Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for January 20, 2021

~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~

Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

 

~ Zoom Meeting Participants ~

Shannon B, Mike, Dan, Joe, Shannon K, Christy, Debby, Brandy, Judy, Michelle, Amber, Patrick, Walter, Paula, Denise, Laura, Kathie, Amy, Paul, Auggie, Spike, Larry, Doug, Matt, Om, Stan

 

~ Call to Order ~

President-elect Joe Morelock welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Zoom meeting at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2021. The Rotarians split out into breakout groups to start the meeting.

 

~ Flag Salute ~

Paullead participants in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

~ 4 Way Test ~

Walter & Lauralead 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 ~

Joe shared a video forwarded to us by the District and Rotary International. The Video can be viewed on Youtube HERE.

~ Guests ~

Peter Lines, Guest and Husband of Christy

 

~ The Rotary Duck ~

Christy: Celebrated that today is a special day in our country and as a mother of young girls is excited that we now have the first female Vice President.

Laura: Announced that a few days ago she received full funding from Rotary International for her global Nepal grant regarding training against violence against women. Thanked everyone for their encouragement.

Brandy: Added onto what Christy said that she is also proud for the country and happy to share with her daughter that we have the first female vice president.

Larry: He announced that, working with the Jubitz Foundation, he accepted the role of marketing director for the global peace pole project and will be coordinating the placement of peace poles worldwide. If anyone knows of places to erect poles, let him know.

Om: Added on that it is also exciting that Kamala is not only the first female but also African and South Asian Vice President.

Shannon B: Wanted to thank Joe for stepping in to run the meeting today. She was quite pleased and thankful to get the day off from hosting.

Mike: Is working with Stan to get him into the meeting, and reminded us all that today is Polio Plus.

Amy: Amy thanked everyone for the warm welcome and thanked everyone for the Rotary package that was dropped off at her home.

Doug: His kid’s school is beginning phasing in in-school learning and is exited to get his kids back in school soon.

Denise: Happy for the peaceful transition at the Capital, and also happy for the sunshine today.

Joe: Amanda Gorman had presented a beautifully written and spoken original poem at the inauguration (C-SPAN Video). Joe noted that speaking at the inauguration was a huge accomplishment due to her having grown up with a speech impediment and that she likely was supported many wonderful educators that helped her along the way.

Total Collected today for Polio Plus: $160

 

~ Today’s Program: Christy Cowgill’s Classification Talk~

Christy Cowgill is a hypnotherapist, HypnoBirthing educator, advanced practice nurse anestheist, and local business owner. Her personal mission statement is as follows: “My personal mission to live a life that will outlive me (concept from Les Brown); this has created a desire to be certain that I am not standing on the sidelines.” She is a self described introvert, lives in Dundee, and works in Newberg. Her father was an Army Veteran. She joined a division of the scouts called the Explorers and as a high schooler even traveled to the Mayo Clinic, experiences which inspired and triggered her passion for science and the study of the human brain. She sat for her certification exam at 16 and worked as a long term care nurse. She valued greatly the impact she was able to make on her residents and more importantly the impact they had on her.

Christy spoke about how much she loves travelling, especially internationally over the whole world. She moved to OR in 2009 and met her now husband Peter cycling, with whom she shares many great loves in common. She returned to OHSU after having their 2 wonderful girls and got her Healthcare Management MBA. Her daughters Anna and Maddie are 4 and 6 now and they are the best and also most challenging experience in her life. She also mentioned her 16 year old rescue Pitbull Hailey. She share the cultural impact experienced when she opened their home to the au pair program and cherishes this experience. She also skis, cycling, walking the coast, hiking.

Of all the states shes lived in, Oregon is her favorite. She and her Family moved to Dundee from Portland during the Pandemic as she wanted to be involved in and work to build a community. They chose Newberg/Dundee as they wanted to live in a place with a strong sense of community and she also new Judy who lives here and also was responsible for introducing her to Rotary. She even shared that she helped her daughters build a book exchange and her kids caretake that book exchange (so cool!).

Late last year she opened her business called Enter into Calm, which is the current chapter of her life. She said that hypnosis does have a place in pain management and is the ability for someone to have influence and change over their midset, which allows you to use it rapidly in a situation like surgery. The use of neuro-linguistic programming can help people focus on positive. She has loved being able to exercise her creativity with owning her own business and creating her own website for it. She also went through a nurse coaching curriculum and started down that path but melded in hypnosis into that facet of her professional offerings.

