Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for December 19, 2019

Today’s meeting was our Christmas Special with Newberg Kiwanis.

The meeting was opened by Kiwanian, Heather Lewis.

As this was a joint meeting of the two services clubs, and seasonally celebratory, and the Newberg Noon Rotarians were the Kiwanis’ guests, the usual Rotary routine was not followed. “Things I’m grateful for” contributions were made…..jovially accepted/collected….

Reflecting on the “Reason for the Season”, a couple of Christmas carols were sung….with printed copies of the words provided for those of us who might have that need….and our vocalizations were led by our host Kiwanian song leader!

…….then on to the program: Peace Corps volunteer Spencer McMaster did a terrific job of telling us about his efforts in Africa.

He bolstered his well-spoken words with suitable photos showing not only where he has been working, but with whom as well.

His extremely proud Dad…..recording it all for posterity….

and Coast Guardsman brother Tyler were also present, providing all the moral support he might need. For those interested in pursuing in more detail Spencer’s “adventures”…I’m sure his Dad, Jim McMaster, will be happy to provide the needed contact information.

International Service is one of Rotary’s five [5] Avenues of Service…and our club proudly supports with $$$ and volunteers several international projects from the on-going Guatemalan DENTAL project [lead by Auggie] to the Tibetan EMT project under the guidance of Patrick B. and our support of the NBHS Interact Club’s African efforts…and others. Here’s another to take a close look at….

Information on a Special Rotary project: HARAMBEE CENTRE, INC….. MISSION

Harambee (Har-ahm-bay) is our name and our mission, which means β€œLet’s Pull Together” in Swahili. We pull people together for the good of community by connecting the people of the Pacific Northwest with the people and diverse cultures of Africa. We believe that intercultural awareness, education and exchange are essential to building genuine understanding, respect and enduring relationships anywhere in the world


Help us to create a better world for women, children, and their families in rural Africa


Sponsor: Harambee Centre, Inc.

Co-Sponsors: Some District 5100 Rotary Clubs

What: Annual African Luncheon Benefit featuring Keynote speaker, food, music/dance entertainment, fashion, people, giving, and FUN!

Suggested Donation: $75-100 per person (to be determined)

Who: Keynote: ?

When: Saturday April 25, 2020 at 12:30PM

Where: Embassy Suites, Portland Airport


  • To connect Rotary Club members of District 5100 to the cultures and people of the vast and diverse continent of Africa so that they can more effectively partner with in-country Rotary Clubs to meet future needs of this service region of the world and mutually benefit from the long lasting friendships that sprout from such partnerships and exchanges.
  • To raise funds for Harambee Centre and Rotary projects in Kenya and Uganda. The best way you can participate or support is to reserve table(s) of 8 in advance. More details RE: event will follow in January, 2020
  • Your attendance alone will support books, uniform, and other educational supplies for a primary school student for a full year in rural Kenya and Uganda.
  • A District 5100 Rotary trip is being planned to the East African region (Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda) Come and win a trip!

Our next meeting will be the 2nd Wednesday in January…the 8th….with the program to be the Classification Talk of our new Librarian….Will Worthey.. …and this should be fascinating… he is a great story-teller!

ALERT! It is NOT TOO EARLY to be thinking very seriously about AUCTION ACTION and YOUR ROLE[S] in our PRIMARY FUNDRAISER!

I hope all had a MERRY CHRISTMAS…and wishing everyone a healthy, happy and prosperous NEW YEAR….with 2020 visions [yes…pun intended!] of limitless possibilities! So…go out and CONNECT THE WORLD!

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

“Give every day the chance to be the most beautiful day of your life!” ~ Mark Twain

“Do not complain of growing old. It is a privilege denied to many.” ~ Mark Twain

“To be great, truly great, you have to be the kind of person who makes the others around you great. ~ Mark Twain


“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”   ~ Socrates

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for December 11, 2019

Consistent with the tenets of Rotary…courtesy of a friend…author unknown…. ~ ONE: ~

One tree can start a forest; One smile can begin a friendship; One hand can lift a soul; One word can frame a goal; One candle can wipe out darkness; One laugh can conquer gloom; One hope can raise your spirits; One touch can show you care; One life can make the difference; be that ONE today!

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for December 11, 2019

Kathie Byers – GREETER.

Club President Corey Z. opened the meeting having Dale Welcome lead us in the Pledge.

Guests: Don & Greg Skei….hosted by Auggie G.

Rotary Moment: Mike Caruso presented Jeff Lane with another Paul Harris Fellow Award, and lauded him for his ongoing Rotary commitment!

Ballots were provided for voting on the new slate of officers/chairs for our club’s 2020- 2021 Rotary year. Results were presented…and reflected the names as presented on the allots. For further details, go to the Club’s website.

