A BIG THANKS to Mike Caruso for allowing us use of the ZOOM account to at least have an “online” meeting! Next week the same will be true…check your e-mails for the ZOOM access information.
This weeks’ meeting notes courtesy of Paula…and photos by our favorite photographer, Auggie! THANKS, Paula & Auggie!
Rotary Club of Newberg Zoom Meeting
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Call to Order
President Corey Zielsdorf welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Zoom meeting at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2020.
Rotarians and Friends of Rotary
Zoom meeting participants: Mike, Corey, Paula, Leah, Gene, Ann, Brandy, Shannon K., Denise, Paul, Jim, Tony, Judy, Lisa, Auggie, Geoff, Joe, Lynn, Shannon B., Walter, Julie, Om, Dale
Corey lead participants in the flag salute.
Welcome to Leah Griffith, formerly of the Rotary Club of Newberg and now a Rotarian with the Seaside Rotary Club! Leah is a Director on the Seaside Rotary Board. Her club is also conducting Zoom Rotary meetings.
Geoff Gilmore welcomed George Fox University artists: Madi Vinje, Corrie Patton, Bryce Heimuller, Amanda Bays, Natasha Schuyler, Carla Cieza Espinoza and Megan Nipp. This group of seven artists will complete the newest Rotary mural.
Mike reminded Rotarians that every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. the Rotary Peace Club schedules an e-meeting. Most recently, the group discussed a water project in Haiti. The $2.3 billion project is funded by Rotary and the World Bank.
Next Tuesday, April 28th, the Rotary Peace Club invited Mark Maloney, Rotary International President, as guest speaker. Mike will send out the meeting link. If Rotarians are interested in learning how leaders of Rotary International are doing during the time of COVID-19, —this could be the meeting!
Joe announced the Newberg School District served more than 20,000 meals to students.
Auggie’s background Zoom picture celebrates Earth Day! Auggie noted that 50 years ago we celebrated our first Earth Day. A positive by-product of the “Stay at Home” order is a lessening of pollution and visibility of the Himalayas–for the first time in years.
Gene, a Junior in high school on very first Earth Day, says he has a much better understanding of the magnitude of Earth Day and our responsibility as residents of planet Earth.
Judy reports The Mask Force completed 2,433 masks as of today. This number completes all current orders. The group will place masks in reserve to create a reserve supply for anyone needing a mask.
Auggie: When wearing a mask and coughing and/or sneezing, do not turn to the side as droplets can escape from the mask.
Jim reminded Rotarians that Oregon is a “vote by mail” state. There is a need for volunteers to pick up ballots from drop sites. If Rotarians are interested in helping with ballot pick up, contact Yamhill County Clerk, Brian Van Bergen at email@example.com
Paul reports his church is loaning their bus to the County Clerk’s office to provide social distancing and increased safety for volunteers when picking up ballots.
Ann: Thank you to Newsletter Editor Rick Kaufman for including humor in our weekly Rotary newsletters.
It’s Bee Season!
Paul Jellum reminded all that “It’s Bee Season!” Paul recently discovered five or six gallons of bees hanging in a tree.
Why do bees leave their nests? Paul and Shannon K. indicated that hives get crowded in the spring. A portion of the hive may decide to leave with a new queen. So many bees in the hive produce friction and heat—causing some of the bees to leave.
Today’s Program: 2020 Mural Artists from George Fox University
Geoff Gilmore introduced seven mural artist interns from George Fox University. Each artist shared a portion of their portfolio and discussed why they want to be an artist and how their work will impact the world.
Junior Megan Nipp is scheduled to graduate from George Fox University in 2021. She sees Studio Art as a way to express identity. Megan’s role on the design team is curation and art administration. Megan sees curation as a way to give people opportunities. (Curating is the act of selecting, organizing, and presenting objects for display.)
Megan enjoys painting and printmaking. “In my work I value intentionality, craftsmanship and technicality. Her motifs include thorny vines and floral aspects.
Megan curated an art show this spring. In addition to student work displayed on the GFU campus, Megan arranged for over 50 pieces of student work to be displayed in the lobby of Friendsview Retirement Community. Megan wanted to bring residents joy during this time and provide opportunities for more students to share their work.
Amanda is drawn to pinkish colors. She reports that this quarantine time has been a great opportunity for her to dive in and try different art forms to express herself.
Amanda promotes other people’s art and vision—e.g. the Mary Rose Foundation helps young men and women who have dealt with eating disorder and depression—a portion of the proceeds from fashion show support clients.
Amanda created a special shoe based on her brother’s interest in designer shoes. Amanda is minoring in marketing. She became an artist at age three when she began drawing on the walls at home. She created countless portfolios—made collections and gave them to her grandparents.
Corrie is a GFU Sophomore from Eugene. She enjoys illustration and wants to use her art to be a storyteller. “Now that I’m here I feel like I really belong here. I want to tell stories visually.”
Corrie uses a variety of media. She is mostly self-taught and taught herself oil painting. Corrie finds oil paint very smooth and bright.
One art assignment was to paint a still life that represented a parable from the Bible. Corrie chose “Light of the World”, Salt of the Earth” using her art to tell the story through symbols and get the viewer thinking.
Corrie is currently working on a commissioned piece for a University of Oregon professor who is writing a book. The work is all pen and ink. Corrie said the work definitely improved her as an artist and she learned about drawing. Corrie would like to be a concept artist and character designer.
Bryce is a Senior Illustration Major. He enjoys working in a variety of medium e.g., legos, graphic art etc. Bryce said he knew he would be an artist someday. Bryce initiated a teen drawing group at the Newberg Public Library.
He would like to do animation, graphic design and recently created animations for a jazz concert. He previously worked on murals in collaboration with GFU Serve Day at Joan Austin Elementary school—and at Joyful Servant Lutheran Church.
Former Newberg Public Library Director Leah Griffith complimented Bryce on the creation of the young student art group. To view Bryce’s work: go to his website www.bryceheimuller.com
Carla Cieza Espinosa
Carla is a Freshman at George Fox University. Her love of art began at a very young age as her father has a passion for art. Carla knew as a child that she wanted to be an artist. Her work focuses on characters—storytelling and aspects of her life, and culture. Carla creates pictures that evoke questions.
Some of Carla’s illustrations are made digitally. She also created a self-portrait representing aspects of her personality and her life.
Madi is a Studio Art Major. She found that drawing was an escape from the world. “Art was a calming place for me, I later used it to express emotions—a couple of prints I made—show my dreams or thoughts during that school year. Art is a way of showing emotion and letting go of feelings.”
Madi hopes the mural will increase the feeling of community in Newberg.
Natasha is a Junior Illustration Major at GFU. Natasha saw a need for art when she was in high school. She began by doing design and product design.
Natasha sees a need for art in the real world—especially during this quarantine time—art brings so much more significance.
Natasha interned with the Spiritual Life Team at GFU. She was asked to illustrate a visual version of the Gospel of Mark. Natasha explored screen printing—a medium she just learned. Post GFU—Natasha has a passion for working with small businesses as an “amazing way to get good designers and illustrators on the small business team to promote their products or business.
Status of Mural Project
Geoff reports the City of Newberg’s sign code requires community feedback for the mural project. Given the current COVID-19 climate, they will likely use Zoom to meet the intent of the sign code. The mural wall is prepped. Geoff is getting close to beginning the selection process for 2020 interns. Students are then enrolled in a course offered by GFU.
Next Week’s Program
Joy Baley of A Family Place: A Family Place helps reduce childhood abuse, neglect, and foster placements in Yamhill County.