Chrtisty’s influence as a young adult included a lot of support and mentors in the community, and therefore she has an interest in pursuing opportunities to work with Interact and other youth service opportunities.

More information on her professional services can be found at www.Enterintocalm.com.

 

~ Next Week’s Program: Lindsay Berschauer, County Commissioner ~

Check your e-mails for Mike Caruso’s Zoom meeting access information.

~ Joke of the Day ~

I simply do not trust stairs.

They are always up to something.

~ Happy Quotes! ~

“Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.”

– Conan O’Brien

 

~ Published 1/22/2021: Dan Keuler, Newsletter Editor ~

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for January 13, 2021

~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~

Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

 

~ Zoom Meeting Participants ~

Shannon B, Mike, Dan, Jim, Lynn, Judy, Debby, Christy, Walter, Julie, Paula, Ralph, Patrick, Denise, Amber, Michele, Tony, Auggie, Larry, Laura, Geoff, Kathie, Brandy, Joe, Matt, Om, Paul, Shannon K, Amy, Kim, Stan

 

~ Call to Order ~

President Shannon Buckmaster welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Zoom meeting at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2021. The Rotarians split out into breakout groups to start the meeting.

 

~ Flag Salute ~

Toddlead participants in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

~ 4 Way Test ~

Jimlead 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 ~

Welcome to our newest member who was officially inducted into membership during the meeting with the Rotary Club of Newberg. We look forward to hearing your classification talk on March 10th!

~ Guests ~

Lisa Broderick, Guest Speaker, Police2Peace

Jim Bueermann, Guest Speaker, Police2Peace

Dan Weinheimer, City Manager for the City of Newberg, guest of Denise

 

~ The Rotary Duck ~

Kathie: Announced First Federal’s Ballot Program is beginning and that ballots are being mailed to customers of First Federal whereby customers get to, through the month of February, vote on which two non-profits will be getting some of their $40,000 annual donations to charity. Additionally, mentioned her husband loves cars and when she met him he had a collector convertible Corvette and two collector Camaros. He sold those cars when he met Kathie and since then he just has an old Toyota. On Saturday they finally went to the Beaverton Toyota and bought a Brand new Toyota Tundra Platinum Edition and he loves it!

Dan K: Welcomed new member Amy to the Club.

Brandy: Gave kudos to Dr. Joe Morelock on his amazing hard work carrying the District through the COVID-19 pandemic! Thanks Joe!

Laura: Spoke to Marge, who thanked the club for sending Flowers after she fell and got hurt. She said this was the first time shes ever gotten flowers! Her 92nd Birthday is coming up and Laura wants to send another bouquet to celebrate her birthday and invited other members to chip in. Marge is a dedicated and generous Rotarian who has been very active with the club.

Christy: Last week Shannon Knight brought Christy a coffee cup that said Honey (honoring her grandfather who passed away recently) and a care basket from Rotary, and she wanted to give big thanks! Also wished Happy Bday to Marge.

Judy: Thanked her husband who has been such a trooper since getting major knee replacement surgery. He has stuck to his program and almost has full function of his new knee and even is looking to replace his other knee in February so he can get out and ride his bike again.

Denise: Thanked and contributed to Marge mentioning that Marge has been a huge supporter to Denise and she is amazing human being. Also mentioned that she will be celebrating this weekend 22 years of marriage (officially titled her husband a Saint for hanging in there!).

Joe: Responding to Brandy, mentioning that Brandy has had amazing leadership as well and Joe owes his successes to her and the rest of the staff and school board at NSD.

Geoff: Wished Marge a happy birthday. Also he mentioned that she loves Joe to show off his socks, and asked what socks Joe had. Joe showed off his Milk and Cookies Socks.

Paula: Wished Marge a happy birthday. Mentioned that Marge led the effort to set up all of the custom Rotary logo shirts for both the Noon and Early Birds clubs, organizing the ordering and money collection related to that. Also wished Gene good luck with his treatment.

Paula: Wished Marge a happy birthday. Mentioned that Marge is a wonderful Rotary role model.

