Peace Village Seeking Director and Administrative Assistant

The Rotary Clubs of Newberg will be sponsoring the PEACE VILLAGE CAMP in June of 2019.  We are seeking individuals to fill the roles of Director and Administrative Assistant who will have tasks leading up to the camp (1 week duration) as well as needing to be present during the camp.   Stipends for each position are on the descriptions.

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Newberg Noon Rotary Newsletter for August 22, 2018


Spike Sumner was today’s GREETER….Thanks, Spike!

~ Opening of meeting ~

Once again, Om, our TRULY INSPIRATIONAL Club President, opened today’s meeting by
“ringing our chimes”…actually the Club’s Rotary Bell!

~ Pledge ~

Jeff Lane lead today’s Pledge…Thanks, Jeff!

~ Visitors – Guests ~

Guests today were: Ivan Estrada/Public Health, Allen Holstien [Dan K.’s guest], Justin Garcia [Auggie’s guest], and Rosa Olivares* [representing the City of Newberg]

~ Rotary Moment ~

Tony Lelack reminded us, with some examples, of the many/varied ways we see Rotary’s influences not only in our local community, but way beyond…regionally and internationally.

~ Announcements ~

Ralph Koozer gave us an update on his wife, Gail’s, situation with the debilitating disease, PSP. Among other issues which took her to the ER twice recently, because she has lost control of voluntary muscles, including swallowing, she must be fed through a tube. He thanked all who have visited and/or called….and those who have sat with her allowing him to get out of the house from time-to-time.

Program for 8/29/2018: Our speaker will be Ryan Dougherty, Vice President of Enrollment & Marketing at George Fox University….. “…I’m excited to come and share about all the exciting things going on at George Fox…”

~ “Tunes on Tuesday” ~

Be reminded again of the “Tunes on Tuesday” free summer concerts wrapping up this month at the Cultural District Plaza…for more information go to:

~ Follow-up on the Special BUTTESVILLE meeting last week… ~

By all accounts, according to those who attended, the special Buttesville “field trip” arranged by Corey Z. was a complete success! For those who were unable to attend, here’s a brief historical review: The Buttesville General Store is an Oregon State Heritage Site and is operated by the Friends of Historic Champoeg. All proceeds from the sale of just about everything in the store benefit educational and interpretive programs and Champoeg State Park, which is conveniently just a few miles down the road. More information to be found on the website….just enter “Buttesville, Oregon” as a search request.

~ The Duck ~

Todd Engel handled this week’s DUCK “offerings”…and did a terrific job of “extracting” contributions from several Rotarians present…including “Congratulations” to the two “newlyweds” in the club….and NOT married to each other!! Newlywed Geoff Gilmore reported on the progress of the Rotary Mural Project…. The “Grand Opening” for the mural is still in the planning stage, contingent upon the project’s completion date.

~ Today’s Program ~

Newberg Noon Rotary Club prides itself in its involvement with our delightful, livable city. So, it is only fitting that we get occasional updates as to what is happening within City Hall... and today’s speaker was Cheryl Caines with the City of Newberg Planning Department. She spoke in depth of the City’s “Riverfront Master Plan”…and how it is in need of making changes from when it was first adopted in 2002. She backed up her comments with a short-but-comprehensive show of images on our “big screens”. A public “VISIONING” meeting is planned for Edwards Elementary School Cafeteria tomorrow [August 23] to get input from the community. Basics of the The Vision Statement include, among other considerations, “..a place that is accessible, visually appealing, and safe.” For those interested, a Market Analysis can be found on the City’s website. She provided us with a variety of images of how other cities have addressed similar “riverfront” planning challenges, including Eugene, and Spokane, Washington. There was a LOT of discussion as to the multiple/mixed uses [i.e., residential, recreational, industrial, retail] already in existence as well as those suggested for the future, with the zoning, geographical and geological challenges, unstable riverbanks, and “What about the old mill site?” Cheryl’s presentation objective was more to bring awareness of the on-going Riverfront Master Plan efforts to get input from the citizenry rather than to inform us as to any definitive decisions having already been made on the subject. Cheryl was assisted/backed-up by our guest *Rosa Olivares, the City’s Community Engagement Specialist.

