Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for September 23, 2020

~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~

Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, September 23, 2020


~ Call to Order ~


President Shannon Buckmaster welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Zoom meeting at 12:06 p.m. Wednesday, September 23, 2020.  The rotarians split out into breakout groups to start the meeting.

~ Flag Salute ~

Judy lead participants in the flag salute.

~ 4 Way Test ~

Mike 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 ~

President Shannan Buckmaster announced that our club has received a note from past district Governor Diane Noriega congratulating our club on receiving its Rotary Citation for the 2019-2020 Rotary year.  It means we achieved several high standards of community service, club management, club organization, resource management, club growth, and other metrics tracked.  We earn this every year from the District and International club for excellent representation of Rotary.



The official date of the Auction:  OCTOBER 30, 2020!  SAVE THE DATE!!!  The Auction Trio of Shannon K, Lisa, and Michelle.  The Auction Committee is now accepting Auction Item donations!  Laura has already donated a beautiful painting.  Begin submitting your items as soon as possible.  Email the item description and if possible a picture to Shannon Knight and she will coordinate to come pick up the item.  Add the auction to your calendars and begin inviting friends and family.  Also note that with low overhead, the Club stands to gain a higher share of the revenues!


~ Guests ~

Larry Strober, Rotary Club of McMinnville Sunrise, Assistant Governor

Danielle Gross, Today’s Program Speaker

~ The Rotary Duck ~

Update after last week’s Polio Plus day:  After only 3 months into the Rotary year: the Club has collected $1,200 of its $2,500 annual goal!

Walter:  Walter passed on questions posed to him by a fellow Rotarian who has not been active lately but has been trying to follow along.  He wanted to hear: updates on the Auction (See the above update), updates on the billing (invoices will be sent out shortly, but no meals will be billed), and what happened to the Newsletter (IT’S BACK, BABY!!!).

Laura:  International announcement:  Progress is being made on global grants including one for training for advocates against violence against women as well as the Nepal 911 Dispatch Center grant is nearly complete.  Both of those grants have been funded by the District.  Also Kathie Byers generously decided to have a Soup’s On event with 10 people for Suropptomists which raised $450 for “Dream It Be It”.  More similar events may be hosted by others.

Todd:  He wanted to give in honor of emergency responders. He spoke about his experience with the fires over the last few weeks and the use of Pulse Point App.  He gave a shout out to Fire and Rescue teams and praised their amazing work.

Shannon K.:  She gave kudos to Kathy for being awesome and is proud of her 6th grader who just started at Chehalem Online Academy!  

Dan:  I am now the new Newsletter Editor!  If anyone has the skill or enthusiasm to take it over going forward please let me know.  Until then, I will do my best.

Walter:  Walter had to deal with a lot of downed trees after the storms.  Although there will be some large trees needing to be removed, not much damage was done in the end.


~ Today’s Program: Danielle Gross, Mrs. Yamhill County 2020 ~

Danielle grew up in Southwest Portland.  She met her husband in high school and have been married for 12 years and have 2 boys.  They moved from Portland to the Newberg Area five years ago in search of a simpler life with more nature and less technology.  They found themselves on a small homestead learning more about growing food and raising chickens and pigs.  She is also a good friend of our own Brandy Penner, working with her in the parent support group and auction committee for the local Elementary school.

Danielle was inspired to participate in the Mrs. Yamhill County Program after watching a good friend of hers do the Mrs. Washington County Program.  It is more than crowns, pageants, waves, etc as you might expect, but a program that leads women to help their community, get involved in volunteer work, charities, outreach, and support.  The women participating are poised, confident, proud, and that is in large part why Danielle and other women are encouraged to do it.  The platform that Danielle ran on was “Family and Farming”.  Regarding her Family platform: she worked with Safe Homes for Families.  It is a community that supports families who do not qualify for the foster care system through DHS.  Families in the community help other families by providing a safe home.  She was also involved in an effort this year to provide school supplies to help families in need be ready for the school year.  She plans to continue to be the parent leader at Ewing Young.  Regarding her Farming platform:  With additional flexibility in her schedule allowed by the new distance learning system, she plans to get her kids out to different farms in the community to learn more about farming, co-ops, how to support local farming and all that Oregon has to offer in the agricultural world.  She’d love to help educate young people to learn about where their food comes from and be responsible local eaters.

