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!”