Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 22, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 22, 2019

Greeter: Lisa Salmons

Club President Om opened the meeting with her usual INSPIRATIONAL GUSTO!

Pledge: Jeff Lane

Guests: Jeff Boileau- Spouse of President Om Sukheenai and Father of Paris Boileau (NHS Interact Club President); Kathie Byers – Community Impact Coordinator, First Federal, Prospective Rotarian (applied for membership); Josie Duff – Art Intern, George Fox University, Guest of Geoff Gilmore

NHS Interact Club Representatives: Paris Boileau, President, NHS Interact Club—Daughter of Om Sukheenai and Jeff Boileau; Macy Schowalter, Ashley Andrade, Sean Vriese

Visiting Rotarians: Matt Huegli, Treasurer, Sheridan Rotary Club, System Repair Analyst; Rod Federwisch – President-Elect Newberg Earlybird Rotary Club; Jekabs Bikis, Newberg Earlybird Rotary Club, Dean, College of Business, George Fox University, Guest of Geoff Gilmore.

Rotary Moment (Walter Want): Walter noted that his & Julie’s son, Damian, is visiting from California. As a student at Newberg High School Damian was selected for a Rotary Exchange visit to Australia. Walter reminds us of the value of Rotary friendships for life through the Rotary Exchange Program.

Announcements: New Mural—Newberg Library Annex (Geoff Gilmore): Geoff Gilmore introduced George Fox University Intern Josie Duff [w/ apologies to Josie, as the editor could not rotate the photo! : – ( ]


The interns are about half way through the mural design. Given that the mural will be affixed to a public, city-owned building, signage codes are more challenging. Geoff is working with the City of Newberg to align the mural design with city code or he may seek a code exemption if necessary.

Mike Caruso – Rotary District Conference (Om): President Om recognized Mike Caruso for his excellent talk at this year’s Rotary District 5100 Annual Conference. The focus of Mike’s remarks was “Women in Rotary.”

What Makes Newberg Great? (Shannon Buckmaster): Shannon Buckmaster, CEO of the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce, will host a production team from Portland’s Channel 2’s News Production Team focusing on “What Makes Newberg Great?” Among other stops, Shannon will show our Rotary mural on the wall of Steve’s Auto Body Shop.

Memorial Park Clean Up (Jim McMaster): Rotarians are invited to participate in our annual clean-up of Memorial Park Thursday, May 23, from 4-7.

Transfer to Newberg Earlybird Rotary (Beth Pent): With sadness, Beth Pent announced that, due to work schedule and friendships with members of the Newberg Earlybird Rotary Club, Beth will transfer to the morning club. Beth intends to stay in touch with our club and be a voice for Noon Rotary at Earlybird gatherings. Our thanks to Beth for her service, humor and willingness to step up and help with: Memorial Park Clean Up, Pool Park Barkdust Party, Pie-Baking for our Annual Auction, Scholarship Committee, Tracking Auction bids, Auction Set Up and Organization etc. Beth does it all with humor and gusto! Beth, we shall miss you and wish you well in your new club!

CYFS Garage Sale (Deborah Cathers-Seymour): CYFS will hold a Garage Sale at 216 E 3rd Street Friday and Saturday, May 24 and May 25.

Honoring Ken Austin, Jr. (Rod Federwisch: Rod Federwisch, President-Elect of the Newberg Earlybird Rotary Club, invited Rotarians to participate in Thursday, May 23rd, Earlybird Rotary Club Meeting at 7:00 a.m., Chehalem Cultural Center, honoring Ken Austin, Jr.

Basic Nursing Assistant Class Thank You (Todd Engle): Todd Engle shared a “Thank You’ note from students enrolled in the Certified Nursing Assistant Program at Friendsview. Our Foundation contributed to the program. The program is such a success, Newberg High School increase enrollment to 20 students for 2019-2020. Rotarian Judy Robinson shared that she began her time as a nurse at Friendsview with 16 years of nursing service to Friendsview residents.

