Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for November 7, 2018

Newberg Noon Rotary Newsletter for November 7, 2018

Paula Radich cheerfully greeted us again today!  HEY!  Being “GREETER” is a FUN thing to do….so sign up!

Our always excited Club President, Om, opened today’s meeting!  AND…Om is a new Paul Harris Fellow….[Mike Caruso says specific details to follow at a later date.]  That’s our PREZ!

Thanks to Jim McMaster for leading us in the Pledge today!

Rod Federwisch Rotarian from the Earlybird Club was our one visitor today. Welcome, Rod!

Jim McMaster: Most noteworthy aspects of his son Spencer’s time with the Peace Corps in Africa for right now are…the heat & the snakes!!!

Leah reminded us again of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony scheduled for Dec. 1, 4:30 – 5:30 PM at the Cultural Center.

Yours truly related my auto accident of Nov. 3, about three miles south of Forest Grove, marking the untimely demise of my much-loved 32 year old Volvo wagon, “Goldie”.  Thankfully, no injuries.  On a clear/open country road, the other driver slowed down…stopped…then with no warning, BACKED his travel trailer up into the front of my car! WHAM – radiator & headlights M U N C HED !!!  ’87 Volvo “totaled”.  Not my fault…appropriate settlement to follow soon, I hope.

Gene Piros announced he and his wife just celebrated 44 years of marriage!  Way to go!

Auggie related his own recent car damage “incident” at the hands of a young “newbie” driver while the car was parked at his clinic!

Laura T. spoke of needing candidates for Rotary International Youth Exchange…so…if you know a qualifying student…let her know!

Judy Robinson had discussed with D.G. Larry Hatch about contact info for the Rotaract and Interact clubs that are the most active. Which happen to be Forest Grove for Interact and Silverton for Rotaract.  Her goal with Interact is first to contact them, then try to arrange for their Interact representative to speak to our club. Om is taking the lead on the Rotaract subject, with an objective of getting a club started at George Fox U.  More details as they surface.

AND Leah G. reminded us of the IMPORTANCE of everyone signing up for volunteering to help with our PRIMARY FUNDRAISER…the AUCTION, scheduled for March 23, right here in the Chehalem Cultural Center…a change from last year that should mean a better financial return on our efforts as the costs will be less than in the past.  We will have the entire Cultural Center available for that event.  What is needed NOW is for all Rotarians to sign up to help!  Sign-up sheets were present at each table.

Be reminded that the e-mail link is on the club’s website for volunteer sign-ups for AUCTION, Senior Meals, etc.

Ray Hillman handled the DUCK this week,…managing to collect generous $$$ contributions from several Rotarians present…including Corey Z. who was pleased that Measure 102 passed, meaning good things for low-income housing projects in Newberg and elsewhere.

Our program today was the Classification Talk by new Newberg Noon Rotarian, Ivan Estrada…sponsored/introduced by Shannon Buckmaster:

I am Ivan Estrada, and was born and raised in Irrigon, OR. I currently live in Newberg, and work at Yamhill County Public Health, where I act as the Drug, Suicide, and Gambling Prevention Coordinator. My interests in public health began during my undergraduate career at Oregon State University, and continued through my graduate work at George Washington University.  Eventually, I hope to return to school and pursue a PhD and become a public health educator and researcher. One of the reasons I love what I do is because I get to work alongside community members to improve the health and well-being of their communities.  When not working, I can often be found indulging in one of my many hobbies, which include hiking, board games, wining & dining, running, listening to music, and playing soccer. I am thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of Rotary, and look forward to all the relationships and good that grow from them.  I have a girlfriend and two cats.  And my grandmother makes the BEST tortillas, the old-fashioned way!  Glad to be on-board with Newberg Noon Rotary! 

Ivan’s contact info: OR  work phone: 503.474.6253….Cell phone: 971.287.8172

After Ivan’s talk, Shannon and Prez Om “cooperated”…sort of…in removing Ivan’s red “new member” ribbon!

Thanks, Ivan! And welcome again to ROTARY!

May your days be guided by Rotary’s “Four Way Test” of the things we think, say or do!

Prez Om closed with her usual enthusiastic reminder to….

