Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for April 10, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for April 10, 2019


This time to the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue [TVF & R] facility in downtown Newberg….on 2nd.

Box lunches with choices of sandwiches…provided by Bon Apetit…each one very tasty!

Ever-inspirational Prez Om opened the meeting and Dr. Stan Kern led us in the PLEDGE.

A decent showing of Rotarians today at the Newberg Fire Department station on 2nd.

Announcements:  Tuesday, April 16, 6 – 8 PM, at PCC Newberg Center will be “A NEWberg the VISION” opportunity for the community to discuss the first draft.   Questions:  Contact Bayo Ware (503) 537-1240 ext 8501 or

A request was made for “snack” foods for students….and before the meeting was over many Rotarians contributed the snacks from their box lunches….providing a spontaneous “Rotary Moment”!

April 17, 2019 Club Meeting Location: Newberg School District Office, 714 E 6th St, Newberg, OR 97132

Program: Classification talk by Angel Aguilar, Branch Manager, First Federal Savings & Loan

Polio Eradication stats: Year-to-date as of 4/10/2019,  polio cases globally – 9.  All of 2018 – 33 cases globally….by comparison the total in 2013 was 416!  AND 30,000+ in 1980!  We are “…that close!”….  The latest Rotarian magazines are a “very good read” on final push efforts….and “challenges”.

Leah informed us that the “final tally” for the Auction’s scholarship monies’ efforts left us a bit shy of the $50K goal..about $1500…SO…with vocal encouragement from those present, and doing her best to emulate our AUCTIONEER….she managed to make up that difference in a matter of a few minutes with on-the-spot contributions and/or commitments from the Rotarians in the room!  Literally an “over-the-top” performance!  Thanks to all who made it happen!  Good job, Leah!

Today’s program was provided by three of the top spokesmen for the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue contingent locally:  Stefan Myers, Public Affairs Officer; Chris Mayfield, Assistant Fire Marshal and Allen Kennedy, Division Chief.  With Stefan doing most of the talking [after all, THAT’S HIS JOB!], and additional comments and information as needed, that TERRIFIC TRIO gave us LOTS of information and insight into how the system works locally,  state-wide, regionally and nationally.  They brought us up to speed on the protocols followed on everything from a small field fire to a major regional conflagration.  With lots of experience and obvious knowledge of their subjects, they discussed everything from finances, tax base considerations, to equipment and response times….as well as fielding multiple questions from the audience.  Pictures appropriate to the subjects covered were also provided on the “big screen”.  All in all, we got an excellent new appreciation for the fantastic job these professionals do from day-to-day, 24/7/365, to keep the community as safe as possible.  A BIG THANKS TO TVF & R!!!

Prez Om closed the meeting.

Including “Rotary’s Four Way Test of the things we think say or do” in our daily lives helps smooth things out!

#1 – Is it the TRUTH?

#2 – Is it FAIR to all concerned?


#4 – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

~ Be The Inspiration! ~

Respectfully submitted

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

[Special thanks to my “team” for helping gather the information I needed to create this newsletter!  BTW…I will be in S. Oregon on the 17th, so any help I can get from my fellow Rotarians with note-taking will be greatly appreciated!  AND….I plan to do a “make-up” meeting at my former club, Jacksonville-Applegate Rotary, on Thursday AM.]

Also, a small touch of humor:  “I’m terrified of elevators…and I’m taking steps to avoid them…!