Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for October 20, 2021

~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~

Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, October 20, 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, October 20, 2021 at the Newberg School District Offices.

 

~ Flag Salute ~

Judy lead participants in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

~ 4 Way Test ~

Michelle 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 ~

Past President’s Holiday Dinner: Wendy is organizing the Past President Holiday Dinner on December 9th 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Parrot Mountain Wine Cellars. There will be limited tickets available (40 maybe) so sign up early if you are interested.

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, you have days left so make it happen or forever hold your peace. 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. Thanks again for your generous and exciting donations. A Huge Thank You goes out to the following Sponsors of the event:

A-dec

DCI

George Packing

Providence Health Plans

Enter Into Calm

Providence Newberg Medical Center

Extraordinary Systems, LLC

Krohn’s Appliance Service

Tonkon Torp

Waste Management

Chehalem Insurance Services

 

GO ONLINE, REGISTER, AND BUY YOUR TICKETS! www.newbergrotary.org/auction

 

~ Guests ~

Judge Najla Ayoubi, Guest Speaker

Deborah Schultz, Guest, Rotary Club of Cincinnati

Adam Steckel, Guest, Portland Pearl Rotary Club

Judy Allen, Guest, Rotary Club of Wallowa County

James Beus, Guest

Danielle Sherman, Guest, Portland Pearl Rotary Club

Steve Williams, Guest, Rotary Club of Hermistan

Leslie Brunker, Guest, Rotary Club of Portland

Charles Pierce, Guest, Rotary Club of Cincinnati

Stew Martin, Guest, Rotary Club of Seaside

Donna Tallman, Guest, Portland Pearl Rotary Club

Scott Parker, Guest, ED for the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce

Erin Thomas, Guest, Rotary Club of Albina – Portland

Machelle, Guest, Columbian Exchange staying with Christy

Valerie Jean Oliver, Guest, Rotary Club of Selkirk Manitoba, Canada

 

~ The Rotary Duck ~

Brandy: Wendy is organizing the Past President Holiday Dinner on December 9th 6:30 to 8:30pm at Parrot Mountain Wine Cellars. There will be limited tickets available (40 maybe) so sign up early if you are interested. Also mentioned that she had just taken a trip to Upstate New York and saw all sorts of Rotary Signs on her journey.

Amy: We have sold 87 tickets to the Live Auction. Please get out and buy your tickets if you have not yet. If you need help with getting tickets, please let Amy know, otherwise visit www.newbergrotary.org/auction. Volunteering is also needed for setting up, tearing down, and more.

Joe: Announced that it is Denise Bacon’s Birthday! Happy Birthday, Denise!

Laura: Donated in honor of Denise’s Birthday!

James Beus: Announced a community food drive November 8-12th, by which they are collecting non-perishable food items at the Astor House (near Fred Meyer). They will donate this food as well as cleaning supplies to FISH as well as maybe a few other food banks.

Christy: Thanked Laura for helping to make today’s prestation happen and for ralleying all of the support and guests from other partnering clubs.

 

~ Today’s Program: Violence Against Women Grant with the Honorable Judge Najla Ayoubi ~

Christy Cowgill introduced today’s speaker: the Honerable Judge Najla Ayoubi. Najla is the Chief of Coelition and Global Programs with Every Woman Treaty, a non-Profit focused on advocating for women and creating partnerships and programs to make the world safer for women and girls worldwide. Najla is a lawyer, a former judge, and has extensive experience in judiciary elections, human rights, and women’s empowerment. She lives in the US currently, but was born in Afganistan, before the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s. She studied abroad in Britain and in the Soviet Union. She then became the first Woman to be appointed as a Judge in her Province.

Najla thanked everyone who has supported her program. She shared that she became passionate about violence against women and womens rights from a young age. Her mother was a traditional young bride who was engaged by 12 and married and had her first child by the age of 16, before she was physically or mentally mature enough. She had 2 more girls and unfortunately the culture in Afghanistan is discriminatory towards women. It is a powerful patriarchal society, whereby the men in power understand that giving education and rights to women is a threat to their control and traditions. Najla recognized this from a young age and went on a quest to enact change for the better. Getting through school, college, and becoming a professional, especially a Judge, is nearly impossible. She achieved this at great cost as her father and brother who were killed for advocating for women’s rights as well as supporting her studying abroad to become a judge and legal professional. She even shared that due to local laws, she had to borrow her neighbor’s 4 year old boy to get groceries as women must be accompanied by men when in public. As the first female judge, she helped enact the very first Afghanistan law criminalizing violence against women and did a lot of work on improving the constitution as well as many new legislation. As a result she had to build a bunker within her home to use as a saferoom and eventually she and her entire family had to flee in 2015 to the US to seek asylum.

