Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for September 18, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for September 18, 2019

A festive graphic reminding us that we are now well into our new, 2019 – 2020, Rotary Year!

Always-friendly Matt Stephens was today’s GREETER.

With President Corey absent today, President-Elect Shannon Buckmaster opened the meeting at the Chehalem Cultural Center.

Dr. Stan Kern led us in the Pledge…..and a rendition of “Happy Birthday” to those of us whose “natal day” is in September.

…..Guests: Ann Dolan, Friend of Rotary, introduced Gaby Fernandez, past Rotary Exchange Student, and her daughter Mary Gaby. “Gaby Fernandez de Trevino: a lawyer, lives in Torreon, Mexico with her husband Salvador. She loves to cook and specializes in doing make-up on others. Marygaby Trevino: 21, third year university student (I’m not sure which university) in Torreon. Both flew up to attend my daughter’s wedding Sept. 14 and stayed with me for 10 days.”

Denise Bacon introduced her son, Josh Moore.

Visiting Rotarian, Wendy Wells from Sherwood, was here to listen to Jackie Spurlock’s Program on Peace Builders.

Geoff Gilmore introduced Jennifer Saltzman, with GFU’s Art Department. “Over the past 2 years, George Fox has worked in conjunction with the Rotary Club on the current Newberg Mural Projects. This year, we have restructured the mural project to coincide with the Art Practicum course at George Fox. Art Practicum is a course that allows students first-hand experiences in various fields of art to help them prepare for their careers.
Our goals in this merger are to give the mural projects more structure allowing for a sustainable program, to give our students college credit for the work being done and to create a course that helps maintain active faculty supervision and resources. The George Fox Art Department recognizes the amazing opportunity the Rotary Club is not only giving our students but giving the city of Newberg. We hope to ensure the longevity of the mural project and community involvement.”

Yours Truly, Rick Kaufman, provided a Rotary Moment….relating how a few Rotarians from both Newberg Noon and both Forest Grove clubs joined in my 80th birthday celebration at the family home in the hills 3 miles NE of Yamhill on Sunday…[b.d. was actually the 17th]…it was a good party! For me, Rotarians are “extended family”!

Several others celebrated September birthdays…..I don’t know how many years Jim McMaster claimed for September 17, but I counted 80 for myself! [Other September birthdays for those not present: Kathy George, Leona Todd, and Allen Methven.]