Patrick: Marge is one of his favorite people ever

Total Collected today for the duck (and for Marge’s Birthday Flowers): $337

 

~ Today’s Program: Police2Peace by Lisa Broderick and Jim Bueermann~

Lisa Broderick is a former high-tech executive with decades of experience in how technology can effect society. She started her career at apple and has been at the forefront of applying disruptive technologies to societal problems through the use of language and radical thinking. She is now the Executive Director of Police2Peace, a 3 year old national non-partisan, non-profit organization that is bringing a new framework of community policing that is rooted in the concept of “peace officers” to police agencies across the nation. She has a degree in Economics from Stanford and an MBA in Global Finance and Management from Duke. She is also a Rotarian and member of Mediators Beyond Borders, the United Nations Association and the Alliance for Peace Building.

What P2P wants to convey to the agencies they work with and speak to is that, especially aftet this year and everything that has happened over 2020, keeping the peace has never been more challenging, for so many reasons. Part of the challenge for agencies and communities after everything is answering the question of “where are we going and how will we get there?”. Part of the answer lies in using and reintroducing the disruptive technology that is the term “peace officers”. Public safety will always be a need, and rather than accepting and adopting the phrase “defunding”, P2p prefers to replace it with “redefining, re-imagining, and advancing policing. Communities and departments will need to work together to respond to the movement of re-imagining how community policing should and could work to provide needed safety. P2P uses programs to do this including Peace officer ID program (using decals and patches identifying as peace officers), department self-reviews and community reviews, cognitive resilience training (meditation mindfulness), and community feedback loop where the community can provide feedback. They also established 7 steps for positive policing that a community can take to become part of the process. Public safety and public health are interconnected in our communities.

 

Chief Jim Bueermann is a retired police chief out of California who also served as President of the National Police Foundation in DC, America’s oldest non-profit, non-partisan police research organization. Jim is a strategic site liaison for the National Public Safety Partnership of the Dept of Justice. He served as an executive fellow for the US Dept of Justice and serves as a Law Enforcement Futures group member of the Bureau of Justice Assistants and an honorary fellow into the Academy of Experimental Criminology and in the hall of fame at George Mason University Center for evidence based crime policy.

Policing in the US often is viewed as a pretty homogeneous straightforward enterprise, but actually is a very complicated issue. As the most visible representative for local government, policing tends to be a catch-all for many societal problems. There are somewhere along the lines of 18,000 agencies in the US, all answering to different independent bodies, policing different cultures in different parts of the country with different problems to deal with in many ways. Most countries have one national view of policing and America does not operate in that traditional way, which Jim has confirmed over his career dealing with the National research foundation. Communities get whatever policing they expect, tolerate, and/or pay for. The three disruptive technologies that most drastically changed the world, especially policing, are the internet, social media, and smart phones (which really are full on computers that happen to make digital calls). An example is when a policing incident happens, and is caught on camera, it is spread throughout the world, resulting in protesting and other civil interaction before the officers can even file a report breaking down the incident. He used the incident in Ferguson as an example, where Ferguson was a nice, middle town in america which became the ground zero of police reform while the rest of America absorbed the images and story and framed it or read about it from whatever context or media outlet supported their view of the police, whether that be viewing the police as helpers or corrupt annoyances. He also mentioned that Policing in general have not done a good job of being transparent when things do not go well, often due to regulations that limit what they are allowed to share or speak on, which provides an information void that people can fill with whatever information they hear about, often revolving around their own biases. Often agencies and communities agree that reform is needed, but may be resolved that its not a problem where they are. The Police Chief in Ferguson who was fired certainly was an example of how that might not be true even if it is a strong perception. Jim pointed out that he is not a fan of the phrase “law enforcement” because that is not what policing is about: policing is an art, not a science. He appreciates the phrase, which was more commonly used long ago when the state codes were written, peace officer. When we bring that phrase back and label them in that way, it changes the way they see themselves and how the community sees them. It provides more trust that they are there for conflict resolution with cooperation, not to enforce. This effort/initiative by Police2Peace and similar organizations gives the police an opportunity to reflect on their services and perceptions, meet the community, learn about alternatives, and reinvent themselves accordingly to become what the community needs and expects. He expressed confident that most policemen and women agree that much of what is put on their plate, such as responding to mental health issues, are not appropriate to be their responsibility, so there is an opportunity to work together to find improvements.

