Stew Harris (1970-1971)
Stew Harris owned Sunshine Cleaners and led Newberg Rotary as it began its youth exchange program. The first student to participate in this program was Chris Jordan from Sydney, Australia. He stayed with Stew Harris and his family for a portion of his time in Newberg as well as in the homes of two other Rotarians. Debbie LaShana and Liz Bartell were chosen to participate in the youth exchange program in the following year. They planned on traveling to Quebec and Argentina. Other visitors to the Newberg club included a group of six young men from Finland. These business and professional men came to the US through the Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange project which the Newberg club would participate in for many years. The Newberg club was responsible for housing and entertainment, as well and business and industry tours. The men from Finland were in the US for two months and spent two days in Newberg. The relationship with Canadian Rotarians continued as Newberg hosted a group from Vancouver, British Columbia.
Charitable donations included three more dental units which were sent throughout the world and participation in a blood drive in which the club gave a total of 125 pints of blood.
As usual, the club was able to hear from some interesting speakers this year. One of these speakers was Harry Glickman. He was responsible for bringing the Buckaroos, a professional hockey team to Portland. He presented to the Newberg Rotary club in September before his new basketball team, the Portland Trailblazers, played their first game that fall.
Ken Austin (1971-1972)
Newberg Rotary assisted the community as it helped with Operation Crime Stop. The Newberg Police started the program in an effort to decrease crime. The goal was to educate people about what they could do to prevent burglaries and thefts. Multiple clinics were held in Newberg and McMinnville. The Newberg High School Key Club held a canned food drive to help local families and invited Newberg Rotary to help. Rotarians, along with other service clubs in the area, participated by donating various food items. It was also during Ken’s presidency that the Newberg Rotary Foundation was established. This foundation is separate from the Rotary International Foundation. The Newberg non-profit raises money that primarily helps the youth of the community.
Ray Simonsen (1972-1973)
The club held two sales activities this year including the fruitcake sale. For some reason this sale did not seem to be very popular with the club. Some members thought the cakes made good doorstops. Even if the cakes were not very good, the fundraiser was still a success. Enough money was raised to offer a student 350 dollars for a scholarship.
Wyn Stuckey (1973-1974)
International travels brought a group of non-Rotarian men to Japan through the Group Study Exchange program. The club presented an anomaly this year and did not hold the annual pumpkin growing contest.
Milt Robins (1974-1975)
The meeting place of Newberg Rotary moved this year. The club had been meeting at Bowman’s Restaurant, but began to gather at the Riverwood Golf Course clubhouse in January. This move seemed to cause a drop in attendance. As members tried to keep attendance up they made up meetings at various locations throughout the world. The Newberg club kept up long running traditions such as the fruitcake sale, club auction, rose sale, the pancake feed, and the youth exchange program. The club also became involved with a local program called Three Squares which provided meals and a social outlet for people over 60 years of age. The meals were free with a suggested donation. Since there was no set price the organization was running low on funds and asked Rotary for help. Newberg Rotary donated a new freezer to the organization and helped serve and prepare some meals.
Times of celebration and sorrow came to club this year. In February, 1975 the club celebrated the 70th anniversary of Rotary International. In March, Rotarians and the community mourned the loss of Levi Pennington.
Stan Kern (1975-1976)
Other meetings were also moved as the decision was made in July to hold regular club gatherings at J’s Restaurant. Even after this decision, the problem of finding an adequate meeting space was still debated and the club eventually moved to the Chehalem Park and Reccreation District Hall in March of 1976.
Even though finding adequate meeting space was sometimes difficult, finding adequate speakers and fellowship at meetings wasn’t usually a problem. The club was able to hear from Oregon Senator Edith Green and had fun presenting pumpkins from the pumpkin contest.
Rotary’s international focus was seen in Newberg as the club hosted youth exchange students and a Group Study Exchange from England. The club also sponsored a young Vietnamese girl so she could attend kindergarten. A portable dental unit was sent to the Fiji Islands.
George Alexander (1976-1977)
In the 1976-1977 year the Newberg Rotary club was able to hear from some notable speakers. The Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, the Secretary of State, and the Governor were just a few of the outstanding people who spoke at the club.
Art Moffatt (1977-1978)
Local contributions included a recycling center that was set up the Publishers Paper building. The center collected newspapers and used bottles. The pancake breakfast was continued along with other ongoing projects.
Bruce Huffman (1978-1979)
The club had to say goodbye to one of its charter members this year as Doug Dickie moved to Deerfield, Florida. Doug was the last charter member who was still active in the club. He had a record of 37 years of perfect attendance and was awarded a plaque when he left the club.