~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~
Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
~ Call to Order ~
President Joe Morelock welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Hybrid Live/Zoom meeting at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at the Chehalem Cultural Center.
~ Flag Salute ~
Walter lead participants in the Pledge of Allegiance.
~ 4 Way Test ~
Brandy 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 Updates: 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 Amy. If you have a great idea for an auction item, get them in soon as the auction date is fast approaching. Paper forms will be available at the meetings if you already have items or packages procured. Also if you would like to give a shout out to donors, you can do so at the Club Meeting and we will post in the Newsletter. That being said, a big thank you goes out to the following who have recently made a contribution to our auction:
Vista Balloon Adventures
Chinook Winds Casino Resort, an enterprise of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
Bullwinkles Family Fun Center
Emily G Photography
Thanks again for your generous and exciting donations.
~ Guests ~
Amelia Caruso, Guest, Mikes daughter
Nancy Boyle, Guest, Rotary Club of West Linn
Julie Fugate, Guest, Dist 5100 Assistant Governor
Jim Boyle, Guest speaker, Dist 5100 Governor
~ The Rotary Duck ~
Walter: Noted that he moved here about 43 years ago. He noted that he appreciated the rain today and got a bit wet at a community meeting at Friendsview.
Rachel: Noted that she is excited to be back after missing some time. Welcome back!
Shannon B: Noted that last year, as Club President, she got to hand out scholarship awards in person and even recognized her oldest child as the Joan Austin Recipient. Yesterday, as the VP of the Foundation Board, got to sign the Scholarship checks.
Mike: Introduced his daughter, who he got to sponsor into Rotary, Amelia. He also reminded us that September 21st was the International Day of Peace. He invited us to check out a 40 minute video presentation for the rolling out of the largest Peace Program in the History of Rotary, it is called “Youth & Peace in Action” (See Youtube video here). It launched yesterday officially and includes over 300 high schools and over 300,000 students. It includes learning about what peace is, working on a project, and a celebration.
Wendy: Noted that she is celebrating her daughter’s 16th birthday, and apologized in advance as her daughter is now a student driver doing her best around town in a Subaru. Exciting times! Happy Birthday to her!
Dan: Noted that auction season is upon us and he has been hard at work soliciting/procuring a wide variety of different auction items and gave thanks to some of the donors who have responded with amazing items so far: Vista Balloon Adventures, Chinook Winds Casino Resort, an enterprise of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Bullwinkles Family Fun Center, Nanci Imagry, and Emily G Photography. Dan also gave a shout out to the huge generousity of Matthew Nelson, Canby Rotarian and owner of the Newberg Advantage, who donates a page of ad space in his magazine to our club bi-monthly. Matthew took the generosity a step further and approved a special 2-page opportunity for December. We plan to do an extra big article to highlight the 4 Murals.
Auggie: Noted how much he enjoyed sitting with Julie and Nancy at the Rotary Meeting. Also he learned today that Becky has learned the Pledge in Spanish and hopes she will recite it one of these days.
Om: Apologized for missing a few meetings. She also thanked Rick for building and delivering her a new, beautiful front gate. His work is amazing, unique and beautiful.
Kathie: Shared that Mike and his brother had the rare privilege of playing golf with her husband as they all played in a charity tournament for the Willamette Valley Cancer Foundation.
Ralph: Regarding Mike’s Peace announcements, shared his dream of working towards helping clean out the worlds Oceans, which he hopes to present someday at a Peace Conference. He also reminded us that Veterans are some of the people who most love peace, as evidenced by their sacrifices.
Lisa: Wanted also to give thanks to everyone who supported the Willamette Cancer Foundation at the Golf Tournament. She also recently considered how lucky she felt to have this Rotary Club and is very grateful for us all. She encouraged us to reach out to others to share our community.
Amy: Reminded us that the auction is coming and also that there are new silent auction donation request forms printed out and available at the meetings. Also check your emails to keep apprised of auction updates. There are also save the date postcards printed and available. Special thanks goes out to Karl and Allegra Printing who designed and printed all of this material. Note that the Auction Ticket sales is now Live and can be purchased online at https://nrc.ejoinme.org/auction2021. If you have any questions let Amy know.
Joe: Noted that with supply chain issues, his food service teams at the school district have been working hard to keep school food supplies going. He also thanked the district’s transportation team for keeping up service. He also joked that he hopes never to be on National TV again.
