Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for October 16, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for October 16, 2019

Greeter:  Lisa Salmons

Meeting at Chehalem Cultural Center opened by President Corey Zielsdorf.

One guest today: Wendy Flint, from George Fox University…guest of Dale Welcome….Wendy is director of the IDEA Center at George Fox.  Here is a link to the IDEA Center:   “The IDEA Center staff works with George Fox students to equip them for success academically and in the job market. We collaborate with faculty, employers, community organizations and alumni to offer students opportunities for experiential learning, whether through internships, field experiences, summer employment or jobs after graduation.  Our staff guides students through a 4:3 Plan (four years, three summers), ensuring completion of graduation requirements and assisting with preparation for internships and career opportunities.”  Dale also provided this one item, special to Rotarians, about Wendy…..that she suffered from polio as a young child. 

Pledge led by Aaron Lewis.

Rotary Moment:  Yours Truly, Rick Kaufman…….My very first Rotary “assignment” in early 1969 was as a “temporary” [supposed to be 6 months…HAH!] Scoutmaster for the same BSA Troop I had belonged to as a youth.  A number of years after I finally [!] retired from that position…nearly 20 YEARS later, I was approached by a young man in the Forest Grove Safeway shopping center parking lot…I vaguely remembered him….he profusely thanked me, and then told me that if it had not been for me and the Scouting program he’d probably ended up either in prison or DEAD. He was married, had two kids, and a good, long-term job with an established local manufacturer. I took my Scoutmaster position very seriously…as it was the right ROTARY thing for me to do….and kept me off the School Board and/or City Council…neither of which I wanted to do!  Until I took on this Newsletter Editor position, I have always worked with Rotary’s YOUTH programs…scholarships, dictionaries, Youth Exchange, RYLA, Interact and Rotaract.

The DUCK:  Walter Want collected $132.74….as there were lots of “brags/stories” from attendees….and here are a few I noted….Ralph K. gave kudos to Habitat for Humanity…Deborah reiterated her excitement re their upcoming “Cheers for 50 Years” Auction in November…Lisa S. bragged on her   daughter at U of O….Dr. Stan was glad to have Paula R. back…Paula noted that Dr. Stan managed to get our Rotary banners up without falling off a chair!…Laura T. is so excited about the growth of her new soon-to-no-longer-be-a-puppy!…..Mike C. reminded us that October is Polio Month…and other stories…for which, sadly, I have no notes….from Gene P…..Om….Auggie….Patrick B…..and our new Library Director, Will Worthey!

Today’s program/presenter was Mike Caruso speaking on “foundations”….i.e., The Rotary Foundation [TRF] and our club’s own foundation….with the focus on TRF. [Editor’s note:  Rotary’s foundations are so CRITICAL to all we do locally, regionally and internationally, that I have chosen to include basically ALL of Mike’s presentation….a bit lengthy, but less of an “outline” than his version.]

Mike:  “When I first joined Rotary, I really didn’t understand much about the foundation. I felt that rather than give to the foundation, I’d give of my time and energy instead.  My reason for joining was to get involved with some of the numerous projects our Club was involved with and this took on a particular emphasis when we began our International Service projects in Guatemala – originally a dental project but as our Club grew and changed, the Guatemala project began to take on a life of its own. I was particularly interested in participating on the ground and didn’t spend too much time thinking about how TRF played a role in what we were doing. I began to get a much clearer idea of what the foundation is and how it can work to one’s advantage, particularly as concern’s what was at the time called the Major Matching Grants program.  Marni Haley, the grandmother, so to speak, of our Guatemala project, was the person responsible for educating me and initiating me into participating in the writing of a TRF matching grant for our work in Guatemala. That was when I first came to develop an understanding of how The Rotary Foundation exponentially matches and multiplies our own Club’s (The Newberg Rotary Foundation) donation to the work we’ve been doing in Guatemala by a factor of greater than 3 to 1!”