Scout Troop 9265 Thank You: Teresa Arnold, leader of the new Girl’s Scout Troop 9265, thanked Rotary for our involvement in supporting scouting over the years. The Boy Scout Charter was recently changed to permit girls.

West Valley Color Run (Matt Huegli, Treasurer, Sheridan Rotary Club): Matt Huegli, Treasurer of the Sheridan Rotary Club, invites all Rotarians and families to participate in the “West Valley Color Run” scheduled for Saturday, June 15th from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at 317 S Bridge Street, Sheridan. All ages are welcome! Register online by June 7th at: This 5-K Fun Run replaces “Phil Sheridan Days” and is a fundraiser for Rotary scholarships. Participants can run, walk, ride a scooter etc. Cost of admission is $30.00.

Duck: Curt Walker collected $106 from generous meeting attendees.

Program – NHS Interact: Rotarians Judy Robinson and Denise Bacon serve as advisors to the Newberg High School Rotary Club. Judy introduced Interactors: Paris Boileau, President, NHS Interact Club, Macy Schowalter, Ashley Andrade and Sean Vriese.


Interact – First Peacebuilder Club: Mike Caruso, Peace Committee Chair, presented Paris Boileau and students with a plaque honoring Interact as the first Interact Peacebuilder Club. Interact members voted unanimously to become a Peacebuilder Club. There are currently 115 Peacebuilder Clubs world-wide with the Newberg High School Interact Club as the “first” Interact Club to join. Mike also awarded Master Peacebuilder pins to each student—the same award given Rotary Peace Scholars.


Club Background and Growth: The Interact Club is currently comprised of 28 active members. In an effort to recruit incoming freshmen, Interactors meet with eighth grade students at the Middle Schools, describe the goals of Interact and provide information as to how students can join.

Invasive Species Removal and Tree Planting: Interactors joined with Rotarians, middle school students, and Chehalem Park and Recreation District staff to remove invasive species and plant trees at the Chehalem Glenn Golf Course and in a local neighborhood.

School and Art Supplies Uganda: The Interact Club contacted a school in Uganda. Ugandan students lack school and art supplies. The NHS Interact Club initiated an art and school supply drive among students at the high school. Students donated markers, paper, etc. Interact used social media, flyers and a luncheon information table to elicit supplies. After mailing supplies Interactors wrote and received letters from Ugandan students.

Peacebuilder and Mental Health: Interactors promoted Mental Health Wellness among high school students; focused on anti-bullying strategies and voted to become a Peacebuilder Club.

Students’ responses to “Why Join Interact?”: When I joined Interact, I had a desire to save the world and make a difference in someone else’s life. We give them an opportunity.” I wanted to do something for my community. Mom shared with me about Interact and encouraged me to join. I love to volunteer.”

President OM: “Interact club is so sentimental story for all of us. Here is the history that I got from Jennifer Blake in October 2018 during joint board meeting. Years ago It has begun with our passing Rotarian, Ray Simonsen, who was a principal at NHS. He spent his own money to pay for lunch for the interact students to meet. At that time, the Interact project was collaborated between the Early Bird and Noon clubs. We were told that Ray had about 32 interact students. Then things changed as we all experienced. Moving forward, in 2014 the project fell into the Noon Club. Denise Bacon re-built it. When Denise Bacon invited Judy Robinson to join the interact club in 2017 as an advisor resulted in the Interact club growing to 28 students. A success story for the Newberg High School Interact club besides of tree planting, art and hygiene supply to school kids in Uganda, Mental Well-being week, and much more. This club is the the first Interact club in the world to enroll in peace builder program. So proud of the kids and our club.”

Denise: Could NOT do it [Interact] without Judy. SHE really is the driving force (working for a living gets in the way of a lot of the fun stuff I used to be able to do!)
DON’T FORGET!!!! We will NOT be meeting at noon per usual on June 19, but will be attending the Transition/Awards Dinner…site to be determined. Sign on-line…dinner cost will be $20/person.

