Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for March 6, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for March 6, 2019

Editor’s note: Weather/traffic concerns [I live in the often-snowy hills north of Yamhill…] prevented me from attending this meeting, so Paula did a FANTASTIC job of taking notes….so this newsletter is directly from Paula!  [No Photos….technical glitch!]

Rotary Club of Newberg Meeting Notes

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Chehalem Cultural Center

Greeter: Dale Welcome

Flag Salute: Denise Bacon

Duck: Becky Ankeny

Rotary Moment: Laura Tilrico


Rod Federwisch, President-Elect Newberg Earlybird Rotary Club

Susan Sokol Blosser, Guest of Geoff Gilmore


President Om welcomed Rotarians saying it was great to see everyone in person following last week’s meeting cancellation due to snow.


Julie and Walter Want, Rotary Club of Newberg Rotarians of the Year!

Geoff Gilmore, Community Enhancement Award for his work on downtown murals!

AUCTION UPDATE (Leah Griffith)

Only 17 days to go before the Auction! Our Auction is Saturday, March 23rd beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Chehalem Cultural Center.

Auction Help Friday, March 22nd

We are in need of Rotarians to bring Silent Auction items from Newberg Ford and Denise Bacon’s house to the Chehalem Cultural Center (3-5 p.m.) on Friday, March 22nd.

Auction Help Saturday, March 23rd

Rotarians are needed to set up, assist with decorations, greet patrons, pour wine and clean up on Saturday, March 23rd.

Click on the following link NOW to volunteer:


Spike Sumner and Geoff Gilmore are confirming sponsors. Corey Zielsdorf is updating our Club’s Facebook page to include pictures and names of donors.

Sponsorships for $250 and $500 are available. The $250 sponsorship includes one dinner ticket. The $500 sponsorship includes two dinner tickets.

Oral Auction Items

Please contact Leah Griffith ASAP if you have items for the oral auction e.g., houses/cabins, items of $500 or more in value.

Dinner Tickets and Golden Tickets

Go to our Club’s website to purchase dinner and Golden Tickets or purchase a Golden Ticket for $100 from Dan Keuler. Winner receives his/her choice of any oral auction item.


Thanks to a Rotary District 5100 grant of $2,000 and a $2,000 matching grant from our Club’s Rotary Foundation, the Newberg High School Interact Club will plant trees Tuesday, March 19th at Hash Road and Wednesday, March 20th at Chehalem Glenn Golf Course. The goal of the project is to help restore the watershed in these areas. All Rotarians are invited and encouraged to participate.

Students will depart the high school at 8:00 a.m. each day and return at 2:15 p.m. Rotarians with Newberg School District Volunteer clearance may ride the bus. Rotarians without clearance will drive themselves to the site. For more information contact:


On Wednesday, March 27th the Rotary Club of Newberg will hold our weekly meeting at the Ewing Young Whiskey Distillery. The distillery is three miles west on Hwy 240 adjacent to Oakhill Farms. Dress warmly!

18715 NE Highway 240.


The Yamhill County Cultural Coalition (YCCC) in collaboration with the Cultural Asset Award Committee is seeking nominations for the 2019 Marilyn Worrix Cultural Asset Award. Named for its first recipient, the Award will be given every two years to honor the following attributes of an individual or organization:

  • Significant contributions to local/regional/county level arts, heritage or humanities organizations
  • Recognizable civic impact on local community
  • Demonstrated leadership in community and cultural affairs
  • Voluntary pursuits or contributions
  • Cultural involvement with educational institutions

Contact Jan Winder for more information.


  • Miranda Piros, daughter of Gene Piros made history! Miranda is the first player in Willamette University Lacrosse history to score a goal—coming at one minute 33 seconds into the contest. Miranda went on to score a total of six (6) goals in the match!
  • Jan Winder acknowledged Jeff Lane who gave Jan the key to Newberg Steel so the Auction Decoration Committee had a large space to construct Monopoly houses!
  • Stan Kern is in the process of training Walter Want in the wonderful art of dishwashing during monthly Senior Meals.
  • Geoff Gilmore was congratulated on receiving the Community Enhancement Award at this year’s Chamber Banquet. Becky Ankeny advised Rotarians to “keep moving”—saying, “Geoff will paint a mural on anything that’s not moving!”

  • Laura Tilrico reports Patrick Bancke shared news of 120 Nepalese women training to be First Responders.

  • Beth Pent knows a three-year-old horse that thinks Beth is — —-!

  • Ralph Koozer, resident energy engineer, heard the power was off in Oak Ridge. Ralph hauled a generator to town. Before Ralph could set it up–the lights came on! What’s worse? Laura says when their power went out, the first thing her husband hooked up to their generator was the TV—not the freezer!

  • Todd Engle met Auggie Gonzales’ twin!


President Om and Membership Director Shannon Buckmaster inducted Lisa Salmons into the Rotary Club of Newberg. Lisa was recently a Friend of Rotary and asked to become a Rotarian! We are excited about Lisa’s enthusiasm and look forward to getting to know her. Lisa is Volunteer Services Manager at Providence Newberg Medical Center.

PROGRAM: THE ROTARY CLUB OF NEWBERG FOUNDATION (Spike Sumner)The Rotary Club of Newberg’s Foundation is 45 years old–formed in March 1974. The first Foundation Board members were: Leroy Benham, Earl Sandager, Ken Austin, Russ Gainer, Al Blodgett and George Alexander.

Current Foundation Board members include: President Spike Sumner, Leona Todd, Andrew Aylor, Jeff Lane, Bob Ficker and Foundation Treasurer Auggie Gonzales.

Members serve three-year terms with Foundation board openings occurring in the spring of each year.

Our Foundation’s focus is Youth Activities, International Projects and Peacebuilding activities. Spike shared a summary of 2017-2018 Foundation expenditures in the amount of $196,450. Examples of recipients of Foundation funds include:

Royal Kids Camp, Toy n Joy Christmas gifts, Rotary Scholarships, NHS Frosh BBQ, GFU Intern for mural project, Migrant Preschool Program, Girls Softball, Robotics competition, Dictionary Project, Dream It, Be It, Guatemala Service Project, Youth Opportunity, Summer Reading Program etc.

Revenue for our Foundation is derived from two sources: (1) the sale of Rota-Dent (portable dental units) and, (2) proceeds from our annual Rotary auction. Because the Foundation has a solid fund balance, disbursements exceeded budget the past few years.

Revenue from the sale of Rota-Dent units dropped from $100,000 to $50,000 last year. The sale of Rota-Dent units has continued to drop and may disappear entirely—thereby leaving a huge gap in the Foundation funding for both Newberg clubs. Due to anticipated drops in revenue, the Foundation Board is re-thinking its disbursements and budget.

Spike and the Foundation Board will soon establish a budget for the 2019-2020 Rotary year. Scholarship amounts for this year will be $35,000 in lieu of the $50,000 normally allocated. Foundation Board members will also investigate investment opportunities that might result in a greater yield.

The Foundation Board meets every other month. This month’s meeting is March 21. Rotarians are invited to attend and also apply for open Foundation Board positions this spring.

SO….”Be The Inspiration!”

and follow Rotary’s Four Way Test:

#1 – Is it the TRUTH?

#2 – Is it FAIR to all concerned?

#3 – Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

#4 – Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

And a SPOT of HUMOR for your day:  “My mind is like the Bermuda Triangle…too often information goes in never to be found again!”