, but Isaac chased after them.  The fourth time, with dad as the getaway driver, they made it out onto the highway- but Isaac chased after them.   He gently but persistently walked over the top of his staff Katie.  For 3 hours this went on.  All staff were on code red alert. The next day was better. He was calmer that day, and the next was better yet.  The staff had rallied, and continued to rally to make sure Isaac had every opportunity to thrive.  After getting comfortable with his staff and fellow peers the quest began to support Isaac with participating in his community.  Every week  the Amity CIS crew worked really hard to get Isaac to touch the steps of the bus.  After several months eventually he did.  Next was to step onto the bus and eventually he did.  Then came sitting on the bus (for a second or two) eventually he did.  This was a long and dedicated process.  Finally, the momentous day came; Isaac boarded the bus, sat down, scared but determined he rode that MV Advancements bus about a mile before coming back.  The MV Advancements team was over the moon. The phones blew up that day letting everyone know of Isaac’s accomplishment. We all cheered, his Mom cried, it was a day to celebrate!  One week later Isaac and his staff ventured into McMinnville, the destination was a walking path.  The call came in “the ship has landed”.  Isaac got off the bus and walked the track with a staff.  Now he’s the man about town going out most days with staff on community outings.  Shopping at the Dollar Tree is a favorite outing. Isaac is most definitely thriving. From that first touch of the bus steps to the day he rode out the driveway took a total of 5 years!  His mother Anna is so grateful that MVA did not give up on Isaac. It was so huge! Anna can’t imagine Isaac’s life without the dedication of MVA and their staff. Isaac and his team proved to all of us that even the smallest of successes should be celebrated and honored.  It does make a difference, and we all thrive because of it.

Chris Browne – Chris Browne Insurance, has been on the Board of Directors of MVA for over 20 years. She is so embarrassed that she hired a supported individual just 3 years ago…. but is now….

….effusively proud of a supported employee [and a guest today] Elaine Studebaker….

….Elaine has made such a difference in Chris’ office. When she first started, Elaine worked just a few hours a week on limited tasks. Chris called Elaine in her office one day to talk with her. Elaine thought she was going to get fired. Chris said, no, we want to promote you. Elaine had never been promoted, only fired. After that, Elaine talked with Chris and said she needed a raise. Chris agreed and gave Elaine a raise. She had already calculated the new pay rate on her time sheet. Once when Chris was on vacation, Elaine giggled and told Chris and she and her co-worker played hooky when she was gone. They went to get coffee and they stayed at the coffee shop to drink their coffee. Then they went to the copy shop to pick up some copies for the office. They chatted with people along the way. In the insurance business, this is not playing hooky, it’s doing business! Elaine has become an important part of Chris’ team and she encourages other employers to not wait as long as she did to hire someone. MVA provides the job coaching supports, helping teach the tasks and overseeing the success of the individual at your business. It’s a no-brainer and I wish I would have hired Elaine sooner!  Elaine said a few words about her work with Chris….obviously proud/thankful to have the job!

For decades MV Advancements has been doing amazing/productive acts for an often under-served segment of our population!  THANK YOU!

President Om closed the meeting…her attitude/actions always inspiring us, urging us to follow…

Rotary’s Four Way Test of the things we think, say or do:

First – Is it the TRUTH?

Second – Is it FAIR to all concerned?


Fourth – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

NOW…go out and………

~ Be The Inspiration! ~

Respectfully submitted

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

Snippets of humor…”If I refuse to take a nap… that resisting a rest?”  and….A sign in a tavern…..”Prices subject to change, according to customers’ attitudes…”  🙂





Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 29, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 29, 2019….for the meeting held at the Chehalem Cultural Center.

Paula was our always-friendly GREETER.

“Short-timer” President Om opened the meeting asking Dr. Stan Kern to lead us in the Pledge, then made an inspirational pitch for RYLA candidates.

Visitors/guest: Brandy Penner [host: Shannon B.];

Announcements: Leah:  Said we needed a Treasurer for the Pancake Breakfast….and Jeff Lane stepped up to the plate…so to speak!

Dr. Eric and family/dental team reporting back from Nepal as having done some “touristy stuff”, but also accomplishing their mission of providing much-needed dental care;

Om’s guest, Teresa Arnold, spoke on the need for about $3,000 for equipment/materials/supplies for the Girl Scouts program within  Scouting/BSA   Troop 9265 Wish List

Todd E. provided updated info on the “newly-minted” Certified CNAs from the cooperative training effort between Friendsview and Newberg High School….and that they are expecting to double the size of the group next year. SUCCESS!

