Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for February 20, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for February 20, 2019

Rotary’s Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do:

#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?

Greeter: Laura Tilrico

INSPIRATIONAL Prez Om opened the meeting with reference to Rotaract’s impactful story in the latest Rotarian Magazine….AND….AUCTION! AUCTION! AUCTION!

Dale Welcome led us in the PLEDGE.

Guests included: Veronica Garcia [sponsor/Kim Abraham]; Joe Hanna/Newberg City Manager [sponsor Om]; Amy Caruso [Mike’s C’s wife]; Katie Jameson [Sponsor Denise Bacon]; Lisa Salmon [sponsor Om].

Visiting Rotarians: Verity Caruso/Sherwood Rotary, and Rene Brouse/Sherwood Rotary Assistant District Governor:

Paul Harris Fellow, Geoff Gilmore, recognized by Mike Caruso and AGD Rene:

Announcements: A NEWberg…take the survey or volunteer…for a “Thriving Future For Newberg”….take the survey by March 4. Contact Bayo Ware at :

Patrick Bancke with NEPAL MEDICS [Heroes training Heroes] is headed to Nepal…for more info:

Corey Z. is headed to PETS [Presidents-Elect Training Seminar] in Seattle this week-end.


Leah gave her weekly pep talk about the AUCTION….MARCH 23! SPONSORSHIPS! RECEIPTS for donations! SELL!…DONATE!…RECRUIT!

Dan had a “mini-tickets” special offer!

Paula reminded us to sign up for GREETER duties…..a FUN JOB!!

Judy R. spoke on youth scholarships.

Auggie commented on imminent Dental Project in Guatemala.

Rotary schedule for February 27:

Membership Committee Meeting- 11:30 AM – 12 Noon

Club Meeting (CCC) – Program: Celebrating Our History, Opportunities for Community Presenter: Greg Leo, The Leo Company, LLC – 12 Noon – 1 PM

Auction Committee – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Mike C. handled the DUCK with the reminder that the contributions would be going toward Polio Eradication…..with today’s contributions from several Rotarians totaling $162!

Today’s Program was focused on ROTARACT…and some of the considerations for starting a Rotaract Club….with Pacific University graduate and Rotaractor, Lishao Chen [originally from Canton, China] presenting:

Covering the subject with lots of photos, Lishao said there are basically two types of Rotaract clubs world-wide…school-based and community-based. Age range is for 18 – 30 year olds. Attending the Rotary International Convention really opened her eyes as to the global extent and impact of Rotaract. Among other subjects she touched on: Leadership, fundraising, District Conference, and the many projects both local and global….such as the educational project “Pencils of Promise” in Laos, and the WASH personal and community hygiene program designed to reduce disease and improve neo-natal survival. It was obvious that Rotaract has had a positive impact on Lishao, and she can be reached at for more information and the possibility of having her speak at other venues. [Ed. note: the Rotaract Club at Pacific University in Forest Grove is co-sponsored by the two Rotary clubs in that community.] THANKS, LISHAO CHEN!


Congratulations Julie and Walter Want, Rotary Club of Newberg Rotarians of the Year. Julie and Walter are always there to support our community and make things better. Thank you, Julie and Walter for your Service Above Self!

Congratulations to Rotarian Geoff Gilmore and GFU professor Luke Zimmerman who were presented the Newberg Community Enhancement Award for the Mural Project at the Annual Chamber Banquet. The 2018 mural is located at Steve’s Auto. The 2019 mural artwork will be in the Newberg Cultural District on the wall of the Library Annex.

President Om Sukheenai, Mike and Amy Caruso, Leah Griffith, Kim Abraham and Julie and Walter Want celebrate Rotary success at the Chamber Awards Banquet.

What a week for ROTARY in Newberg!

Truly exemplary of…. ~ BE THE INSPIRATION! ~


Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

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Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for January 13, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for January 13, 2019

Club President Om opened the meeting with INSPIRATIONAL enthusiasm!

[Editor’s note: As I was unable to be at the meeting, a BIG THANKS to Judy Robinson for providing me with notes from which I have developed this newsletter…as well as the always welcome photos provided by Auggie….THANKS, TEAM!]

Guests: Barb Catts w/ Mt. View Resource Room [they need school supplies, clothes, apples/oranges/yogurt; open M/W/F kids come at lunch time; volunteer moms & dads help]. Tony presented a $4K grant to Barb reiterating that they need volunteers M-W-F during the students’ lunch break.

Denise’s guest was Dr. Anthony Biglan, author of the book: “The Nurture Effect”. Anthony Biglan, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist at Oregon Research Institute and the Co-Director of the Promise Neighborhood Research Consortium.

Spike’s guest: Ken Winder

Connie Christianson was a guest: Representing adults w/ disabilities…Tuesday @ Virtual Tour of “See the Heart”.

Todd’s guest: Rosa Olivares, Community Engagement Specialist for the City of Newberg.

AUCTION ACTION: Leah: SELL TICKETS! DINNER TICKETS…Baskets & “goodies” coming in; Auction booklets available to give out to encourage folks to come to the Auction.

Dan per announcing Golden Tickets: Tax deductible; chance to win a car; ticket to ride in a hot air balloon; and this is not just a “Trivial Pursuit”! FUN FOR A GOOD CAUSE! DONATE!! SPONSOR!!! Buy ads! – from $100 – $385.

Shannon said that on February 26th she will be traveling to Washington to represent business in Newberg for funds for the BYPASS. She also mentioned an upcoming Chamber of Commerce Event…check the Chamber’s website for details.

