Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 27, 2020

The Four-Way Test of Rotary

of the things we think, say and do….

First – Is it the TRUTH?

Second – Is it FAIR to all concerned?


Fourth – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

ZOOM is amazing…allowing us to “meet” this way during “sequestration” conditions. A BIG THANKS! to Mike Caruso, for the use of his Zoom account! And thanks also to Kathie Byers…for the meeting’s notes …and Auggie’s usual great job of providing relevant photos!


Rotary Notes [Thanks to Kathie Byers!], May 27th, 2020

Pledge Of Allegiance

led by Walter Want.


Cherie Clark

Visiting Rotarians:


Rotary Moment:

Laura T. has been working on “Dispatch 911” grant with Patrick and Paula. Laura got word that Paula’s mom took a turn for the worse. Sadly, Paula’s mom passed away just a couple days later on Sunday. “Paula is a great Rotarian and so eloquent.” When Laura reached out to Judy, Judy suggested flowers for the funeral. The Memorial service is Thursday, May 28th. Laura called Om and Om ordered flowers. The funeral director will take a photo of flowers and send to Laura. Paula was so appreciative. Paula sent Laura the bio and a photo of Margaret at her 100th birthday. Margaret had nine children, Paula is the second born. The flowers helped to ease the pain. Margaret was born in December, 1918.

Cory Z. shared that, in reading her obituary, he learned she was a life-long member of the Catholic Daughters. His grandmother was also a life-long member. Great team effort to help a fellow, and cherished, Rotarian to feel the love and support during this difficult time.

[Editor’s note: I was unable to successfully download either the obituary or the photo of the flowers.]

Mike C. shared that Peace Fellow applicant interviews were held via Zoom on Saturday, May 23rd. There are two applicants this year. The first is Fernanda Wilent. She is a graduate of GFU. The other applicant is Seth Kinzie. He has a Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution from Lewis & Clark and a strong music background. He has been involved with peace advocacy work his whole life. His parents are also peace advocates. Mike C. spoke of the many countries where Seth has traveled and worked. A decision will be made late September, early October.


Walter W. thanked Rotarians who filled in for Paula.

Judy R. thanked Auggie for the fabric for making masks. 500 masks will be donated to Providence from that donated material. One big thank you to Judy, Auggie, and Will for their efforts to make masks for the past several weeks. If you need masks, Judy knows of ten sewists in Newberg who can help meet that need. Contact Judy.

Next week’s program will be presented by Linda Sandberg. She will present on the Chehalem Valley Leadership program. Chehalem Valley Leadership is a professional leadership development series and a program of the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce.

It’s a two-year course. Each month, in the first year, participants are provided a leadership training session, a tour of hosting organizations and business. They also hear from community leaders about the topic of the day; they learn about and observe leadership in various roles as they participate in active discussions around the day’s topic. In the second year, participants move to a mentor role for the incoming cohort. We are looking forward to hearing more about this great program.

Guest speaker, Cherie Clark,

….career and college manager at Willamette ESD. Cherie began with accolades to Rotarian Connie Rice.

Cherie gave an update on what WESD is doing for students. “Over the past five years Willamette Education Service District (WESD) has been working with educators, workforce, and industry professionals to understand the challenges that come with a rapidly changing economy, fueled by constant changes in technology, delivery systems, and innovation, in addition to a strong competitive and global marketplace. Navigating this challenge leaves employers, educators, and students struggling to balance the current needs of building a workforce while preparing for future workforce readiness skills and abilities. The College for All philosophy leaves many students in debt, and often without the best training or education to succeed in the workplace. Education Workforce Partnership, facilitated by the WESD identified two barriers to student success in workplace.”

The Education Workforce Partnership, facilitated by the WESD, has identified two barriers to student success in the workplace:

Industry is not receiving work-ready employees. The greatest lack is professional skills.