Next meeting: will be at CCC…..Program: McMinnville and Newberg are joining with each other for the Relay For Life of Yamhill County. Presenter: Jami Fuller, Event Coordinator

Remember to check out the latest club information available in the Club’s website…including upcoming programs and other activities.
Our Club’s support of NHS Interact and Rotary’s International Youth Exchange are but two ways we focus on YOUTH in our community….and by following Rotary’s Four Way Test of the things we think, say or do in mind:
First – Is it the TRUTH?
Second – Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Fourth – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
SO…with YOUR thoughts and actions……go out and….
~ Be The Inspiration! ~
Respectfully submitted,
Rick Kaufman
Newsletter Editor
INSPIRATIONAL thought for the day: “You cannot do a kindness too soon – for you never know how soon it will be too late.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.
And a touch of humor….”Sometimes my brain is like the Bermuda Triangle….information goes in…never to found again…!” [source anonymous] 🙂


Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 15, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 15, 2019


We’ll get back to THAT * with today’s program!

Always enthusiastic Marge O’Connell was our GREETER!

Pres. Elect Corey Z. opened the meeting today!

Ralph Koozer led us in the Pledge.

Guests: Alex Roosevelt, Jerome Spencer, and program participants [hosted by Deborah Cathers-Seymour]: Charlie Rice, Rachel Newell, Justin Worthing and Caroline Elms-Moran.

Denise Bacon provided an anecdotal/emotional revisit of her first meeting with Ken Austin, Jr. Also, she spoke glowingly of Geoff Gilmore, the Rotary Mural and the responsible GFU artist[s]. THOSE are ROTARY MOMENTS!

Leah was impressed with the caliber of applicants to replace her in the City Library…..and pleased with the final selection.

Spike reminded us of Pancake Breakfast Sponsorships availability….that listing was in last week’s Newsletter.

Sporting a new bit of facial hair, Jim McMaster announced a Clean-Up at Memorial Park from 4 – 7 PM next Thursday…the 23rd.

The Club’s “Bergquam Dental Ambassadors” made it safely to their destination with their objective of improving dental care internationally. Photo shows Dr. Eric, his wife, their daughter and his dental assistant, and their Rotarian host meeting them in the airport terminal .

Deborah Cather-Seymour mentioned yet another volunteer opportunity to “clean out the barn!” on May 23rd – 24th.

Shannon said the Installation Dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, June 19th, 6 PM….site to be announced. Cost per person is $20.00 Sign up at:

Shannon also welcomed a fresh, always-smiling face into our “Friends of Rotary” Rosa Olivares, Community Engagement Specialist with the City of Newberg. WELCOME, ROSA!

AND…Shannon [she’s a very busy young lady!] reminded us of the Membership Committee’s meeting at 11:30 before the regular meeting on the 22nd.

Ray managed The DUCK this week….collecting $46 from a number of generous Rotarians more than willing to part with some of their hard-earned cash for a chance to “brag” on something or someone! Most notably, and with Jim McMaster bringing it to everyone’s attention, Dale Welcome “fessed up” and took back his 2XL jacket he’d left last week! And…for you newer members, sit with Dale and ask where he has been lately! And do that with all other Rotarians to get to know them better! [Ed. note: In my 50+ years in Rotary this is one of the best ways to get to know folks…rather than sitting at the same table each week with the same group….just sayin’…as being a Rotarian is like having a HUGE “extended family”…globally!]

* YOOP! YOuth OPportunity Program….”A Program of Chehalem Youth & Family Services”...introduced by Deborah Cather-Seymour.

