Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 27, 2020

The Four-Way Test of Rotary

of the things we think, say and do….

First – Is it the TRUTH?

Second – Is it FAIR to all concerned?


Fourth – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

ZOOM is amazing…allowing us to “meet” this way during “sequestration” conditions. A BIG THANKS! to Mike Caruso, for the use of his Zoom account! And thanks also to Kathie Byers…for the meeting’s notes …and Auggie’s usual great job of providing relevant photos!


Rotary Notes [Thanks to Kathie Byers!], May 27th, 2020

Pledge Of Allegiance

led by Walter Want.


Cherie Clark

Visiting Rotarians:


Rotary Moment:

Laura T. has been working on “Dispatch 911” grant with Patrick and Paula. Laura got word that Paula’s mom took a turn for the worse. Sadly, Paula’s mom passed away just a couple days later on Sunday. “Paula is a great Rotarian and so eloquent.” When Laura reached out to Judy, Judy suggested flowers for the funeral. The Memorial service is Thursday, May 28th. Laura called Om and Om ordered flowers. The funeral director will take a photo of flowers and send to Laura. Paula was so appreciative. Paula sent Laura the bio and a photo of Margaret at her 100th birthday. Margaret had nine children, Paula is the second born. The flowers helped to ease the pain. Margaret was born in December, 1918.

Cory Z. shared that, in reading her obituary, he learned she was a life-long member of the Catholic Daughters. His grandmother was also a life-long member. Great team effort to help a fellow, and cherished, Rotarian to feel the love and support during this difficult time.

[Editor’s note: I was unable to successfully download either the obituary or the photo of the flowers.]

Mike C. shared that Peace Fellow applicant interviews were held via Zoom on Saturday, May 23rd. There are two applicants this year. The first is Fernanda Wilent. She is a graduate of GFU. The other applicant is Seth Kinzie. He has a Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution from Lewis & Clark and a strong music background. He has been involved with peace advocacy work his whole life. His parents are also peace advocates. Mike C. spoke of the many countries where Seth has traveled and worked. A decision will be made late September, early October.


Walter W. thanked Rotarians who filled in for Paula.

Judy R. thanked Auggie for the fabric for making masks. 500 masks will be donated to Providence from that donated material. One big thank you to Judy, Auggie, and Will for their efforts to make masks for the past several weeks. If you need masks, Judy knows of ten sewists in Newberg who can help meet that need. Contact Judy.

Next week’s program will be presented by Linda Sandberg. She will present on the Chehalem Valley Leadership program. Chehalem Valley Leadership is a professional leadership development series and a program of the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce.

It’s a two-year course. Each month, in the first year, participants are provided a leadership training session, a tour of hosting organizations and business. They also hear from community leaders about the topic of the day; they learn about and observe leadership in various roles as they participate in active discussions around the day’s topic. In the second year, participants move to a mentor role for the incoming cohort. We are looking forward to hearing more about this great program.

Guest speaker, Cherie Clark,

….career and college manager at Willamette ESD. Cherie began with accolades to Rotarian Connie Rice.

Cherie gave an update on what WESD is doing for students. “Over the past five years Willamette Education Service District (WESD) has been working with educators, workforce, and industry professionals to understand the challenges that come with a rapidly changing economy, fueled by constant changes in technology, delivery systems, and innovation, in addition to a strong competitive and global marketplace. Navigating this challenge leaves employers, educators, and students struggling to balance the current needs of building a workforce while preparing for future workforce readiness skills and abilities. The College for All philosophy leaves many students in debt, and often without the best training or education to succeed in the workplace. Education Workforce Partnership, facilitated by the WESD identified two barriers to student success in workplace.”

The Education Workforce Partnership, facilitated by the WESD, has identified two barriers to student success in the workplace:

Industry is not receiving work-ready employees. The greatest lack is professional skills.

Schools and districts are creating too many unique work-based learning (WBL) programs that complicate the ability for partners to participate; creating a lack of WBL opportunities where student learners can build on and demonstrate their professional skills in the workplace. New World Of Work is a California based company that works with the California Community College system to coordinate WBL opportunities between students and industries. WESD is following their model and has created a similar program which they call Control Tower. Control Tower is a new program to Willamette ESD and works with industry partners to develop professional skills and provide work-based learning (WBL) opportunities for students.