Schools and districts are creating too many unique work-based learning (WBL) programs that complicate the ability for partners to participate; creating a lack of WBL opportunities where student learners can build on and demonstrate their professional skills in the workplace. New World Of Work is a California based company that works with the California Community College system to coordinate WBL opportunities between students and industries. WESD is following their model and has created a similar program which they call Control Tower. Control Tower is a new program to Willamette ESD and works with industry partners to develop professional skills and provide work-based learning (WBL) opportunities for students.

The unique features about the Control Tower program is the adaptability to change, the feedback loop, and students earn skills badges (going to be creating Oregon badges) that certify they have demonstrated comprehension and skill in a particular area. The badges are based on employer-driven essential 21st Century Employability Skills identified by New World of Work.

The ten badges that can be earned are: Adaptability, Analysis/solution mindset, Collaboration, Communication, Digital fluency, Entrepreneurial mindset, Empathy, Resilience, Self-awareness, Social/diversity awareness.

Currently, a California program trainer has to come to Oregon to train industry partners. WESD is working to create its own Oregon badging system. This will save $900 per participant. The same company that created badges for CA is located in Eugene and will create badges for Oregon. Setting forth a new model of teaching. Students will be better prepared and equipped for workforce.

WESD is also working to integrate the 10 skills in all classrooms so that it becomes a common language.

Research tells us that a student in college, no matter the major, if they spend a lot of time in an industry, no matter their degree, they will return to the industry where they have spent the most amount of time because they have built relationships.

Relationships and networking are important to success. Students visit different companies to determine their interest. Cherie gave a virtual tour of the web page and how they walk students through touring a company and how to get a job with that company. They then walk students through application for employment process.

This fall, they will have Zoom meetings to connect with students. Peterson Cats will pay for two year’s tuition and $10k in tools. Cherie also discussed the various industry partners here in Newberg, i.e. Marquis and Friendsview have CAN opportunities.





If you and your company would like to become an industry partner, you will need to produce videos about the company, core values, and benefits. Include student opportunities. Send email to Cheri with information. Cherie can provide a flyer with criteria for videos.

WESD is also working to implement a software management program which allows WESD to get information to 20k students at one time.

Cory asked for clarification of the meaning and representation of the badges. Universities are one of the largest users of badges. The badge is a way of showing that you demonstrate that knowledge in the work place. Oregon badges will be as dual credit at colleges. It will take at least a year before we will have colleges that will treat it as dual credit. Students have two-year degrees, but we don’t know if they can demonstrate skills within workforce setting. Badges help to certify this and employers can trust that the prospective employee has demonstrated certain skills. It demonstrated skill vs head knowledge.

Shannon Buckmaster thanked Cherie for her professional presentation and also thanked Connie for making the connection.

[Note from Kathie: A lot of specialized information was shared in a very short period of time. I took a lot of information contained in this newsletter from the WESD website, as well as the web site for the Foundation for California Community Colleges. The Foundation is the program Cherie referenced as the program WESD is modeling their Badging Program after. I cannot be confident that I recorded all of the conversation 100% accurately. So I encourage you to reach out to Cherie at WESD to get more information if you are interested in learning more about the Control Tower program. It’s an exciting new way for students to learn and it is different from the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs currently being used by schools. The biggest distinguishing feature being the ability for students to earn badges as they prove comprehension and, more importantly, demonstrated skills.]

Respectfully submitted, Rick Kaufman, Newsletter Editor

Wisdom to consider….”Take your time, don’t live too fast. Troubles will come, and they will pass.”
~ Lynyrd Skynyrd


Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 20, 2020


Newberg Noon Rotary Club – Zoom meeting

Editor note: As we continue under “sequestration”, a “Special Thanks!” to Kathie Byers for today’s meeting notes, while Paula focuses on family matters. Photos courtesy of photographer-extraordinaire….Auggie! AND…of course, to Mike Caruso for providing the ZOOM account which has allowed us to have these meetings at all!

Wed, May 20, 2020

Pledge of Allegiance led by Cory Z.

Guests: Only guest was our presenter, David Carroll.

