Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for June 24, 2020

Rotary Club of Newberg Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

~ Call to Order ~

President Corey Zielsdorf welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Zoom meeting at 12:06 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

~ Rotarians and Friends of Rotary ~

Zoom meeting participants: Mike, Paula, Laura, Shannon B., Todd, Judy, Corey, Michelle, Dale, Stan, Kathie, Paul, Ralph, Karen, Auggie, Joe, Lisa, Lynn, Tony, Shannon K., Om, Brandy, Denise, Walter and Aaron.

~ Flag Salute ~

Corey lead participants in the flag salute.

~ Rotary Guests ~

Larry Strober, Rotary Club of McMinnville Sunrise, Assistant Governor

Gary Stewart, Rotary Club of Newberg Early Birds, Assistant Governor

~ Rotary Moment ~

Corey shared a YouTube video of Rotary clubs in districts across Italy working together to procure state-of-the-art equipment needed to combat the coronavirus disease for 26 hospitals around the country.

The pandemic has devastated Italy, with more than 32,000 deaths and nearly 226,000 confirmed cases by mid-May. The Italian Rotary club project, funded by global grants, is providing thermal scanners, COVID triage units, and bio-containment stretchers that allow medical staff to safely assess, monitor, and transport patients. Valued at more than $1.4 million, the equipment will address current urgent needs and be useful for the future, helping to reduce the spread of disease and protect public health. Can Rotary District 5100 partner with other districts to create a similar cooperative venture?

Laura: a local home-schooled girl met with our Rotary Club last year and shared her project of making blankets for the homeless in Newberg. Our Rotary Foundation granted $300 that resulted in 50 blankets.

~ Rotary Updates and News ~

Om: Congratulations to Corey Zielsdorf on a successful year as Rotary Club of Newberg President! Today is Corey’s final Rotary Club meeting as President.

Brandy: Thank you to the Newberg School District Board for adopting a resolution condemning racism. Thanks to Superintendent Joe Morelock for his work drafting the resolution.

Joe is proud of the School Board and the School District. He said, “There are action steps the district can take to be more inclusive of under-represented youth and parents in our community.”

Kathie: A total of 1,225 candy leis made by 70 volunteers were given to 1,220 graduating seniors. Five organizations, including the Rotary Club of Newberg Foundation, contributed to the effort. Volunteers logged more than 650 hours of service. The project took 12,000 feet of ribbon! Kathie also celebrated her son’s graduation from OSU in Ag Science. He is employed working for Christensen Farms.

Shannon B. Thank you, Corey, in your last official Rotary club meeting of the year. Corey is a passionate leader for our club. Thank you to Corey for the service he has given our club. Thank you, also, to Board members who have served, those who are continuing to serve and those who are new incoming Board members.

Lynn: Corey, congratulations on surviving this year! Now for a scholarship update: We reviewed 95 applications—not double in people but in the number of applications. Now, interviews begin. We will send letters to notify recipients of their scholarship award. We hope to publish an article in The Graphic to promote the good work of the students and share what Rotary does to promote education in our community.

Brandy: Thanks to Lynn for making the scholarship application review so easy. Lynn, thank you for your organization!

Mike: Congratulations Corey on a great year as President!

The Rotary Global Cyber Peace Conference is scheduled for this Saturday, June 27th. The conference is a 24-hour event geared to three geographic regions. Erin Thomas will take a lead role in the conference.

Laura: We have a great Rotary Club! Thanks to Geoff Gilmore and GFU students for working on the mural. Thanks to Mike Caruso for writing a letter to Rotary Club of Kathmandu to obtain a final signature for a Global Grant on Violence Against Women. Thank you to Paul Jellum for taking leadership for district grants. Thank you to Judy Robinson and Denise Bacon for their work with our high school Interact Club. Special thanks for the creation of a Community Garden with our partner, Providence Newberg Medical Center.

Judy: Corey, I thoroughly enjoyed this year with you as president – especially your positivity. I also want to brag about Rotarians working behind the scenes, evaluating 95 scholarship applications. There are nine Rotarian readers—spending hours and hours of time reading essays. Thanks to Kim Abraham for her focus on membership—members are what keeps our club strong.

~ Today’s Program: Gary Stewart, District 5100 Update ~

Gary, Assistant Governor, supports the Wilsonville, Sherwood, Tualatin and Newberg Rotary clubs. Gary is a member of the Rotary Club of Newberg Early Birds.

Gary: This is an amazing year and time to celebrate Rotary! Each year Presidents-Elect establish goals for the year. The Rotary Club of Newberg met or exceeded every goal except those impacted by the coronavirus. The club also exceeded monetary goals for Polio Plus and The Rotary Fund.

  • All short-term stay Rotary Exchange students will be rolled into next year. There is no decision at this time regarding the status of long-term exchanges. Both inbound students arrived home safely. Two of our three outbound students are in Newberg. Our third student will arrive home in July.

  • Rotarians are encouraged to take the opportunity to attend the online Rotary International Convention—41 new breakout sessions are coming in July.

  • With fundraising events cancelled—clubs are focusing on service within their local communities.

  • There was a net growth of +56 members in Rotary District 5100 during the 2019-2020 Rotary Year.

  • On July 1, we welcome new Rotary District 5100 Governor Jo Crenshaw from the Oregon City Club. Jo visits our Rotary Club August 5th via Zoom.

  • Leadership is an essential part of what Rotary is doing. Rob Sacks has taken on the Leadership Program—Rotary Essentials.

  • What COVID has done is less of a problem and more of an opportunity for Rotarians to examine how we are doing things. We have found new ways of serving our community. We don’t know when the “next normal” is going to be.

  • Newberg Early Bird Rotary Club meets June 25th in person at the Newberg Christian Church. The meeting will be recorded and sent live via Zoom.

~ Farewell and Thank You! ~

President Corey Zielsdorf: “This is it—my last meeting. I will continue to serve as your Past President. Thanks to all for your support. I will see you…..again…..

Tuesday, June 30th, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for our Zoom Installation Celebration.”

~ Next Week’s Program ~

Leslie Caldwell, Director of Visit Newberg–a new tourism and promotional organization, is our July 1, Rotary Club speaker.

Respectfully submitted by Rick Kaufman, Newsletter Editor

~ Wisdom ~

~ Trivia ~

In its earliest iteration (we’re talking pre-1600),

sushi consisted of fermented fish and rice, preserved with salt.

The excess salt gave the dish a sour flavor, hence the name

“sushi” which literally translates to “it’s sour.” …the Internet…

~ Humor ~

“I’ve reached that point where I’ll eat a piece of pie

with my bare hands over the trash

if it means not getting another dish dirty.” ~ Anon.