Announcements: Dale Welcome commented on meeting another Rotarian while in Lisbon; Jim McMaster encouraged us to read the “Thank you!” letters received from 3rd graders after getting their dictionaries; Judy R. updated us on some NBHS Interact functions.

DUCK TALES: Shannon Knight ably collected $67….and here are some of the personal “Duck Tales”: Paula R. thanked all who helped with the Christmas Tree lighting!; Matt bragged on his 7-year old daughter getting a new Beta fish for her aquarium; Lisa S. mentioned the progress on Providence’s new Medical Plaza; Jim McM. reminded us that his son Spencer would be our program presenter on Thursday, Dec. 19, at the joint meeting with Newberg Kiwanis; Kathie Byers let us know that both son and daughter-in-law were now lawyers in Washington, D.C.; Dr. Joe bragged on contributions of Shannon K.; Judy R. said members of her family were moving back to Newberg; Brandy Penner has agreed to be Chair of Youth Services for 2020-2021; Becky’s oldest daughter is now 37….which “shocked” a granddaughter!; Om was effusive regarding praise for Auggie’s emergency care facility/staff after a recent emergent care visit; Club Prez Corey Z. praised Paul Jellum for his commitment to the Resource Room at NBHS; Jeff Lane reminded us of the continuing need for clothes for deserving students through the Resource Room…. generating another kudo from Jim McM. to Paul J.

Today’s program: Michelle Colvin’s Classification Talk:

Michelle was born in April of ’67 in Santa Barbara. Except for a brief stint in Grove City , PA…where her Dad went to Slippery Rock College on the GI Bill….spent most of her life in S. California. She is oldest of 8 children…4 girls and 4 boys…all males are veterans. When she was 13 the family moved to Moorpark CA…and she lived there until she moved to Newberg in June of 2017. Married in ’87 to “best friend” at age 19…been married for 32 years. 4 kids. Washington Cougar, Sarah, is 30, works as Medical Assistant for a pulmonologist in Simi Valley. 20 year old Noah is attending Moorpark College. Emma, 15, is sophomore at Connections Academy. Tayor, 10, is in 4th grade at Mabel Rush. Michele has worked in retail, insurance, daycare provider, and as a classified employee in her kids’ schools…now in fitness industry….and as a certified personal trainer and running coach since 2014. She coaches with Sole Sisters Running Club in Newberg. Likes to DO events with her coaching students to see the looks on their faces when they accomplish major milestones! Her personal list of events run is mind-boggling! Her Farmers Insurance boss in Moorpark was a Rotarian…. she got “involved”…Boys & Girls Clubs…her church’s women’s ministry…retreats and other events….FELLOWSHIP….Thanksgiving dinners for large groups… and many other activities in her home S. Cal community. Her hubby’s job brought them to Newberg in 2017….summarizing….”I have fallen in love with Newberg…I am very blessed to have been able to join Rotary…I hope to give back to this community and beyond, the joy it has given me!” It is obvious Michelle is very passionate about helping others! There is MUCH MORE to Michelle than this brief coverage even touches on! Get to know her more…sit with her at lunch…and “swap stories”! Challenge yourself…try to keep up with her!

REMINDER…..This is a major change of venue and time! The next meeting is THURSDAY, December 19, 12 Noon….with the Newberg Kiwanis….and will be at George Fox University’s Canyon Commons…entrance from Villa….

Special note: Jack Czarnecki, prior Rotary Club President and key contact for wine donations for our annual Rotary auction, has experienced some health setbacks but is improving. Jack welcomes visitors but please contact Jack or Heidi prior to visiting. Jack’s contact information is:

Jack Czarnecki
610 N. Edwards Street
Newberg, OR 97132

Respectfully submitted

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

Pre-Christmas CHEER…..on WALKING…. My grandpa started walking five miles a day when he was  60.   Now he’s 97 years old  and we don’t know where he is……….I have  to walk early in the morning, before my brain figures out what I’m doing…….I  joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks. Haven’t lost a  pound.  Apparently you have to go  there……Every time I hear the dirty word ‘exercise’, I wash my mouth out with chocolate.  ……If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small  country.  ……..Every time I start thinking too much about how I  look, I just find a Happy Hour and by the time I leave, I look just  fine……..and……I  know I got a lot of exercise the last  few years……just getting over the  hill.  πŸ™‚

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for December 4, 2019

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?

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for December 4, 2019

Judy Robinson GREETED us today!

…..’Tis the SEASON….!

President Corey Z. opened the meeting, having Laura Tilrico lead us in the Pledge.

Guests: From Newberg High School: seniors Macy Schowalter, Brogan Sattler, Evan Richman, and Ethan Crowley…accompanied by their instructor/mentor, Alvin Elbert.