Rotary Moments:

Jim McMaster shared a humorous story where he had gone to Astor House to visit his mother. He ran into Rod F., president of the Early Bird Rotary. Rod also brings supplies to his own mother at Astor House. The funny thing about it is Rod’s mother lowers a bucket from her balcony and raises it back up again in order to retrieve the supplies.

Laura T. reported that Global Grant for $35K was fully funded. She emailed all the clubs who were involved with the funding project and received a couple responses to her many e-mails. She received a phone call from the president of the Rotary Club in Nepal thanking her for the efforts and for the funds that will be used to protect women in Nepal. The project is training advocates to prevent violence against woman and girls in that country.

Brandy P. shared that she participated in counting the ballots Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. She returned home at 3 a.m.! She thanked Jim McMaster for letting her know about the opportunity to be involved with the voting process. She humorously said that she now knows better which job to sign up for at the next election.

Denise B. reported that if technology is the new way of the future we will be safe in the hands of the young people. They have adapted to the Zoom meetings and electronic communication with ease. They have had a strong showing at the Interact meetings. A shout out to our Rotary-sponsored Interact Club at Newberg High School!

Cory Z. asked for an update on mask production. Judy R. reported that Friday, May 22, would be the last day for producing masks in the Newberg Library. Demand is significantly decreased. They would be filling one last order for 200 masks for Unidos for migrant farm works. They made and handed out 400 masks to migrant farm workers.


Gene reported that that he has made a very difficult decision. He will not run for another term as city council member. He was thanked for his service. Gene wants to take a more supportive role in order for his wife to serve on the school board; and he wants to focus more time with family.

Kathie B. reported a project where The Salvation Army of Yamhill County, First Federal, and Newberg Rotary Foundation will pay for supplies to make 1200 candy leis for all graduating seniors in Yamhill County. This does not include seniors at private or charter schools. The Newberg Rotary Foundation approved a grant for $600 for the project. The total project cost is approximately $2,400. The project will take 60 volunteer 400 hours to make 1200 candy leis. The leis will be distributed at each high school graduation celebration. Willamina had 55 graduates on Saturday, May 23rd.

Cory Z. reported they are working on our Rotary program for Wednesday, May 27th. The guest is tbd.

Guest Presenter: David Carroll of Boy Scouts of America (BSA)

Newberg Noon Rotary sponsors three separate BSA packs in Yamhill County. David is here today to explain the structure, what it means to be a charter, and what the plans are going forward with the pandemic restrictions that are in place.

Each region has separate councils. Our packs are part of the Cascade Pacific Council (CPC). Each council has separate units; and each unit has separate packs. Each unit is a separate entity. They have their own programs, committees, finances, bank accounts, etc. BSA provides the program materials and resources. BSA provides program authorizing chartering organization to be the parent of each unit. Each parent organization (Rotary) can sponsor more than one unit. The parent organization (aka sponsor) provides the space for troops to meet and serves as a conduit for providing BSA programming.

Newberg Noon Rotary sponsors one Cub Scout Pack, and two Scout troops: Cub Scout Pack 7265, Male Scout Troop 7265, and Female Scout Troop 9265. Each troop is their own separate unit with separate committees and separate bank accounts. David also explained the history of the Troop #’s. Nine signifies a “female” troop. Seven signifies a “male” troop.

David also shared some historical information about how Rotary came to be a sponsor of the BSA troops. The Newberg “volunteer” fire department in the 60’s was the first sponsor. Then the Newberg School District was the sponsor for a few years; it moved back to the fire department and then finally, to Newberg Rotary around the year 1967.

The current activities available to keep troop members active and engaged and learning are all virtual. The older youth are still working independently on their merit badges. One activity in particular that is taking place is virtual camping. Leaders and troop members are building backyard bonfires and streaming it through online applications. They are setting up tents, cooking, roasting smores, etc. it’s helping to keep the youth engaged. Adult council members are working hard to keep up the virtual experiences for troop members.

If you want to know more about the Cascade Pacific Council, check out their web page at

Memorial Day celebrations and Summer Camps have been cancelled. CPC relies on a risk management team to assess the ability to keep kids safe and make the camps affordable. It was determined that this was not possible. Please see the above web site for the latest news and information about the impact COVID-19 has had on CPC activities.