~ “Be the Inspiration!” ~

In Continuing Rotary Service,

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

[Ed. Note…Fellow Rotarians…have you had a recent short/long-but-memorable trip somewhere?  Let me know about it in 2 or 3 paragraphs, and I’ll include it in the newsletter!  Also, the newsletter format has been simplified, hopefully to make it easier to read…and your comments/suggestions are always welcome!]

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for October 31, 2018

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for October 31, 2018

Editor’s note:  I was unable to be at this meeting, but Leah took some fantastic notes, presented here just as she wrote them:

Rotary Meeting  on Wednesday, October 31st.
Prez Om started off our meeting reminding us of Rotary’s efforts for peace, especially  in light of the recent events in Pittsburgh and North Carolina.
Announcements included Jim McMaster’s plea for lots of service help on Saturday, November 17th in the morning at the Aquatic Center playground to spread three truckloads of bark chips!  This will be all hands on deck with both Rotary Clubs, Interact and more.  If you can help out, it’s a good idea to bring gloves and if you’ve got shovels or rakes that could be used to move those bark chips, that would be a huge help.  Sign up   So far 8 have signed up.  We need lots more than that.  Here’s your chance to put your muscle behind our saying “Service Above Self”.  And Jim promised donuts so we know Om will be there!
You’ll be hearing a lot about the Auction, March 23, 2019.  It’s the biggest effort our club makes each year and with the downturn in the income from Rota-Dent ($100,000 to $50,000 annually), if we don’t step up and make a lot at the auction, we’ll not be able to give out 50+ scholarships and support all the community projects we’ve been able to do.    We need EVERY ROTARIAN TO PARTICIPATE.  We’ll work with you to find the right match.  Talk to Denise Bacon, auction chair, or Leah to get signed up for a committee.    We’ll be connecting with you!    Also, Tony Lelack reminded us to ask NOW for contributions from larger companies.  They need more time to go through their channels.  And if they can’t do it for the 2019 auction, switch it up and ask for the 2020 auction!
Laura Tilrico reported there were some extra funds from the money we sent to Guatemala for earthquake relief and the Rotary Club in Antiqua used  them for repairs to the school.  The Nepal project is moving along with Laura getting more info to show that the app for medical diagnosis can work.  She is really putting a lot of work on this for the people of Nepal.  Thank you Laura. 
Walter Want shared a special Veterans Day event at Evergreen Aviation Museum on November 11th from 9 am to 5 pm.  The Vietnam Air War Experience Exhibit Grand Opening will be held that day.  Memorabilia from the era, such as POW/MIA bracelets, flight manuals, flight suits as well as aircraft will be on display.  Walter will be sharing his experiences at the event as well. 
Tony LeLack and his gym Excell Fitness, is again collecting turkeys for FISH.  You can drop off a turkey at the gym, or even give him cash.  Over the years they have collected thousands of pounds of turkeys for the community.  Make sure you get your turkey to Tony!
Our special guest Mayor Bob Andrews was honored with a  Paul Harris award by Mike Caruso.  Mayor Bob has embodied Service Above Self in his 12 years as mayor and his efforts are much appreciated. 
Denise Bacon, Rotarian and City Councilor, introduced Mayor Bob with just a few tears.  He has been an advisor, friend, and father figure to her as she became involved in city government and as she said, she owes so much to his mentorship to her over the years.
Mayor Bob started with “Hi, I’m Bob, a recovering bureaucrat”    He worked in state government for 30 years and then in retirement served on Newberg City Council for four years before being elected Mayor in 2006.    Service to his community is what he does!
In his years as mayor he has realized that many don’t really understand how local government works and so he shared a bit of a civics lesson with us.
Newberg was incorporated as a town on Feb 21 1889.  And four years later on February 10, 1893, it became a city.  Today Mayor Bob likes to say we’re a small city, with the best of both sides because of the people in our city.  He as seen Newberg recognized as a community of giving and it is groups like Rotary and Kiwanis (he’s a Kiwanian, but we won’t hold that against him!)  that enhance that reputation.
The city of Newberg is governed by the city charter which is like the constitution and it is approved by the voters.  The Council can enact laws.    The Council and mayor are advised by many citizens’ advisory committees; Planning Commission, Library Board, Rate Review Committee and many more.  These are all made up of citizens who learn about an issue and make recommendations.   
The city’s vision statement;  “Newberg will cultivate a healthy, safe environment where citizens can work, play and grow in a friendly, dynamic and diverse community valuing partnerships and opportunity” drives the Council’s actions.  And the mission statement:  “The City of Newberg serves it citizens, promotes safety, and maintains a healthy community” further defines what the city works towards. 
During his tenure, Newberg has grown about 8% in population and it is on the cusp of more growth as we try to meet the demand for affordable housing and homes for people who want to come to our city.    There has been a lot accomplished over the last 12 years and here’s a list of a few of those things: 
We are now up to date on our strategic plans, the documents that help to shape our community.  They are developed with citizen input and they don’t just sit on a shelf.
Newberg hosted Special Olympics for 6 years
We’ve seen lots of growth at George Fox University with their facilities, their students and the programs they offer to students. 
PCC opened a campus in town
The Waste Water plant has grown and now provides non-potable water for landscaping.
Newberg Providence Medical Center opened
We are a peace city with peace poles, thanks to Rotary
Library hours and services have increased
Economic development activities need to continue with commercial, industrial, tourism, and retail to support the community residents
The bypass opened and work is starting on continuing that with the next phase
We are still a city that has 19% of our residents in poverty. We need to continue to support those residents in a variety of ways including housing and jobs
You could see the pride in Newberg the Mayor has as he shared what has gone on for this 12 years in office.  When asked what he’ll do in “retirement”, he said REST.  But he’ll keep busy with hobbies including woodworking, reading and he has promised his wife he would clean the garage. 
Thank you Mayor Andrews for your years of service to our community. 
Leah’s efforts with this report are typical…for her…examples of Service Above Self…and Rotary in Action!
Thanks, Leah!
AND… week’s meeting, November 7, will be the Rotary Classification Talk by Ivan Estrada…at the Cultural Center.