…Mike narrates some TRF background:  “History of The Rotary Foundation:  ARCH KLUMPH – Founder;  Arch became RI President for 1916-17; Had the vision of a “Rotary Endowment Fund”; First donation from RC of Kansas City, Mo. of $26.50, in 2017. After six years, the fund had grown to a paltry $700; Delegates at the 1928 Rotary Convention in Minneapolis changed the name to THE ROTARY FOUNDATION; In 1929, at founder Paul Harris’ request, The Rotary foundation made its first donation; it sent a check for $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children; By 1932, TRF had $50,000 in the bank; In 1937, the RI Board announced plans for a $2 million fundraising campaign. Unfortunately, WII dashed these hopes; When the war ended in 1945, Rotary rewrote its objectives for The Rotary Foundation: ‘1. The promotion of Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study; 2. The fostering of any tangible and effective projects which have as their purpose the furthering of better understanding and friendly relations between the peoples of different nations; and 3. The providing of emergency relief for Rotarians and their families wherever war or other disaster has brought general destruction and suffering.’; By 1948, contributions had exceeded $1,775,000. By 1954, this had grown to $3.5 million;  In 1957, The Trustees of TRF announced that anyone who contributed $1,000 to TRF would become a Paul Harris Fellow. In 1968, the Trustees added a category called Sustaining Members for those who could not give the entire $1.000 at one time but pledged to give $100 annually. When they attained the $1,000, they became Paul Harris Fellows; By 1984, there were 100,000 Paul Harris Fellows, this number swelled to 250,000 in 1989, 500,000 by 1995 and reached the 1,000,000 number in 2006; Our mission ‘The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.’….Vision Statement:  In June 2019, the Rotary International Board of Directors and Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees approved Rotary’s new vision statement: Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. This statement reflects both our identity and our purpose — the organization we are now, and the organization we are working to become.”

…For “visualization” of the three [3] major aspects of TRF….Mike provided three [3] small/labeled buckets….explaining the role of each within TRF….….….TRF THREE BUCKETS…..A lot of Rotarians express confusion by the whole Rotary Foundation thing…PHF, PHSM, PHS, Benefactor, Bequest Society, Major Donor, Polio Plus, Annual Fund, World Fund, Endowment Fund and on and on. One of the most clearly presented programs I ever heard about explaining donations and funding for THE ROTARY FOUNDATION and how it works was presented recently by Past Rotary Director John Matthews and that is known today as the 3 Buckets Pitch.

Now, we all know that in any campaign, it’s not about the money; it’s about what we can accomplish with the money. Our Rotary Foundation serves as the heart of much of what Rotarians are able to do each year. By putting money into TRF, Rotarians can take money out and put it to work to help change lives. Whether that’s repairing water systems damaged by the earthquake in Nepal , like what we have been doing and continue to do in Guatemala or educating our young students with Peace Villages here in Newberg or over in Lebanon, we are making it possible for both our own members and members all over the world to do.  Pretty much everything that goes on in TRF happens in one of three buckets:   1. Polio Plus; 2. Endowment Fund; 3. Annual Fund…Let’s look at each of these…Polio Plus..  * separate fund;  * invested differently…spend it, don’t lose it
* money in here is only used for Polio;   * contributions do count towards PHF;   Endowment Fund  * here, the gift is never spent…only the interest…* today, we have assets of more than $1,150B… Approximately $400M is cash and the balance of $750M is what we call expectancies where Rotarians have made a commitment from their estates….Last year, the cash portion earned $13M and that is used to help fund programs/projects. We will come back to that later…The great thing about this fund is that we can give gifts today and they will remain in effect forever. The comforting thing about the Endowment Fund is that this gift will be available in perpetuity to help build wells, fight disease and bring peace to our world….There are two ways to participate in the Endowment fund: 