David spoke about the bankruptcy. This does not affect the separate councils and units. For details, go to https:/

A major change that does impact the Cascade Pacific Council is a reorganization that is happening due to LDS leaving BSA and forming their own program for their male members. This has created a large loss of membership and revenue. However, CPC is in good shape and this reorganization will not affect the camps and will not affect the Newberg Rotary Sponsorship in any way.

Cub Scout Pack k-5th grade has 40 members; there are 23 male Scout members and 12 female Scout members. The female Scout Troop is the largest female Scout Troop in Yamhill County.

If you have questions, you may contact David Carroll at


Respectfully submitted, Rick Kaufman, Newsletter Editor.

PLUS….snippets of wisdom…..

“You can’t reach for anything new if your hands are full of yesterday’s junk.” ~ Anonymous
“He who rushes ahead doesn’t go far.” ~ Lao Tzu
…and…for a few grins…”That moment when you’re worried about the elderly, then you realize that you ARE the elderly.” ~ Anonymous
“Does the jelly in a donut count as a serving of fruit?….Just asking for a friend…” 🙂 Yeah, right…
“Some people only write lockdown because they can’t spell kwarinteen….” 🙂 Really…so who cares?
“It’s called ‘quarantine coffee’…its just like normal coffee, but it has margarita in it…and also, no coffee…” 🙂 ~ Some smart aleck….
“I listen to my family and all I can think of is that the house we grew up in must have had lead-based paint..” ~ Who knows for sure? 🙂
…..and finally, here’s a piece of……TRIVIA.…relative to “…connecting the world…”….The Americas are named after the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci. He traveled all over the globe, from Portugal to the Gulf of Mexico and southern Asia. As noted by Britannica, his 1501 voyage charted a course for history; he believed that the lands he encountered on his voyage were not part of Asia but a “New World.” In 1507, Martin Waldseemuller reprinted Vespucci’s findings “Quattuor Americi navigationes” and suggested the new land should be called Americus or America. South America claimed the moniker first, but it eventually made its way to North America as well.

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 13, 2020

RI President Mark Maloney’s 2019 – 2020 Theme:

Rotary Connects the World!

Newberg Noon Rotary Club is doing its part!


Thanks to Mike Caruso’s Zoom account, many of us were able to meet “electronically” and maintain our “social distancing”, too. Thanks to Paula for the meeting’s report and Auggie for the Photos. Newberg Noon Rotary’s own Shannon Buckmaster was our presenter discussing the latest information vis-a-vis the effect[s] of the COVID-19 “shutdown” on local businesses. Her words to follow shortly.

Rotary Club of Newberg Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Call to Order

President Corey Zielsdorf welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Zoom meeting at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

Rotarians and Friends of Rotary

Zoom meeting participants: Todd, Dale, Corey, Walter, Julie, Shannon B., Shannon K., Kim, Denise, Mike, Judy, Laura, Joe, Gary Stewart, Gene, Curt, Stan, Jim, Paula, Tony, Karen, Marge, Auggie, Matt, Paul, Kathie, Om, Geoff,

Flag Salute

Todd led participants in the Flag Salute.

Rotary Moments

Laura received an invitation via Zoom to participate in the Rotary Club of Kathmandu’s meeting. Because U.S. time was 4:00 a.m. Laura declined the invitation. Peace Fellow Erin Thomas made a presentation to the Kathmandu Rotary Board. To date, Laura has received Rotary Club contributions of $31,700 for the Kathmandu Peace Project with a need to raise the remaining $3,300.

Rotary News

Julie—attended a Zoom Rota-Dent meeting Friday. Julie reports that Rota-Dent is currently inactive as are other non-profits due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Missionary dental work trips have been cancelled due to coronavirus. To date, Rota-Dent has sold only five (5) or six (6) portable dental units.

