Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for March 20, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for March 20, 2019 – With the AUCTION, our primary fundraiser, coming right up, there are LOTS of pictures this time, thanks to Auggie and Corey!

Our GREETER today was Deborah Cathers-Seymour.


A little socializing and pre-Auction discussions, at the Cultural Center before the meeting got officially started….

THEN…..our always EXCITED…always INSPIRATIONAL…President Om….opened the meeting.

Geoff Gilmore’s guests were GFU artists Tyler and Sara….and Denise Bacon’s guest, Chris.

Dr. Stan led us in the PLEDGE.

Geoff Gilmore reminded us that we often CREATE “Rotary Moments” by our actions as Rotarians….whether working with Interactors, Scouts, the elderly, or just doing random acts of kindness….often/usually without even considering these actions as “extra”….as they often become routine for Rotarians in their daily lives. Geoff also advised us that the meeting is tonight [3/20/19] to review art concepts for the final design for the mural….as the site has been determined to be the east-facing outside wall of the City Library Annex ….and Geoff’s guests today are two of the artists on the MURAL TEAM…

Auggie gave a brief report…a Rotary Moment, if you will, on the Dental Project in Guatemala…and how many lives our efforts impact ongoing.

Jim McMaster reminded us that the 3/27/10 meeting will be at the Ewing Young Distillery…north off Highway 240 about three [3] miles west of Newberg….and NOT at the CCC. There is good signage on Highway 240 where you turn north to go to the distillery….and plenty of parking near the veterinarian center. The street address is: 18715 NE Highway 240, Newberg. Our presenters at the distillery will be Doug & Bev Root.

Shannon B. called for the monthly Membership Committee meeting to be at the distillery at 11:30 – Noon…before the meeting…and….

Leah called for an Auction Committee there right after the regular meeting time…so 1:00 – 2 PM.

As the Club’s Immediate Past-President, Todd Engle, received a “2017-2018 Rotary Citation” from the RI President, with that recognition presented by current Club Prez. Om:

New Rotarian, Dr. Joe Morelock got right into the Newberg Rotary “swing of things” and ably handled the DUCK today….reminding us that the Duck proceeds from third meetings of each month go toward Polio Eradication.

This encouraged many present to dig deep…some even more than once! And stories abounded from Leah, Mike C., Paul [“No honey left!” If you don’t understand this…ask Paul to explain!], Todd, Augggie, Jim Mc., Geoff G., Walter W., Ralph K., Prez Om, Yours Truly with two Tim Leatherman stories]…and Corey Z. with a couple of recollections from his recent PETS experience in Seattle [for you new Rotarians, P.E.T.S. is Presidents Elect Training Seminar….required training for clubs’ Presidents-Elect]….especially the evening PARTY after the day’s training sessions concluded!


Auction Co-Chair Leah took the floor and encouraged each and every one of us to make our volunteer contribution to the Club’s primary fundraiser.

Only 4 days left!….and she reviewed several key matters and reminded us of the Silent Auction items’ sorting on Friday afternoon, as well as the Set-Up on Saturday AM starting at 9….reiterating that Mike Donahue was to be the Auction’s Master of Ceremonies…and McMinnville’s Brian Cain the Auctioneer…for the LIVE AUCTION.

AUCTION NEWS FLASH! As of the creation of this newsletter, the AUCTION is now HISTORY! And it was a TERRIFIC SUCCESS!

The location at the CCC proved to be the RIGHT MOVE! As one Rotarian was heard to say…”Having the Auction here…..we’re at home!”

Linda Potter and Lacey Carroll were FANTASTIC…seemingly always under control…at organizing all the auction item details….and their displays. Here we have Linda, Paula R., and Beth P. keeping tabs on the activities.

Kudos to Jan Winder and your Decorating Committee/crew, the DECOR was outrageously/exquisitely SPOT ON to the MONOPOLY theme!

The Silent Auction “munchies” and main dinner were beautifully/efficiently/deliciously prepared/presented/served by Bon Appetit……

Mike Donahue was our able and eloquent Master of Ceremonies for the LIVE AUCTION…and seemed to be having a terrific time himself…and obviously INSPIRED by President Om!

The Silent Auction displays encouraged the crowd to not only look closely at everything offered, but also to socially mingle and have a GREAT TIME! All the VOLUNTEERS…Rotarians, NHS Interactors, Helping Hands, friends, families, et al…did their parts to make the evening a GALA SUCCESS!

Although the FINAL numbers are not in yet on the SILENT AUCTION, there were bids galore! THEN…with the definitely-not-so-silent LIVE AUCTION….and led by our Auctioneer Extraordinaire, Brian Cain, the action was nearly frenetic!

At one point Leah announced that we were $15K short of our $50K goal on the scholarship funding…and we went to a “‘paddle” auction to make up the difference….and when that session closed we were a mere $50 shy…so with very little extra encouragement, we got a final $50 from someone in the audience to push us to the top! And our AUCTIONEER, Brian, an educator from McMinnville, was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! Thankfully, he’ll return next year!

From Co-Chair Leah….a preliminary financial report: “Our gross is $128,379. Of that $17,150 goes to Helping Hands for the paddle. We also raised $15,000 that is dedicated to add to the Foundation scholarship budget of $35,000 for a total of $50,000 for the 2019 graduates. We sold all $100 Golden Tickets so $10,000 goes to support club activities and that was a big thanks to the Interacters who sold them during the silent auction and our Auctioneer who really pushed to sell those last few tickets before we started the auction. PDG Tom Markos won and he took home the beautiful Romona Youngquist painting for his Golden Ticket prize.

We’re still collecting expenses/bills, but we’ll probably add $45,000 unspecified funds to the Foundation. When you add the $15,000 for scholarships that should be around $60,000 back to the Foundation which is what we’ve done in previous years. And this year we only had about 200 attendees due to the spring break timing, so it was pretty successful. We should have final bills and income by mid April.”

AUCTION ACTION…is ROTARY in ACTION…’s what Newberg Noon Rotary does…and has been doing well for 45 years…to support philanthropic projects locally, regionally, and internationally.

President Om closed the regular meeting…and we are reminded to live and interact with others through “Service Above Self” and 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

Newsletter Editor

Rick Kaufman

Today’s humor…”I really think that tossing and turning at night should be counted as exercise….!” [Thanks to “Maxine”…. 🙂 ]







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!”




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!”