Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for September 23, 2020

~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~

Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, September 23, 2020


~ Call to Order ~


President Shannon Buckmaster welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Zoom meeting at 12:06 p.m. Wednesday, September 23, 2020. The rotarians split out into breakout groups to start the meeting.

~ Flag Salute ~

Judy lead participants in the flag salute.

~ 4 Way Test ~

Mike lead participants in the recital of the 4 Way Test:

Rotary’s Four Way Test of the things we think, say and do:

#1 – Is it the TRUTH?

#2 – Is it FAIR to all concerned?


#4 – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


~ Announcements ~

President Shannan Buckmaster announced that our club has received a note from past district Governor Diane Noriega congratulating our club on receiving its Rotary Citation for the 2019-2020 Rotary year. It means we achieved several high standards of community service, club management, club organization, resource management, club growth, and other metrics tracked. We earn this every year from the District and International club for excellent representation of Rotary.



The official date of the Auction: OCTOBER 30, 2020! SAVE THE DATE!!! The Auction Trio of Shannon K, Lisa, and Michelle. The Auction Committee is now accepting Auction Item donations! Laura has already donated a beautiful painting. Begin submitting your items as soon as possible. Email the item description and if possible a picture to Shannon Knight and she will coordinate to come pick up the item. Add the auction to your calendars and begin inviting friends and family. Also note that with low overhead, the Club stands to gain a higher share of the revenues!


~ Guests ~

Larry Strober, Rotary Club of McMinnville Sunrise, Assistant Governor

Danielle Gross, Today’s Program Speaker

~ The Rotary Duck ~

Update after last week’s Polio Plus day: After only 3 months into the Rotary year: the Club has collected $1,200 of its $2,500 annual goal!

Walter: Walter passed on questions posed to him by a fellow Rotarian who has not been active lately but has been trying to follow along. He wanted to hear: updates on the Auction (See the above update), updates on the billing (invoices will be sent out shortly, but no meals will be billed), and what happened to the Newsletter (IT’S BACK, BABY!!!).

Laura: International announcement: Progress is being made on global grants including one for training for advocates against violence against women as well as the Nepal 911 Dispatch Center grant is nearly complete. Both of those grants have been funded by the District. Also Kathie Byers generously decided to have a Soup’s On event with 10 people for Suropptomists which raised $450 for “Dream It Be It”. More similar events may be hosted by others.

Todd: He wanted to give in honor of emergency responders. He spoke about his experience with the fires over the last few weeks and the use of Pulse Point App. He gave a shout out to Fire and Rescue teams and praised their amazing work.

Shannon K.: She gave kudos to Kathy for being awesome and is proud of her 6th grader who just started at Chehalem Online Academy!

Dan: I am now the new Newsletter Editor! If anyone has the skill or enthusiasm to take it over going forward please let me know. Until then, I will do my best.

Walter: Walter had to deal with a lot of downed trees after the storms. Although there will be some large trees needing to be removed, not much damage was done in the end.


~ Today’s Program: Danielle Gross, Mrs. Yamhill County 2020 ~

Danielle grew up in Southwest Portland. She met her husband in high school and have been married for 12 years and have 2 boys. They moved from Portland to the Newberg Area five years ago in search of a simpler life with more nature and less technology. They found themselves on a small homestead learning more about growing food and raising chickens and pigs. She is also a good friend of our own Brandy Penner, working with her in the parent support group and auction committee for the local Elementary school.

Danielle was inspired to participate in the Mrs. Yamhill County Program after watching a good friend of hers do the Mrs. Washington County Program. It is more than crowns, pageants, waves, etc as you might expect, but a program that leads women to help their community, get involved in volunteer work, charities, outreach, and support. The women participating are poised, confident, proud, and that is in large part why Danielle and other women are encouraged to do it. The platform that Danielle ran on was “Family and Farming”. Regarding her Family platform: she worked with Safe Homes for Families. It is a community that supports families who do not qualify for the foster care system through DHS. Families in the community help other families by providing a safe home. She was also involved in an effort this year to provide school supplies to help families in need be ready for the school year. She plans to continue to be the parent leader at Ewing Young. Regarding her Farming platform: With additional flexibility in her schedule allowed by the new distance learning system, she plans to get her kids out to different farms in the community to learn more about farming, co-ops, how to support local farming and all that Oregon has to offer in the agricultural world. She’d love to help educate young people to learn about where their food comes from and be responsible local eaters.

This year’s Pageant is scheduled to take place at the Salem Historic Grand Theater on April 24th, assuming that COVID allows. She is hoping to go on to win Mrs. Oregon and continue on to Nationals.


~ Next Week’s Program ~

Sofia Torres with Cramoisi Vineyards will be speaking about Healthy Vineyard Ecosystems.

Check your e-mails for Mike Caruso’s Zoom meeting access information.

~ Joke of the Day ~

Q: Why do Golfers carry two pairs of pants with them?

A: Just in case they get a hole in one.

~ Happy Quotes! ~

“Be Excellent to Each Other.”

– Bill S. Preston, Esq. (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989))


~ Published 9/28/2020: Dan Keuler, Newsletter Editor ~