Using reserves, Rota-Dent will split $70,000 among the Rotary Club of Newberg, The Rotary Club of Newberg Early Birds and the Rotary Club of Salzberg, Austria. Julie anticipates that our club’s Foundation will receive an estimated $30,000 from Rota-Dent.

Funding of Scholarships

Auggie reports our Club’s Foundation Board has a strong desire to fund scholarships. The Foundation is committed to the same funding level as 2019-2020. A new $1,000 Rotary Scholarship will be awarded to a Dayton High School senior this year.

Auggie gave a “shout out” to Country Financial, and fellow Rotarian and Country Financial Representative Matt Stephens, who recently reached out to provide lunch to Newberg healthcare workers.

Todd: Robin and Danny of Social Goods brought lunch to Friendsview staff. Todd announced that fellow Rotarian Dale Welcome recently joined the Board of Directors at Friendsview. Friendsview is hiring and Is specifically seeking caregivers.

Next Week’s Program

President Corey Zielsdorf announced that David Carroll of Scout Troop 265 will give an update on the Scouts of America. The Rotary Club of Newberg sponsors Newberg Troop 265.

Today’s Program

Shannon Buckmaster, Rotarian and CEO of the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce, provided a snapshot as to the status of our local community in this COVID-19 environment.

One of the challenges in working on economic development is that federal, state and local initiatives change on a daily basis. The major thing we are working on is re-opening Oregon on a sector basis.”

Last week, Oregonians could access dental, mammography, colonoscopies etc. Clinics are reaching out to patients to schedule procedures.

Reopening Oregon has three phases.

Counties approved for Phase 1 must meet the following prerequisites:

Moving into Phase 1: restrictions will be eased for:

  • Restaurants and bars for sit-down service: Requirements include 6 feet of social distancing; a limit of groups to parties of 10 or fewer; food and drink consumption must end by 10 p.m. Workers are required to wear masks.

  • Barbers, salons and massage businesses: Requirements include social distancing; appointment-only; Personal Protective Equipment and customer list.
  • Gyms and fitness centers: Requirements include a maximum gathering limit; social distancing; and sanitation.
  • In-person gatherings: Up to 25 people and no travel.

Even as restrictions are eased, social distancing will continue.

Counties approved for Phase 1 must remain in that phase for a minimum of 21 days before they’re eligible to begin Phase 2.

If any counties, once they’ve entered Phase 1, begin to show significant increases in COVID-19 cases or community spread, the county may have to move from Phase 1 back to a “stay-at-home” order.

Phase 3 focuses on large gatherings. Phase 3 will not begin until reliable treatment or prevention of COVID-19 is widely available.

Independent from county by county Phase 1 re-openings, beginning May 15, restrictions will be eased for child care facilities and other retail businesses across the state.

Child care facilities will be allowed to expand operations. Some summer schools, camps and youth programs will be able to resume. There will be limitations and specific requirements, including social distancing procedures.

Look for retail opportunities opening May 16th, small businesses not in malls, may reopen state-wide on May 15th. Retail is no longer limited to big box stores.

There is no executive order to wear masks. Businesses will post signs if masks are required. Oregonians are encouraged to wear masks as a courtesy to neighbors and merchants.

The reopening process is done regionally by county and is dependent on healthcare zones. Newberg is in Zone 2. The state will determine how well Yamhill County is prepared to open. Yamhill County recently submitted an application to the state which was approved.

Under Phase 1 we should also see:

Restaurants, tasting rooms, childcare, gyms and dance studios expect to open Friday with no draft guidance to assist with re-opening.

Yamhill County is in a difficult situation. Oregon counties will open up at different rates dependent on the county meeting state guidelines. Rural counties will open ahead of denser metro areas. Yamhill County is bordered by Washington and Multnomah counties and is close to Marion county.

Currently, there are not many details about Phase 2. Phase 2 may include transit, possibly leisure and lodging opportunities. It is likely we won’t enter Phase 3 until the end of September or later dependent on a vaccination.

Phase 3 may be as close to opening as normal. The “new normal” for many people is to wear masks in public regardless of whether or not one is ill.