Editor Rick


Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for October 24, 2018


Newberg Noon Rotary Newsletter for October 24, 2018

Judy Robinson was today’s GREETER….Thank you, Judy!  [Check with Paula to sign up to be a GREETER…also consider offering your own special “Rotary Moment”.]

Maintaining her usual high level of INSPIRATIONAL excitement, Club President, Om, opened today’s meeting…look at that contagious smile!

Walter Want led us in today’s PledgeThanks, Walter!

Guests today were: Renee Brouse, Assistant District Governor; Lauren Clifford and Marni Tilrico…family of Laura Tilrico…visiting from Alaska.  Welcome, all!   [Renee, a good friend of Om’s, received a little special “Welcome!” gift!]

Announcements: Sign-up sheets were at each table for the various ways we can be involved with our Annual Auction…it is not too early to sign up…as this is our biggest fundraiser…and it will be held in the Cultural Center for 2019…which is a major change from last year’s event.  If we each do our part[s], the Club will be able to continue doing its part in supporting our community’s needs!

Next week’s meeting, October 31 [Happy Halloween!], will be Bob Andrews, Mayor of the City of Newberg Saying Goodbye “Reflections and Roads Forward”    the meeting will be at the Cultural Center.

Leah reminded us again of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 1, 4:30 – 5:30 PM at the Cultural Center. That’s coming right up!

NEWS FLASH! Here are a few photos from Ken’s birthday celebration! With several Rotarians from BOTH Newberg Rotary clubs, and our District Governor Larry Hatch as well.  Ken was founder of adec…in the early 1960s..and has been the world’s largest manufacturer of dental equipment for a L O N G time. Two examples of adec’s products displayed on the stage are shown here:

Hopefully, we will soon get a more in-depth report on that morning’s festivities!  It looks like a good time was had by all!

Be reminded that the e-mail link is on the club’s website for volunteer sign-ups for Senior Meals, etc.

Instead of our usual DUCK routine, Becky Ankeny led us in a repeat of the “Cake Walk” activity from last week, but with a bottle of wine in lieu of a cake….and Mike Caruso started off with a $100 donation…into the Duck it went…and the “ante” was a suggested $10 this time, with all proceeds going toward Polio Eradication…so…nearly every space was covered, and Laura Tilrico won the bottle of wine! It is obvious that Newberg Rotarians know how to have F U N !!!