This year’s Pageant is scheduled to take place at the Salem Historic Grand Theater on April 24th, assuming that COVID allows.  She is hoping to go on to win Mrs. Oregon and continue on to Nationals.


~ Next Week’s Program ~

Sofia Torres with Cramoisi Vineyards will be speaking about Healthy Vineyard Ecosystems.

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

~ Joke of the Day ~

Q: Why do Golfers carry two pairs of pants with them?

A: Just in case they get a hole in one.

~ Happy Quotes! ~

“Be Excellent to Each Other.”

– Bill S. Preston, Esq.  (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989))


~ Published 9/28/2020: Dan Keuler, Newsletter Editor ~

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for July 29, 2020

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?


~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~

Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

~ Call to Order ~

President Shannon Buckmaster welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Rotary Club of Newberg Zoom meeting Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

~ Zoom Meeting Participants ~

Mike C., Paula, Gene, Laura, Lisa, Kathie, Michael S., Dan, Denise, Shannon K., Judy, Shannon B., Michelle, Joe, Todd, Brandy, Lynn, Karen, Auggie, Todd, Dale, Tony, Paul, Corey, Geoff, Walter, Julie and Curt.

~ Guests ~

Larry Strober, Rotary Club of McMinnville Sunrise

Tim Rosener (Oregon Space Camp) Rotary Club of Sherwood

Dan Tilson (Oregon Space Camp) (1992 Oregon Teacher of the Year)

~ Announcements ~

Rick Kaufman, Rotary Newsletter Editor, wishes to hand off publication of our weekly Club Newsletter. Rotarians interested in this service please contact Club Secretary Shannon Knight at Thank you, Rick, for your faithfulness, humor and persistence creating our weekly club communication!

~ Rotary Moment ~

Auggie, renowned for displaying Rotary memorabilia in his Zoom background shots, displayed a picture of Auggie and wife Maureen serving pancakes at the Annual Rotary Pancake Breakfast. Every summer, as part of the community-wide Old Fashioned Festival, the Rotary Club of Newberg joins with its sister club, the Newberg Early Birds Rotary Club, to sponsor a pancake breakfast in Memorial Park. The two-day event serves up all–you-can-eat pancakes (blueberries available, too!), eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee and is one of the Club’s most popular events.

The annual feed began in 1966 when Joe Schneider was President and has continued every year since then. The event started as a club fundraiser with the original intent of funding youth programs. To make the breakfast a success, the involvement of Rotarians and community members is essential. Joe Schneider donated eggs for the first few years and enlisted the help of the Rotary sponsored Boy Scout Troop to crack them. The Boy Scouts surely did their best with the task. Sometimes Rotarians would have to check the Scout’s work to make sure no shells were left behind.

Laura is in communication with Grace Kuto of the Tigard Rotary Club. Grace is raising funds for families in Cheweleh, Kenya. Families are suffering from the impacts of a locust attack, a typhoon and COVID-19. Our Rotary Club Foundation donated $500. These Foundation funds provide food and water for a family of eight for 30 days or can assist 128 people for a month.

~ The Rotary Duck ~

Gene reports his first visit to Providence Oncology for chemotherapy was a “fantastic experience.” Gene shared that his wife received chemotherapy 10 years ago for same illness—so the two are comparing experiences. Follow Gene on Facebook as he chronicles his journey $10 for his first chemotherapy visit and $10 for his experience working with former Noon Rotarian Beth to complete pre-planning. “As baby boomers we are not going to live forever!”

Dan donated $10 for himself and $10 on behalf of his wife, Lydia. Dan and Lydia are excited to see Gene’s positive attitude and look forward to learning more about Gene’s experiences.

Mike C.’s son recently received a Masters in Music from New York University. As a requirement for his degree, Mike’s son wrote a play that was to be performed. Unfortunately, COVID-19 created issues with the play’s production. Penn State University contacted Mike’s son and want to stage his play.

Brandy: $5 for Gene’s spirit and outlook on life. $5 in recognition of Lynn’s hard work in the administration and organization of this year’s scholarships.

Walter: $54 for Walter and Julie’s 54th wedding anniversary and an extra $10 for their children who will visit virtually.

Lisa: A donation for a “group hug” in honor of Gene.

Todd reports 300 people at Friendsview received baseline COVID tests in a single day. Monthly testing at Friendsview is one more step in keeping the Friendsview community safe.

