Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for March 27, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for March 27, 2019

Today we had a special “off-site” field trip….to the Ewing Young Distillery about three and a half  miles west of Newberg, just north of Oregon Highway 240.

It was a beautiful RAINY day!  In spite of the rain we had a decent showing of Rotarians and even a few guests.

We met  in a tent immediately outside the barn housing the distillery.  The site forced some changes to our usual routine, so…with the rain on the tent’s roof immediately overhead, providing a nearly-musical aural backdrop to our proceedings, then, per usual, ever-inspirational President Om…

who had come in wearing the cutest darn hat you’ve ever seen…opened the meeting, walked through the guest introductions…including Megan Misa…GFU artist student [part of the MURAL TEAM, guest of Geoff Gilmore];  Don Hollaway [w/ Hague Hamilton Insurance] guest of Bob Ficker; a Mr. Petersen, guest of Curt Walker; Judy Robinson’s husband, Marvin; Laura Tilrico’s husband, Michael; and Michael Sipes w/Edward Jones, guest of Shannon Buckmaster,

and then turned it over to Leah for a quick report on our SUPER-SUCCESSFUL AUCTION of the Saturday night before…on the 23rd.  Leah particularly thanked Linda and Lacey for their exceptional efforts…Jan Widner and crew for the outstanding decorations….Interactors, Helping Hands, Water Polo Team, RYLA students, Exchange Students, and all the other volunteers…Rotarians, et al.  Leah, just touching on the financial aspects of the event,  also said a full report should be out before the end of April…as some bills and income have yet to be reported.  She gave us a date for the 2020 Auction …April 18…again at the Chehalem Cultural Center…and that we would likely have encore appearances of both our Master of Ceremonies with Mike Donahue…as well as our FANTASTIC auctioneer…Brian Cain, educator from McMinnville…but no “theme” yet.  Leah did a TERRIFIC job orchestrating the whole thing!

Preliminary report: $128,000 Gross receipts, sold more wine than last year, lower amount collected for Live Auction…but had fewer items, attendance lower than 2018, sold Ford Explorer for $5,500, Heads/Tails Fundraiser raised nearly $750, Paddle Raise: $15,000, Helping Hands: $17,000.  Rotarians with auction bills – submit to Leah a..s.a.p.

THEN….recently retired Jim McMaster

introduced Doug Root, owner/boss at Ewing Young Distillery,

our primary presenter for the meeting with a HIGHLY ENTERTAINING story about the place and its namesake…Ewing Young…Chehalem Valley pioneer, buried a short distance away under an oak tree.  Copies of the book Doug is holding ARE available at the Newberg Public Library…. confirmed by Leah.  Doug is a fascinating story-teller…and he regaled us with many anecdotal accounts from Ewing Young’s life.  It is highly suggested to not only read the book, but to visit the distillery during regular open hours to listen to more of Doug’s stories….not only of Ewing Young, but the history of the Chehalem Valley in the early years of European-American settlement.  Their website is FULL of interesting historical “tid-bits”… including hours of operation…check it out!

Doug then introduced their Principal Distiller…Tucker Mortensen.  Tucker has been at the Distillery since June of 2018…is a trained 5-star chef, with extensive experience in French restaurants…in France…brews beer…and is reputed to have a fantastic “palate” for identifying the nuances and subtleties of distilled “spirits”.  Tucker gave us not only some additional history, but described a few distillery “tricks” to create the special flavors of the varied “spirits” they have at Ewing Young Distillery.  Immediately after the meeting, we were then given the opportunity to do some taste-testing, as well as purchase some of their products. [Note:  Doug expressed a very strong interest in becoming a Newberg Noon Rotarian! Which was duly noted by Membership Chair Shannon! ]

All in all, in spite of the rain…it was a F U N special meeting…a very pleasant and unique field trip!  Much thanks to Doug & Tucker!

April 3 meetingProgram:  International Grant Project…Rotary at Work… Jambo! (Swahili for “hello!”) from Africa!

Presenters: Grace Kuto (Tigard Rotary Club) and her Rotarian Guests from Africa

International Relations Committee Meeting , Apr 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

April 10 meeting:  Another “field trip”…..NOTE THE LOCATION: Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue – Downtown Newberg Station

Program:   Fighting the devastating California Wild Fires;  Progress Report / Updates on Newberg Services.

Presenters:  Alex Haven – Captain, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue;  Deputy Operations Chief, State Fire Marshal’s Red Team – Stefan L. Myers
– Public Affairs Officer, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue

President Om closed our FUN meeting with the invitation to go next door into the Distillery for some tasting and/or buying!

The Four-Way Test of Rotary:

#1 – Is it the TRUTH?

#2 – Is it FAIR to all concerned?


#4 – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

Plus a touch of humor….“Of course I talk to myself….sometimes I need expert advice!”