During questions:

Auggie commented on a Canadian effort he read about whereby officers made efforts to cite people for positive things as a thank you and encouragement. What a cool idea.

Laura commented on her direct experiences whereby police chiefs and staff where she lived previously were Rotarians and the difference it made. She encouraged people who know officers to invite them to Rotary.

~ Next Week’s Program: Christy Cowgill’s Classification Talk ~

Check your e-mails for Mike Caruso’s Zoom meeting access information.

~ Joke of the Day ~

I was hoping to share with you all my favorite construction joke…

But I am still working on it.

~ Happy Quotes! ~

“It’s not a crime to be good to yourself.”

– Dr. Joe Morelock (during today’s meeting)

 

~ Published 1/17/2021: Dan Keuler, Newsletter Editor ~

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for January 6, 2021

~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~

Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

 

~ Zoom Meeting Participants ~

Shannon B, Mike, Dan, Joe, Kim, Dale, Ralph, Michelle, Christy, Gene, Denise, Paul, Todd, Amber, Om, Larry, Laura, Auggie, Brandy, Kathie, Tony, Shannon K, Paul, Lynn, Michael P., Paula, Lisa, Geoff.

 

~ Call to Order ~

President Shannon Buckmaster welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Zoom meeting at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2021. The Rotarians split out into breakout groups to start the meeting.

 

~ Flag Salute ~

Toddlead participants in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

~ 4 Way Test ~

Auggielead 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 ~

Happy New Year everyone!

~ Guests ~

Shelby Kardas, Guest Speaker, Stove Team International

 

~ The Rotary Duck ~

Shannon B: Bragged about her daughter, president of the Interact Club, who was accepted into Lewis and Clark with over half of her 4 year tuition paid for by her earning the Deans Scholarship. She intends to double major in Political Science and Spanish with some international studies as well.

Mike: Next week will be Lisa Broderick from Denver, who is the founder of a program called Police2Peace, which is working nationwide, including in Oregon, to change the culture of police departments towards being more like Peace Officers. Also mentioned on February 3rd the presenter will be Paul K. Chapelle. He is a former Army Veteran who served in Iraq and went to West Point. His mother was Korean and his father African American, growing up in Alabama with a violent childhood. He joined an organization called nuclear age peace institute and has spoken all over the world about peace. He also helped OSU implement peace literacy programs in all of its majors.

Laura: Is counting her blessings as her nephew’s house in PA was horrifyingly shot up by someone unknown. Fortunately no one was harmed, though the experience was very scary.

Denise: Also congratulated Anna as Denise works with her in Interact Club. Also gave appreciation for the Newberg-Dundee Police Department who, in partnership with Party Time Catering and the Austin Foundation, helped with a project whereby they delivered 180 New Years Eve party packs to isolated seniors in the community. There were a lot of heartfelt thank you’s sent out by the recipients.

Joe: He wanted to congratulate Anna for choosing his favorite school to go to college (Go Pios).

Shannon K: Congratulated Anna as well, who has been a tutor for Shannon K’s family.

Christy: Wanted to honor her Grandfather who unfortunately passed away recently from COVID-19. She thanked the health care workers who were with him when he passed.

Om: Gave congratulations to Anna and all of the Interact kids. She is happy to be back as she has been very busy with work lately.

Auggie: Gave a shout out to Anna as well and pointed out that Shannon and Anna are not the first Mother-Daughter combo as Om and her daughter Paris shared the same wonderful situation.

Kathie: Is very happy to be back after a few absences from club meetings.

 

Total Collected today for the duck: $185

 

~ Today’s Program: Stove Team International by Shelby Kardas~

Shelby is the Executive Director of Stove Team International. When her daughter was in high school living in Portland, her school was being remodeled and so they took the opportunity to move to Ecuador rather than commute to the new school. She came to join Stove Team through her experiences in Ecuador.

