Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for August 28, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for August 28, 2019

Paula R. was our GREETER today.

President Corey is taking his daughter back to university in San Diego, so V.P. Shannon Buckmaster took over the meeting’s reins today!

Dale Welcome led us in the PLEDGE.

Michelle Colvin was Lisa Salmon’s guest…and we had a visiting Rotarian, Scott Chambers, retired educator from the McMinnville Noon club.

Today the DUCK was in the able hands of Spike Sumner…collecting $50.00.

Chehalem Youth & Family Services Executive Director and fellow Noon Rotarian, Deborah Cathers-Seymour proudly announced “Cheers to 50 Years Benefit Ball” with live & silent auctions….with in-kind contributions & sponsorship opportunities available….Celebrating their Golden Anniversary Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Water Oasis from 5 – 10 PM…….YOOP [Youth Opportunity Program] is a program of CYFS.  Informational material was provided at each table….and their website has answers to any/all your questions about their many programs…and details regarding their 50th year celebration!

Dan let us know that the City of Newberg’s Planning Commission is having a meeting on September 12, 7PM, at the Newberg Public Library. Questions? contact City Recorder, Sue Ryan at 503.537.1283 or e-mail at

Paula indicated need for volunteers with Senior Meals….at least one Rotarian stepped up immediately….think it was Spike!

Deborah also spoke glowingly of her recent vacation/road trip.

During his recent international trip, Jim McM met a Peace Fellow – “Page”…and was very impressed!

Patrick…as a result of their EMT project in Nepal…has been invited to a World Health Organization meeting in Switzerland.

Paula was delighted with seeing/meeting travelers from “all over” during a recent trip to Garibaldi.

Angel bragged on his kids and grand kids….

Auggie contributed $5 for Shannon’s great job running today’s meeting in Corey’s absence.

Today’s program was new Rotarian Kathie Byers’ Classification Talk.

She is Community Impact Coordinator at Newberg’s First Federal….and she entitled her words & pictures…”50 Years – America is Changing”.  She provided us with detailed highlights of her life with a photo montage…Key points and dates:  Met husband Nathan in 1987….married Nathan in 1989….bought their first home for $32K…same as a new car today!  Went to college of Legal Arts ’89 – ’90….son Ethan born 1994…son Evan born 1998….moved to Sheridan in ’96….daughter Eryn Kathryn born in 2000…now a student at GFU.  Major change of life focus in 2005…to help disadvantaged youth…founded Kathie’s Kookies in 2010 as a fund-raiser…New focus on life’s “purpose” in 2015…with youth help program in 2016 through Bridge Street Coffee House…then was hired Spring 2019 at First Federal….VERY IMPRESSED with Rotary…and “INSPIRED by Rotary’s ENERGY!”  Want more information about Kathie?  Sit with her at Rotary and simply ASK HER!  She’s not shy!

  Having completed her Classification Talk, Kathie’s Red Ribbon is removed by Pres.-Elect Shannon…with a congratulatory “Welcome to Rotary” hug…

Program for September 3 is Connie Rice/Catalyst High School Classification Talk.

Check the Club’s website for more information and future programs/activities.

A little District Governor news: Taken from “Diane’s District Diary”….”If you talk with anyone who has participated in a Rotary Global or District grant project that specifically helped someone in need, you have had what we will call the ‘Rotary Experience.’ I believe that when you get the opportunity to help someone in a way that changes their life, you have not only helped them, you will also make a change in your own life. Through The Rotary Foundation and Global and District grants, we as Rotarians are changing the lives of our recipients at the same time we are working towards personal development and improving understanding throughout the world.”

ALSO….Rotary “PEACE VILLAGE” news...A small, but mighty group of 11 youth, five high school volunteers and a talented group of Rotarians and adult volunteers brought Peace Village to Forest Grove from August 13 to 16. The camp was sponsored by the Forest Grove Rotary Club and Forest Grove Daybreak Rotary Club and was partially funded through District 5100 Matching Grants..A program that has been picked up by a number of clubs in the district, Peace Village was started by Wintry Whitt Smith while a student at Pacific University in the late 1990s. The camp originated in Lincoln City as a reaction to a bullying event that stung the community. Peace Village now has camps in 10 states as well as Kenya and Lebanon. That includes camps in Beaverton, McMinnville and Newberg that are sponsored in part by those community’s Rotary Clubs. [Want more details on this GREAT PROGRAM?  Check with Mike Caruso!]
As President-Elect Shannon closed our meeting we are reminded of the wisdom inherent in Rotary’s Four-Way Test of the things we think say or do…
First – Is it the TRUTH?
Second – Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Fourth – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
AND…RI President Maloney’s theme..
Respectfully submitted
Rick Kaufman
Newsletter Editor
Ending…with a “hint of humor”….through a few APHORISMS… I’ve reached the age where ‘happy hour’ is a nap….Be careful about reading the fine print – there’s no way you’re going to like it.….. Always be yourself because the people who matter don’t mind and the ones who mind don’t matter.…and…. Life isn’t tied with a bow but it’s still a gift.