The current situation is so dire in part because the Taliban has recruited extremists from around the world to come aid in their work and even been promised Afghan women as property in exchange. Violence and sex trafficking have become problems and women are suffering greatly. Women become dependent physically, socially, and financially based on this culture. There is a concept understood in Afghanistan that “once you educate a woman, you cannot uneducate her.”She noted that violence against women is not just an issue in Afghanistan, but worldwide as their coalition includes 840 organizations in 128 countries working to improve the lives of women throughout the world.

With this particular project in Nepal, partially funded by us Rotarians, they are looking to educate young men to respect women and women’s rights as well as teaching young women to advocate and respect themselves. They seek to increase peace and reduce violence against women through education. They have done a lot of work on the first phase of the current project which included selecting organizations, doing an assessments, and developing the curriculum. They have kept the 25 organizations engaged during covid.

For more information about the Every Woman Treaty, visit their website at www.everywoman.org.

 

~ Next Week’s Program: Classification Talk with Kyla Sliger~

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

~ Joke of the Day ~

“My friend David had his ID stolen. Now he is just Dav.”

~ Happy Quotes! ~

“If you educate a woman, you educate the nation.”

– African Proverb

~ Published 10/23/2021: Dan Keuler, Newsletter Editor ~

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for October 13, 2021

~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~

Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, October 13, 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, October 13, 2021 at the Chehalem Cultural Center.

 

~ Flag Salute ~

Walter lead participants in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

~ 4 Way Test ~

Wendy 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:

The Painted Lady

Thanks again for your generous and exciting donations.

But more importantly: GO ONLINE, REGISTER, AND BUY YOUR TICKETS! www.newbergrotary.org/auction

 

~ Guests ~

Allen Holstein, Guest, Auction Donor

Travis Toedtemeier, Guest Speaker, Connections NW, Early Bird Rotarian

~ The Rotary Duck ~

Grant: Is very excited about the auction. The great news is that the golden tickets are back and there are only 100 sold. Do not forget to buy these. Also remember to look out for auction item donations. If you need fliers that spell out where the money goes, talk to Grant. This is our biggest fundraiser so make sure to sign up and participate. To date we have sold about 27 Golden tickets, so please go buy some. Also shared that he got to go to Nebraska to watch a football game since his son now works there. He also got to see the Huskies play the Bruins.

Jim: Is back after an absence from being out of town.

Om: Wanted to give a thank you to Al Herriges, who used to be in our club. Om saw him at Greeters and he offered to put an article in the Graphic advertising about our Auction.

Judy: Announced that they have officially succeeded in reaching their $31,200 goal for the Kenya Education Project and we should be able to submit this grant this week. Great job! She gave kudos to Christy for her hours of hard work on this project. Additionally, congrats to the Interact Club and special thanks to individual donors from our club including Mike, Julie, Jeff, Judy, Laura, and more.

Christy: Shout out to Judy for helping make this happen. Pointed out that in year one of this project (last year), 14 clubs contributed to this project. Not all of them committed to come back this year, but we got new clubs to join this year including a Rotaract club and 2 other Interact clubs. Emily is really excited to be able to send 52 students to school in Kenya and hope to cover those students for years 3 and 4.

Joe: What an incredible job that team did to fully fund this project.

Spike: Spike turns 70 on Friday! Happy Birthday!

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 the Painted Lady who donated a meal (Dan hopes to partner with them to buy the second meal so that the package can be a meal for two. Dan and his wife recently experienced the 7 course tasting dinner and it was an amazing experience: Thanks to the Painted Lady! Also reminded everyone to go out and register and buy your tickets for the auction, as it helps the auction team know how many are attending.

Auggie: Shout out for the auction. He had seen an amazing piece of art and decided to just ask if they would consider donating it, and they did! Awesome!

Walter: Reminded everyone to volunteer when they walk in and meet the greeter. Everyone else should get an opportunity to do the pledge or the 4 way test.

Judy: Also pointed out that her husband is donating a couple of handmade cutting boards and Judy is donating some handmade aprons, designed and made by Judy herself. Thanks Judy!