Today’s Program:  A visit from our Rotary District Governor is always a treat…and today was especially so for Yours Truly, Editor Rick, as DG Larry Hatch is a long-time personal friend of mine…even before he was a we both grew up in the Forest Grove area…and were both Charter Members of the Forest Grove DayBreak Rotary Club in 1991. So it was my pleasure to introduce our District 5100 Governor, Larry Hatch

D.G. Larry served as Club President twice, and was an Assistant Governor for three [3] years. After serving in Viet Nam in the Army as a Military Police officer, he began a 41-year career in public safety.  13 years as a police officer and the last 28 years as the Assistant Director of Washington County 9-1-1 before retiring in 2015. He believes we must all be global citizens and chose Rotary as his pathway for service.  To that end he is a proud Rotary Foundation Triple Crown donor.  Larry has been married to LaDonna for 45 years.  They live in Forest Grove and have one daughter, Christy, and a granddaughter Abbey.  Larry and LaDonna are both retired and enjoy heading out in the RV to explore the backroads of Oregon and surrounding states finding unique places you can’t see from the highway.  He is an avid sports fan supporting the OSU Foundation and all things Beaver.

D.G. Hatch primarily discussed three important aspects of Rotary…PARTICIPATION, The Rotary Foundation’s efforts/successes on Polio Eradication, and YOUTH programs…principally Interact and THOSE YOUTH are our FUTURE ROTARIANS!   At an International Convention he spoke with RI President John Germ regarding the importance of MEMBERSHIP….and shared some ideas gleaned from other clubs’ successful membership recruiting efforts around the world.  Larry told us that District 5100 had broken several Rotary records per Foundation contributions ….most recently exceeding $1 Million dollars...and said that “Rotary is a Force of Nature”.…then described the deeper meanings of the aspects of this year’s Rotary International banner symbol…a wave, sail and growing heart. D.G. Hatch encouraged us to participate in The Rotary Foundation’s [TRF] “Rotary Direct” plan for consistent contributing…and/or “The PolioPlus Society of Rotary District 5100”.  For questions regarding these programs, please contact Doug Taylor at  or call at: 503.421.5329  Also, forms can be sent to the District Office by e-mail or fax at 503.605.5101

Commenting on Newberg Rotary’s 82 years since initial chartering….and all the good things we do for the local community and beyond…such as the recent Rotary Mural, our international projects, and more, he acknowledged three [3] Newberg Rotary “Champions”…and presented each with a unique Oregon Myrtlewood plaque:

1. She is a very fun energetic person who loves the “Mama Mia” movie. Of course, she can dance and have a good time with so many hats she wears for multiple tasks she takes on. All her work gets done marvelously.  To work with her is just like lighting a Christmas tree. Warm and Joyful.  Champion Leah Griffith.
2. He is a very competitive person. Winning is his motto. And he continues to bring victory to our community.  He joins us together to build beautiful clean recreation parks. His final project before his retirement is a top notch Chehalem Aquatic CenterChampion Jim McMaster.
3. Speaking of innovation, being an extraordinary type,  thinking outside the box, realistic, and communicates well with different age groups. Given his challenging personal life, he is always there to support us. The latest mural project said it all about this capable Rotarian.  Champion Geoff Gilmore.

In turn, President Om presented District Governor Hatch with a bouquet of blue & yellow flowers…and a bottle of wine from Mike Caruso.

Thank you, District Governor Larry Hatch, for further Rotary enlightenment & encouragement!

AND…we all are reminded of the date and location for the 2019 Rotary District Conference:  May 17 – 19, 2019, at the “Riverhouse on the Deschutes”, Bend, Oregon…SAVE THE DATE!

President Om had District Governor Larry close our meeting with the ringing of our Club’s Rotary bell!

~ “Be the Inspiration!” ~

October is Rotary’s Polio Eradication Month….so here are some recent polio stats….