  1. $1,000 in either cash or commitment = Benefactor;….or 2: $10,000 or more as an outright gift or commitment = Bequest Society….
    Early last year in a message from Trustee Chair Paul Netzel, he announced that the Trustees have established the ambitious goal of building TRF Endowment Fund to $2.025 by 2025…2025 by 2025.  Annual Fund* This is where we spend most of our time and when you hear that our club is having a Foundation campaign, it is most often about contributions into the Annual Fund. What is different about this fund is that the gift is always spent in its entirety…but only after having been invested for 3 years….Some of you may have heard of the program called Every Rotarian, Every Year…that is in the Annual Fund and here’s how it works….Every year, Rotarians have put about $120M to $125M into the Annual Fund….For discussion purposes, let’s say that the annual campaigns generate $120M/year….The first year, Rotarians contribute $120M. The next year, another $120M comes in and the same the third year. Now, the Annual Fund has assets of about $360M that is being invested. When the next $120M comes in the 4th year, the first $120M is released for programs.
    Remember when I was talking about the Endowment Fund and I said that the interest was spent each year? Well, that $13M is added to the $120M released from the Annual Fund and Rotary now has $133M to work on programs/projects etc….While our contributions are in the Annual Fund, they are invested and the earnings off those investments are used to cover the administration of TRF. This is one of the reasons our Rotary Foundation is so special. Many non-profits typically have overhead/administrative expenses of 10%-15%, meaning that in most cases, only 85% or 90% of your gift actually makes it to the work that you want to do….In TRF, virtually all of your gift makes it to the programs/projects. I specifically didn’t say that 100% of your gift goes to projects because in tough investment markets, our return is lower and we periodically have to borrow from other sources….Now that you understand where the money goes when it goes in, can you imagine for a minute what might happen if one year, Rotarians decided not to give or to give to other programs. Can you see what will happen to available money 3 years down the road? That is why it is so important for all of us to give very year…hence the program Every Rotarian Every Year….Imagine growing up on a farm years ago when, if you wanted drinking water, you had to go outside to the well and pump it. For those of you who have pumped water from a well, you know how hard you have to work to get the water to begin flowing. But once you get it flowing, it only takes a steady stoke of the pump to keep water coming…..Conducting Annual Fund Campaigns each year is just like pumping water from a well…it takes a lot of energy to get it started but once you get it started, it just takes steady, consistent attention to keep it going. Developing the behavior of supporting TRF together, as a club, is probably one of the most meaningful things that we can do…because in standing together, we are saying to the world that together, our club can help make our world a better place.”“I hope that this explanation about our Rotary Foundation might have given a little better understanding about both the benefits and the process through which it works, and I hope that you can move your participation rate forward. Because in doing this, you will make it possible for yourselves and Rotarians everywhere to make a difference.”

    Thank you! Mike Caruso

And….doing all this with the guidance of Rotary’s Four Way Test of the things we think say or do….

First – Is it the TRUTH?
Second – Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Fourth – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

AND…using those TRF funds for supporting RI President Maloney’s theme…..Rotary Connects the World:

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

Remember to check the Club’s website for upcoming programs, volunteer opportunities and other community activities of interest to Rotarians!


Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for October 2, 2019

       Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for October 2, 2019

GREETER today at Chehalem Cultural Center was Lyn Quinn.

Club President Corey Z opened the meeting, with Ann Dolan leading us in the Pledge.

Shannon Buckmaster introduced her guest, Ryan Hess, Community Sales Leader for Holiday Retirement…and new to the community….having recently moved from Grants Pass.

Tony L. proclaimed that the DICTIONARIES are here!  Check with Tony for distributing these!

Deborah announced that CYFS is celebrating its 50th year Golden anniversary with a fundraising event called “Cheers for 50 Years!” It will be held on November 16th, at the Water Oasis at 5:00 PM.  Tickets are available now for $50. Businesses are invited to host or sponsor tables at $500.00 per table of 8. Other types of sponsorships are also available. The event will include oral and silent auction. Your donations for these are also most welcome!  Music, fine dining, entertainment and dancing at the end will make the event truly memorable.  Contact Deborah Cathers-Seymour 503 537-7685 or the CYFS Website for more information and assistance. 

Ann Dolan reminded us of The Family Place’s event, “Champions for Children” Luncheon on October 29.

And Laura Tilrico provided a great Rotary Moment:….ask her for the details!

October birthdays listed: 

Jim McMaster artfully worked the room with The DUCK….Om commented about a real curry dish…”…if I have a volunteer in the kitchen, I would make a REAL authentic curry dish.”…Becky bragged on her grandkids’ Fun Run participation…Jeff Lane brought up use of the Fitness Center…Shannon B. said Jeff L. is a Rock Star”!……Auggie reminded us of the water project in Guatemala next Spring…Matt is proud of his son’s participation in NBHS… football.

Another NEW Rotarian!