Jim McMaster thanked all those who helped with the park clean-up efforts….particularly mentioning NHS Interactors.

Becky A. said that the Scholarship Committee had distributed $50K in scholarships….listing the committee members…with notice that Beth Pent is transferring her Rotary membership to the Newberg Early Bird Club…we will miss you, Beth! Come back and visit often!    RFK 2019 BUDGET

President Om had Shannon Buckmaster, Membership Chair, with Laura T’s help, introduce/induct TWO new Rotarians…Sean Andries and Michael Sipes…WELCOME to NEWBERG NOON ROTARY, gentlemen!  We all look forward to hearing your Classification Talks!

Becky A. helped “feed” the DUCK with generous contributions of $68 from several Rotarians present.

Program Presenter was volunteer Missie Kallunki…

giving us an update on Relay For Life of Yamhill County, part of the American Cancer Society’s efforts to find cures/treatments for cancer.  This is a world-wide program.  Multiple informational fliers were provided for our reading/action. The “RELAY” activities are significant parts of their fund-raising.  June 13th, 5 – 10 PM….whether dine-in or take-out… La Sierra Mexican Grill & Lounge in Dundee, will donate 20% of their profits to “Relay”.  Missie touched on several aspects of the program, and areas where help is needed…such as transportation: “One of the biggest roadblocks to cancer treatment is transportation.  That’s why the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Program provides patients in need with free rides to treatment.  And we need your help”.  Donations make a difference in “Empowerment, Help With Side Effects, Lodging, Support, Information, Rides, etc.”  For more information go Online to:

Missie brought colorful table decorations/reminders and a raffle with her…with two prizes: Paul got the first one….a small l.e.d. light…and Fred got a small “grab bag”….contents…who knows…?  Thanks, Missie!

The meeting of June 5 will be MV AdvancementsFROM THEIR WEBSITE:  “For more than 50 years, we’ve helped adults with disabilities through our innovative approaches and caring responsive staff which allows us to serve hundreds of clients through an ever-evolving set of services. In our Employment Services, we match business needs with individuals’ strengths and capacities, resulting in a long-term win-win for both the employer and the employee. In Residential and Community Inclusion, we support individuals to meet and exceed their own personal goals of growth and development so they can live a fulfilling life.”

…and June 12th will be an Auction “de-brief”…both meetings to be held at CCC.

AND…the  June 19th meeting will NOT be held at noon, but will be an evening/dinner meeting for a “changing of the guard”…i.e., officers.  Site to be announced.  Dinner cost: $20/person.

President Om closed the meeting…always inspiring us by her own attitude/actions to follow…

Rotary’s Four Way Test of the things we think, say or do:

First – Is it the TRUTH?

Second – Is it FAIR to all concerned?


Fourth – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

NOW…go out and………

~ Be The Inspiration! ~

Respectfully submitted

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

Oriental “trivia” and a language “tid-bit”…South Korea has MANY Rotary Clubs…and some of the highest THE ROTARY FOUNDATION [TRF] per capita contributors in the world!  Although Korea is distinctly “oriental” [North and South combined], it IS separated by the Sea of Japan/East Sea from Japan on the east, and from China by the Yalu River on the northwest/the Yellow Sea on the west.  Although sharing many cultural similarities, the three [3] cultures DO have differences.  Example: Korean language is unique from both Chinese and/or Japanese…though all three share many of the older Chinese “pictograms”…written symbols.  But the primary/unique Korean “alphabet” [about 24 characters] was created for/commissioned by a Korean Emperor who wanted  to be different from his/their Oriental “neighbors” [and often “enemies”!] and  does NOT include an “F” sound….such as in “food”, Frank, or in my last name of Kaufman [German for “merchant” “kauf” means “to sell”, as common in Germany as “Smith/Smythe” is in US/England].  SO…when I served in the U.S. Army on the Korean DMZ 52 years ago…as a young dentist, I helped support a Mechanized Infantry Battalion [tanks, armored personnel carriers, half-tracks, etc.] of about 3,000 troops , half Korean soldiers and half U.S. GI’s.  AND…half of my Dental Clinic staff were also specially/well-trained Korean soldiers…and all signs/name tags were written in Korean AND American English.  My name… in Korean…came out sounding like “KOP-U-MAN”….I did NOT try to teach the Koreans how to make “F” sounds, as it just frustrated them!  But it was an absolute delight working with the young Korean soldiers…they were hard workers, and they had great senses of humor…and their English was much better than my Korean!  Having formally studied Mandarin, Korean and Japanese…Mandarin is IMPOSSIBLE!




Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 22, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 22, 2019

Greeter: Lisa Salmons

Club President Om opened the meeting with her usual INSPIRATIONAL GUSTO!

Pledge: Jeff Lane

Guests:  Jeff Boileau- Spouse of President Om Sukheenai and Father of Paris Boileau (NHS Interact Club President);  Kathie Byers – Community Impact Coordinator, First Federal, Prospective Rotarian (applied for membership);  Josie Duff – Art Intern, George Fox University, Guest of Geoff Gilmore

NHS Interact Club Representatives:  Paris Boileau, President, NHS Interact Club—Daughter of Om Sukheenai and Jeff Boileau; Macy Schowalter, Ashley Andrade, Sean Vriese

Visiting Rotarians:  Matt Huegli, Treasurer, Sheridan Rotary Club, System Repair Analyst; Rod Federwisch – President-Elect Newberg Earlybird Rotary Club; Jekabs Bikis, Newberg Earlybird Rotary Club, Dean, College of Business, George Fox University, Guest of Geoff Gilmore.

Rotary Moment (Walter Want):  Walter noted that his & Julie’s son, Damian, is visiting from California. As a student at Newberg High School Damian was selected for a Rotary Exchange visit to Australia. Walter reminds us of the value of Rotary friendships for life through the Rotary Exchange Program.

Announcements:  New Mural—Newberg Library Annex (Geoff Gilmore): Geoff Gilmore introduced George Fox University Intern Josie Duff [w/ apologies to Josie, as the editor could not rotate the photo!  : – (  ]


The interns are about half way through the mural design. Given that the mural will be affixed to a public, city-owned building, signage codes are more challenging. Geoff is working with the City of Newberg to align the mural design with city code or he may seek a code exemption if necessary.

Mike Caruso – Rotary District Conference (Om): President Om recognized Mike Caruso for his excellent talk at this year’s Rotary District 5100 Annual Conference. The focus of Mike’s remarks was “Women in Rotary.”

What Makes Newberg Great? (Shannon Buckmaster): Shannon Buckmaster, CEO of the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce, will host a production team from Portland’s Channel 2’s News Production Team focusing on “What Makes Newberg Great?” Among other stops, Shannon will show our Rotary mural on the wall of Steve’s Auto Body Shop.

Memorial Park Clean Up (Jim McMaster): Rotarians are invited to participate in our annual clean-up of Memorial Park Thursday, May 23, from 4-7.

Transfer to Newberg Earlybird Rotary (Beth Pent): With sadness, Beth Pent announced that, due to work schedule and friendships with members of the Newberg Earlybird Rotary Club, Beth will transfer to the morning club. Beth intends to stay in touch with our club and be a voice for Noon Rotary at Earlybird gatherings. Our thanks to Beth for her service, humor and willingness to step up and help with: Memorial Park Clean Up, Pool Park Barkdust Party, Pie-Baking for our Annual Auction, Scholarship Committee, Tracking Auction bids, Auction Set Up and Organization etc. Beth does it all with humor and gusto!  Beth, we shall miss you and wish you well in your new club!

CYFS Garage Sale (Deborah Cathers-Seymour)CYFS will hold a Garage Sale at 216 E 3rd Street Friday and Saturday, May 24 and May 25.

Honoring Ken Austin, Jr. (Rod Federwisch: Rod Federwisch, President-Elect of the Newberg Earlybird Rotary Club, invited Rotarians to participate in Thursday, May 23rd, Earlybird Rotary Club Meeting at 7:00 a.m., Chehalem Cultural Center, honoring Ken Austin, Jr.

Basic Nursing Assistant Class Thank You (Todd Engle): Todd Engle shared a “Thank You’ note from students enrolled in the Certified Nursing Assistant Program at Friendsview. Our Foundation contributed to the program. The program is such a success, Newberg High School increase enrollment to 20 students for 2019-2020. Rotarian Judy Robinson shared that she began her time as a nurse at Friendsview with 16 years of nursing service to Friendsview residents.

Scout Troop 9265 Thank You:  Teresa Arnold, leader of the new Girl’s Scout Troop 9265, thanked Rotary for our involvement in supporting scouting over the years. The Boy Scout Charter was recently changed to permit girls.