Brandy: Happy Birthday to Spike! Noted that when she takes her kids to school, she often sees Spike out on a walk, demonstrating healthy habits.

Amy: Celebrating the end of her 24th tax season. She also urged us all to get online ASAP to get tickets so we know who will be online vs in person as well as Golden Tickets. You can buy the Golden tickets at the meeting, online, or just ask and Amy or Dan K who can help do whatever, whenever, and however is needed to help sell you these. To do this online, go to www.newbergrotary.org/auction. She also gave thanks to everyone that came to her office to help wrap up and photograph all of the auction items. There are nearly a dozen trips, awesome wine, and so many other awesome packages.

 

~ Today’s Program: Connections NW by Travis Toedtemeier ~

Travis Toedtemeier of the Newberg Early Birds Rotary Club presented today on himself and the work he does with Connections NW (previously worked with Alliance Services). He graduated Faith Bible High School and graduated in 2006. He went to college at GFU with a degree in interdisciplinary studies and ultimately went back to school earning a Masters in Business Administration at Liberty University. He has been working in social services over the last 10 years, and is educated/trained in motivational Interviewing, trauma informed care, medication management, Oregon Intervention Services, job developer training, and has volunteered for the Special Olympics. He noted that he loves his work but ultimately the two most important things in his life are Faith and Family. He has a 4 year old son and 2 year old daughter. Otherwise he likes staying active doing basketball, fishing, golfing, camping, etc.

Connections NW: his new company is brand new and only recently officially received its license. It is a certified medicaid agency, does vocational rehab, job readiness and assessments, job development and support job coaching, skill building and training, etc. Their main goal is to find employment for individuals with disabilities in Yamhill County. They currently serve about 25 individuals. They do anything and everything to make sure they have everything they need to get hired, work on their resumes, figure out what their strength and skills are, etc. They partner with many businesses in the community to match these clients up with work they can be good at and really enjoy doing. He wanted to emphasize that there is a negative stigma around individuals with disabilities and many employers dont realize that these workers can do a great job. Essentially this business really holds their hand through the professional experience to make sure it goes well. Also he wanted to point out that there is no cost to the employer for the work done by Connections NW, as they are funded through Medicaid. To learn more, you can reach out to Travis.

 

~ Next Week’s Program: Violence Against Women Grant with the Honorable Judge Najla Ayoubi ~

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

~ Joke of the Day ~

“When you clean a vacuum cleaner, you BECOME the vacuum cleaner.”

~ Happy Quotes! ~

“Don’t stop until you’re proud.”

– unknown

~ Published 10/14/2021: Dan Keuler, Newsletter Editor ~

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for October 06, 2021

~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~

Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, October 6, 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, October 6, 2021 at the Chehalem Cultural Center.

 

~ Flag Salute ~

Kyla 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 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:

ilani
Coffee Cat Coffeehouse
Miss Hannah’s Popcorn
Owen’s Eye Care

Thanks again for your generous and exciting donations.

 

~ Guests ~

Danielle Howard Dye, Guest Speaker, Program Director for JOY

Annalyse, Guest, Christy’s daughter and student of JOY Orchestra

~ The Rotary Duck ~

Doug: Celebrating his 20th wedding anniversary. Congrats!

Mike: Welcome back to Julie!Paid a visit to Leroy and Paula Bennem. Leroy was a member of the club for more than 50 years and is now suffering prostate cancer. At the end of the meeting they will be having their monthly Peace Building Committee meeting. The presenter of the meeting was Brandy Penner to discuss the School Board news, which as we all know has been national news. Additionally, last weekend State Attorney General filed suit against the County regarding the Gun Sanctuary decision. A lot is going on and there are large ramifications throughout the community, economic and otherwise.

Auggie: Two big upsets happened in college football this week. (Oregon Ducks and Washington Huskies)

Christy: Wanted to give kudos to Om a shoutout because last year Christy bid on her Thai dinner and that dinner was AMAZING. She is hoping Om does something similar. Also reminded us that it is not difficult to solicit for auction items. While she was getting new glasses at Owen’s Eye Care, she asked them if they do auction donations and they said yes and contributed $200 gift card. Awesome!

Spike: Missed some meetings as he was travelling. Did some fishing up in Alaska as well as a golf trip up in Washington. He also noted that he put out a sponsorship form for the auction. They have to date received about $8,500 in sponsorship but are hoping to get more. There are different levels of sponsorship and is a great way to help the auction.