Charlie Rice, Program Manager, and Rachael Newell, Supervisor, explained in depth this Yamhill County program that services about 2/3 of its clientele in the greater McMinnville area [Sheridan, Carlton, Yamhill, etc.], and 1/3 in Newberg and vicinity. Now nine [9] years into the program to “Build the Workforce” with emphasis on Academic & Job Readiness through Incentives and Support Services, they brought with them two [2] “success stories” in the persons of Caroline and Justin, who gave their poignant/compelling personal stories as to how YOOP! helped turn them around, giving them new hope for their futures. To get a better idea as to the scope of this program, we were provided an example calendar of services/activities for May, bright yellow & red pens and wrist bands, as well as a very colorful/informational, first-rate flier describing in much detail what the program is, who it helps, and how we, as local concerned citizens, can help keep it going and improve it.

A BIG THANKS to Charlie, Rachael, Caroline and Justin for sharing your up-lifting stories with us today!

For more information and ways YOU can help, visit YOOP!’s website at:

AND….remember to check the Club’s website for information and calendar of upcoming meetings and activities.

As President-Elect Corey Z. closed the meeting…we are reminded how important in our daily lives is Rotary’s Four Way Test of the things we think, say or do…..

First – Is it the TRUTH?

Second – Is it FAIR to all concerned?


Fourth – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Keeping those four points in mind…now go out and ….

~ Be The Inspiration! ~

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

A tidbit of a chuckle….after reviewing his latest creation…”Frankly, said Lloyd, rightly…that architectural design is terrific!”

Rotary history questions: How many men were in the initial group that became Rotary? Can you name them? And what were their occupations?








Additional News for May 14th

An update to this weeks newsletter:

A reminder that Noon Club will have its annual clean up of Memorial Park on Thursday, May 23rd from 4 pm to 7 pm. CPRD will provide the equipment and bark dust, and you bring your gloves and energy. Thanks to Jim McMaster for

coordinating this each year so that Memorial Park can look its best for the Memorial Day activities on Monday May 28th.


Eric Bergquam, his wife, Dr. Nina Bergquam, daughter Elsa and Dental Assistant Anina were welcomed in Nepal by Rotarian Bishnu yesterday. They are being the “Rotarians on the Ground” for the 911/emergency response global grant and also checking on the dental grant of a year or so ago. It’s great to see these relationships grow and continue. We’ve seen the same type of connections with the Guatemala project and what a wonderful benefit of Rotary.

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 8, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 8, 2019

Always pleasant Dr. Stan Kern was our GREETER today!

Back at the Cultural Center, President Om opened the meeting with a somewhat somber welcome, asking Walter Want to lead us in the Pledge.

President Om reminded us of the recent passing of long-time Newberg Rotarian and citizen-extraordinaire, Ken Austin, Jr. His book, “American Dreamers” memorializes the lives of Ken and his wife, Joan.

Fred offered a heart-felt prayer, and moment of silence, in memory of Ken & Joan.

Non-revenue-generating announcements included:

Spike reminded us that Pancake Breakfast sponsorships are now open: Pavilion Sponsor/$1,500 [one available at this level]; Beverage Sponsor/$500 [one available at this level]; Griddle Sponsor/$250 [eight available at this level]; Table Sponsor/$50 [unlimited number available at this level!]. Sponsorships’ checks to be payable to: Rotary Club of Newberg Early Birds.

Leah reminded us that advanced ticket sales by our members go to our club…whereas day-of-event sales and sponsorships go to a common pool, then are re-distributed.

Tony asked about on-line sponsorship payments…”In the works”…per Spike.

A request was made for RYLA [Rotary Youth Leadership Awards] applicants, as we have NONE now….and RYLA camp is coming up in July!

Leah gave us an update on $$$ from Auction: $124,949 gross receipts; giving a $88,605 net.

Noon Rotarians have been invited to attend the Early Bird Rotary Fireside on Thursday evening, the 16th, 6 PM, at Tina’s Barn at 23095 NE Mountaintop Rd. Please RSVP: AND….a $10 donation will be appreciated to cover food costs!

Laura spoke of Foundation $$ uses, including a grant to a young woman helping the homeless in Uganda…working with Interactors.