Number of Wild Poliovirus Cases Globally as of October 16, 2018

New Cases Last 7 Days 1

YTD – 2018 20

YTD – 2017 12

Total – 2017 22

Total – 2016 37

Total – 2015 74

Total – 2014 359

Total – 2013 416

Total – 2012 223

Total – 2011 650

Total – 2010 1,352

Total – 2009 1,604

Total – 2008 1,651


Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

And a “BIG THANKS!” to Auggie for the terrific photographic coverages!

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for October 17, 2018

Newberg Noon Rotary Newsletter for October 17, 2018


Beth Pent was today’s GREETER….Thank you, Beth!

[Be a GREETER…it’s FUN and a great way to get to know your fellow Rotarians and our guests! Check with Paula or Prez Om to sign up!]

~ Opening of meeting ~

Club President, Om, opened today’s meeting…with her usual contagious excitement!

~ Pledge ~

Laura Tilrico led us in today’s PledgeThanks, Laura!

~ Visitors – Guests ~

Our one guest today was: Casey Kulla…guest of Walter Want.  Welcome Casey!

~ Today’s Rotary Moment ~

Yours Truly, Rick Kaufman, provided today’s Rotary Moment...remembering a particularly delightful Rotary meeting “make-up” in a large tent at the World Scout Jamboree in Australia in early January 1988. Globally, Rotary was [still is, I believe!] the largest single organizational sponsor of Scout Troops. Sitting next to me was a Scoutmaster from a suburb of Tokyo, Japan ….speaking with maybe a half dozen words of English…across from me was another Japanese [at least by his name & facial appearance] Scoutmaster…but wearing an Australian Scoutmaster’s uniform…and he told me that he knew maybe a half dozen words in Japanese …as he was third generation Japanese-Australian…speaking with a decidedly Aussie accent! The breakfast meeting of Rotarian Scoutmasters from all over the world was really F U N and very interesting. Attending the Jamboree were over 16,000 Scouts and leaders from 93 countries around the world. It was a real privilege to represent the Scout Council in our area.

~ Announcements ~

Jim McMaster: Son Spencer’s time with the Peace Corps in Africa is now being spent in “training”…with some very new experiences such as eating with one’s hands & “showering” out of a bucket.

Leah reminded us again of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 1, 4:30 – 5:30 PM at the Cultural Center.

Paula reminded us of Ken Austin, Jr.’s, birthday celebration 7 – 8:30 AM at the Cultural Center on October 25. Ken is a Past President of our club and was a Charter Member of the Earlybirds.  Marge had a birthday card for us to sign for Ken.

Tony L. reminded us that the DICTIONARIES were in…..ready to be distributed!  Check with Tony if you can help!

Steve Palmer’s wedding card was also passed around for signatures.

Be reminded that the e-mail link is on the club’s website for volunteer sign-ups for Senior Meals, etc.

~ The Duck ~

No usual DUCK this week, per se, but hints at a fresh way to generate $$ dedicated to Polio Eradication were on the floor as we entered our usual meeting place…in the form of twenty [20] numbered markers.  They proved to be “Cake Walk” markers!  And the two prizes were a DELICIOUS cake and a bottle of wine.  Most Rotarians’ dance “gyrations” were a bit….ummm…”low energy”…but Auggie more than made up for that with his highly energetic/entertaining “fast moves”….And as the Cake Walk participants went from number to number, with Paula at the music controls… they were encouraged to place contributions into the DUCK...situated on the floor in the middle of the activity…all proceeds to go toward Polio Eradication*Spike, the winner of the cake, contributed it back to the club, having Beth Pent cut it up in small wedges which were then distributed to those present….and we can only guess as to Judy’s plans….

Auggie paid for the Univ. of Washington LOSS….in OVERTIME….to Oregon in a really exciting game!  He also mentioned some new healthcare developments with Kaiser Permanente making a foray into our local healthcare scene…with further developments as they happen.