Geoff asked how many have been stopped about the mural? New mural site will be the Library Annex facing the Cultural Center….that mural’s DESIGN is in PROGRESS].

Gene handled the DUCK today: Dan reminded us of the Mayor’s good deed in helping someone move their car during the snow storm.

Dr. Morelock spoke on…sense of community; graffiti in snow; positive response to efforts to rally against hate messages.

Our two newest Rotarians!

Prez Om gave thanks to all who came to GREETERS last Friday at Heritage Bank to promote the Auction!

New Member induction: Angel Agular, Jr., was welcomed/inducted as the newest Rotarian in Newberg Noon Rotary Club! Angel has been at First Federal since 2016…and we will hear much more about him during his Classification Talk. In the meantime, please feel free to sit with him at lunch and get to know him a bit more personally….and make him feel truly welcome in our midst!

Today’s Program/Presenter: the new Mayor of Newberg! Rick Rogers…with all of 57 days in office!

Rick is the father of three boys…NHS grads…has been Head Coach for the NHS rugby team; has lived in Newberg for 20 years; worked on Habitat for Humanity projects; and works with non-profits. Mayor Rick provided a slide presentation with the following points discussed [for more in-depth information/details on any/all of these subjects, go to the City’s website and follow the appropriate links…and the following numbering is Editor Rick’s, not necessarily Mayor Rick’s! πŸ™‚ ]:

  1. Review of Council Priorities, including, but not limited to: the 5 year financial plan, encouragement of affordable housing, etc.
  2. Standing Citizen Committees;
  3. Riverfront Master Plan: Parks, open spaces, trails, etc.
  4. Housing needs analysis – # of housing units assessments.
  5. “Newberg 2030”: High Density residential; economic land; Housing development [1261 Units/single family…371 multi-family units]
  6. Commercial development: Providence Medical/Newberg ; Airpark Business Complex; Butler property;
  7. Stressing the need for business land.
  8. Meetings//discussions with Westrock.
  9. If we want these matters to move forward, entire community will have to “rally around” choices.
  10. Community Visioning: Input from citizens welcome; an on-line survey exists for input……go to “”
  11. Student Contest entries due 4/11/2019.
  12. For the Riverfront: “Plan E” – light industrial, shop, eat, enjoy….

Make yourself known by getting involved and giving input!

Thanks, Mayor Rick!

Personally choosing to…… ~ Be The Inspiration! ~ ………President Om closed the meeting….reminding us to live by……

The Four-Way Test of Rotary:

#1. Is it the TRUTH?

#2. Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


#4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

[Disclaimer: If there are “errors” in this newsletter, please let me know…but remember, I gleaned this info from Judy’s notes…and may have misread some!]


Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for February 6, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for February 6, 2019

Kim Abraham was our friendly, smiling GREETER today!

Club President Om opened the meeting today with her usual high level of enthusiasm and INSPIRATION! [Observe the Rotary International motto for 2018 – 2019 on the back of her shirt!]

Walter Want led us in the Pledge. [Editorial note: ALL military…currently in active duty…or retired…in uniform or not…can salute the flag during the PLEDGE rather than placing one’s hand over one’s heart…if they so choose.]

Judy Robinson had the following guests: Angel Agular from First Federal; Paris [Om’s that a PROUD MOMMA or what!?], Ashley and Macy…all three Interactors from NHS.

Jim McMaster introduced his son Taylor, home briefly from Coast Guard duties to help his Dad celebrate the end of 39 years of service to Chehalem Parks and Recreation….which led to a few words from Jim about his years on the job…and that he still will be around helping in the community!

Linda Sandberg was our only visiting Rotarian from Newberg EarlyBirds!

Debra Cathers-Seymour gave us another inspiring Rotary Moment today.

Om presented the official “Friend of Rotary” badge….

Laura T. gave us some new details per a “matching grant” success…which multiplied our $2,000 to be more effective…and other updates.

AUCTION ACTION…..Leah is ON TARGET & ON TASK with guiding us to make the 2019 Auction the best ever! QUESTIONS? Check the website!

Then to the DUCK….w/ Allen Herriges handling that….as….Dan Keuler regaled us with a lyrical reminder that HE has the Golden Tickets for the Auction…and he did a terrific job of it, too, as he was VERY melodious!

Prez Om reminded us of the Chamber-of-Commerce activity at the Heritage Bank Branch at 8 AM on Friday the 8th….where we will have the opportunity to “toot our own horns”…vis-a-vis the AUCTION!

Auggie bragged on 42 years of marriage….Yours Truly paid for “badge rental” as I missed turning in mine last week….and…others also paid for the privileges of touting several different accomplishments…or Dan’s vocal virtuosity…or….”just because…”

On to the PROGRAM: Stepping in for Director Merriman, who was unable to be here today, Karen Henry, Program Manager from Love INC, filled us in on their many social services to the community:

Love INC strives to fill gaps in services and resources in the community by helping local churches develop ministries that meet tangible needs in our area without duplication.” Some of these ministries include: Bus Passes, Three Clothes Closets, Community Dinners four nights each week, Diapers, H.U.G.S. – Hats/Umbrellas/Gloves/Scarves, Kitchen Set-up, Linen Closet, Non-food Pantry, Over-the-Counter Meds, Shear Joy Haircuts, and Fire Wood Ministry. Visit for more information on the dates, times and location of classes, and specific ministries. Volunteers and contributions are always welcome! Additional contact info: Love INC Newberg, 120 S. Elliot Rd., Newberg, OR 97132

Prez Om closed the meeting by ringing the Rotary bell….

~ Be The Inspiration! ~

…and live by “The Four Way Test” of Rotary….

#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