Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for June 17, 2020

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for Wednesday, June 17, 2020

~ “Service Above Self” ~

Rotary’s Four-Way Test 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?


Thanks, Mike Caruso, for use of your Zoom account allowing us to do this “virtual” Rotary meeting! Meeting report provided by Paula R., and photos by Auggie G.

Our Condolences

Condolences to Corey Zielsdorf and family on the passing of Corey’s father-in-law.

Call to Order

Vice-President Joe Morelock welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Zoom meeting at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

Rotarians and Friends of Rotary

Zoom meeting participants: Stan, Denise, Mike, Paula, Gene, Julie, Walter, Joe, Lisa, Brandy, Kathie, Michelle, Auggie, Paul, Shannon B., Laura, Dale, Shannon K., Tony, Todd, Matt, Karen, Dan, Jeff.

Flag Salute

Denise lead participants in the flag salute.


Kathryn Lawson, Newberg High School Class of 2020 Graduate, enrolled at WSU, Pullman.

Troy Pigman, 2020 NHS Graduating Senior and Chrissie Manion Zaerpoor, speaker and owner of Kookoolan Farms

Rotary Outreach

Mike contacted Michael P., Fred, and Becky to invite them to our Rotary Zoom meetings. Fred and wife Viola are engaged in yard work and Zoom meetings.

Lisa: Kudos to Karen who joined today’s meeting. Lisa also reached out to Angel, Aaron, Karl, Sean and Will.

Laura: Kudos to Jeff who joins us today!

Brandy: Thank you to our Rotary Board members for reaching out and connecting with Rotarians. Brandy is happy the Board decided to stay “virtual” for the remainder of the year. Also…a photo of Brandy with Kathryn Lawson, Interact President and Valedictorian….Interact sash is “almost” visible….

Auggie connected with Newsletter Editor Rick and will provide a laptop and training on Zoom.


Rotary Club of Newberg Installation Celebration June 30th

This year’s Rotary Installation Celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, June 30th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Scholarship Committee

Stan serves on our club’s Scholarship Committee. Stan expressed amazement at the work of the Committee, reviewing and scoring scholarship applications. Stan encouraged Rotarians to join the committee to gain insight into the youth of our community. Stan praised the work of Scholarship Chair, Lynn, who has done a phenomenal job connecting with committee members and processing all those applications!

Rotary Foundation Board Meets June 18th

Auggie reports the club’s Rotary Foundation Board meets Wednesday, June 18th and will develop a budget for the next fiscal year. With limited income, the 2020-2021 Foundation budget will be “challenging”.

Chehalem Valley Chamber Leadership Graduation

Brandy shared thanks to Shannon and the Chehalem Cultural Center for the virtual graduation from the Chehalem Valley Leadership cohort of 2020. Chamber members wore caps and gowns to make the celebration “official.”

Volunteer Opportunities

Assist the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce in dispensing art packages to patrons. For every box of art supplies purchased, the Cultural Center will give an art box to a student participating in the Migrant Summer School.

St. Peter Catholic Church is organizing food boxes for distribution to the Newberg community. Boxes include fresh fruits, vegetables and meat. The Newberg School District is providing space to store the food in coolers at NHS. Call St. Peter Parish if you can help with food distribution on Tuesdays at Newberg High School.


Today’s program/presenter: Chrissie Zaerpoor of KooKoolan Farms…just south of Yamhill, west off of Oregon Highway 47.

Aerial view of KooKoolan Farms:

KooKooLan Farms was founded in October 2005. Chrissie reports they do not receive a nickel of income from any source other than their farm. KooKooLan Farms specializes in grass fed beef, lamb and salmon.

The key to sustainability is profitability. If a farm is not profitable it drains the farmer’s pocketbook. A farm must be sustainable and profitable. In large farming operations human sustainability is difficult. Farm workers often spend 80-90 hours per week in boring, repetitive tasks.

KooKooLan Farm electricity is 100% solar electricity. They are on city water which in Yamhill comes from a source in the Coast Range. The farm uses precision drip line irrigation. The greatest use of water is poultry. Water is recycled by pumping water to the highest part of property to irrigate an arborvitae hedge. Everything is mechanically or hand weeded with no use of herbicides. All garbage fits into one small residential bin for pick up. Animal waste is composted and serves as valuable fertilizer. Small farms do not sell compost as it’s too valuable for enriching the soil etc.

Large scale animal operations are an issue with continuous grazing vs regenerative grazing. Cattle are not the problem, how we raise cattle is the problem. 85% of beef is raised in 30 facilities in the United States. Four major corporations control 85% of all operations. Many people employed in large corporate facilities are poorly paid, work in an environment with poor air quality and no sick pay or benefits. Workers are often crowded into low cost housing.

Families often purchase inexpensive grocery store meats—often based on the selling price. However, consumers rarely know the background. Large systems create an over reliance on chemicals, fossil fuels, underpaid workers, and inability to manage quality, often resulting in E coli and other bad food outbreaks.

Chrissie encouraged Rotarians to engage in local purchasing of farm goods. Yamhill County includes scores of local small farms with beef raised without antibiotics. On small, diversified farms, people are not as inclined to be bored with the same task. Systems are nimble and robust and can change direction quickly.


Click on the following links to connect to small farming:

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When buying from small farm consider buying a quarter of a beef. Because the beef is only shared with 12 other households, the farmer can quickly recall an entire beef animal in under 30 minutes. At KooKooLan Farms the processor cuts fewer than 10 beef a day.

Beef [etc.] in the freezer:



Gary Stewart, District 5100 Assistant Governor and former president of the Newberg Early Bird Rotary Club is our speaker for our June 24th Rotary Club Zoom meeting.

Per Shannon Buckmaster: We will have a virtual installation event on Tuesday, June 30th, from 5:30-7:30….This will be an evening CELEBRATION of the accomplishments of Newberg Noon Rotarians during the 2019 – 2020 Rotary Year. Given the current “sequestration” situation, the “party” will be another ZOOM meeting…with connection details to be provided soon by Mike Caruso.

Respectfully submitted, Rick Kaufman, Newsletter Editor

Wisdom: The rose blooms its fullest when it’s kept well pruned. A defining part of who you are is composed of what you’ve been willing to let go. Cut away the outdated and old, and compost it into fuel for new roots. Make room for the good things still waiting to come in to your life, and just wait to see how you bloom. ~ Anonymous

Humor: “Do you think I’m a bad Mom, Jimmy?” “My name’s Jack…”….~ Anonymous

“I feel that I should clean the house, so I am headed out to the garden until that feeling passes….” ~ Anonymous

Trivia: Q: A Little Father’s Day History: Sonora Louise Smart Dodd first brought up the idea of a father’s day in 1909. She wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. When Sonora’s mother died in childbirth with her sixth child, William was left to raise the newborn and five other children by himself on a farm in Washington state. As an adult, Sonora realized how strong and unselfish her dad had been raising his kids as a single parent. Sonora wanted Father’s Day to be celebrated on the first
Sunday in June, because it was close to her dad’s birthday. Instead, the first Father’s Day celebration took place on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson made the third Sunday of June Father’s Day. It wasn’t until 1972 that President Richard Nixon made Father’s Day a national holiday – about 60 years after Mother’s Day had been made a national holiday.