~ Today’s Program: United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley by Elizabeth Schrader ~
Julie Fugate introduced Jim Boyle: Jim Boyle, now our district Governor, is a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of West Linn. He served as the Assistant Governor to the Portland-Metro Region, District Chair for the Center of Rotary Knowledge, and as District Membership Chair. Raised in the Chicago Area, Jim and his wife Nancy have lived in West Linn for more than 25 years. Jim worked in a variety of Fortune 500 companies over the past 30 years prior to leading 2 consumer electronics companies. Jim and his Wife Nancy have one son and enjoying spending time with him and his family including grandkids. Jim also likes hiking, pickleball, and travelling. Jim and his wife have a passion for Rotary and service, including sponsoring 32 different Rotarians.
Jim pointed out that through a very difficult year with supply and labor shortages, political unrest, pandemic, Ice Storms, Heat Waves, etc. And yet here we are, showing up and making a difference. Kudos for that. He pointed out the Acronym “FIRE” regarding membership. FIRE stands for flexibility, impact, reach and engagement. He also wanted to share that his leadership will be measuring their success based on how well our Clubs achieve our goals. He also pointed out the 5 Core Values of Leadership: Attitude, Integrity, Diversity, Service, and Fellowship.
Jim shared about how he joined to get to know people and how joining changed his life for the better, especially when he reached out and got to know his fellow members.
Flexibility: he shared that the average age of Rotarians is 59 years old, which means we have a mission to find how to attract younger professionals. We need to come up with how we can change and grow to become attractive to this new demographic. 60 years ago, Rotarians from North America made up 90 percent, and today North America makes up 40%. The International membership is growing while North America is seeing challenges. His experience shows a habit not of attracting new, young members… rather it is a challenge of engagement and retention. Remember that the Rotary Experience we are selling is not just service projects, it is also social events, social media, firesides, etc. He noted that the District has a Committee called “Grow Rotary” and has a Membership Committee with 7 people that can be a resource. Their lofty goal this year is a never before achaieved 90% retention. Also this year there will be no District Dues for New members. He also noted that he has arranged to have a joint training activity and district celebration on May 19-22 of 2022. FAIL is another acronym: First Attempt In Learning.
Impact: Rotary impact is felt by service projects, and grants which includes club grants, district grants, and international grants. We should be boasting to the community these huge financial impacts we have made over nearly 100 years as a club. He talked about projects fixing up and providing bikes to kids, providing hygiene services to people in need, and more.
Reach: Much more than public service announcements or PR. It also relates to how we affect people all over the world: the reach of our impacts.
Engagement: We know how to measure perfect attendance… but how do we measure perfect engagement? Jim believes that is the key and if we can establish perfect engagement then we are set. There are opportunities to cultivate and share stories, which can help engage people. There is a contest called the MyRotary Story Slam where members can make a 3-5 minute speech to share with the group, entering to win $500 and a chance to share with the District. There is another program the District is doing called the Power of One. Rotarians who have sponsored new members, you can win a change to go to the International Conference free or you can also win a chance to go to the District conference and celebration in Seaside. These programs have been put together in hopes of improving engagement and membership.
He closed with: Joy comes from Giving and giving leads to a life of significance. and so he would ask us to do one of three things: share Rotary with someone. Not necessarily recruit them just invite them to see it. The second thing is to share your Rotary story because you never know how that story will do to move someone to action and how it can affect someone else. The third thing is to continue to offer your talents, commit your time, and invest your treasures so that we can make sure we are serving the underserved. Continue doing what you are doing and we can make a difference in the world and we can change lives.
Jim then gave special recognition to Christy Cowgill, Dan Keuler, and Shannon Knight who won the Rookie of the Year, Service above Self, and Rotarian of the Year respectively this past year.
~ Next Week’s Program: Unknown at the time of publication of this Newletter ~
Check your e-mails for Mike Caruso’s Zoom meeting access information.
~ Joke of the Day ~
“People are shocked when they find out that I am not a good electrician.”
~ Happy Quotes! ~
“The World of War is the closest thing on this Earth to Hell, and Peace is the closest thing on this Earth to Heaven.”
– Ralph at today’s meeting
~ Published 9/22/2021: Dan Keuler, Newsletter Editor ~