The New COVID Normal Compared to the United States post 911

Shannon visited with her daughter about the anticipated COVID-19 “new normal’ drawing a parallel to life before and after September 11, 2001. Prior to 911, one could accompany a family member to the airport passenger departure gate. Following 911 we adopted a new way of operating with increased security

CARES ACT and the Payroll Protection Plan (PPP)

The Payroll Protection Program (PPP) established by the CARES Act, is implemented by the Small Business Administration with support from the Department of the Treasury. This program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to eight (8) weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.

Businesses receiving PPP funds to offset payroll costs have eight weeks to spend the funds and agree to restore 75% of payroll or the workforce.

Fourth Stimulus Package

The fourth stimulus package was read and passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. Because the package is viewed as partisan, there is a good chance it may not pass the Senate.

Hospitality is the hardest hit sector in Oregon. Some workers are making more money staying home, than the amount they received as an hourly wage. Some workers do not feel safe returning to work.

Oregon State-Wide Grant

Business Oregon released a state-wide grant for support. Is it more strategic for the City of Newberg to apply? The city is trying to determine the best way to approach the grant.

Strategic Economic Development Corporation (SEDCOR)

The Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce is working with the Strategoc Economic Development Corporation (SEDCOR) as our community does not have a full-time Economic Development Coordinator.


5/14/2020….Our Rotary Board of Directors met this morning regarding a number of issues. One item the Board discussed was how to credit Rotarians for meals paid in advance. All “in person” Rotary Club meetings were cancelled effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Vicki Baker, accountant with Want, Emery CPA, suggests we “credit” Rotarians for meals paid but not served. Our Rotary Board of Directors is in agreement with Vicki’s recommendation. Therefore, effective with the 2020-2021 Rotary Year, Vicki will apply meal credit to your account if you paid in advance for meals. Meal credits begin once we return to “in person” Rotary Club meetings. Please let us know if you have questions. Thank you.

In these “trying times”, what a fantastic set of guidelines are found in Rotary’s Four-Way Test of the things we think say and do….The test is one of the hallmarks of Rotary. Since it was developed in 1932 by Herbert J. Taylor, who later became RI president, it has never ceased to be relevant. Its four brief questions are not based on culture or religion. Instead, they are a simple checklist for ethical behavior. They transcend generations and national borders.

First – Is it the TRUTH?

Second – Is it FAIR to all concerned?


Fourth – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Respectfully submitted by Rick Kaufman, Newsletter Editor…with a few extra thoughts…wisdom…& some trivia.

“The most simple things can bring the most happiness.” – Izabella Scorupco
“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” ~ Lao Tzu
And a few bits of TRIVIA…..
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987, 654,321
If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died because of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural cause….

Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers have in common? A. All were invented By women.

Q. What is the only food that doesn’t spoil? A. Honey

In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase …’Goodnight , sleep tight’




Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 6, 2020

District 5100 Governor, Diane Noriega, was our featured on-line-via-Zoom guest today.

WELCOME, D.G. Noriega!

Primary text contributed by Paula R., photos by Auggie G., & Zoom access by Mike C.


Rotary Club of Newberg Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Call to Order

President Corey Zielsdorf welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Zoom meeting at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 06, 2020.

Rotarians and Friends of Rotary

Zoom meeting participants: Mike, Laura, Paula, Rachel, Corey, Kim, Paul, Brandy, Shannon K., Dan, Shannon B., Judy, Julie, Gene, Connie, Kathie, Joe, Walter, Michelle, Lynn, Om, Stan, Auggie, Curt.

Rotary Guests

Diane Noriega, Rotary District 5100 Governor (2019-2020)

Josephine (Jo) Crenshaw, Rotary District 5100 Governor-Elect (2020-2021)

Jim Boyle, Rotary District 5100 Governor (2021-2022)

Flag Salute

Corey led participants in the Flag Salute.



Julie Want will attend a virtual Rota-Dent meeting Friday morning. If you have input or questions regarding Rota-Dent—contact Julie before Friday, May 8th.