The unique features about the Control Tower program is the adaptability to change, the feedback loop, and students earn skills badges (going to be creating Oregon badges) that certify they have demonstrated comprehension and skill in a particular area. The badges are based on employer-driven essential 21st Century Employability Skills identified by New World of Work.

The ten badges that can be earned are: Adaptability, Analysis/solution mindset, Collaboration, Communication, Digital fluency, Entrepreneurial mindset, Empathy, Resilience, Self-awareness, Social/diversity awareness.

Currently, a California program trainer has to come to Oregon to train industry partners. WESD is working to create its own Oregon badging system. This will save $900 per participant. The same company that created badges for CA is located in Eugene and will create badges for Oregon. Setting forth a new model of teaching. Students will be better prepared and equipped for workforce.

WESD is also working to integrate the 10 skills in all classrooms so that it becomes a common language.

Research tells us that a student in college, no matter the major, if they spend a lot of time in an industry, no matter their degree, they will return to the industry where they have spent the most amount of time because they have built relationships.

Relationships and networking are important to success. Students visit different companies to determine their interest. Cherie gave a virtual tour of the web page and how they walk students through touring a company and how to get a job with that company. They then walk students through application for employment process.

This fall, they will have Zoom meetings to connect with students. Peterson Cats will pay for two year’s tuition and $10k in tools. Cherie also discussed the various industry partners here in Newberg, i.e. Marquis and Friendsview have CAN opportunities.





If you and your company would like to become an industry partner, you will need to produce videos about the company, core values, and benefits. Include student opportunities. Send email to Cheri with information. Cherie can provide a flyer with criteria for videos.

WESD is also working to implement a software management program which allows WESD to get information to 20k students at one time.

Cory asked for clarification of the meaning and representation of the badges. Universities are one of the largest users of badges. The badge is a way of showing that you demonstrate that knowledge in the work place. Oregon badges will be as dual credit at colleges. It will take at least a year before we will have colleges that will treat it as dual credit. Students have two-year degrees, but we don’t know if they can demonstrate skills within workforce setting. Badges help to certify this and employers can trust that the prospective employee has demonstrated certain skills. It demonstrated skill vs head knowledge.

Shannon Buckmaster thanked Cherie for her professional presentation and also thanked Connie for making the connection.

[Note from Kathie: A lot of specialized information was shared in a very short period of time. I took a lot of information contained in this newsletter from the WESD website, as well as the web site for the Foundation for California Community Colleges. The Foundation is the program Cherie referenced as the program WESD is modeling their Badging Program after. I cannot be confident that I recorded all of the conversation 100% accurately. So I encourage you to reach out to Cherie at WESD to get more information if you are interested in learning more about the Control Tower program. It’s an exciting new way for students to learn and it is different from the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs currently being used by schools. The biggest distinguishing feature being the ability for students to earn badges as they prove comprehension and, more importantly, demonstrated skills.]

Respectfully submitted, Rick Kaufman, Newsletter Editor

Wisdom to consider….”Take your time, don’t live too fast. Troubles will come, and they will pass.”
~ Lynyrd Skynyrd


Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for March 25, 2020

“SOCIAL DISTANCING”… above histrionics! There is a LOT of “chatter” from many sources right now as a result of the need to deal with an unusual virus that has shown devastating…even deadly… consequences in a number of locales globally. Much, but not all, is negative. Given that MAJOR recommendations for both individual and societal health, that, to the degree we are able, “social distancing” should be observed until further notice. It is not my intention here to pass judgement on decisions on this matter made by experts in the field. Rather, it is my objective to “inject” a bit of both wisdom and humor into our lives. The following “snippets” are derived from many sources, some of which may be identified…and some I am clueless as to origins. AND….If you would like to contribute an unusual activity….a special “Duck Tale” of your own…during this “Social Distancing” period, please e-mail it to me for inclusion in the next club newsletter. Rick Kaufman, Newsletter Editor …


“ Success is what comes after you stop making excuses.” ~Lis Galarza
“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” ~ Confucius
“The cost of something is the amount of life which is required to be exchanged for it.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” ― C.S. Lewis
“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.” ~ Seneca
“With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy.”
~ Lope de Vega
Going outdoors is not cancelled; listening to music is not cancelled; quality time with our families is not cancelled; reading a book is not cancelled; sharing with friends is not cancelled; singing out loud is not cancelled; laughing has not been cancelled; sharing HOPE with others has not been cancelled. Let’s EMBRACE what we have!

