~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~
Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
~ Call to Order ~
Immediate Past President Shannon Buckmaster welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Hybrid Live/Zoom meeting at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at the Chehalem Cultural Center.
~ Flag Salute ~
Walter lead participants in the Pledge of Allegiance.
~ 4 Way Test ~
Doug 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?
#3 – Will it BUILD GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
#4 – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
~ Announcements ~
Auction Committee – The Auction will take place on Friday, October 29th, 2021. If you would like to find more opportunities to help out or learn more about the coming auction, reach out to Shannon K and Amy. The Auction committee meets every 2nd Wednesday from 11am to 11:45am.
~ Guests ~
John Roberts, Guest, Husband of Karen
~ The Rotary Duck ~
Brandy: Shared that she has been absent for several weeks as she has been extra busy but also because she and her family went on a long family road trip that passed through Idaho, Wyoming, the Dakotas, Montana and Washington.
Shannon B: Also was absent as she officially moved her daughter Anna into College at Lewis and Clark in search of a great college experience. Also shared that Derby is going well and scrimmages will be starting in October. She will be playing for the Wreckers and also completed training to be a referee. They even gave her a whistle!
Amy: Auction News! Please reach out if you are interested in joining the Auction Committee, or helping out in any way. IF you have auction items to donate or know someone who will be donating, please reach out to Amy and lets get those items in!
Walter: Noted that his wife was in the hospital with an unknown diagnosis. Send prayers and good vibes, and possibly food to help Walter while he is home by himself.
Jim: Announced that TODAY is his 37th wedding anniversary! Congrats!
Ralph: Go Beavers! (noted that the season may not have started yet but is hoping they have a better season this year).
Mary Jane: Introduced her guest she brought from work, Angie. Also shared that she also did some travelling for her family reunion. Noted that Nevada and Idaho are not nearly as beautiful as Oregon and how great it is to live in such a beautiful state.
Auggie: Bought some Honey from an unnamed source (Paul I bet!).
Laura: Our club is working on two global grants. This week the 911 EMS grant was approved and thanks go to Paula for her hard work on this grant. They got 21 clubs to donate a total of $35,000 for this grant. The total grant is $101,601. The second grant is the violence against women grant and is in its second phase after training the advocates. COVID has created a partial lockdown which has stalled the second phase.
Shannon K: Thanks to Paula who has volunteered to step in as temporary secretary while Shannon K is on leave for 8 weeks. If you have questions for secretary between September 1 through the end of October, please direct those to Paula. Also thanked Amy for stepping up to take on the Auction. Get out there and find donation items, whether you have an item yourself, a good idea, or know someone who might contribute. Also mentioned she is scheduled to have the baby next Thursday.
~ Today’s Program: New Member Classification Talk by Karen Roberts ~
Karen shared that she grew up in New York and has 4 siblings, one of which is her twin. Her years growing up was filled with adventures, being of service to others, music, travelling, and sports. Her parents made sure they got out and experienced different places, opportunities, and adventures. Every year they went on a 2 week road trip as a family (including the dog). One trip in particular introduced her to Colorado, which she fell in love with and eventually moved to. After some years in Colorado skiing and having fun, she moved to Texas where she met her husband John. A week after marriage, they moved back to Colorado to give him an opportunity to experience the beautiful state. After about a year they bounced over to John’s home state of Missouri in a very small town to start their family.
In 1997, a career opportunity for John brought them to the Dalles, Oregon, which to them is a paradise of a beautiful state. They have 3 kids, Austin (opened a copy shop in Portland and now starting another business), Sarah (OB Nurse in Newberg), and Daniel (who we all know is in Real Estate). Sarah and Daniel both graduated from George Fox. In search of stability, John eventually became a contractor and Karen went back to work after years of being a stay at home mother and worked with wind farms, which involved climbing to the top of 300 ft wind turbines. Eventually she joined her son Daniel in Real Estate and moved to Newberg/Dundee where she works now: as the Joyful Roberts Group.
Karen shared also about an emotional story that ultimately inspired her to joined Rotary. About 11 years ago, her older sister, who lived in Danshui, Chinda, shared of her experiences at their family reunion. Her sister saw a child with a cleft palette and looked into this medical issue in China. It was determined that there was a need to bring a medical mission to China to serve these children born with cleft pallettes, which took 3 years to organize and get clearance for, but ultimately brought life changing service to approximately 200 kids. This inspired Karen to join Rotary and serve the community in an attempt to make a difference.
~ Next Week’s Program: New Member Classification Talk by Mary Jane Hendrix ~
Check your e-mails for Mike Caruso’s Zoom meeting access information.
~ Joke of the Day ~
“When one door closes: Another door opens…
Other than that, its a pretty good car.”
~ Happy Quotes! ~
“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world…”
– William Shakespeare
~ Published 8/26/2021: Dan Keuler, Newsletter Editor ~