Stove Team International seeks to solve a widespread issue found in the developing world. Billions of people cook their food over open flame, very rudimentary fires, which is very dangerous and causes health problems for adults as well as children. There is also heavy carbon pollution as well as inefficient use of forest product. The stoves produced by Stove Team drastically reduce smoke and increase efficiency while reducing pollution and health problems. The organization was founded by Rotarian Nancy Hughes in Eugene, Oregon. She volunteered for a medical team in Guatamala and cooked for the teams. It was there she discovered that there was a big opportunity to solve major problems whereby she created a team through her Rotary Club to go out and install safe and efficient cook stoves in developing nations whose people cook with dangerous, open-flame methods. The costs of peoples health, women and children especially, the cost of time and money of the people, many in terrible poverty, fire related injuries, and the environmental costs from the pollution encourage this program to push forward with their mission. They use local materials and resources, which is good for the countries they work in, as well as employ many workers in those countries. The organization and countless volunteers have helped to build factories throughout many countries including Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and El Salvador, which produce the stoves for people in these countries.

The design of the stoves is intended to be affordable and to be used regularly. This can be a challenge as traditions and habits have been passed on through generations. The design of the stoves are to use wood, with proper airflow to create maximum efficiency, providing cheap and clean cooking energy. The current stove they install is larger with more room for all of their pots and pans. It has a chimney, reducing the smoke emissions inside the home by nearly 100% and is cool to the touch to provide safety from users and kids. The stove was designed by asking the users of the stove what they wanted in a design.

The distribution and production model of Stove Team involves working with municipalities to recruit participants who sign up and agree to build the base of the stove, and the Stove Team volunteers build the rest of the stoves and chimneys once the participants have completed their work. This has been shown to help educate the users about the stove and its benefits as well as encourages use of the stove by asking the participants to put their own sweat-equity into the stove. They also have made efforts in checking in with users to inquire about questions, concerns, or maintenance needs of the users. Their goal is to install 3,000 of the stoves over the next few years. The cost to install is $75 per stove and they install one stove at a time. The families they work with are loving, hard working, and just regular people who want to help their families.

More information can be found at https://www.stoveteam.org/. They are looking to raise awareness and encouraged us to share with others about this problem and about the organization and its work.

 

~ Next Week’s Program: Lisa Broderick with Police2Peace ~

Check your e-mails for Mike Caruso’s Zoom meeting access information.

~ Joke of the Day ~

I simply do not trust stairs.

They are always up to something.

~ Happy Quotes! ~

“Action is the key to all success.”

– Pablo Picasso

 

~ Published 1/7/2021: Dan Keuler, Newsletter Editor ~

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for December 30, 2020

~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~

Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

~ Zoom Meeting Participants ~

Shannon B, Mike, Dan, Geoff, Judy, Lynn, Walter, Julie, Paula, Gene, Kim, Lisa, Jim, Larry, Shannon K, Doug, Amber, Paul, Auggie, Denise, Todd.

 

~ Call to Order ~

President Shannon Buckmaster welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Zoom meeting at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 30, 2020. The Rotarians split out into breakout groups to start the meeting.

 

~ Flag Salute ~

Judylead participants in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

~ 4 Way Test ~

Walterlead 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 ~

Welcome to Amy Kutzky, who has applied to be a new member of the club!

 

~ Guests ~

Amy Kutzky, Soon to be new member

 

~ The Rotary Duck ~

Jim:Apologized that he will be leaving early as he has to take . Also gave a brag for having gotten to see his son get married this past week. The weather was a chilly 30 degrees and with a good three feet of snow, but was a great time. Congrats!

Shannon B: Reminder to Jim and everyone that the meetings are recorded and available if you miss some or all of the meetings.

Walter: Walter did a family zoom and this holiday season he got a walking stick for Christmas. He also got to see his grandkid for the holidays and loved it. He mentioned that his daughter is an RN and reiterated that she urged everyone to take the pandemic seriously. Remember to keep doing your best to wear masks, wash hands, social distance, etc to be safe.

Paula: Was reminded that there were things we all took for granted before COVID and her Church was allowed to re-open safely and with limitations. Lets remember to be greatful for everything we have, even the little things.

Shannon B: Her daughter has a severe peanut allergy and this week they had an accident at a take out restaurant where she had a reaction and was able to get into the emergency room within 10 minutes and the team at Providence was able to save her life. She mentioned that the hospital environment was so impressively clean and organized in terms of COVID. She is now doing great.

Kim: Hiked Silver Falls for the first time this week, rain-free.

Gene: Also gave kudos to Providence for how thorough they have been and provided great service with his Cancer Treatments.

Shannon B: Pointed out that in addition to Providence, our town also has Willimette Valley Medical group. We are very lucky to have two great medical care groups in Newberg.