Two “Rotary Moments” today:

  • Lisa Salmons: “The moment shared was simple. Gene Piros and I were just sharing that it is nice to know fellow Rotarians who can help us outside of Rotary. He was visiting the medical center and ran into me and I was able to help him with questions and get him on his way.”…
  • …and Yours Truly, Rick….My oldest [of three] sister, Margaret, passed away very recently…suddenly, quietly and peacefully….she would have been 88 in January, 2020. Her late husband was an active Beaverton Rotarian for years…and after his death she returned to her “roots” in Forest Grove, becoming an active Charter Member of Forest Grove DayBreak Rotary in 1991. She had recently attended my 80th birthday celebration in mid-September…appeared a bit frail, but was mentally “sharp as a tack”. She was a very giving/loving/compassionate lady…and staunch Rotarian!

$46….generated from DUCK TALES….some of which are related here – Paula bragging on her Mom’s 101st birthday! Librarian Will Worthey let us know of special activities at the Library…Dec. 14…and January 17th…a 7PM re-visit to some WWII events…[for more details go to the Library’s website]; Angel let us know of a “blanket drive” at their bank on Friday, Dec. 13.; and others contributed as well…Becky A., Dr. Stan, Jim McM…and some I missed! Patrick Bancke, doing his part [and then some!] supporting the RI President’s theme….with the following:…check this out!….Nepal Medics This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is th

December 7 at 10:44 PMSneak peak of an amazing story. I had the pleasure to hear a few stories of how Rural First Responder (RFR) Urmila has saved more than one life since receiving her RFR certification! Wow! So inspiring how these RFR heroes are serving their communities!

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Here we go! I’m off to LAX for a quick connection, then to Guangzhou, China for a layover, then on to Kathmandu, Nepal! So excited to see dear friends! STAY TUNED: We will be participating in some exciting meetings! -Patrick

Not off to Nepal this time β€” it’s Geneva, Switzerland. More information on this exciting Nepal Medics endeavor coming soon!
Image may contain: sky, cloud, outdoor, water and nature…..THANKS, Patrick, for your “Service Above Self”…and…. “Connecting the World”.

……Today’s program: Tiger Manufacturing at Newberg High School: Tiger Manufacturing is a student-led, student-run, student-driven machine shop fully functioning at Newberg High School. Our students make real parts, for real customers, for real paychecks. This year, our team consists of four lead role positions. They are all seniors at Newberg High School.

…..Macy Schowalter is the CEO…bright…dedicated and very knowledgeable! All four…especially the students…fielded the many questions VERY WELL….such a TERRIFIC PROGRAM!

….Brogan Sattler is the Production Planner, Evan Richman is the Lathe Lead, and Ethan Crowley is the Mill Lead. Our program has grown exponentially in the past three years. It started with four students the first year, and is now at 16. Tiger Manufacturing was originally created to make students aware of CTE and Trades classes and careers and to give them the skills they need to go into these careers.We are not your typical sit down and read your textbook classroom. We do much more. Our program puts students in a real world work environment and provides them with expert training. The three main machines we have in Tiger are a HAAS CNC Mill, a HAAS CNC Lathe, and an SNK CNC Lathe. We have lots of big, optimistic plans for Tiger in the near and foreseeable future. Right now, there are 16 students enrolled in our program, which is about our capacity with our limited space, resources, and jobs. However, we are hoping to expand our capabilities by spreading out our space and purchasing another CNC Mill and CNC Lathe. Another project we have rolling is collaborating with A-dec. A few of their team members came to tour our shop and meet our students. They all seemed to love it. They are in the process of getting a group together to mentor Tiger Manufacturing students during our classes. We are hoping that by working with local businesses in the trade, we can give our students more opportunities and connections going forward. Another way we are looking towards the future is actually to inspire other schools to get programs like tiger manufacturing up and running. This will happen slowly through more publicity, open houses, and networking. We are preparing the future generation of workers and engineers to literally create the future of our world. Without programs like Tiger, we would be left without enough workforce to cover all the engineers and manufacturers to cover those who will be retiring. Even today, there is a massive shortage of skilled skill trade workers in the Portland Metro area. Manufacturers and fighting for these skilled workers. We want to keep this career path alive and innovative. That’s why we need to do something about this now.

REMINDER: December 11 program: Michelle Colvin’s Classification Talk….. and THEN…..NO MEETING ON THE 18TH…instead we will have a joint HOLIDAY meeting with Newberg Kiwanis on Thursday, December 19th, when Spencer McMaster will regale us with PEACE CORPS tales from Africa!

Respectfully submitted, Rick Kaufman, Newsletter Editor

…and sharing a few bits of wisdom….

“Do the right thing, even when no one is looking….it’s called INTEGRITY…”

“A smart person knows what to say…a wise person knows whether to say it or not….”

“No matter how educated, talented, rich or cool you believe you are, how you treat people ultimately tells all…”