Venmo Account

Auggie will contact Terry to determine whether we can establish a Venmo account to donate funds to the Duck etc. during Zoom meetings.

Rotary Moments

Rachel met a young woman who worked at Krohn’s Appliance and who was selected as a Rotary Exchange Student sponsored by the Rotary Club of Newberg.

Connie’s 91-year-old grandmother in Granada Hills, California shared that Connie’s grandfather was President of the Rotary Club of Granada Hills for a number of years. Connie’s grandmother shared that her most amazing memories centered around participation in Rotary activities.

Laura is seeking funds for our Peace Global Grant with $5,000 remaining to be raised. A Rotarian who traveled to Nepal several years ago to complete a Rotary project assessment for Laura successfully obtained the remaining $5,000 for our club’s Peace Global Grant!

Kathie shared news of First Federal Savings and Loan grants to non-profit. A gentleman in Yamhill Carlton voluntarily funded five non-profits at $3,000 each for a total of $15,000.

……..and…local lunches provided…..thanks, Matt Stephens, Country Financial !

Auggie obtained polyurethane fabric and gave the material to Judy. The Newberg The Mask Force sewists then made additional masks (rating higher than P95) for health care workers.

Judy To date, the Newberg Mask Force sewists completed 3,208 face masks for area health care professionals. Special thanks to Will Worthey, Newberg Library Director, and library staff for their amazing work preparing mask kits and for receiving completed masks.

What’s New?

Joe—The Newberg School District’s served 36,520 meals in the month of April. The district successfully launched a weekend meal program for needy families.

This week, May 4-8, 2020 is National Teacher Appreciation Week. Please join in thanking our teachers for their extraordinary efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Corey’s wife is a kindergarten teacher in Sherwood. Corey is proud of her and her work with kindergarten children while working from home.

Judy The Newberg High School Interact Club is keen to get their community garden project underway. Students are currently gathering materials for the project.

Paul This is “swarm season for honeybees”. One of Paul’s hives swarmed — a big cloud of bees went up into the air. Watch for the bee swarm in downtown Newberg!

May 13, 2020 Rotary Club of Newberg Program

Shannon Buckmaster will discuss the impact of COVID 19 on businesses within the Newberg-Dundee communities. Shannon will share state guidelines for re-opening businesses.

Rotary District 5100 Governor, Diane Cordero de Noriega

Diane thanked the Rotary Club of Newbers for providing the opportunity to have a conversation in this virtual new world for Rotary.

RI Updates

Rotary’s International Convention will be held virtually June 20 through June 26th. There is no charge for Rotarians to participate. Keynote speakers, plenary sessions and some break-out sessions will be conducted virtually.

Rotary International will distribute $25,000 in additional funds to District 5100 for COVID 19-related projects. Funds will be distributed regionally via Assistant Governors.

Governor Noriega began her presentation by showing one of four puzzle pieces.

Governor Noriega asked: What Makes You Proud of Being a Rotarian?

  • Corey asked Rotary Club Board members to call six Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to check on their health and well-being.
  • Todd Engle, Past President of our Rotary Club and Executive Director of Friendsview, is keeping Friendsview residents safe from coronavirus.
  • Peacebuilding activities initiated by Peace Committee Chair Mike Caruso.
  • Rotary mural project led by Geoff Gilmore.
  • The Rotary Club of Newberg exceeded our fundraising goal for The Rotary Foundation by 104%. Our Polio Plus goal is $2,500 with $2,372 collected to date.
  • Our Rotary Club Foundation Board does a remarkable job helping and supporting students.

Governor Noriega noted the diversity of the work of the Rotary Club of Newberg.

People of Action

The most important thing Governor Noriega learned about Rotary occurred when Diane lived in Sacramento. Diane was charged with organizing a community collaborative that supported K-12 at risk youth in the Sacramento community.

Diane approached the downtown Sacramento Rotary Club for help. She saw a room of 300 men who sang patriotic songs and contributed “happy” and “sad” dollars. Initially Diane asked herself: Who are these guys and why in the world am I here?

