Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for January 11, 2023

~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~

Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, January 11, 2023


~ Call to Order ~

Club Vice President Wendy McArthur welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Hybrid Live/Zoom meeting at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at the Chehalem Cultural Center.


~ Flag Salute ~

Larry lead participants in the Pledge of Allegiance.


~ 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 ~

Big Welcome – to all of our guests today, many from the Kiwanis Club. Thank you for joining us.

~ Guests ~

Many of our Kiwanis Friends Joined us

Melanie Spencer Mock, Guest Speaker

Larry Hampton, Guest Speaker

Leslie Murray, Guest Speaker

~ The Rotary Duck ~

Paula: Celebrated Retirement.

Karen: Thanked all of the Kiwanis Club members who joined us today. It is always great to see you all and to find opportunities for our clubs to connect.

Om: Noted that the night before there was a chamber event, which Becky attended, and represented Rotary. Om also thanked Kathi for her weekly email as it has so many interested Rotary tid bits.

Mike: Joked about how close the National Championship College Football game turned out.

Laura: Noted thankfulness that her sons all got home safely after visiting for the Holidays.


~ Today’s Program: Peace Trail Village with Leslie Murray and Melanie Spencer Mock ~

Melanie and Leslie came to tell us all about the Peace Trail Village at the North Valley Friends Church here in Newberg. Many may have heard about this project, as it has become a topic of conversation here in Newberg on many levels. There has been a lot of information spreading throughout the community, some of it accurate and some of it inaccurate. They seek to do their best to get out and spread truth and intentions of the project to combat the disinformation. This project is being done in collaboration with Providence with Newberg’s best interest at heart. Their church is a Quaker community of pastors. They will celebrate their 50th anniversary this fall, all the years being faithful to their mission and stewarding their resources. They had about 26 acres originally and have done a lot with that property: the Church, a playground, ball fields, walking trails, a social service building, a duplex, and even sold a large portion at well below market value to a Christian School. They lend their space to community events year round as well. In Spring of 2021 they had put together plans for a small cottage cluster of 11 tiny homes that can serve as transitional housing for those coming out of Providence with medical issues and need housing stability for their recovery and to navigate their care. Each is fully hooked up with its own Toilet, shower, sink, and bed. In the center of this cluster there will be a gathering place for shared activities and meals. They already have a couple homes that have been operational for some time and have served many people in need without issue. Having a stable living situation allowed for these patients to recover and move on into permanent housing. Every guest has a medical issue and they will do criminal history checks. The churches policy would be to not allow anyone with current addiction issues or with histories of sex offences. The vetting process will ensure that candidates will be good candidates for transition into permanent housing.

How to help? Be a Positive Advocate by learning about the program and spreading the correct information. If people want more information that you cannot help with, sending people to the Church or the website to get the correct facts. Prayers and support is always welcome. See the website here:


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~ Joke of the Day ~

How did the Barber win the race?
He knew a shortcut.

~ Happy Quotes! ~

“There are three ways to ultimate success: The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind.”

– Mr. (Fred) Rogers

~ Published 1/18/2023: Dan Keuler, Newsletter Editor ~