You are no small thing. Sure, in comparison to the Universe, we humans seem pretty tiny. But, the energy that gives you consciousness? It is the same energy born from the stars. That body of yours contains the same atoms and elements that make up planets, just in a different arrangement. So, don’t ever let yourself feel like a small thing when you are created with the same majesty as an entire galaxy.

If doubt was a bitter cold, fear would be its tempest. When the clouds seem to have darkened the sky, and a storm might stand between you and the unknown, it can only freeze you if you stop moving forward. Keep going, keep moving. Each step you take will calm the storm and warm your soul.

NOW…mentioning “warming your soul”… come the….laughs….grins…giggles…and….chuckles….


The only good thing about the next three weeks is that, the whole country should realize that we can survive in a world without celebrities and professional sports….and…the farmers NOT shutting down!

There is an e-mail going around offering processed pork, gelatin and salt in a can. If you get this e-mail, do not open it, it is spam!

Nurse came and said to the doc, there’s a man in the waiting room who thinks he’s invisible, what should I tell him? The doctor said tell him I can’t see him today!

Hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip to puerto backyarda. I’m getting tired of los livingroom.

How come the liquor stores don’t have empty shelves? Are people not realizing that they will be quarantined with their spouses and kids?

Night 1 of no sports. My wife and I just had an hour long conversation. She’s really nice, apparently works in the medical field. Also…TVs are black when they are off…

Day 2 without sports. Found a lady sitting on my couch. Apparently she’s my wife. She seems nice.

That moment when you’re worried about the elderly….and realize that you ARE the elderly.

Gas is finally affordable and we can’t go anywhere….

To go to the grocery store a mask and gloves would be enough….they lied….everybody else had clothes on…

I either coming out of this quarantine 20 lbs lighter, chakras balanced, and a house full of completed craft projects…OR…20 lbs heavier with a drinking problem…

Our cleaning lady just called to tell us she’d be working from home and will send us instructions on what to do…

20 years ago we had Johnny Cash, Bob Hope, and Steve Jobs….now we have no cash, no hope and no jobs….PLEASE do not let Kevin Bacon die!

The virus must be wrecking India….I haven’t got one phone call in three days about my extended car warranty.

We thought we’d have flying cars by 2020….but, no, here we are teaching people how to wash their hands!

This is it. The day your dogs have all been waiting for. The day they realize their owners can’t leave the house and they get you 24/7! LOL. Dogs are rejoicing everywhere. Cats are contemplating suicide…

CRITICAL ADVISORY: 8 PM is now the official time to remove your day pajamas, and put your night pajamas on…

Reporters interviewing a 104-year-old woman: “And what do you think is the best thing About being 104?” the reporter asked. She simply replied, “No peer pressure.”

I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, So I got my doctor’s permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, By the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.

An elderly woman decided to prepare her will and told her preacher she had two final requests. First, she wanted to be cremated, and second, she wanted her ashes scattered over Wal-Mart. “Wal-Mart?” the preacher exclaimed. “Why Wal-Mart?” “Then I’ll be sure my daughters visit me twice a week”

My memory’s not as sharp as it used to be…..Also, my memory’s not as sharp as it used to be.

Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

This “Social Distancing”…and its reason[s]…are but a “hiccup in history”….

and it/they, too, will pass…

Respectfully submitted, Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor






Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for January 22, 2020

First – Is it the TRUTH?

Second – Is it FAIR to all concerned?


Fourth – Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Location: Chehalem Cultural Center

Greeter: Paula Radich

Club President Corey Z. opened the meeting.

Pledge: Dale Welcome.

Visiting Rotarians: Connie Christianson/Newberg Early Birds

AND…drum roll please…probably the newest member of the Seaside Rotary Club…and much loved/respected recently former Newberg Noon Rotarian…LEAH GRIFFITH…who provided us with a suitable ROTARY MOMENT…telling us a bit about her new ROTARY club…having moved to Seaside after retiring in mid 2019 from having done an outstanding job as Librarian in Newberg for MANY years!

Announcements: DON’T THROW YOUR LUNCH BOWL AWAY! Return it to the appropriate location!

Connie Rice: Comprehensive printed information was provided at each table today. “Join us on Wednesday, January 29th for an Industry Engagement Informational Meeting.” Newberg Public Schools District Office – Board Room, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM….light breakfast served at 8:00 AM. Learn about the New World of Work, the Control Tower System, and how to support the Catalyst High School mentorship program. Please RSVP to Connie Rice @ or call 503.975.6505 by Tuesday, January 28.

