John Patten (1960-1961)
During this year the weekly meeting place of the club changed. Since its charter, the club had met in the Chamber of Commerce rooms. However on Wednesday, May 31, 1961 the club held its first meeting in Bowman’s Restaurant. The meeting would be held here for many years to come. Other club activities included sending the sponsored Boy Scout troop on a trip to Alaska and participation in a district wide attendance contest.
Del Stoll (1961-1962)
Ken Johnson (1962-1963)
Ken Johnson worked at First Interstate Bank. Ken’s presidency was cut short by his appointment to a new position at the main branch of his bank in Portland. He served as president from July of 1962 to January 1963. His vice president, Russ Gainer, assumed the job of president after Ken’s resignation.
Russ Gainer (1963-1964)
Russ worked as a grocer and started the Past Presidents History Book for the Newberg Rotary Club. This book was supposed to be updated by each president and filled with club highlights from their term in office. This tradition lasted for many years but eventually discontinued in the 1980s. During his time as president, the club visited Victoria, Canada to meet with the Rotarians there. Newberg members received tours of Victoria and visited the Victoria member’s homes.
The international president at this time was Carl Miller. He began a program which paired clubs from Scotland with clubs in the United States in order to further world understanding. The Newberg club was matched with a club in Crieff. Newberg Rotarians sent a scrapbook about club activities along with slides of the Northwest and a box of walnuts to the Crieff Club. The Newberg Club seemed to develop a real interest in Scottish culture and traditions. A genuine friendship developed between the Scottish and American clubs as they kept in contact.
Locally, Newberg Rotary was involved with the formation of the Tigard Rotary Club. Newberg donated songbooks to the new club on its charter night.
Herb Hawkins (1964-1965)
Herb Hawkins was the Chief of Police and served as the Newberg Rotary President in the year that marked Rotary International’s 60th birthday. To celebrate, Newberg Rotary presented a special float in the Berrian Festival, which is now known as the Newberg Old Fashioned Festival. Under Hawkins, Newberg Rotary achieved the challenge presented to all clubs to fill three new classifications. Some members of the club also visited the Rotarians in Vancouver, B.C.
Ron Gleason (1964-1966)
Joe Schneider (1966-1967)
Among all the positive events and challenges of this year the Newberg Rotary Club suffered a sorrowful loss. Scott Leavett, known as Mr. Rotary, passed away on October 20, 1966. He was greatly missed by the club.
Russ Lehman (1967-1968)
Stan Watt (1968-1969)
Before becoming a member of Newberg Rotary, Stan Watt grew up in Tillamook, Oregon. He attended the University of Oregon and served in the Navy during World War II and in the Korean War. He owned Watt Welding Supply and seemed to enjoy his time as the president of Newberg Rotary. The pumpkin contest was held with winners in the categories of best color, weight, height, biggest around, and best carved. The club also held a Valentine party where many prizes were awarded. The pancake feed was especially successful and raised 125 dollars. While writing about his time as president Watt said, “we laughed a lot, did not accomplish a great deal of earth-shaking things, but learned what noontime fellowship was all about.”