Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for February 10, 2021

~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~

Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, February 10, 2021


~ Zoom Meeting Participants ~

Shannon B, Mike, Dan, Joe, Amber, Lynn, Judy, Auggie, Kathie, Gene, Amy, Ralph, Michelle, Shannon K, Geoff, Laura, Walter, Doug, Paula, Paul, Julie, Larry, Brandy, Michael, Todd, Matt, Kim, Om, Lisa.


~ Call to Order ~

President Shannon Buckmaster welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Zoom meeting at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2021. The Rotarians split out into breakout groups to start the meeting.


~ Flag Salute ~

Gene lead participants in the Pledge of Allegiance.


~ 4 Way Test ~

Brandy 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 ~

Welcome to the Muralists. Volunteering opportunities were discussed:

~ Guests ~

Jillian Sokso, GFU Art Faculty Representative

Isabella Dixon, GFU Murlist

Chandler Everett, GFU Murlist

Icey Lyman, GFU Murlist

Emily Pulver, GFU Murlist

Elizabeth Buchheit, GFU Murlist

Gabrielle Brinkman, GFU Murlist

Lang Kanyer, GFU Murlist

Wendy McArthur, Guest, potential new member


~ The Rotary Duck ~

Laura: Laura gave kudos to fellow Rotarians: Michelle went to two different towns to work with heritage bank to make sure Laura’s grant efforts worked out. Paula made a presentation at the LO Zoom meeting and did a great job and LO Rotary committed the next day to a $2,000 grant contribution. Paul went to the Sherwood club and morning club to get commitments to fund the 911 grant. He is also working with the local homeless and Soroptimist Clubs.

Gene: Announced that he finished the stem cell treatment process. He now just needs to build strength and be safe about being in contact with people. He also pointed out a friend is going to do his yard work and FM will deliver groceries.

Ralph: Gave appreciation for Paul’s hard work helping with the homeless.

Paula: Gave well wishes to Gene for a speedy recovery.

Auggie: Is celebrating his 44th wedding anniversary with his wife. Also mentioned that he got his 2nd Covid vaccination with no physical side effects beyond a briefly sore arm. Congrats to you both Auggie!

Michelle: Announced that she got to work with a few Rotarians who have been unable to show up at many meetings including Rick and Stan who worked with her to do Meals on wheels and greatly enjoyed working with them.

Total Collected today for The Duck: $144


~ Today’s Program: Meet the GFU Muralists ~

Geoff and GFU are working on the next Rotary Mural. Geoff shared that last Monday Lewis Audio hosted a meeting outside of their building with Rotarians, the GFU team, the Lewis’ and Loni Parrish to discuss the project, as the external wall of Lewis Audio will be the site of this Mural (pending permit approvals). Jillian noted that this year they hired a professional to mentor and help with the mural team. Geoff, Mike, and Jillian (GFU Faculty) interviewed and selected the 2021 Mural Intern Team. They each came last week to see our meeting and are back this week to take up to 5 minutes each to introduce themselves and talk about their art.

Jillian Sokso: Jillian is the Director of the School of Design at George Fox University and is leading the team through the course and Mural project.

Elizabeth Buchheit: Is from Silverton, Oregon and is a first year student at GFU majoring in Illustration. She presented a replica of the last supper done on Ceramic with glaze. She shared that she loves drawing mythical creatures and animals.

Chandler Everett: Is a Senior at GFU studying Studio Art with a focus on Painting. He has lived in Newberg for nearly 10 years and in his free time makes music and working on classic cars. He was drawn (I don’t think that was a pun intended, but I caught it none the less!) to the Rotary mural project as he loves the idea of people coming together to work peacefully with eachother in the same space. He shared an amazing piece that was spontaneously inspired by his friend sleeping on his couch as well as a charcoal piece of a set of hands playing piano. He also shared a self portrait and pointed out he has a face paced, energetic style within his art. He noted that he will use 3D art for his senior exhibition project.

Icey Lyman: Is a Senior studying Illustration. She grew up in Alaska and Vancouver. She loves drawing people, loves the outdoors, loves coffee. She shared a digital portrait of a friend and noted that she loves capturing moments of laughter. She also shared an amazing water color and digital work showing how she also loves drawing animals. She chose to participate because she loves the idea of being able to communicate with the community through her art.

Lang Kanyer: Is a sophmore Illustration major at GFU. She is from Tualatin and went to school briefly in Newberg back in 3rd grade. She even mentioned that she got a dictionary that year, likely from our Rotary Club. She shared a charcoal still life she did with her friends, right before March Covid Lockdown. She was excited to be a part of this project as she and her peers are all really missing the connectedness of working in groups, on location. She wants to be able to connect with the community as well. She loves drawing landscapes and people. Watercolor is one of her favorite mediums. She loves doing figurative work and reflecting nature and care for the environment into her work.

Isabella (Izzy) Dixon: Is a studio art and arts administration major, graduating in 2022. She is from Seattle, Washington and looks forward to being a part of something bigger than herself where she will work with the community on something that will be around for years. She shared a multi figure study that was done with pastels. She loves playing around with unnatural colors and texture. She also likes to add deeper conceptual ideas to her pieces, sometimes reflecting her Christian roots. She loves Rotary’s value of Inclusive and hopes to work that into the Mural.

Emily Pulver: Is a Junior Illustration major with a focus on studio art at GFU from the Bay area in California. Her first piece was a landscape portrait. She realized an appreciate for her Cali landscapes and captured that in her art. She also shared a piece inspired by the idea of losing oneself in art as a form of therapy for both the artist and viewer. also shared a watercolor piece with 3D elements inspired by a Dickenson poem. She appreciates using other forms of art to inspire telling such stories through another medium. She is excited about the mural and hopes for it to be a positive impact on the community in tough times.

Gabrielle Brinkman: Is a Junior Illustration and Theatre major at GFU from Warrenton, Oregon. She wants to pursue the concept of being a servant storyteller through both theatre AND illustration. She is excited to serve the community through art during this project. She shared an oil painting based on parables as well as a design project where she re imagined and created a new version of the GFU Bruin Logo. (Editor’s note: as a sports fan: I LOVED her logo redesign! Looked like something Nike would do: so professionally impressive.) She also shared a touching and very personal piece done for her grandma of her grandma’s dog who recently passed. This project was an effort to serve through art. She noted she has more pride for her art when she does it FOR someone in specific: Service through Art: very Rotarian Concept.


~ Next Week’s Program: Update on the Salem Rotary Amphitheater by Past District Governor Renee Campbell ~

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

~ Joke of the Day ~

My child refused to sleep during nap time.

I found him guilty of resisting a rest.

~ Happy Quotes! ~

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”

– Robert A. Heinlein


~ Published 2/15/2021: Dan Keuler, Newsletter Editor ~