Announcement: The Austin|Parrish family cordially invite you to join them in a Celebration of Life to honor the life and legacy of Ken Austin Jr. on Friday, May 31, 2019. The celebration will commence at 2:30 PM at George Fox University Bauman Hall Auditorium / Stoffer Family Stadium in Newberg, Oregon. A reception will immediately follow at the Chehalem Cultural Center. To ensure that the Austin|Parrish family is prepared to welcome all that wish to celebrate Ken’s life, we kindly ask that you take a moment to register. However, all are welcome to attend regardless of registration.
News from the Early Bird Rotarians:
1. Ken Austin Jr. Celebration of Life for our Rotarians: May 23rd at the normal Thursday Rotary meeting at 7 am at the CCC. I will be sharing photos of Ken’s 84th Birthday party and some of the slides we used during his birthday party. I want to encourage all of you to share a story or two with the club of how you met Ken and how he impacted your life.
2. Reminders: Memorial Day Clean up @ Pioneer Cemetery Saturday May 18th 9-12pm. Meet at the Cemetery @ 9 am!
3. Newberg Downtown Coalition Clean Up Day-May 19th 1-4pm meet @ Butler Property, grassy area across from City Hall on First and Howard st.
4. Sherwood Club Rotary Tree Sale 4/20-5/11th Volunteer Signup on their website at
[Editor’s note: I went to their Tree Sale on 5/11 and bought three [different] gorgeous apple trees….and their club accepted my offer to do a program soon for them on the Forest Grove Rotary Concours d’Elegance….yet another long-standing Rotary fundraiser!]
Noon Rotarians are invited to join the Early Birds in the all the above activities.
Reminder of May 15, Club Meeting (Chehalem Cultural Center): Program: Chehalem Youth and Family Services Update, Presenter: Newberg Noon Rotarian, Deborah Cathers-Seymour………….
Then the meeting on May 22nd…Membership Committee Meeting…@ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm….and the Club Meeting (Chehalem Cultural Center) Program: Newberg Interact Club – Presentation of Projects
Geoff Gilmore managed the DUCK, with encouragement to tell stories/remembrances related to Ken Austin’s life….and there were several very heart-warming recollections….with $55 generated.
Today’s program presenters, Lori Bergen, CEO, and Diana Fisher, Executive Director [and a Friend of Rotary] for Providence Newberg Medical
Center, gave us an update on new developments at the Newberg Providence health-care complex. Planned facility opening is in the Winter of 2019 – 2020. Lori spoke first:
With detailed supportive images, she summarized the information provided in hand-out fliers provided at each table….”Elevating Care, Close to Home…”…In order to grow and serve more patients, Providence is investing in our community to increase access to primary care, cancer services, cardiac rehab and more….”
Diana reinforced what Lori had said, with more specifics that focused on such topics as the size/layout of facilities, cardiac rehab, specialty medicine timeshare offices, and “Basecamp” [with emphasis on wellness & prevention], etc.
To donate or learn more: Call 503-537-1670 or visit: Providence
A BIG THANKS! to Lori and Diana for the terrific, insightful, update on Providence’s latest development!
Always-inspirational Club President Om closed the meeting.
A sure-fire way to guide a calm-but-productive life is to follow Rotary’s Four Way Test of the things we think say or do:
First – Is it the TRUTH?
Second – Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Fourth – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Following these guidelines makes it so much easier to…..
Respectfully submitted,
Rick Kaufman
Newsletter Editor
Rotarian Magazine question: OK….so…what happened in Berea, Ohio, last Memorial Day [2018] that merited a photo in the May, 2019, issue of the Rotarian Magazine, and how does it relate to the Rotary “theme” for May? [Your “prize” for researching this and reporting it to the membership will be the satisfaction of having read one of the finest publications on Rotary and its programs/activities around the world!…AND…perhaps making a small donation for the privilege of reporting this!….but don’t stop with the subject article…as there is much more…so much more…to be found each month in The Rotarian Magazine!]

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