…Must be a first…as Shannon Knight was sponsored by Shannon Buckmaster, inducted by Kim Abraham as a new Rotarian today…….then proceeded to do her Classification Talk…therewith having her Red Ribbon for only a matter of minutes…almost unceremoniously removed by Prez Corey…all within less than 40 minutes!!

      …Shannon is Account Manager for Crescent Electrical Supply in Portland.   Heavily involved with sports growing up…1st member of her family to go to college…where she rec’d a Bachelor’s degree.  Married with kids…[hmmm…don’t have the details on them…]  She spoke passionately about dealing with diabetes…and learning to cope with THAT.  Want more info on Shannon K.?  Sit with her at Rotary and ask her!  Thank you for sharing your bright smile and enthusiasm with us, Shannon!

For upcoming meeting programs, other activities and volunteer opportunities, check the Club’s website/calendar.  The latest Board Briefs, revised Club Constitution and By-Laws updates are also available. Thank you to Mike Caruso for his assistance updating our Bylaws.  NOTE: We will vote to adopt the revised Constitution and Bylaws at our Wednesday, October 16th, Rotary Club meeting.

ALSO….encouragement is made to READ YOUR ROTARIAN MAGAZINE each and every month!  It’s delivered to you for many reasons!  AND…it’s a wealth of information on what Rotary is doing locally, regionally and internationally!  When you get your District 5100 E-Newsletter…READ IT!  DON’T FORGET!…..the 2020 Rotary International Convention will be in Hawaii.…if possible…sign up and make reservations NOW!  It is a truly FANTASTIC experience!

World Polio Day: World Polio Day is coming up on Thursday, Oct. 24.  Since 1988, we’ve seen a worldwide reduction in polio cases of 99.9%. For more than two years we’ve seen wild polio cases in only two countries. Afghanistan and Pakistan. For more information on how Rotary is making a difference, please visit:

The effectiveness of Rotary is truly well-grounded in the ethics provided by OUR Four Way Test of the things we think, say or do:

First – Is it the TRUTH?
Second – Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Fourth – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

AND…supporting RI President Maloney’s theme… Newberg Noon Rotary continues to do its part supporting the ever-expanding family of Rotary as Rotary Connects the World:

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

[Editor’s note:  Thanks to all who helped make this newsletter possible!  With a family emergency…now passed without calamity…I was unable to attend the meeting…therefore reliant on others to provide input for this newsletter.]

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for October 9, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for October 9, 2019

Members and guests were greeted by Shannon Buckmaster. 

President Corey Z. opened the meeting having Denise Bacon lead us in the PLEDGE.

Our guests today included: Visiting Rotarians: Joyce Lockard, from Beaverton, and Newberg Early Bird Rotarians, Kari Fahrenkopf and Kristen Stoller.  Chad & Kyla Riddell were Laura’s guests….and Jackie Lane, Jeff’s wife, also joined us today!

A special “Rotary Moment” was shared by Judy Robinson about her experience at a recent gathering with a circle of friends and long time Rotarian connections.

Gene Piros collected brags and a few bucks for the infamous “Duck” [$41.04] from past and present members, including Leah Griffith, now member of Seaside Rotary. Deborah invited everyone to CYFS’s 50th Anniversary event and encouraged interested members to contact her about sponsorships. Mike Caruso gave kudos to visiting Beaverton Rotarian, Joyce Lockard, for their being the 33rd Peacebuilder Club. Stan Kern shared a “proud Grandpa moment” for his sweet granddaughter, Isabella, as she was the “Duchess” of her Home Coming. Judy Robinson reached out to anyone who could help Stan with meals at the Senior Center, since she will be out of town for several weeks. Julie & Walter Want had an outstanding trip to Greenland, but Walter was somehow left behind. Hoping to hear from him soon.

Today’s program was an opportunity for our own Rotarians and community partners to share the Club’s accomplishments in regards to programs funded by the Newberg Noon Rotary Foundation, a District and Global Grants. “Cheer-leading”, as it were, to celebrate what’s been done…in anticipation of what’s to come!

Special “Thank you” to Laura Tilrico, lead “moderator” for today’s speaker panel.


