~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~
Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
~ Call to Order ~
President Joe Morelock welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Hybrid Live/Zoom meeting at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at the Chehalem Cultural Center.
~ Flag Salute ~
Spike lead participants in the Pledge of Allegiance.
~ 4 Way Test ~
Karen 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 ~
Pancake Breakfast: Note that this is a lot of work and they are in need of volunteers. Please reach out if you would like to join it, it is a lot of fun. Aaron is in charge of the committee so get ahold of him to get involved. This is very important and we would be very appreciative to anyone willing to be on the planning committee.
Welcome to the Club James Beus!
Joe Morelock and the Club also officially welcomed and inducted the newest member of our club: James Beus. James is the Community Sales Manager at Astor House at Springbrook Oaks. Welcome Daniel!
~ Guests ~
Aile Obrist, Guest, Hospice Consultant at Serenity Hospice
Lori Lewis, Guest, Newberg House of Hospitality
~ The Rotary Duck ~
Lisa: Introduced her guests Alie Obrist from Serenity Hospice and Lori Lewis from Newberg House of Hospitality. Lori takes care of different members of the community’s needs. Lisa purchases flowers from Lori, for which the proceeds get donated to pets in need. She also shared that her guest last week, Emily from A Family Place, is now considering joining the club.
Paula: Survived her visit from relatives: her sister from Alaska who was visiting for a week, as well as her niece and her husband who came to visit. So much Family Love!
Spike: Had dinner with his wife and 2 friends which was an auction item donated by Kathie Byers. Their dinner was WONDERFUL and took place at the lovely, and local, Meraviglioso Winery up on SunnyCrest Rd. The food was outstanding and they were wow’ed. Salmon, pasta, bread and special pine nut putter, and more.
Aaron: Reminded us that there are still a half dozen seats to fill on the Pancake Breakfast Committee. Please reach out and join if you can. The Morning Club has a full roster and the Noon Club is in desperate need of members.
Rick: Expressed that he was excited to see Stan and Om, who he has not seen in a while. Welcome back!
Beth: Shared that she is leaving the club as she is moving to Kansas to be closer to her sister next month and was able to buy a nice little house for around $95,000. She will miss us and intends to join the Rotary Club in her Community in Kansas. We will miss you Beth! Onward to your next big adventure!
Denise: Noted how nice, but strange it is to be back to the live meetings, as she has been attending through Zoom for quite some time. She spoke about Interact’s decision to target a project to support Low-income pet owners. They are excited to come up with a great project. She also thanked everyone who has responded to the survey she sent out via email. This is a work/self project she is engaged in with hopes to get past the “isolation anger” problem the community has. Facebook has highlighted a lot of negativity and been an outlet for bullying, and she hopes this project highlights the positive things in our community.
Om: Welcomed Denise back and noted she is happy to be back as well.
Auggie: Noted how excited he is to have Denise back.
Joe: Passed on an update from Marge, who has transferred to the Nursing section of Friendsview and wanted to pass on a big hello from FV.
~ Today’s Program: Classification Talk with James Beus ~
James Beus, was inducted in this same meeting, is the Community Sales Manager at Astor House at Springbrook Oaks, working in Senior Living which he has been at for the last 5 years. Their community is one of four communities in the State of Oregon who have been awarded the Caring Star Award from Caring.com, which is a major website in the senior living world. They received this by treating people with kindness, have excellent service, are welcoming and inviting, etc.
James grew up moving a lot, 12 times before high school, as his parents chased the American Dream, living in all sorts of different communities of different sizes. He ended up in Independence, Oregon where Western Oregon University is. It is a small town, but with a similar feel of Newberg. He was pre-nursing for 2 years at Wastern Oregon U with the intent to be a nurse. He ultimately did not end up in Nursing School, but changed course by going to OSU where he graduated with a degree in Dietetics and Nutrition. He did not really end up using the degree but has done all sorts of different jobs from semi truck maintenance, retail, managing a Gym, started his own business, etc.
He met his wife Jessica in 2008 when he worked at Dairy Queen during college. She saw him through the drive thru window cooking and prepping food and thought he was cute, asked him out, and the rest is history. In 2010 they got engaged, got married a couple years later, had their first son, Henry, in 2014. They bought their first house in 2015 after many failed offers on different houses. They had their second son, Jenson, in 2019 and hasn’t slept much since.
After becoming a personal trainer he ended up teaching exercise classes to seniors at a few communities, which he did for a few years. The management was very impressed with him and his classes and approached him after a class to invite him to apply for a position in Newberg as an Activities Director. He was faced with the choice of whether to apply since he owned his own business and was his own boss, but decided to take the interview, where he was inspired to turn away from the money he was making for a $14 an hour job he was passionate about. He ended up following his heart and hasn’t looked back. He worked hard to do amazing activities work including setting up dances for residents, beach trips, music (he loves to play piano/guitar and sing for the residents). He was promoted to Assistant GM after only 6 months and did that for about 4 years learning a lot about the business and growing as a professional. He is now the Community Sales Manager, where he meets families and helps them find a place that works for them, whether it is in his community or not.
Check your e-mails for Mike Caruso’s Zoom meeting access information.
~ Joke of the Day ~
I switched all of the labels on my roommate’s spice rack.
They aren’t mad at me yet, but the Thyme is Cumin.
~ Happy Quotes! ~
“For every minute that you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ Published 2/28/2022: Dan Keuler, Newsletter Editor ~