Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for June 26, 2019


Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for June 26, 2019

GREETER today was always-smiling Angel Aguilar….doing very well for a novice in the position!

Where is our INSPIRATIONAL 2018-2019 Club President, Om? OH!…There she is…not really “backing” out…but rather showing off with pride her shirt with her special “Be The INSPIRATION” logo on the back. Dr. Stan Kern led us in the PLEDGE….

Guests: Destiny Johnston [host/Shannon B.]; Zora Stephens [host: Matt Stephens]; Brandy Penner [host: Shannon B.]; Susan Brown [host: Michael Pollock]; Gabi Quinteros & Chloe Wilkinson [both are Client Relationship Assistants for Om…and have happily helped with the Auction and other Rotary stuff for their boss]; Jameson [host Aaron Lewis].

Visiting Newberg Early Bird Rotarians: Ken Austin III, & Kari Fahrenkopf [last meeting of her Rotary Club President year!].

City of Newberg announcement: Last Survey/Action Plan…a NewBERG Community Vision..take it today at:

Jeff Lane/Pancake Breakfast…SELL! – SELL! – SELL! The $$ we get from pre-event sales all goes into OUR club’s coffers!

We need your HELP! Please click on the link below to sign up to help at our Rotary Pancake Breakfast: Saturday, July 27th and Sunday, July 28th at Memorial Park.

Please send your best wishes to fellow Rotarian Curt Walker who was recently ill. Curt is now in good spirits and doing fine. Every year, Curt volunteers to be the Pancake Ticket Sales Chair. We can help Curt during his recuperation by purchasing or selling Rotary Pancake Breakfast tickets!

Please email Curt at to request the number of Adult and Child tickets. Adult Tickets: $7.00 each; Child Ticket (Ages 5-10): $4.00 each

AND……Denise Bacon is now home from her brief stay at the “large gray hotel” in SW Portland—Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. Please send your good wishes for Denise’s speedy recovery to: Denise at

Om was recognized/thanked for her 5 years in Newberg Noon Rotary…

Spike Sumner…said all major Pancake Breakfast sponsors are taken care of…but now we need to sell table sponsorships!

AND…then Spike proudly received his 35 year Rotary membership certificate from Pres. Om.

and all-smiles Deborah Cather-Seymour for her 25 years in Rotary!

…Om gives Geoff Gilmore his 10 year Rotary Certificate….

…..and Karl Hughes gets his 10 year Rotary certificate…

Today’s DUCK MANAGER Patrick Bancke collected $195 toward Polio Eradication…to be sent to The Rotary Foundation [TRF] a.s.a.p. to be credited in this fiscal Rotary Year.

Early Bird Rotarian Ken Austin III said a few words about A-dec’s involvement with the Rota-Dent program and presented to Spike Sumner a check for $60K to our Foundation! He said the contribution amount is tied to sales, and sales have picked up! That’s the way it works, folks! Thanks, Fellow Rotarian, Ken!

Outgoing Club President Om provided each table with a summary of “Highlight Accomplishments” during her year handling the Noon Rotary Club’s gavel. She covered the points in detail with a slide show:

Club Operations: 2018-2019 Budget continues with strong fund balances; $4364.95/Pancake Breakfast; $1,4523.22/July-May 3rd Week Polio/Duck contributions; $88,000/45th Annual Auction; $60,000/Rota-Dent.

Beneficiaries: $46,000/Newberg & St. Paul H.S. scholarships; 2 RYLA candidates; Mt. View M.S. Resource Room; NHS Interactors coordinated Health & School supplies to girls’ school in Uganda; Tree planting in Newberg; Mental Wellness Week; Nepal EMT Training; Scouts Troop 9265; Peace Builders; etc.

Club Strengths: 7 new Rotarians & 1 new Friend of Rotary; Memorandum of Understanding with Early Bird Rotary; District 5100’s strongest Interact Club [28 members] and world’s first Peace Building Interact Club; each Senior Interactor wore a special BLUE SASH at graduation; Looking at ROTARACT community or school-based for Newberg; FUN & BONDING within club w/ EXCELLENT TEAMWORK.

“Thank you for ‘Being the Inspiration’. It is an honor and a privilege to serve you all. Yours in Rotary, Om Sukheenai, President 2018-2019.”

Today’s program: David McNamee, Ph.D./Newberg “CHAOS – Servant Leadership in Afghanistan”

…Newberg Early Bird Fellow Rotarian Dr. McNamee’s opening statement about CHAOS led us right into his fascinating accounts…with supportive photos… of his Executive Leadership Training/Development efforts in Afghanistan.…Quoting Dr. Dave,

  • Cut-off in mid-sentence, confused and a little stunned, I watched as my carefully planned seminar appeared to unravel. Several of my participants were having a disagreement about something. Others nodded their heads in agreement; a few clearly had other thoughts. I wondered, “Had I said something offensive?”

    Turning to my translator, I asked her to give me the gist of the animated dialog going on between my participants. “It’s not you,” she said. “They love what you’re teaching them about servant leadership. But they are struggling with how to make it work in all their different situations. They don’t understand how to connect the theory with their reality.”

    This past month I took my first trip to Afghanistan. I had been invited to present seminars on servant leadership to several groups. One group—a last minute addition to the schedule—consisted of 40 women who headed various departments and organizations within the Afghan government. What had originally been set to be a short half-day seminar had morphed at the last minute into a 3-day event. While my other workshops were presented to English-speaking groups, this presentation had to be presented in Dari, the variety of Persian spoken in Afghanistan. Subtle concepts like servant leadership required careful translation.

    The rest of Dr. McNamee’s seminar can be followed at: Passion – a Key to Success/Servant Leadership and Gender Equality This material is the crux of his presentation to us today. Dr. Dave provides professional…and personal…. insight into the challenges…and successes…of “leadership” on multiple levels….personal, professional, societal, etc. A visit to his website is “worth the trip”!

    Thanks to Dr. Dave McNamee for such an insightful look at this often-overlooked subject!

    REMINDER: No meeting next week….as we take pause to celebrate Our Nation’s BIRTHDAY!

    AND….meetings through July will be at Friendsview…NOT the CCC! As summer camp programs for kids will take over the facility!

    Our July 10 meeting will be the start of our new Rotary Year…with President Corey Z. at the helm! For scheduled programs go to the Club’s website and check out the calendar.

    NOW…with the solid guidance of 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 too all concerned?



    Respectfully submitted,

    Rick Kaufman

    Newsletter Editor

    And a little humor to brighten your day….

    The Best Way To Pray

    A priest, a minister and a guru sat discussing the best positions for prayer, while a telephone repairman worked nearby…..
    “Kneeling is definitely the best way to pray,” the priest said;
    “No,” said the minister. “I get the best results standing with my hands outstretched to Heaven.”
    “You’re both wrong,” the guru said. “The most effective prayer position is lying down on the floor.”
    The repairman could contain himself no longer. “Hey, fellas,” he interrupted. “The best prayin’ I ever did was when I was hangin’ upside down from a telephone pole.”