Lisa: Urged everyone to consider and write down what they hope to see and accomplish in the new year, as this strategy goes a long way to beginning the journey to completing these resolutions. Also mentioned how thankful she is for all of our wonderful club members.

Doug: Gave a shout out and referral donation thanking Joe Morelock for meeting with him last month to talk about the Newberg School District and opportunities for potential cost saving efforts.

 

Total Collected today for the duck: $135

 

~ Today’s Program: Doug Utberg – Classification Talk ~

Doug: Doug grew up in Gresham, Oregon. In fact, his parents still live in the house they bought in 1979 for $65,000 (with original carpet and linoleum even!). His first job was delivering newspapers for the Gresham Outlook and went on to hop around between 15 different jobs before he finally started his career at Intel. For fun he loves hiking, camping, and spending time with his family and church.

Family: Seen in the photo is Doug and his mother, his wife, and his kids at Yellowstone National Park (wearing a Yosemite hat: well played Doug). He and his wife have two kids, daughter Jada (14) and son Nolan (11) along with 2 dogs, 2 cates, and 8 chickens.

Church: Doug has been attending Redeemer Lutheran Church in Gresham since 1983. Every Sunday, he and his family drive nearly hour to attend church as he loves the church and the services and the paster there even performed he and his wife’s wedding back in 2001. Between 2009 and 2017 he even served roles of President and Vice-president of the congregation, and is now serving on the Board of Elders at the church.

College: Doug has a local education as he did his undergrad education at Portland State University, graduating in 2000 with a Bachelors of Science in Finance and later served as an adjunct professor in 2018 teaching finance information systems fir the M.B.A. program. He completed his M.B.A. program at George Fox University, completing the Nights and Weekends program and graduated in 2004.

Scouts: Doug joined the B.S.A. in 1988 after 4 years of cub scouts. He earned his Eagle Scout in 1992. His son is now in scouts and Doug served as Nolan’s pack leader through cub scouts and expects he likely will be an assistant scoutmaster in the near future.

US Marine Corps: Doug joined the Marine Corp in 1997 as a Combat Engineer in the Reserves. He served the 6th Engineer Support Battalion and enrolled in Officer Candidate School as he wanted to fly jets as inspired by Tom Cruise’s Top Gun. He attended in Virginia but ultimately opted out due to the 12-year time commitment.

Career: Doug joined Intel Corp in 2000, shortly after a brief stint selling life insurance with Mass Mutual. His career in Finance spanned over 17 years with rotations in Profit and Loss, supply chain, pricing, software, strategic planning, and data systems. He also worked with Lattice Semiconductors for a few years in program management before landing where he is now. Currently, he works for Expense Reduction Analysts partnering with businesses and organizations to negotiate and achieve overhead cost reductions while avoiding layoffs. Their focus is secondary cost categories like telecom, office supplies, merchant fees, medical supplies, packaging, freight, etc. Their model is based on a “success fee”, meaning they do not bill anything until they have achieved savings for the organizations using their deep industry knowledge and years of expertise in cost reduction. Doug’s practice focuses of helping mission-driven organizations and seeks to help them find capital to continue investing and growing. He also pledged a Referral Fee for any of us who connect him to professional opportunities, whereby he will donate $50 to the charity of our choice for successful referrals. He invited any of us to connect with him in this regard at www.MeetDoug.Biz.

Podcast: Aside from work, Doug hosts a weekly podcast called Terminal Value on Mondays at 8am (video stream published on Youtube). His topic includes discussions about the long-term value of entities and ideas. Notible guests he has had on the podcast include Shannon B, Om, Kevin Baty of Hagen Hamilton, Sister Adele Marie of Sisters of Saint Mary, and Mark Garber of Pamplin Media. (www.terminalvaluepodcast.com)

 

Welcome Doug!

 

~ Next Week’s Program: Stove Team International by Shelby Kardas ~

Check your e-mails for Mike Caruso’s Zoom meeting access information.

~ Joke of the Day ~

I love when the Drop the Ball in Times Square on New Years Eve…

It is a great reminder of everything I did throughout the previous year.

~ Happy Quotes! ~

“This year, be structured enough for success and achievement and flexible enough for creativity and fun.”

– Taylor Duvall

 

~ Published 1/5/2021: Dan Keuler, Newsletter Editor ~