Diane explained that she was there to share about at-risk youth and specifically how Rotary might assist in getting these students to graduate.

The result of Diane’s visit: Approximately 100 businessmen offered to serve as mentors to at-risk youth. Besides mentoring, Rotary volunteers offered students paid internships—not copies and coffee but actually learning on the job. Rotary promised college scholarships. Diane decided: “these are people of action!” The initiative became one of the most successful collaboratives ever. Diane exclaimed:

Rotary got me that day! And ever since!”

“That’s what makes Rotary really important to me-we don’t sit around – we do it.” Generally, when Diane visits local Rotary clubs, she presents an award to a Rotarian. Today, Diane declared that the Rotary Club of Newberg are “People of Action.”

Rotary Brand

Emphasize the importance of sharing our Rotary brand with our local community. Diane asked, “How do people know who you are and what you do in your community?” When people know who we are—they are more likely to engage with us.

  • Social Media—Facebook Page. Weekly Club Newsletter on our website.

  • We display a Rotary banner displayed at community functions e.g., Tunes on Tuesday, Rotary Pancake Breakfast etc.

  • Rotarians recently purchased “Rotarian at Work” t-shirts and Rotary polo shirts.

  • Fifty Rotary Peace Poles are displayed throughout the community.

  • A Rotary Banner, prepared by Laura Tilrico, was displayed during our annual dental trip in Guatemala.

The Rotary Foundation

Diane said, “the most remarkable part of who we are is we donate to The Rotary Foundation. It’s the only non-profit Diane donates to that gives 50% return on investment. Rotarian donations are pooled and invested. Three years later funds are available for clubs and grants. Supporting the Foundation ensures that what Rotary does continues in perpetuity.

Polio Plus, Rotary’s world-wide initiative, was instrumental in reducing 355,000 annual cases of Polio to 3,000 cases and currently at approximately 100 cases in two countries. To combat Polio, Rotary established a system and infrastructure to deliver vaccinations. These systems are in place and will allows us to vaccinate for other childhood diseases. The current infrastructure could also be used to assist with vaccinations for COVID-19.


Membership is the last piece of the puzzle. It’s not about the numbers—it’s about finding those people—those Friends of Rotary in their heart who have not yet joined Rotary. These individuals donate their time and resources in local communities. It’s not the meetings that attracts new members, it’s service and bonds of friendship.

My Rotary Family

After Diane Cordero de Noriega’s husband urged her to run for governor of District 5100, she agreed under one condition. “I can only do this,” she said, “if you’re going to be with me every step of the way.”

Noriega is now the governor of the district. Unfortunately, Diane’s husband Carlos died of an aggressive form of cancer three months before Diane became governor-elect in the summer of 2018.

The devastating experience left Diane with an even deeper appreciation of and connection to her fellow Rotarians. “My Rotary family was there for me every step of the way,” she says. “My Rotary friend who’s a retired nurse stayed with me so I could sleep at night. My Rotary friend who’s an oncology social worker was here to counsel me. My club came and helped with yardwork. We all know how it feels when you go out and do something good for others. But I had the privilege of being on the receiving end.”

As governor-elect, Noriega kept busy by visiting clubs, planning budgets, establishing committees, and holding trainings. “I never planned to do it by myself, but here I am,” she says. “But I’m not by myself. I’ve got my Rotary family.”

Thank YOU,

District Governor Noriega,

for joining us today and sharing YOUR thoughts on ROTARY!!

Guided by Rotary’s Four-Way Test…go “CONNECT THE WORLD”!

And…thanks again to Mike for providing a Zoom account that allows us to meet like this! And, again, to Paula R. for the meeting notes, and Auggie for the photos…all of which allow Yours Truly to assemble a Newsletter! It really is a TEAM EFFORT!

Respectfully submitted, Rick Kaufman, Newsletter Editor….and…with a few additional “wisdom” tid-bits…..

“The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
“When the flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” ~ Herman Siu
“Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.” ~ John Lennon