Training program/project of EMS Patrick Bancke (Nepal Medics). This $6,000 District Grant Presented by Dr. Eric Bergquam included funding from the following Rotary Clubs: Lake Oswego, McMinnville-Sunrise, Newberg, and Portland PDX. Eric shared his experience, with his “team”, of being part of a grassroots and essential dental training program in Nepal.

Early Bird Newberg Rotary Club member, Kristen Stoller, was instrumental in providing the connection with Newberg High School’s Club Mental Health Matters Week. This grant included both Interact and Newberg Noon Rotary for a $4,000 District Grant.

This heart warming/well-delivered presentation from Joyce Lockhart from the Beaverton Rotary Clubs’ Uganda Sanitary Pad project, demonstrated how helping young women with basic-yet-essential hygiene items can make a life long change in the future of an entire culture. This grant is keeping girls from missing school as well as providing sustainable sewing rooms in ten schools, and has made an enormous impact. This $6,000 District Grant includes support from Early Bird Rotary.

“Tie one more for blankets galore!” Kyla Riddle, Newberg High School Student and National Honor Society Member organized “Operation Snuggle” and surpassed her goal of providing 15 blankets by ultimately making 35 blankets. Blankets were then given to young Helping Hands recipients. Photo includes our own, Mike Pollock. This $400 Newberg Foundation Grant went a long way!

Very passionate founding member of the Soroptimist of Chehalem Valley, Jackie Lane, shared the “Dream it Be It” Program for high school girls. This outstanding education and mentoring program was provided with a $500 District Grant; allowing for a day long conference.

So proud of the Newberg High School Interact Club’s contributions is presenter and Interact Club leader Judy Robinson with co-leader Denise Bacon. This $4,000 grant certainly planted beauty for the future around Newberg. 1,200 trees were planted as well as the removal of invasive plants. In addition, Mike Caruso and the Peacebuilder program helped.

The “dynamic duo” of Paul Jellum and Tony Lelack, has had positive impact on both the Chehalem Valley and Mountain View Middle School Resource Rooms and the third grade dictionary project. Each program received a $2,000 grant.  The School Resource Rooms are helping middle school youth by providing much needed clothing and snacks.

He couldn’t be more proud, as Newberg Noon Rotarian, Geoff Gilmore, gave an informative presentation on the history of the first two murals in Newberg (CLIMAX and Steve’s Automotive buildings) and the status of the most recent mural project planned for the Newberg Public Library. Shown here is the selected mural incorporating the arts and much more.

Patrick Bancke shared a wonderful experience and meaningful connection on the necessity for the Nepal Dispatch Center 911 System. Newberg Noon Rotary provided $11,000 towards a total District and Rotary International grant for $108,000. Everyone listening to Patrick’s experience will never take for granted services rendered by first responders and the peace of mind 911 callers receive. Special appreciation given to Newberg Noon Rotarian, Deborah Cathers-Seymour, for helping with the grant writing.

The second Global Grant by Erin Thomas, included training for preventing violence against woman and girls in Nepal. Newberg Noon Rotary provided $8,000 of the  total District and Rotary International $189,000. Also spotlighted in the audience were Mike Caruso and Lynn Montoya-Quinn of the GG committee.

World Polio Day: World Polio Day is coming up on Thursday, Oct. 24. Since 1988, we’ve seen a worldwide reduction in polio cases of 99.9%. For more than two years we’ve seen wild polio cases in only two countries. Afghanistan and Pakistan. For more information on how Rotary is making a difference, please visit:

What a wonderful compendium of philanthropic projects!  ‘Tis amazing what can be accomplished when our actions are guided by “Service Above Self” and Rotary’s Four Way Test of the things we think say or do:

First – Is it the TRUTH?
Second – Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Fourth – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

AND…supporting RI President Maloney’s theme… Newberg Noon Rotary does its part in making another unforgettable year for the ever-expanding family of Rotary as Rotary Connects the World:

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

SPECIAL KUDOS to Lisa S., Auggie G., Corey Z., and Paula R. for stepping up to the plate with notes/photos/etc., to allow me to assemble this week’s Newsletter…in spite of my missing the meeting!  It truly is a TEAM EFFORT!