A BIG THANKS to Cheryl for a very informative presentation!

President Om then closed the meeting with her usual ROTARY SERVICE reminder…to

“Be the Inspiration!”

In Continuing Rotary Service,

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman
Newsletter Editor

[P.S. – Editor’s request…would whoever is GREETER please put your name on the data sheet AND please write (legibly!) the names of all guests….and who their “sponsor” for the day is.]

July 3, 2017 Newsletter

Another jam-packed meeting last week…..

First off, it was Leah Griffith‘s last meeting as our president.   A big “thank you” was expressed to Leah for her successful year leading the club. As is evident, being the president takes time, dedication and effort, which she selflessly gave.   So here’s another shout out for the great job, Leah.

It was also Dawn McClard‘s last meeting as our treasurer. Terry Weldon will now be in charge of the checkbook.  Thanks and kudos to Dawn.

Then there was the very special visit from Ray Simonsen‘s wife, Roberta, and two daughters, Pam Weaver and Annette Watson.  Spike Sumner introduced them and explained they had come especially to see the Duck– now painted, in memory of Ray, in the colors of his alma mater, Linfield College.  (John Kerekanich provided the wowser paint job.) Bidding on the Duck’s colors at last year’s auction raised a substantial sum for the Ray Simonsen scholarship our club is awarding this year.

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St. Paul Rodeo General Manager Cindy Shonholz talks about the event.

And, of course, it’s that time of year…..St. Paul Rodeo time!  You can still make it to the final day on July 4, complete with parade, carnival, BBQ cookout, Wild West art show, and saloon! This annual local event is the largest rodeo ANYWHERE  IN THE WORLD on July 4th, and was the focus of our meeting.  Guests from the rodeo included Board member Brian Love, General Manager Cindy Schonholtz, and the Rodeo Court hosted by Bill Dolan— Queen Melanie Atchison and Princesses Morgan Spear and Britney Norby.  Bull Rider John Growny joined us again this year to fill us in on the fine art of buckin’ bulls. Special thanks to those Rotarians who volunteered to help with parking and other duties during the event.

The St. Paul Rodeo Court: Princess Britney Norby, left, Queen Melanie Atchison, center and Princess Morgan Spear, right.









Mike Caruso presented Paul Harris awards to three members: Fred Gregory, Jim Hirte and Dale Welcome.

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President Leah and Mike Caruso congratulate Fred Gregory, right, on his Paul Harris award.


Jim Hirte received a Paul Harris pin and also recognition for providing all the concrete for the “planting” of over 50 peace poles recently.

Dale Welcome receives his Paul Harris pin from Mike Caruso and President Leah.


Various and Sundry:

Jim McMaster received a Perfect Attendance award…..Our summer marketing intern, Dominique Thibault, distributed a survey to get ideas for promoting our club.  If you didn’t get a chance to participate, please contact Dominique…

June Installation Banquet Part 2

Last, but not least, wanted to include more photos from the Installation Banquet in June.  Many thanks to Auggie Gonzales for the consistently great photography he provides. There were so many, many photos of this event!

Lots of Paul Harris awards were presented at the banquet by Mike Caruso and incoming District 5100 Governor Renee Campbell. Becky Ankeny, Denise Bacon, Ralph Koozer, Mike Pollock, Laura Tilrico and Walter Want were among them. 

Becky Ankeny also received a “10 Years of Service” award, and Denise  Bacon and Eric Bergquam received “5 Years of Service” awards.

Dave Parker, Judy Robinson, and Denise Bacon all received special recognition certificates for their work on various projects.

Our two newest members,  Shannon Buckmaster (lower left, below, with President Leah) and Rachel Huber (right, below, with President Leah and Incoming District Governor Renee Campbell) were officially welcomed into the club.