Judy: $10 for husband Marvin who power washed the wall for the next mural project.

Kathie who accidentally raised her virtual hand on Zoom, made a $10 donation to the club.

~ Today’s Program: Oregon Space Camp Adventure (Tim Rosener and Dan Tilson) ~

Dan Tilson taught in Roseburg for 30 years and took students to Space Camp. The Mission of Oregon Space Camp Adventures is to get students involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Students often return from Space Camp with different views on education, some telling parents that they must go to college, others changing their educational program to focus on science and math. Since 1995 Tilson took over 400 students from Roseburg and the Portland area to Space Camp.

~ Why Space Camp? ~

The Space Camp experience improves problem–solving skills. Students are  placed in teams at camp and work collaboratively to solve problems. Students who don’t know each other work together and learn the value of teamwork. The Space Camp experience challenges students’ limits e.g., three students are strapped together with a short tether and work together to bring all students to the top of a climbing wall.

~ Where is Space Camp? ~

Space Camp is housed at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The facility boasts the largest collection of space materials anywhere in the world including an original space shuttle, a full-size model of a Saturn V Rocket and a lunar lander. Home to Dr. Wernher von Braun and the German rocket team that built the Saturn V moon rocket, Huntsville played a prominent role in putting man on the moon.

~ Who Attends Space Camp? ~

Students of all ages attend Space Camp (elementary school), Space Academy (middle school) and Advanced Space Academy (high school). Advanced Space Academy offers scuba diving as a simulation demonstrating one way astronauts train today.

~ Does Anyone from Space Camp Actually Go into Space? ~

Currently, 12 Space Camp graduates are astronauts. Each Space Camp session is visited by an actual astronaut. Recently, astronaut Peggy Whitson visited Space Camp. On September 2, 2017 Whitson set the record (665 days) for most cumulative days living and working in space by a NASA astronaut.

~ What are Results of Attendance in Space Camp? ~

96% of attendees experienced an increased interest in STEM.

64% of attendees took more classes in STEM

61% of attendees study careers in engineering, aerospace, defense, energy, education, biotech or technology.

50% of attendees said the Space Camp experience inspired their decision to enter a STEM field.

~ How to Register for Space Camp ~

Students who wish to attend Space Camp must complete an application. Cost of the camp is estimated at $2,000 for summer 2021. This amount pays airfare, bus fare, camp tuition and chaperone costs. Scholarship applications are based on the Space Camp Scholarship Application and take time to complete. In addition to responding to questions on the application, students must write an essay and design a mission patch.

The Rotary Club of Sherwood recently made a $2,000 donation to host a student at Space Camp. The Rotary Club of Sherwood committed to providing an additional scholarship this year.

~ Next Week’s Program ~

Rotary District 5100 Governor Jo Crenshaw is our speaker. The Rotary Club of Newberg is one of the first Rotary Club’s in District 5100 to hear Jo’s message. When Jo is not running McDonald’s stores, she enjoys spending time with her husband, John, two sons, and five grandchildren. She served the Oregon City Rotary Club as President in 2000-2001. Jo chaired their successful Texas Hold’em fundraiser for several years and now serves on the International Service Committee. Jo enjoys travel and is working on her “bucket list” that includes visiting all continents of the world. As part of that list, Jo participated in a Rotary Friendship Exchange to South Africa.

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

~ Respectfully submitted, Rick Kaufman, Newsletter Editor ~

~ Wisdom ~

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.

If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.”
~ Steve Jobs

~ Trivia ~

~ If you could follow a drop of water from the very start of the Mississippi River to where it empties into the Gulf of Mexico, all 2,340 miles… would take 90 days from one end to the other! ~

~ “Sahara” comes from the Arabic ṣaḥrāʾ, which means “desert” — so saying “Sahara desert” is essentially saying “desert desert.” ~

~ Humor ~

~ I told my suitcases that there will be no vacation this year. 

Now I’m dealing with emotional baggage. ~

~ Some day I’ll start behaving myself…..maybe tomorrow… ~

~ Does anyone know which page in the Bible explains how to turn water into wine?  

……asking for a friend. ~


Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for July 22, 2020


~ From one of our murals ~

~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for

Zoom meeting on July 22, 2020 ~

[THANKS again to Mike Caruso for the use of his ZOOM account!]

~ Call to Order ~

Vice-President Joe Morelock welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Zoom meeting at 12:03 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2020.  Photos by Auggie, and meeting notes courtesy of Paula.

