Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for April 27, 2022

~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~

Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, April 27, 2022


~ Call to Order ~

President Elect Becky Ankeny welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Hybrid Live/Zoom meeting at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at the Chehalem Cultural Center.



~ Flag Salute ~

Karen lead participants in the Pledge of Allegiance.


~ 4 Way Test ~

Shannon K 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 ~

Congratulations to Grant Austin: Grant has earned his Paul Harris Fellow + 7 pin for being an annual donor to The Rotary Foundation and has now donated a cumulative total in excess of $8,000. Thank you Grant Austin for your generosity!

Metro Rotary Club is looking for Used Laptops or Tablets. Reach out if you might have one you are willing to donate.

Interact is collecting pet supplies and funds for their service project. Click here to donate by buying from their Amazon Account:

~ Guests ~

Leslie Caldwell, Guest Speaker, Taste Newberg

Yvonne Lerch, Guest

Tim and Pam Weaver, Guests

Jill Bilka, Guest

~ The Rotary Duck ~

Yvonne: Yvonne is the Strategic Partnerships Manager at Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland. She curates the home and garden shows and other events they put on. They are in their 47th annual NWNatural Street of Dreams. They will be producing some beautiful homes off of Bell Rd and welcome people of Newberg to reach out and find ways to participate.

Spike: Spike’s guests are Tim and Pam Weaver, family members of past Rotarian Ray Simonson, for whom is the most recent honoree for the painted colors of our duck we pass around. Pam, Ray’s daughter, was the manger of the birth center of the hospital and Tim was a long time well respected police officer in Newberg.

Pam: Pam mentioned how much this Rotary group meant to her late father who was a member for somewhere around 50 years, and is very honored to have been invited to attend.

Rick: Noted that he was originally from Forest Grove, and this is his 4th Rotary Club in 53 years. He announced that the Forest Grove Rotary Club will be putting on its major fundraiser this summer after a few covid years off, the 2022 Forest Grove Concours D’Elegance Car Show which will take place on July 17, 2022. Ask Rick or see their website for more details.

Denise: Is really proud and excited for her husband who was promoted to Assistant Manager at Les Schwab after 25 years working there. She celebrated by hiring a yard maintenance professional to relieve him of his yard duties. Also noted that the Interact Club Project is doing great. Homeword Bound Pets has stepped in to do all of the Vaccinations, flea treatments, and chippings for free. Hazels House and Orphan Kittne Rescue of Oregon are also coming to help out. It is free with food and goodies for dogs and cats. It was scheduled originally for Saturday but was postponed due to medical emergency, so stay tuned for a new date.

Larry: Is a proud Grandpa. His grandson Cole, was accepted into the Doctorate Program at OSU Cascades. This weekend he won the NW Conference Championship in Baseball scoring 6 runs, 4 RBIs, with a 500 Batting Avg. In other news, his granddaughter was named valedictorian at her HS.

James: Is now in the Pancake Breakfast committee and is proud of all the work they are doing. They are ramping up their meetings and are putting together more detailed instructions, whereby transitioning leadership of that project in the future will be much quicker and less painful. He also noted that he is thankful for his team working at Astor House.

Dan K: Is happy to be back in person after a few virtual meetings. Also announced that he will be mailing out Grant Austin his pin and certificate for Grant’s Paul Harris Fellow +7, which means he has donated in excess of $8,000 during his years in our club. Huge thank you to Grant for his generosity. These donations to The Rotary Foundation are vital to our grant funding available to our club by way of district matching. Also reminded everyone to check out the new edition of The Giving Town Podcast whereby Dan R dives into the organization “Henderson House”. Listen to the podcast here:

Walter: Pointed out that 10 years ago, the Rotary Club joined with the Friendsview committee to work on Trail off of 99W in town. They will be doing a spring cleanup on that trail where you can meet up with some seniors for treats and some clean up opportunities. Also pointed out that plants will be on sale by the Newberg High School Greenhouse which will kick off Thursday May 5th and run 5th-7th (Thurs-Sat) and again May 12th-14th (Thurs-Sat), from 10am until 6 pm.

Laura: Announce a thank you to the Club for donating $1,400 for travel expenses to send ER Nurse Marni Tilrico to travel to Poland to help with Ukrainian Refugees. Also our Global grant to train advocates for the prevention of violence against women in Nepal begins this week. All is running smoothly and our friends in Kathmandu have given big thanks for our work on this.


~ Today’s Program: Taste Newberg with Leslie Caldwell ~

Leslie Caldwell is the Executive Director for Taste Newberg. Taste Newberg is the official online travel resource and Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for Newberg, Oregon. Formed initially as Visit Newberg (dba Taste Newberg), a 501(c)(6) non-profit in February 2019, they are a destination marketing organization dedicated to enhancing the greater Newberg area’s economy by attracting travelers to the region and promoting the support of local businesses during their visit. Leslie has worked at various hotels from coast to coast before settling down in Yamhill County and taking on the role of building Taste Newberg from the ground up in an effort to work to increase tourism to our beautiful Town.

Taste Newberg is separate from the Chamber of Commerce and their activities, and is primarily responsible for the marketing for tourism to Newberg. There are no members and are funded 100% by Transient Lodging Taxes and occasional grants. Similar to a traditional non-profit, they have a board of directors which includes area tourism and business industry leaders. After realizing they had some domain name issues with the name Visit Newberg, they rebranded to Taste Newberg, which reflects a varied array of “tastes” that draws travelers to come to Newberg including Food, Wine, scenery/hiking, truffle hunting, art, history, etc.

Taste Newberg promotes overnight lodging stays and driving traffic to our local businesses. They provide industry support to local businesses through information sharing about grants, small business marketing training, social equity, business trainsings, etc. They are also part of a larger parent organization called Travel Oregon, who has designated 7 regions in Oregon, of which one is the Willamette Valley, for which there is also a Regional DMO that in part represents us in Newberg.

There have been huge impacts due to COVID, as they saw a huge drop in funding as they lost revenue with a decrease of TLT revenue of 55%. As Covid has decreased, they expect to see a continued recovery in the tourism industry.

For more information on the organization and their marketing efforts, visit their website at

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~ Joke of the Day ~

What is the best thing about Switzerland?

I don’t know, but the flag is a big plus.

~ Happy Quotes! ~

“Only rainbows after rain, the sun will always come again.”

Keep Your Head Up by Andy Grammer

~ Published 5/03/2022: Dan Keuler, Newsletter Editor ~