Patrick Bancke: “I was thrilled to attend this year’s WHO (World Healthy Organization) Global Alliance for Care of the Injured Conference (GACI), in Geneva Switzerland. The GACI is an incredible collaborative effort by organizations around the world, working to improve trauma care systems.
WHO statistics (direct quotes): •Every six seconds someone in the world dies as a result of an injury; More than 5 million people die each year as a result of injuries. This accounts for 9% of the world’s deaths, nearly 1.7 times the number of fatalities that result from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined; •By far the greatest part of the burden of death and disability from injury, approximately 90%, occurs in low- and middle-income countries. A treatable injury in the US can be fatal, or ruin someone’s ability to ever work again, elsewhere. This is why Nepal Medics is committed to teaching lifesaving skills in Nepal — and we are humbled and honored to have been present at the preeminent gathering in our field.”
Ann Dolan: Tuesday, October 29th, Save the Date! Newberg Champions for Children – A Complimentary Fundraising Luncheon to Benefit A Family Place; Join Us at Chehalem Cultural Center, Doors Open at 11:30 am; Program from Noon to 1 pm; This complimentary luncheon will feature exciting progress updates & heartwarming success stories. Help us celebrate our community’s commitment to ending child neglect & abuse.
Reminder: Soroptimists “Soup’s On” Fundraiser….Saturday, October 12, 2019… 5 – 8 PM…Dundee Community Center
Judy Robinson: With encouragement to Wendy Wells, Sherwood Rotary, to have their Interact Club become a Peace Builder club…then they would be the second one internationally…and Wendy was glad to be here for the opportunity to listen to our speaker on Peace Builder activities in Iran.
Paula suggested that Dr. Stan might be extra careful…as he was standing on a chair while putting up the Four Way Test Banner! S C A R Y !!
Kim Abraham forgot to pick up her badge as she came in today…for which she paid…also…she participated in a recent Leadership Training that had her 30′ up in a tree! [There’s got to be much more to this story here!]
Becky Ankeny was late…paid for that..but her sitting alone was of concern to Jim McMaster….so he made an additional “sympathetic” contribution .
AND….Jim McM., having just returned from a “circuitous route” trip to S. Africa, also gave us an update on both sons: Spencer, with the Peace Corps in Africa…having his own challenges attempting to teach English to locals…as some students are receptive, others…not so much. While in the FRIGID North, Coast Guardsman Tyler, is on an icebreaker!
Auggie commented favorably on Yours Truly’s authentic Moon Gate entrance to my Japanese Garden. [Ed. note: Thanks, Auggie, for you and Maureen coming to my B.D. party!] And Auggie also spoke of the wondrous therapeutic value of “Jellum’s Honey”!
Lisa Salmons let us know that she now has a “SQUARE” electronic device allowing us to process payments to the club with credit cards.
Dr. Stan acknowledged the recent wins of both Beavers & Ducks!
Past President Om complimented Matt Stephens for the great job he did preparing for the *End of Summer Picnic! [pictorial report to follow below…]
Mike Caruso introduced our speaker, Jackie Spurlock, Peace Builder…
…..with her program entitled “Toward Peace in Iran”. She and her husband were teachers in the Peace Corps, and that got it all started. She provided us a great pictorial of her times/activities in the often mysterious country of Iran. Her report helped dispel several cultural “myths” about the Iranian people, while also acknowledging the long-standing/ongoing “rift” between Shia [Iran. et al.] and Sunni [Saudi Arabia, et al.] Muslims, comparing it to that of Protestants and Catholics in Ireland. Thanks, Jackie, for the very informative update on Iran, from your personal perspective.
*NOW…NEWS FLASH!…UPDATE…..END of SUMMER PICNIC was a SUCCESS! The clouds parted, and we had SUNSHINE! The pictures prove it! Mostly pictorial report…a good time was had by all…with a showing from Newberg Earlybirds, too…..and we wrapped it up with a ROUSING [really!] game of Pictionary! Matt showed off his expertise with the Traeger, PURRR-FECTLY cooking up some very tasty burgers and special BIG hotdogs….while OM set up a great spread of condiments, snacks and drinks…with potluck contributions from other attendees! Festivities finished off with some YUMMY desserts, as the sun began to hide behind a bank of clouds on the far western horizon! Thanks again to the “dynamic duo” of Om and Matt for arranging this FUN activity! Definitely worthy of a repeat for 2020! Rotary truly DOES make a difference!
As Pres. Elect Shannon closed our meeting, remember the wisdom inherent in 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?

AND…RI President Maloney’s theme…..Bringing children to Rotary events is not just fun; it also exposes them to the world! Make this a memorable year for your family — and an unforgettable year for the ever-expanding family of Rotary as Rotary Connects the World.


Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor



Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for September 11, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for September 11, 2019

Our noon meeting was held at the Chehalem Cultural Center.

Greeter was Michael Pollock.

President Corey Z. opened the meeting having Dr. Stan K. lead us in the Pledge.

Guests: Melissa Hoffman & Ken Winder [both hosted by Spike Sumner]; Shannon Knight [host/Shannon B.]; Amy Caruso/Mike C’s wife; Visiting Rotarians: Wendy Wells/Sherwood; Rod Federwisch/Newberg Earlybirds; Alan Bazzaz/Lake Oswego.

Rotary Moment: Judy Robinson: “A good friend in Friendsview Manor asked me what Rotary was about. I realized this was an excellent opportunity to share what we do, and she was quite surprised that our club could raise as much money as we have for youth! This confirmed that there are a lot of ‘Rotary Moments’ awaiting us if we share with friends!”

Dr. Stan Kern provided a “Moment of Reflection” remembering the national tragedy of 9/11.

Announcements/non-revenue: Shannon Buckmaster: Wednesday, Sept. 18/7:30 – 8:30/Business Development Program/location?

“Climate Change” meeting to be held at the Fire Station…details to be announced.

Reminder…2019 marks the 8th year for the Newberg Oktoberfest. The fest was developed by the International Committee of the Rotary Club of Newberg Early Birds and proceeds benefit the charitable activities of communities all over the world. Friday, Sept 13, 4-10PM Saturday, Sept. 14 12-10PM…Chehalem Cultural Center….Ages 21+ $10 for Entry & $5 per Drink Token. Buy Your Tickets

Be informed: October is World Polio Month. Go to the website and follow links to World Polio Day highlights and Rotary’s progress to end polio:

Matt Stephens reminded us of the Summer Picnic, September 21, Jaquith Park, 4 PM….register/RSVP now…..go to club’s website.

Past District 5100 Governor Dick Elixman passed away recently…find more information about PDG Elixman in the District newsletter. [Ed. note: PDG Elixman was a personal friend of mine…and one of the nicest guy I’ve ever known!….He will definitely be missed!]