Mike C., Paula, Denise, Lynn, Paul, Joe, Laura, Gene, Ralph, Dan, Michelle, Om, Dale, Judy, Sean, Brandy, Shannon K., Kim, Shannon B., Spike, Auggie, Geoff, Kathie, Curt, Stan, Todd, Walter, Julie.

~ Zoom Meeting Participants ~

~ Rotary Guests ~

Larry Strober, Rotary Club of McMinnville Sunrise

Bill Rogers, President, Rotary Club of Newberg, Early Birds

~ Guest/Presenter ~

Danielle Howard Dye (Junior Orchestra of Yamhill County (JOY))

~ Announcements ~

  • Join Kim on the Membership Committee. New members keep our club vibrant.

  • Geoff: The 2019 GFU interns completed the mural on the Library Annex. The mural depicts various forms of the arts. A big “thank you” to Jim for arranging for scaffolding. The 2020 interns will paint the next mural on the former Plaid Pantry building at the “Y” intersection in Newberg.

  • Paul: The Rotary Club of Newberg is approved for a $2,500 matching grant for our schools’ Resource Rooms.

  • Thanks to all — $573 was collected for Polio Plus at last week’s Rotary Club meeting.

~ Rotary Moments ~

Gene: Rotary moments can be fleeting or lengthy. From 2005-2010 I was full-fledged Rotarian, then made a job change so I could assist my spouse. Auggie shared that I could be a Friend of Rotary. Om recently helped me with an insurance plan. I am grateful to fellow Rotarians.

Laura: The recent edition of The Rotarian describes a club fundraiser called Radio Days. Using podcasts, the club raised $220,000—something to consider as we think about a virtual auction.

Brandy and family took a hike last weekend. The plan –hike from Timberline Lodge to Mt. Hood Meadows—a three-hour journey. After crossing the river, they could not locate the trailhead and decided to return to Timberline. (The three-hour journey now became a six-hour trial without food and water. Brandy’s mother and stepfather began to tire. Brandy and others hiked out to get help. On the way, they encountered a hiker–a Newberg High School graduate. The hiker provided located Brandy’s parents, gave them food and water and lead them to safety.

~ Program, Junior Orchestra of Yamhill County (JOY) (Danielle Howard Dye, Teacher) ~

Danielle Howard Dye graduated from George Fox University where she studied Violin Performance and Music Education. She teaches strings in both classroom and private environments and currently holds a private studio. Danielle taught the After-School orchestra at Edwards Elementary School. Two weeks ago, Danielle married her Newberg husband. She says, “Newberg feels like home.” Danielle notes, “We are lucky to have such strong middle and high school orchestra programs in Newberg.”

Since 2017, the Junior Orchestra of Yamhill County (JOY) has been devoted to creating access to music and strings education to youth in Yamhill County. Working with the Newberg School District, JOY provides in-school violin education for Kindergarten and First Grade. In Second Grade, students continue in JOY’s After-School orchestra with the choice of violin, viola, or cello. The plan is to continue the After-School orchestra program through fifth grade to prepare students to join the middle school orchestra program.

JOY was inspired by the El Sistema movement, which started in 1975 in Venezuela by Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu to harness the power of music for social change. Because of Dr. Abreu’s successful work bringing music to underserved communities, El Sistema-inspired programs now operate in many countries around the world, including the United States. JOY is a member of El Sistema USA and is one of two El Sistema inspired programs that operates in the state of Oregon. JOY’s vision is to establish youth orchestra programs throughout Yamhill County.

Music education is important because it actively uses many parts of the brain at once. In engaging the many parts of our brains, we strengthen other skills such as focus, analysis, decision-making, planning, and attention to detail. In addition, participation in music groups oriented towards excellence strengthens community and cultivates social responsibility. The cognitive and social benefits brought together lead to improving student outcomes in school attendance and academic performance.

~ Are these kids having FUN, or what!? ~

COVID-19 brought a change in instruction from “in person” lessons to “virtual” lessons. Teachers recorded instructional videos for students to “play along.”

JOY supplies instruments to K-1 students via music classes. Children in the After-School orchestra class pay an annual rental fee of $15 with the fee waived if a family is unable to pay. Parents of JOY students are supportive and attend student performances

From the minute a child is taught how to play an instrument, he/she is no longer poor. He/she becomes a child in progress headed for a professional level, who’ll later become a full citizen.” –Jose Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema in Venezuela.