West Valley Color Run (Matt Huegli, Treasurer, Sheridan Rotary Club):  Matt Huegli, Treasurer of the Sheridan Rotary Club, invites all Rotarians and families to participate in the “West Valley Color Run” scheduled for Saturday, June 15th from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at 317 S Bridge Street, Sheridan. All ages are welcome! Register online by June 7th at: This 5-K Fun Run replaces “Phil Sheridan Days” and is a fundraiser for Rotary scholarships. Participants can run, walk, ride a scooter etc. Cost of admission is $30.00.

Duck: Curt Walker collected $106 from generous meeting attendees.

Program – NHS Interact: Rotarians Judy Robinson and Denise Bacon serve as advisors to the Newberg High School Rotary Club. Judy introduced Interactors: Paris Boileau, President, NHS Interact Club, Macy Schowalter, Ashley Andrade and Sean Vriese.


Interact – First Peacebuilder Club: Mike Caruso, Peace Committee Chair, presented Paris Boileau and students with a plaque honoring Interact as the first Interact Peacebuilder Club. Interact members voted unanimously to become a Peacebuilder Club. There are currently 115 Peacebuilder Clubs world-wide with the Newberg High School Interact Club as the “first” Interact Club to join. Mike also awarded Master Peacebuilder pins to each student—the same award given Rotary Peace Scholars.


Club Background and Growth:  The Interact Club is currently comprised of 28 active members. In an effort to recruit incoming freshmen, Interactors meet with eighth grade students at the Middle Schools, describe the goals of Interact and provide information as to how students can join.

Invasive Species Removal and Tree Planting:  Interactors joined with Rotarians, middle school students, and Chehalem Park and Recreation District staff to remove invasive species and plant trees at the Chehalem Glenn Golf Course and in a local neighborhood.

School and Art Supplies Uganda:  The Interact Club contacted a school in Uganda. Ugandan students lack school and art supplies. The NHS Interact Club initiated an art and school supply drive among students at the high school. Students donated markers, paper, etc. Interact used social media, flyers and a luncheon information table to elicit supplies. After mailing supplies Interactors wrote and received letters from Ugandan students.

Peacebuilder and Mental Health:  Interactors promoted Mental Health Wellness among high school students; focused on anti-bullying strategies and voted to become a Peacebuilder Club.

Students’ responses to “Why Join Interact?”:  When I joined Interact, I had a desire to save the world and make a difference in someone else’s life. We give them an opportunity.”  I wanted to do something for my community. Mom shared with me about Interact and encouraged me to join. I love to volunteer.”

President OM:  “Interact club is so sentimental story for all of us.  Here is the history that I got from Jennifer Blake in October 2018 during joint board meeting.  Years ago It has begun with our passing Rotarian, Ray Simonsen, who was a principal at NHS. He spent his own money to pay for lunch for the interact students to meet.  At that time, the Interact project was collaborated between the Early Bird and Noon clubs. We were told that Ray had about 32 interact students.  Then things changed as we all experienced.  Moving forward, in 2014 the project fell into the Noon Club. Denise Bacon re-built it. When Denise Bacon invited Judy Robinson to join the interact club in 2017 as an advisor resulted in the Interact club growing to 28 students.  A success story for the Newberg High School Interact club besides of tree planting, art and hygiene supply to school kids in Uganda, Mental Well-being week, and much more. This club is the the first Interact club in the world to enroll in peace builder program.  So proud of the kids and our club.”

Denise:  Could NOT do it [Interact] without Judy. SHE really is the driving force (working for a living gets in the way of a lot of the fun stuff I used to be able to do!)
DON’T FORGET!!!!  We will NOT be meeting at noon per usual on June 19, but will be attending the Transition/Awards Dinner…site to be determined.  Sign on-line…dinner cost will be $20/person.

Next meeting: will be at CCC…..Program: McMinnville and Newberg are joining with each other for the Relay For Life of Yamhill County. Presenter:  Jami Fuller, Event Coordinator

Remember to check out the latest club information available in the Club’s website…including upcoming programs and other activities.
Our Club’s support of NHS Interact and Rotary’s International Youth Exchange are but two ways we focus on YOUTH in our community….and by  following Rotary’s Four Way Test of the things we think, say or do in mind:
First – Is it the TRUTH?
Second – Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Fourth – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
SO…with YOUR thoughts and actions……go out and….
~ Be The Inspiration! ~
Respectfully submitted,
Rick Kaufman
Newsletter Editor
INSPIRATIONAL thought for the day:   “You cannot do a kindness too soon – for you never know how soon it will be too late.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson.
And a touch of humor….”Sometimes my brain is like the Bermuda Triangle….information goes in…never to found again…!” [source anonymous] 🙂


Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 15, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 15, 2019


We’ll get back to THAT * with today’s program!

