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. https://signupschedule.com/noonrotary

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:  estradai456@gmail.com OR estradai@co.yamhill.or.us  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!]