~ Thanks, Danielle! ~

~ July 22, 2020 Duck Donations ~




In honor of the NHS grad who rescued Brandy’s parents on the hike.


Purchased a Rotary mask. He made a pledge last week and found the process easy.

Todd$10.00Friendsview is building new residences and renaming buildings: e.g., University Village is now Pennington Terrace.
Shannon$10.00In thanksgiving $5 for Joe hosting today’s meeting and $5 for our CASA case.
Denise$10.00Thanks to Gene for his service on the Newberg City Council.
Mike C.$10.00Thank you Gene for your service to our community.
Om$10.00Thanks to Gene for mentioning my insurance business.
Joe$10.00Thanks to Brandy for filling my inbox with patron feedback.

~ Next Week’s Program ~

NASA Space Camp

~ Respectfully submitted, Rick Kaufman, Newsletter Editor ~

~ PLUS…..~

~ Wisdom ~

“You are so much more than what you are going through.”    ~ John Tew

~ Trivia ~

~ The world’s largest butterfly, found only in Papua New Guinea, the female

Birdwing Butterfly typically has a 12″ wingspan….and eats poisonous vines! ~

~ Humor ~

~ Do you know these words?…..~

Widdershims, troglodyte, hobbledehoy, mugwump, borborygmus, gubbins, diphthong, collywobbles, lollygag? 

Look ’em up!  There WILL be a test! 🙂





Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for July 15, 2020


~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for July 15, 2020 ~

2020-2021 District Governor, Jo Crenshaw: 
What a way to start a Rotary year! The doors are open for an excellent year, and this is the appropriate theme: ROTARY OPENS OPPORTUNITIES. Our committees are continuing with their support of our updated Strategic Plan. Locate their links and lend your support to achieve our goals.  
Once again Mike Caruso provides us with the Rotary opportunity to meet via his ZOOM account.  Each week he has provided the information YOU need to connect into our virtual meeting.  SO…double check your e-mails for this valuable on-line assistance!
[AND…thanks to Auggie for the PLETHORA of PICTURES!]

~ Rotary Club of Newberg Zoom Meeting ~

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

~ Call to Order ~

President Shannon Buckmaster welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Zoom meeting at 12:03 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

~ Shannon then led us in The PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE ~

~ Zoom Meeting Participants: ~

Mike C., Paula, Dan, Kathie B., Paul, Shannon B., Lynn, Michelle, Ralph, Judy, Joe, Todd, Tony, Brandy, Dale, Lisa, Laura, Om, Auggie, Shannon K., Curt, Karen, Stan, Matt, Denise, Walter, Julie.

~ Guests ~

Larry Strober, Rotary Club of McMinnville Sunrise

Linda Sandberg, Rotary Club of Newberg Early Birds

Dennis Lewis, Rotary Club of Newberg Early Birds

~ Rotary Foundation Board of Directors Election ~

There is a vacancy on the Rotary Club of Newberg Foundation’s Board of Directors. If you are interested in serving on the Rotary Club of Newberg Foundation Board (three-year term) please contact Shannon B. at: and Shannon K at: Auggie and Spike will also be on the ballot.

~ Membership Committee Needs Members ~

Membership Director Kim Abraham is seeking an active Membership Committee. Committee members will assist in follow up on membership leads and retention of current members. If you are interested in serving on the Membership Committee please contact Kim at:

~ Rotary Mural Update ~

Geoff Gilmore invites Rotarians to go by the Newberg Public Library Annex and encourage our George Fox University 2019 mural artists. When you stop by, identify yourself as a Rotarian. Someone will take your picture with the interns. Our Interns will be painting through Friday, July 17th.

Rotary Mural Project #2 in Progress!  This is on the east face of the Library Annex.  If you are “out and about”, drive by and give a “shout out” to GFU students who may be working on this terrific new mural!
Next up is the 2020 mural at El Tala Minit Mart. This week those interns (different group than the Library Annex team) received their final Newberg City Approval and Permit so they now can paint! We are looking at an August paint schedule.

~ Duck Donations ~

In this “virtual” world, our Board of Directors created a new process for Duck collections.[*]

  1. On the third Wednesday of each month, we will continue the special collection for Polio Plus. Our club Polio Plus goal for 2020-2021 is $2,500.
  1. On other Wednesdays of the month—funds will be deposited in the club’s budget. Thanks to Lisa Salmons and Michelle Colvin for handling the “square.”