Also on January 29, but in the evening…the delightful/light comedy, theatrical production of “Up and Away!” fundraiser for the Tigard Rotary Foundation. Doors open at 6:00 PM…Show starts at 7:30 PM. Location at the Broadway Rose Theatre Company in Tigard…12850 SW Grant Ave, Tigard, OR 97223, For more information and tickets, phone: (503) 620-5262.

Rotary Club of Salem: Dinner & Auction…”Setting the Stage for Salem”… Saturday, February 8, 2020…at the Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St., SE…doors open at 6:00 PM…Attire is semi-formal…black tie optional. Building a legacy gift to the community with the Gerry Frank/Salem Rotary Amphitheater. Tickets $75/each…or $550 for a table of 8.

Corey read a delightful “Thank You” letter from a third grader after having received a dictionary from Newberg Rotary. This program DOES make a difference in the lives of these youths!

Geoff Gilmore announced that the 2020 Rotary Mural project is alive and well…and suggestions for sites are welcome…the bigger the wall size the better. He also mentioned that now the GFU art students’ participation in these Rotary Mural Projects is for academic/art credits. Contact Geoff if you have a site in mind!

Dedication to Rotary is shown in many ways…one of which is the support of The Rotary Foundation…TRF…with Paul Harris Fellow contributions…and today Jeff Lane was again recognized by Mike Caruso for his ongoing donations to this important international foundation program.

Becky A. “entertainingly” handled the DUCK today…generating $53 toward Polio Plus/ Eradication…lots of DUCK TALES….here are details on a few… Gene Piros: Julie Martinez Encarte is new City Councilor; Walter W. stressing the importance of HEALTH…in relation to our “snow day”….better safe than sorry; Yours Truly/Rick: I live UP in the hills north of Yamhill, and the forecast for that “snow day” WAS quite threatening…for lots of snow & ice!; Geoff Gilmore let us know his Mom recently passed away…but had a lighthearted reminiscence of her having had a one-legged pet chicken; Corey…not sure if this was a lamentation…about “getting older”…but he gets no sympathy from this octogenarian! Todd E. was quiet…while Laura T. gave him kudos about the terrific/effective youth training programs available through Friendsview…

he gave $$ toward Polio Plus anyway; Shannon B. glad to NOT be doing the Chamber of Commerce program today; Paula commended Auggie on his dedication to the programs he supports with his volunteer time; Laura gave a few details on her son’s recent move to Idaho; Marge…”Walter is a new neighbor in Friendsview”…does she deserve SYMPATHY!? Dan…[Ed. Sorry, Dan, I could not hear you!]; Becky…skiing with her daughter at Whistler…and saw lots of Rotary signs along the way! Ray merely made a contribution and said “Hello!”; Dr. Stan complimented Becky on her cute knit hat;

Judy R. gave a few details on our locally-supported YOUTH activities…

Next week’s program: Presenter: Yvette Heryford, Executive Director, for Love, Iinc., Newberg…an update.

Then to today’s PROGRAM…introduced by Shannon Buckmaster, Joshua Duder,

as Membership Service Director/Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce, C of C] quickly & succinctly provided us with a new perspective on this vital organization. Most of the services provided locally are via volunteers…and he then gave us an unusual international historical basis for today’s C of C…with a reasonably traceable beginning [under a variety of names] back to Marseilles in 1595. Josh then “morphed” his story-telling to Newberg, with mention of the Edwards Family Brick Company…as the source of bricks for the City Hall …essentially the site of the forerunner of today’s C of C in Newberg. The organization has had many local locations over the years…and currently is located at 2119 Portland Road, Newberg. Our own Friend of Rotary, Ann Dolan, has been “President”, CEO, Director of the area’s Chamber of Commerce! Thanks, Josh, for a fresh and enlightening look at the area’s Chamber of Commerce.

For upcoming Rotary programs, meeting sites, and other community activities, check the Club’s website.


Respectfully submitted, Rick Kaufman, Newsletter Editor

Wisdom…a pearl of…”Humility will open more doors than arrogance ever will.” ~ Zig Ziglar

Humor…a tiny hint of…”God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all CORNERS of the world…then he made the Earth a SPHERE…and laughed and laughed and laughed!” Author unknown…