The DUCK [$74.39 collected] was in the experienced hands of our own “super-star”…Leah Griffith:

Walter & Julie are excited about their new home at Friendsview!

Deborah sadly let us know 3 of her 4 koi…historically noted for their longevity…died recently…HOWEVER…on a HAPPY NOTE…Deb’s daughter has presented her with her first granddaughter!

Auggie.. 🙁 …Huskies lost…bummer….

Laura Tilrico/District Grants/Resource Room/”Dream it! Be it!”.

Mike Caruso said Lake Oswego and Portland Pearl Rotary Clubs were grateful for our club’s PEACE participation….and speaking of PEACE…

Rotary Action Group For Peace Presents: International Peace Day 2019 Exclusive Webinar! Celebrate International Peace Day with the Rotarian Action Group for Peace! Get inspired and learn from RAGFP’s exclusive webinar event for Rotarians and Peacebuilders on successful peace projects. Learn from our expert panel of inspiring RAGFP members and volunteers. The panel will be hosted and facilitated by RAGFP Executive Director Reem Ghunaim. Our webinar features:

  1. How to motivate and engage your Rotary District.
  2. How to create more sustainable peacebuilding projects in your District.
  3. Successful Rotary project examples lead by our panel.
  4. An open Q+A session with our panel.

Date and Time: Saturday, September 21st @ 10:00 AM (PDT)….Registration: Tickets are discounted for International Peace Day at $10! Don’t wait — We only have 100 seats. Register today to reserve your spot! Once you’re registered, you’ll receive a Zoom Meeting invitation for the Webinar event! *Proceeds support the RAGFP’s mission to educate, engage, empower and support Rotarian Peacebuilders worldwide.

AND…don’t forget….registration is now open for the 2020 Rotary International Convention in Hawaii! Check out the RI website! You want Rotary EXCITEMENT? Ask a local Rotarian who has been to an International Convention! These annual mega-events give one a whole new perspective on the REAL “internationality” of Rotary!

For upcoming Newberg Noon Rotary Club meeting info…programs and other activities….check the Club’s website.

Todd Engle presented Melissa Hoffman with Rotary’s “Service Above Self” Award….for all she has done volunteering for Rotary [and others] in Newberg….but especially our Auction!

New Newberg Rotarian Michelle Colbin is obviously quite delighted to be part of Newberg Noon Rotary!

OK, Michelle…you are now one Classification Talk way from losing that “newbie” red ribbon!

Today’s program/speaker, introduced by Mike Caruso….Elizabeth Wilson with a Peace Village update/story: She discussed the first Peace Village Camp in Tripoli, Lebanon. She traveled to Lebanon with one other Peace Village member. Speaking multiple languages, she has been teaching in Kenya. She spent two days training with women, among them, many Rotarians. Among others, their reason for wanting this….with a precipitating factor: Very real experiences kids being exposed to…i.e., 3 year-olds watching a bomb go off on their way to school. Our Peace Village efforts, spearheaded by Mike Caruso locally, regionally AND internationally are impactful way beyond the local level. More in-depth information is available on the Rotary International website. THANK YOU, Elizabeth!

As President Corey closed our meeting, be mindful of the wisdom inherent in 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?
AND…RI President Maloney’s theme…..

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

and now…..a few “snippets” of humor…and please don’t ask my sources….as I’ve…thankfully…already forgotten them….

“I thought the dryer made my clothes shrink…turned out to be the refrigerator…..”

“At the bank I told the cashier I wanted to open a joint account. ‘OK. With whom?’ Anyone with lots of money!”

“Some days you feel like there’s no one there for you, but you know who’s always there for you? Laundry. Laundry will always be there for you.”

And…some wisdom: “…A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity…an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty…”….per Winston Churchill…….obviously, Rotarians are OPTIMISTS!



Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for September 4, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for September 4, 2019

Paula R. was GREETER today.

Club President Corey Z. opened the meeting, having Todd Engle led us in the Pledge.