Laura Tilrico recalled: “Oct 17, 1989, 5:03pm. 29 years ago was the Loma Prieta earthquake. We were living at the Waterford condominiums in Newark, California in the SF Bay Area. Wow, I remember it as if it was yesterday! I kind of freaked out. My son MW was at the sitters on their way home by car. Michael was eating dinner at McDonalds, before his University of SF classes. I was on the phone talking to another graphic designer working on a big HP job. First jolt, I dove under my dining table then I freaked out running amuck in the parking area out front. No cell phones then. Steve, my girlfriend’s husband, who just got home from work, said to go back to my condo and shut off outside gas, lock front door and drive to the sitters. By the time I was able to do all that, the sitter drove up with my son, MW, who was about 1 1/2 years old, The sitter said she thought her tires all blew out. So she got out of her car to check and saw everyone else was doing the same thing. No communication at the time from my husband. I had no idea where Mike was. My husband said he grabbed his McDonalds fries and ran outside. He left his very expensive college books on the table. He eventually ran back in to get them. Then he tried to drive home in his pickup, traffic was a mess. He eventually ran out of gas. People stopped and helped push the truck to the side of the road and one of the guys dropped him off close to home, he walked the rest of the way. Boy, was I tearfully glad to see him. It took him 4-5 hours to get home. Then when the electricity came back on, we saw on TV the mess in San Francisco to Santa Cruz. We were lucky only a few dishes broke from the shelves and some outside concrete cracked. My artist friend Cliff was at Candlestick Park Stadium watching Oakland play SF. They were in the bleachers and were stamping their feet. Cliff thought the banging did damage to the structure and thought it was going to collapse but realized it was an earthquake when everyone stopped what they were doing, even the players. He said most people calmly evacuated the stadium.  Do you remember where you were?”

Walter spoke of the FUN had at the recent Soroptimists’ fundraiser, “Soup’s On”….by Noon Rotarians, Karen Jones, Auggie & Maureen Gonzales, Walter & Julie Want, Shannon Buckmaster, Jeff & Jackie Lane, and Beth Pent….five of whom are pictured here:

~ Today’s Program ~

Introduced by Corey Z, today’s program underscores how important YOUTH programs and outreach are with a prime example of Carlie’s Kindness Campaign: “It doesn’t matter how old you are, you CAN make a difference!” Carlie Steele is now 14, but at age 9 decided to start a campaign “…in hopes of showing kids the importance of volunteering and spreading kindness! We do several projects for different causes and organizations…”  Carlie was accompanied by her mother, Melissa Steele, who has been super supportive of Carlie’s efforts from the beginning.  From their home in Amity,  and through her 501c3 non-profit, Carlie has spearheaded many caring projects, a few of which are:  Carlie Cares: Carlie’s Christmas for the Troops; Daily Point of Light; Vet Luncheon; Hurricane Harvey Drive; First Federal Diaper Drive, and many more!  For more in-depth information on Carlie’s amazing efforts, check out her website at:  Her website is well worth the visit! Funding support is provided by donations, sponsorships, grants, and selling of select merchandise such as the “KINDNESS FAN CLUB” T-shirt here displayed by Prez OmCarlie’s high energy and enthusiasm continue to drive even more successes that have resulted in NATIONAL recognition for her efforts.  Additional “kindness” projects are “in the pipeline” for Carlie, her mom Melissa, and a growing cadre of supporters!  THANKS, Carlie!

*October is Rotary’s “Polio Eradication Month” here are some recent “stats” on our efforts:
Number of Wild Poliovirus Cases Globally as of October 16, 2018
New Cases Last 7 Days 1
YTD – 2018 20
YTD – 2017 12
Total – 2017 22
Total – 2016 37
Total – 2015 74
Total – 2014 359
Total – 2013 416
Total – 2012 223
Total – 2011 650
Total – 2010 1,352
Total – 2009 1,604
Total – 2008 1,651

DON’T MISS THE OCTOBER 24, MEETING! District Governor, Larry Hatch, will be our speaker, and his message will be well worth hearing!

Once again, Prez Om closed with a very enthusiastic reminder to….

~ “Be the Inspiration!” ~

In Continuing Rotary Service,

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

Editor’s note: Assisting me with the newsletter each week is a TEAM of Rotarians usually consisting of Beth Pent, Auggie Gonzales, Prez Om, Corey Z., and often with extra assistance from Walter, Leah, Geoff G., Jim McM, et al…..A “BIG THANKS!” to all!