  1. Credit/Debit Card

Our Rotary Club will process a Credit/Debit cards for payments to the Duck. Normally, there is a 2-3% processing fee for credit/debit card payments. When making a brag etc. tell Lisa and Michelle the amount you are donating to the Duck and you will be invoiced for the amount. Thanks to the initiative and follow through of Kathie Byers. First Federal provided a $300 grant to cover processing fees for the current Rotary year.

  1. Personal Check

If you wish to pay by check, send your donation to:

~ Rotary Club of Newberg, P.O. Box 703, Newberg, Oregon. 97132 ~

On the check’s memo line—write “Duck”.

Dear Rotarians and Friends of Rotary, per Shannon Knight:  We wanted to share with you a note from Judy Robinson thanking her Rotary family for presenting her for the award of Service Above Self Award“. Judy was so pleased with the award presented during our Installation Celebration.   Be sure to check your e-mails for Judy’s THANK YOU CARD to the Club!

~ Today’s Program ~

Linda Sandberg presented on Leadership Chehalem Valley. Dennis Lewis and Brandy Penner also shared their personal experience and involvement with the leadership program.

Not only did Linda discover Camp Tilikum through the Leadership Chehalem Valley program, she also was able follow her passion at Tilikum.  Linda has been involved at Tilikum as a volunteer, board member and later, one of their corporate Challenge Course Facilitators.  For the past several years she has been the lead facilitator for a number of regional Chamber Leadership events that come to Tilikum for their kick off day including Lake Oswego, McMinnville and Hillsboro.  Linda says, “Facilitating on the Challenge Course for Leadership Chehalem Valley is truly the highlight of my year.”   

Leadership Chehalem Valley is a two year program. The first year kicks off with a Leadership assessment and a team-building dinner that helps to create connect between participants quickly and efficiently and sets the tone for an enjoyable year of leadership development and community networking. Each monthly meeting features a particular topic or theme.

October’s meeting is Local Government Day. Linda said learning about city government was “eye opening.”

They have an Education Day. They have visited PCC; and they always visit one of the schools within the Newberg School District. The particular school visited varies from year to year. Linda says that the site visits are “planned by the previous year’s cohort.”

There is a Health And Human Services Day. Linda’s cohort was the first group to visit the new hospital building when it was built.

On the Business and Industry Day, they visit local business such as ADEC, A.R.E. Manufacturing, or the Allison. Participants get to see the back house operations. Linda has a degree in business and “found back of house very interesting. You get to see the good, the bad, and the ugly, of a business.”

State Government Day is a visit to the State’s Capitol. Shannon Buckmaster and Brandy Penner did a great job facilitating a field trip to the capitol and making sure they met interesting people and learned pertinent information about our State Government. Linda’s group visited the Oregon Park’s Department and heard a presentation from an agent of the Oregon Lottery. Oregon’s lottery is both a public trust and a market-driven business. Lottery dollars fund education, economic growth, state parks, natural habitats, veteran services, and Outdoor School. Dollars are also allocated to gambling addiction treatment and awareness throughout the state. (

The History and Tourism focus will find you at a vineyard, or Champoeg State Park and other historical sites. There’s also a Natural Resources Day and you may learn about clean water or other natural resources vital to Chehalem Valley. Linda’s favorite day is Community Service Day.

Each day begins with two hours of leadership training. Gary Stewart and _????_ built the curriculum for the leadership training.

The first year Leadership Chehalem Valley is leadership training and field trips. Year two cohorts “become the leadership and steering committee with a view to improving the program.” ( There is a new feature to Leadership Chehalem Valley. In an effort to keep Year Two participants engaged and active, members will work together on a community service project and it will involve Year One participants as well.

Key features and benefits of Leadership Chehalem Valley: Experiential learning, develop community understanding, and expand your networking sources. Linda says you meet a lot of interesting, intelligent, experienced, and well connected business leaders.

Dennis Lewis of Lewis Audio shared that he was part of the first graduating class from Leadership Chehalem Valley in 1990. Dennis is also an Early Bird Rotarian and a past Chamber president. He says that LCV “works to encourage participants to understand community and take an active role in shaping our future.”