Guests: Shannon Knight (Guest of Shannon Buckmaster); Lee Watson (Guest of Gail Watson, Friend of Rotary); Jackie Lane (Guest/wife of Jeff Lane)…and Visiting Rotarian: Tim Graham, Newberg Earlybird Rotary Club

Rotary Moment: Auggie Gonzales provided a “Rotary Moment”… a little history on Mike Caruso regarding grandson Carson….and his early Paul Harris Fellow Award.
Jackie Lane let us know of the up-coming & popular Soroptimist fifth annual fund-raiser…”Soup’s On!”...Each table was provided with promotional fliers that also included a cut-off coupon…w/ Registration Form…to order tickets, donate and/or sponsorship. “Twelve perfect soups” ….come sample and savor…for more information and/or to register, go online:…navigate to “Soup’s On”. Buy tickets by September 27, and save $5 per ticket! Featured speakers “Where are they now?”….Hear stories from past award winners.
Dan: Upcoming City Planning meeting at Library….for more details go to the City’s website.
Jeff L. re Storage Unit #29…..double check with Jeff and/or Jim McM. regarding when/where stored stuff will be moved….and volunteering to help with the task.
Kathie Byers’ invitation….After Hours at bank, $5/glass of wine..Tuesday, September 10.

Duck: Becky Ankeny collected $118 today! The following is probably not the entire list….and if details are lacking….feel free to sit & chat with the Rotarian about whom you’d like to learn more! That’s called FELLOWSHIP!

Corey missed last week, and was glad to be home from his quick trip to San Diego getting eldest daughter back to her university studies…and the other daughter enrolled at Mt. View School.

Shannon B. glad to have daughter back from her “short term” Rotary Exchange….looking forward to a report on her recent time overseas.

Judy R. thanking Dr. Stan for his excellent job as dishwasher at Senior Meals…even if he did arrive a bit late!

Paula…bragged about becoming…finally….a “great aunt”!

Om….if you hadn’t noticed…presented with a beautiful flower in her hair…apparently provided by Dr. Stan…who claimed he’d offered it to Paula…but she disavowed acceptance of it by saying the flower had been “stolen”….hmmm…bet there’s lot more to this story…so you’ll just have to ask those directly involved!

Walter W.W. bragged on Shannon’s accomplishments….as well as the recent trip he and Julie took to a family reunion in Mexico….w/ LOTS of folks there!

Dale W. is in a “transition period” as he is moving on to a position with a new NGO in October.

Dan Keuler….pleased to report on their son, Jackson’s, 2nd birthday celebration…

Dr. Joe M. bragged on several points vis-a-vis the start of the new school year.

Auggie commented about a French Chef show….you want details…ask Auggie! Don’t be shy…he’s not!

Michael Pollock “married off a kid”…..yes…he said it like that!

Rotary Club Service Co-Chairs Matt Stephens and Om Sukheenai invite YOU to a Rotary Club of Newberg Picnic Potluck at Jaquith Park on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Bring family and friends.


Today’s program…Connie Rice’s Classification Talk…. Teacher, Catalyst High School, Classification Talk…..”My Life in Pictures”….

Born in 1971…S. California…during a major earthquake…grew up in Granada Hills, CA…spent 12 years in the Sacramento Valley…with grandparents’ home as her personal “epicenter”. Her grandmother was the Executive Director of the La Brea Tar Pits Center. She enjoyed Manhattan Beach…attending 5 different elementary schools…which was a bit disruptive…graduated from Mira Costa High School…attended Pasadena City College…then Cal State/Long Beach. Moved to Oregon with hubby in 2003 the same year son Ryan James…aka RJ…was born. RJ was/is fascinated by FISH from early on….then Katie, current All-American volleyball athlete, was born in 2006. Connie is now deeply involved with Career Technical Education programs for students with difficulties adjusting to more “mainstream” approaches to education and careers. These programs are supported by local companies such as adec. Want more information about Connie, her personal history & family, and specifics of the educational programs she is involved with….sit with her at lunch and ASK HER YOURSELF!

Connie obviously much relieved to have this talk behind her…as Prez Corey takes her New Member Red Ribbon!

For listing[s] of future programs/club activities/volunteer opportunities, check out the Club’s website.

As President Corey closed our meeting, be mindful of the wisdom inherent in 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?
AND…RI President Maloney’s theme…..

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

and…a few “snippets” of humor…please don’t ask my sources….as I’ve already forgotten them….

“Huge fight at seafood restaurant…battered fish everywhere….”

“Warning…there’s an e-mail going around offering processed pork, gelatin and salt in a can. If you get this e-mail, do not open it. It’s SPAM.”

“Apparently you can’t use ‘beefstew’ as a password. It’s not stroganoff…”

“We’ll be friends ’til we’re old and senile…then we’ll be new friends!…”

“I’m taking care of my procrastination issues….just wait and see…”











Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for August 28, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for August 28, 2019

Paula R. was our GREETER today.

President Corey is taking his daughter back to university in San Diego, so V.P. Shannon Buckmaster took over the meeting’s reins today!

Dale Welcome led us in the PLEDGE.

Michelle Colvin was Lisa Salmon’s guest…and we had a visiting Rotarian, Scott Chambers, retired educator from the McMinnville Noon club.