BTW….Why not make it a habit to check the Club’s website on a regular basis….learn what is planned not only per scheduled programs, but also volunteer opportunities, and other club and/or community activities that may be of interest to you…your family….just sayin’…..


Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for September 25, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for September 25, 2019

GREETER:  Becky Ankeny.

President Corey opened the meeting at Chehalem Cultural Center, with Judy Robinson leading us in the Pledge.

Non-Rotarian Guests: Laura Hartley [GFU]; Jackie Lane [Jeff’s wife & local Soroptimist]

Visiting Rotarians: Larry Strober [Assist. Dist. Gov./McMinnville Sunrise] ; Ken & Eve Steadman/Geneva, NY]; Jim Boyle [Dist. Gov. Nominee/West Linn].

Rotary Moment;  Rick Kaufman related the VERY INTERNATIONAL Rotary breakfast meeting during a World Scout Jamboree in Australia in early January, ’88,  with Rotarian Scout leaders from all over the world attending their “make-up” Rotary meeting in a huge tent!

Non-revenue announcements:  Jackie Lane: Soroptimists 5th Annual Fall Fundraiser, “Soup’s On”, Saturday, October 12, 5:00 – 8:00 PM, Dundee Community Center, 1026 N. Hwy 99, Dundee.  $35/person.  Featured speakers: “Where are they now?”, w/ stories from past award winners. Info & Tickets on-line at, link to “Soup’s On”.

Lisa Salmons invited anyone interested in learning more about upcoming luncheon for A Family Place on October 29th to contact her. Lisa Salmons,
Volunteer Services Manager, Providence Newberg Medical Center, | 503.537.1494

With the DUCK in her hands, Lisa then collected $127 toward Polio Eradication.   FYI: World Polio Day: World Polio Day is coming up on Thursday, Oct. 24.  Since 1988, we’ve seen a worldwide reduction in polio cases of 99.9%. For more than two years we’ve seen wild polio cases in only two countries. Afghanistan and Pakistan. For more information on how Rotary is making a difference, please visit:

Some of today’s “DUCK  TALES”…..[note that not all who contributed, with their stories, are mentioned here]….

Laura T.: I have a Puppy tail to tell. We added a 11 week old Silver Labrador Retriever to our family. I forgot how much work Puppies are! He is a cute, cuddly, eating, drinking, pooping, peeing, playing machine. He is the smartest breed we have owned to date. We laugh a lot, which is good for the soul. His name is “Old Blu”, and at this time he’s 25 pounds!

Corey:  Om & Matt did a terrific job organizing the End of Summer Picnic!  Some more photos presented here**below….

Paul J.:  Thanks to Laura T. for the great job of grant writing!

Mike C.: Reminder that $$ today go toward polio Eradication.

Shannon B.:  My Duck contribution is for polio and our many visiting Rotarians. 

D.G. Nominee Boyle:  Rotaract representatives will have a voting voice for the first time!

K. Byers: Announced that First Federal is partnering with Serendipity Ice Cream and A Family Place to hold a Diaper Drive in each our of their six branches.  A Family Place especially needs size 5 & 6 diapers.  If a person drops off a package of diapers, wipes, or an item from the Amazon wish list, they will receive a coupon for a free ice cream cone from Serendipity Ice Cream.  The diaper drive will end October 18th.  Also announced was that First Federal donated $10,000  to the Newberg Relief Nursery for the upcoming expansion.  The Relief Nursery will be doubling the square footage of the Relief Nursery and will be able to serve the majority of the families who are on the Relief Nursery classroom waiting list.  There are currently 70 families from the Newberg area who are on the waiting list. A Family Place serves 400 children with therapeutic classroom, parent educations, home visiting, mental health, emergency respite care, and basic needs support (such as diapers, wipes, maternity clothing, and children’s clothing). 100% of the children enrolled in A Relieve Nursery classroom, formerly at the highest risk of abuse and neglect, remained safe and aligned for success – no abuse, no neglect, and no foster care placements.

Today’s program/Speaker, Erin Thomas, a member of the Rotary Peace Fellows inaugural class, introduced by Mike Caruso….