Dennis is going on 40 years as a business owner in the Newberg community. He has seen a lot of changes over the years. He commented that he created strong and lasting friendships with many of his cohort members and they are still friends today. Every sales representative and manager at Lewis Audio must go through the LCV program. He believes it’s a great way to inspire connection with the greater community.

Brandy Penner is currently a Year Two participant and she helped to organize State Government Day. She gave thanks to Shannon Buckmaster and Linda Sandberg for helping to direct her to great resources in order to organize the day. Brandy also shared that she was introduced to the idea of participating in LCV through the wife of fellow Rotarian, Dan Kueler. Brandy said her experience with LCV was above and beyond her greatest expectations. She was impressed with how diverse the group was. After taking the leadership assessment, Brandy learned that the majority of the members in her group were introverts…

~ One of many LOCAL activities supported by the Newberg Noon Rotary Club…. ~

…Basketball camp at GFU…..
And more…..INTERACT…..the locally-sponsored club at NHS is a very active group!  They are not only very busy, but VISIBLE in the community….and beyond…internationally.  ROTORACT…..not yet established locally, but very active internationally.
Brandy Penner’s report:  The 2019-20 Newberg High School Interact Club was one to remember!  Early in the year the students enthusiastically supported allocating funds to support two high school students in Kenya. Because of the Club’s support, two students were able to continue their education and will undoubtedly be forever changed. It was powerful to see high school students supporting peers around the world in their mutual quest for education.  On a local level, the Club spent time and funds on establishing raised beds to add to Providence Newberg Medical Center’s wellness garden. Students planned and implemented the addition of the boxes, which include both edible annuals and perennials. With the onset of quarantine, Interact Advisor Denise Bacon took the meetings virtually. She increased student contact from every other week to every week. Not only did Denise engage students each week, but she also strived to have lunches delivered to each student! Because of Deinse and Judy’s commitment to student engagement and health, the NHS Interact Club is thriving. The class of 2020 included a large portion of the club, so next year’s goal will certainly be on recruitment and continued engagement. Thank you Denise and Judy for your time and efforts at creating Newberg’s next generation of leaders! 

If you would like to see today’s ZOOM meeting on “the CLOUD“….here is how to get there, courtesy of Mike Caruso:   

Topic: Newberg Rotary Zoom Meeting
Date: Jul 15, 2020 11:44 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Share recording with viewers: Password: 7m$.#4?S

~ Next Week’s Program ~

Junior Orchestra of Yamhill County

Danielle Howard, Teacher

~ Program for ZOOM meeting July 22, 2020 ~
Respectfully submitted, Rick Kaufman, Newsletter Editor
~ “The earth laughs in flowers.” ~
Ralph Waldo Emerson 
~ “I’m so busy I don’t know whether I found a rope or lost my horse!” ~
~ “I’m more confused than a chameleon in a bag of Skittles! ” ~
Q: What did PEANUTS cartoonist, Charles Schultz, originally want to call SNOOPY?

~ [*] July 15, 2020, Duck Donations for Polio Plus ~

Kathie$50For the months we didn’t donate to the Duck.
Lisa$50I’m going to follow Kathie’s lead
Mike C.$50Our Polio Plus goal is $2500. If we raise $208.33 per Rotary Club meeting, we will meet our goal by the end of the year.
Om$3Welcome to Shannon –our new Rotary Club President. And in recognition of the three doors of opportunities on this year’s Rotary banner.
Judy$30I ruined the foot pedal on my sewing machine. It was looking like $120 to get it repaired. My husband found parts and saved $100 so I am donating to the Duck.
Dan$50I am following the lead of my mentor of The Rotary Foundation, Mike Caruso.
Denise$100In celebration of another successful Interact year. Our students came through this challenging COVID time with “grace”.

My daughter graduated from NHS this year. She was so excited last week to receive a letter from the Rotary Foundation that she had received a Rotary Scholarship. Karen’s daughter will attend PCC and study Business.


Our family leaves for a week at the coast. We will stay in the house our mother rented for our family over the years. This donation is in honor and memory of our mother and is equivalent to her age.

Linda S.When my daughter graduated, she received a Rotary Scholarship. Your scholarships have touched so many lives!
Joe$50Congratulations to Brandy on her re-election as Chair of the Newberg School District Board of Directors.
Auggie$29Kudos to Kathie and Lisa for putting together this virtual square. This $29 donation is a reflection of today’s attendance.