Today the DUCK was in the able hands of Spike Sumner…collecting $50.00.

Chehalem Youth & Family Services Executive Director and fellow Noon Rotarian, Deborah Cathers-Seymour proudly announced “Cheers to 50 Years Benefit Ball” with live & silent auctions….with in-kind contributions & sponsorship opportunities available….Celebrating their Golden Anniversary Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Water Oasis from 5 – 10 PM…….YOOP [Youth Opportunity Program] is a program of CYFS. Informational material was provided at each table….and their website has answers to any/all your questions about their many programs…and details regarding their 50th year celebration!

Dan let us know that the City of Newberg’s Planning Commission is having a meeting on September 12, 7PM, at the Newberg Public Library. Questions? contact City Recorder, Sue Ryan at 503.537.1283 or e-mail at

Paula indicated need for volunteers with Senior Meals….at least one Rotarian stepped up immediately….think it was Spike!

Deborah also spoke glowingly of her recent vacation/road trip.

During his recent international trip, Jim McM met a Peace Fellow – “Page”…and was very impressed!

Patrick…as a result of their EMT project in Nepal…has been invited to a World Health Organization meeting in Switzerland.

Paula was delighted with seeing/meeting travelers from “all over” during a recent trip to Garibaldi.

Angel bragged on his kids and grand kids….

Auggie contributed $5 for Shannon’s great job running today’s meeting in Corey’s absence.

Today’s program was new Rotarian Kathie Byers’ Classification Talk.

She is Community Impact Coordinator at Newberg’s First Federal….and she entitled her words & pictures…”50 Years – America is Changing”. She provided us with detailed highlights of her life with a photo montage…Key points and dates: Met husband Nathan in 1987….married Nathan in 1989….bought their first home for $32K…same as a new car today! Went to college of Legal Arts ’89 – ’90….son Ethan born 1994…son Evan born 1998….moved to Sheridan in ’96….daughter Eryn Kathryn born in 2000…now a student at GFU. Major change of life focus in 2005…to help disadvantaged youth…founded Kathie’s Kookies in 2010 as a fund-raiser…New focus on life’s “purpose” in 2015…with youth help program in 2016 through Bridge Street Coffee House…then was hired Spring 2019 at First Federal….VERY IMPRESSED with Rotary…and “INSPIRED by Rotary’s ENERGY!” Want more information about Kathie? Sit with her at Rotary and simply ASK HER! She’s not shy!

Having completed her Classification Talk, Kathie’s Red Ribbon is removed by Pres.-Elect Shannon…with a congratulatory “Welcome to Rotary” hug…

Program for September 3 is Connie Rice/Catalyst High School Classification Talk.

Check the Club’s website for more information and future programs/activities.

A little District Governor news: Taken from “Diane’s District Diary”….”If you talk with anyone who has participated in a Rotary Global or District grant project that specifically helped someone in need, you have had what we will call the ‘Rotary Experience.’ I believe that when you get the opportunity to help someone in a way that changes their life, you have not only helped them, you will also make a change in your own life. Through The Rotary Foundation and Global and District grants, we as Rotarians are changing the lives of our recipients at the same time we are working towards personal development and improving understanding throughout the world.”

ALSO….Rotary “PEACE VILLAGE” news...A small, but mighty group of 11 youth, five high school volunteers and a talented group of Rotarians and adult volunteers brought Peace Village to Forest Grove from August 13 to 16. The camp was sponsored by the Forest Grove Rotary Club and Forest Grove Daybreak Rotary Club and was partially funded through District 5100 Matching Grants..A program that has been picked up by a number of clubs in the district, Peace Village was started by Wintry Whitt Smith while a student at Pacific University in the late 1990s. The camp originated in Lincoln City as a reaction to a bullying event that stung the community. Peace Village now has camps in 10 states as well as Kenya and Lebanon. That includes camps in Beaverton, McMinnville and Newberg that are sponsored in part by those community’s Rotary Clubs. [Want more details on this GREAT PROGRAM? Check with Mike Caruso!]
As President-Elect Shannon closed our meeting we are reminded of the wisdom inherent in 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?
AND…RI President Maloney’s theme..
Respectfully submitted
Rick Kaufman
Newsletter Editor
Ending…with a “hint of humor”….through a few APHORISMS… I’ve reached the age where ‘happy hour’ is a nap….Be careful about reading the fine print – there’s no way you’re going to like it.….. Always be yourself because the people who matter don’t mind and the ones who mind don’t matter.…and…. Life isn’t tied with a bow but it’s still a gift.