Rick: Noted that he likes to contribute weekly in honor of the effort to eradicate polio. He also mentioned that he spoke to his son in law about the auction and may be getting a contribution and maybe a presentation at one of our meetings about his organization. Stay tuned.

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 more donors who have responded with amazing items: ilani, Miss Hannah’s Popcorn, and Coffee Cat Coffeehouse. Thanks to these generous contributions!

Ralph: Go Beavs!

Walter: Julie missed this meeting as she was at a Doctor Consult. She was so moved by everyone donating in her name last week that she decided to donate 2 art pieces to the auction. Thanks Julie!

Auggie: Thanks to Om who was presenting at Greeters and changed her presentation to include the Auction. At that meeting someone approached Auggie asking about how to contribute to the auction and donated a framed print worth $750. Thanks!

Om: Thanked Auggie, Amy, Christy, and Michelle who spoke about the Auction. She also noted that the dinner she contributes takes a lot of work and thinks she might do another one.

Paul: Announced that the Kenya Schools goal is getting closer. They are now only about $10,000 away from the goal. They are a little behind but are hoping to get there quick. If you would like to donate, you can write a check to the Newberg Rotary Foundation and specify that it is for this program. These donations are tax deductible.

Amy: Thanked Om for the Greeters event. Also noted that he office looks like Christmas time as it is full of awesome items she might go broke bidding on. Also thank you to all of the sponsors. She also urged us all to get online ASAP to get tickets so we know who will be online vs in person as well as Golden Tickets. You can buy the Golden tickets at the meeting, online, or just ask and Amy or Dan K who can help do whatever, whenever, and however is needed to help sell you these. To do this online, go to www.newbergrotary.org/auction.

Kathie: Noted that a flyer has been placed on all of the tables noting all of the donations made by First Federal this year. There were about 10 Newberg Non-profits who signed up and received a total of about $20,000. Also Go Beavs.

Mary Jane: Gave as a public note of appreciation for Joe’s hard work at the school board.

Kathi: Going to donate to the Kenya Schools project. Noted the importance of access to a quality education.

Denise: Noted that her 20 year old son Josh was officially hired as a permanent employee as a trainer. Denise said he doesnt have to move out because he’s so great.

 

~ Today’s Program: Junior Orchestra of Yamhill County (JOY) by Danielle Howard Dye ~

Danielle Howard Dye is the Program Coordinator of JOY. Danielle and her husband are Newberg residents and she is also a teacher for the JOY program. She graduated from GFU in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in music pre-teaching and violin performance. She came to share about the JOY program.

Joy is a free/low cost program of the Yamhill Enrichment Society based in Yamhill County. They provide high quality in-school and after-school strings enrichment. Their mission is to transform the lives of underserved youths of Yamhill County through high-caliber intensive orchestral music instruction through emphasizing teamwork and collaboration, promoting student creativity, and engaging the community. Their key values include: Inclusion, Equity, Excellence, Community, Teamwork, and Joy. She pointed out the value of music in developing emotional and social learning as well as teamwork and inclusion. It is also good for the small muscles in your arms and hands as well as good for developing posture. Currently they partner with Newberg School District and serve students of Edwards Elementary. This is because this school serves a high free/reduced lunch area and has a large Latinx population. About 41% of their students last year were from a Latinx background and 27% were considered high risk students.

Aside from the NSD, they also partner with El Sistema USA, which guides some of the programming strategy and also partner with an “older sister program” in Portland called Bravo Youth Orchestra, from whom they modeled their program schedule off of. They also have a JOY Parent Program where a committee of parents can be involved and help with fundraising and organizing aspects of the program. They serve K-4th grade currently and plan to serve K-5th grade next year. Last week they recorded a performance and Danielle played it for us.

They hope to continue to grow, work to create a smooth transition into middleschool orchestra, and maybe expand beyond Edwards. For more information on the program, visit their website at https://www.yamhillenrichmentsociety.org/junior-orchestra-of-yamhill-county/.

 

~ Next Week’s Program: Alliance Services with Travis Toedtemeier ~

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

~ Joke of the Day ~

“If my kids refuse to go to sleep, I charge them with Resisting a Rest.”

~ Happy Quotes! ~

“Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart.”

– Shinichi Suzuki

~ Published 10/05/2021: Dan Keuler, Newsletter Editor ~