Always enthusiastic Marge O’Connell was our GREETER!

Pres. Elect Corey Z. opened the meeting today!

Ralph Koozer led us in the Pledge.

Guests: Alex Roosevelt, Jerome Spencer, and program participants [hosted by Deborah Cathers-Seymour]: Charlie Rice, Rachel Newell, Justin Worthing and Caroline Elms-Moran.

Denise Bacon provided an anecdotal/emotional revisit of her first meeting with Ken Austin, Jr.  Also, she spoke glowingly of Geoff Gilmore, the Rotary Mural and the responsible GFU artist[s].  THOSE are ROTARY MOMENTS!

Leah was impressed with the caliber of applicants to replace her in the City Library…..and pleased with the final selection.

Spike reminded us of Pancake Breakfast Sponsorships availability….that listing was in last week’s Newsletter.

Sporting a new bit of facial hair, Jim McMaster announced a Clean-Up at Memorial Park from 4 – 7 PM next Thursday…the 23rd.

The Club’s “Bergquam Dental Ambassadors” made it safely to their destination with their objective of improving dental care internationally. Photo shows Dr. Eric, his wife, their daughter and his dental assistant, and their Rotarian host meeting them in the airport terminal .

Deborah Cather-Seymour mentioned yet another volunteer opportunity to “clean out the barn!” on May 23rd – 24th.

Shannon said the Installation Dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, June 19th, 6 PM….site to be announced. Cost per person is $20.00 Sign up at:

Shannon also welcomed a fresh, always-smiling face into our “Friends of Rotary” Rosa Olivares, Community Engagement Specialist with the City of Newberg. WELCOME, ROSA!

AND…Shannon [she’s a very busy young lady!] reminded us of the Membership Committee’s meeting at 11:30 before the regular meeting on the 22nd.

Ray managed The DUCK this week….collecting $46 from a number of generous Rotarians more than willing to part with some of their hard-earned cash for a chance to “brag” on something or someone!  Most notably, and with Jim McMaster bringing it to everyone’s attention, Dale Welcome “fessed up” and took back his 2XL jacket he’d left last week!   And…for you newer members, sit with Dale and ask where he has been lately! And do that with all other Rotarians to get to know them better!  [Ed. note: In my 50+ years in Rotary this is one of the best ways to get to know folks…rather than sitting at the same table each week with the same group….just sayin’…as being a Rotarian is like having a HUGE “extended family”…globally!]

* YOOP!  YOuth OPportunity Program….”A Program of Chehalem Youth & Family Services”...introduced by Deborah Cather-Seymour.

Charlie Rice, Program Manager, and Rachael Newell, Supervisor, explained in depth this Yamhill County program that services about 2/3 of its clientele in the greater McMinnville area [Sheridan, Carlton, Yamhill, etc.], and 1/3 in Newberg and vicinity.  Now nine [9] years into the program to “Build the Workforce” with emphasis on Academic & Job Readiness through Incentives and Support Services, they brought with them two [2] “success stories” in the persons of Caroline and Justin, who gave their poignant/compelling personal stories as to how YOOP! helped turn them around, giving them new hope for their futures. To get a better idea as to the scope of this program, we were provided an example calendar of services/activities for May, bright yellow & red pens and wrist bands, as well as a very colorful/informational, first-rate flier describing in much detail what the program is, who it helps, and how we, as local concerned citizens, can help keep it going and improve it.

A BIG THANKS to Charlie, Rachael, Caroline and Justin for sharing your up-lifting stories with us today!

For more information and ways YOU can help, visit YOOP!’s website at:

AND….remember to check the Club’s website for information and calendar of upcoming meetings and activities.

As President-Elect Corey Z. closed the meeting…we are reminded how important in our daily lives is Rotary’s Four Way Test of the things we think, say or do…..

First – Is it the TRUTH?

Second – Is it FAIR to all concerned?


Fourth – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Keeping those four points in mind…now go out and ….

~ Be The Inspiration! ~

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

A tidbit of a chuckle….after reviewing his latest creation…”Frankly, said Lloyd, rightly…that architectural design is terrific!”

Rotary history questions:  How many men were in the initial group that became Rotary? Can you name them? And what were their occupations?








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