…Erin Thomas started her Peace Fellow education in Argentina.  She was in the Rotary Peace Fellow Class 1, Universidad del Salvador, now a Rotarian in the Albina Rotary Club, Erin spoke to the us this week about the Every Woman Treaty.  She asked that we help her organization, The Every Woman Treaty, collect one million signatures, calling for a treaty to eliminate violence against women and girls! You can sign online, and share with friends, family, or send to Rotarians in other districts. [For additional link information, contact Erin at the e-mail listed below*.]

According to the UN, 35 percent of women experience physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. At a bare minimum there are 1.3 billion women who are subjected to violence and likely unable to participate in development programs that can bring them – or their children – out of poverty. All the amazing development work Rotarians are doing is stalled if 1 in 3 women are unable to effectively participate in their societies, which is the case right now. When polio reached 350,000 cases, Rotary decided to eradicate it. Violence against women is an issue where Rotary and Rotarians can have a significant impact as well. The Every Woman Treaty is a team of women’s advocates from around the globe who are bringing forth a global treaty to hold nations accountable for changing laws, and implementing other reforms that keep women safe. Economically, the cost of keeping the system of violence in place is staggering: it drains 5.5 percent of the global economy or 4.7 trillion dollars per year. The loss of GDP from reacting to the violence far exceeds the cost of proven prevention and intervention programs.   If you know of other Rotarians who may be interested in partnering on subsequent global grants – Colombia, Sri Lanka, etc – Erin would love to connect with them. The easiest way to reach Erin is by email*  Thank you, Erin, for this very enlightening presentation!

** AND…on a different/local note……additional photos/captions of the FUN TIME attendees had at the End of Summer Picnic at Jaquith Park on the 21st:

  The gathered picnic throng….note that we not only had many “shining faces”, but the sun joined us as well!

   Om’s four-legged furry friend with an unquestionably BIG CANINE GRIN!

  a WONDERFUL spread!  Thanks, Om…and to those who brought their potluck contributions!

   Rotarians, including Earlybird, Rod F.,  with two more joining us, visible in the background, enjoying a summer picnic!

  Co-Host and Chef de Cuisine, Matt, creating grilled masterpieces of burgers and “dogs”!

…and Co-Host Matt again…this time coaching us how to play PICTIONARY….which proved to be LOTS of FUN!

…All the kids had fun, too…and competition was FIERCE!

  We wrapped up the festivities with a Raffle Drawing…tickets being carefully drawn by one of the kids who had a ton of fun!

  No question about it…Rotary DOES “Make a Difference”!!!!  Locally, regionally…and internationally, too!

Rotary’s Four-Way Test of the things we think say or do…
First – Is it the TRUTH?
Second – Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Fourth – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

AND…RI President Maloney’s theme…..Bringing children to Rotary events is not just fun; it also exposes them to the world! Make this a memorable year for your family — and an unforgettable year for the ever-expanding family of Rotary as Rotary Connects the World.

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

FACTOID…Did you know?  Newberg Noon Rotary Club was founded November 5, 1935…then received its Charter the following February 5, 1936.

ALSO…Editorially speaking….In my 50+ years as an active Rotarian, RI’s attendance requirement has often been given as the reason some do NOT join Rotary.  That’s an “excuse” rather than a “reason” for not joining Rotary!  And it was much more “strict” 25 years…even 50 years…ago than it is today…but is it truly “onerous”…?? Personally…I think NOT…more of an OPPORTUNITY to “spread one’s wings” in the wide, wide world of Rotary ….as there are multiple ways one can keep her/his attendance record at….or even ABOVE…100%!  Committee meetings, community project participation, helping w/ Interact/Rotoract, District Training sessions, hosting Group Study Exchange Delegations, hosting an Exchange Student, attending a District Conference and/or a Rotary International Convention, Club Board Meetings…and MY FAVORITE….making up my missed meetings at other Rotary clubs’ meetings!  I have had the privilege of doing “Make-Ups” in Maryland, Pennsylvania, France, Australia, New Zealand, California, Washington State and all around our beautiful state of Oregon…from Seaside to Baker City…and….Pendleton to Ashland…and every one of those visits was not only FUN, but each an additional Rotary “learning experience”!  SO…turn your friends’ “lemon” NO answers into “lemonade” YES responses and give them “a new lease on life” through Rotary!