~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~

Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, June 29, 2022


~ Call to Order ~

President Elect Becky Ankeny welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Hybrid Live/Zoom meeting at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at the Chehalem Cultural Center.


~ Flag Salute ~

Scott lead participants in the Pledge of Allegiance.


~ 4 Way Test ~

Paula 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 ~

NEXT WEEK’S MEETING – Will take place at the alternate GFU location.

Community Announcement – The Willamette Valley Lavender Festival is at the Chehalem Cultural Center on July 9th and 10th.

Newberg Rotary Foundation Board Vacancy – The Club’s Foundation Board now has a vacancy and if you have interest in filling that open seat on the board, contact Auggie or Spike.  There will also be 2 more seats that open and get voted on in the next month.  They are three year terms where they meat bimonthly.

Voluteers needed for Interact Club Project – Need some Volunteer help for the next Interact Helping Paws Helping People project (two dates to be determined after confirming with the Grange).  The Rotarian will be helping set up and tear down, which is important to meet the needs of the grant.

Pancake Breakfast – Note that tickets are now available.  Everyone will be charged and given 4 adult and 4 child tickets, which cost the same as previous years: $7 adult and $4 kids.  Aaron has these tickets, you can pick up from Aaron at a future meeting and will also have extras available if you want to pick up at his office at Lewis Audio and Video on 99.  For extra tickets, you can buy some online (www.newbergrotary.org/pancakebreakfast) or ask Aaron for paper tickets.


~ Guests ~

Chad, Guest, from Avamere

Jan Polendey, Guest

Elizabeth Schrader, Guest Speaker, United Way

~ The Rotary Duck ~

Paul: Pointed out that the more tickets we buy in advance, the more our club makes.  This is because presold tickets we sell, goes direct to our club, while tickets sold at the event get split between the clubs.

Karen: Noted that posters and yard signs are available to put up at your home or business.

Geoff: Shared that there are still tickets available for the GFU Lecture.  There are 4 tickets at the cost of a $100 donation to our Club Foundation.  The event is on July 23 and will include a dinner and a Lecture by Dr Robin Baker on Civil discourse.

Rick: Brought Amy up to the front for his unveiling of his Japanese Treasure Box which he presented to her live.  She was the winning bidder on his hand crafted ware.  He opened it and demonstrated/explained all of the artistic meaning and design, which was all original design of Rick’s creation.  He also, as one of the Founding members of the event, gifted her 2 tickets to the Forest Grove Concours D’Elegance Car Show put on annually by the Rotary Club of Forest Grove.  This event, for anyone interested is on July 17 and information is available at https://forestgroveconcours.org/.

Kathie: Invited us all to attend the Picnic in the Parking Lot First Federal was putting on as a celebration of their 100 years in business.  It is at their Newberg location with free hotdogs, soda, chips and cake from 11 to 2pm.

Karl: Noted he was happy to be back as he has not been to a meeting in a while.

Walter: Encouraged us to grab some pancake signs and put them up.

Spike: Noted that next week will be the election for the two open seats within the Club Foundation Board.  Currently Larry and Daniel R have expressed interest, but if anyone else wants to be on that ballot, then please let Spike know.

Lisa: Gave a shout out to Kathie for her awesome cookies she makes and sells.  If you have any events that might benefit from cookies, let Kathie know and she can make some.

Laura: Noted that her nextdoor neighbor came by last week to chat, and she mentioned that her English teacher was Becky!  She even shared that Becky used to have pretty wild and colorful hair in those days.  Thanks Becky, for stepping up as president.

Amy: Thanked Rick for his box and gift of tickets.  

Denise: The Universe has been very good to Newberg and that the future is looking brighter than we might think.

Christy: Thanked Denise for the awesome event at her home welcoming Emily from Kenya.  Kathies awesome cookies were also at this event.

Auggie: Also loved those cookies Kathie brought.


~ Today’s Program: United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley with Elizabeth Schrader ~

Elizabeth Schrader has been with the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley and is the Chief Development Officer.  They serve Yamhill County.  She recently sold her home in Salem and her and her husband are in the process of renovating the Family Heder Homestead on Parrett Mountain.  The original 1870 log cabin was originally part of this structure.  She seeks to help our community thrive among all of our challenges we’ve seen over the last few years.

United Way identifies the gap between the need and the services available in a community.  They sometimes address that gap through grant funding, but also use collaboration with other organizations or programs to serve those gaps.  She then introduced and explained several of their projects:

Cottages United Program – Provides affordable, safe housing for Seniors at risk of Homelessness.  They build intentional communities and have them be at a price point of no more than $500 per month, or 30% of their income.  Their first community is in Salem, which is 25 little 1 bedroom, fully equipped cottages with washer/dryers and kitchenettes.

Good 360 Gifts in Kind Program – is a National model that works to connect with big box retailers like kroger, walmart, and Amazon to be able to collect their unsellable, clearance, or returned items and donate those to local non-profits in an effort to fill critical needs of in kind goods.  They have an 8,000 square foot warehouse in Salem, and they also opened a second hub in March.  It is only for Registered Non-Profits and they can pick up goods from the warehouse to take what they need to serve their communities.  Last year they moved $3,000,000 worth of goods which all went to serve the local communities.

SafeSleep United – The United Way’s low-barrier women’s shelter.  In partnership with Inside Out Ministries, they established SafeSleep in 2020, providing a safe, warm, secure place exclusively for unsheltered women to sleep, eat a warm meal, and have access to support needed to rebuild their lives.

Santiam Wildfire Support – They serve as the fiscal sponsor for Santiam Long Term Recovery Group, helping survivor families in the canyon.

Community Impact Grants – Many different small grants funded by their workplace campaigns.  They find needs and fill them.

Women United – Their women’s philanthropic member group dedicated to positively impacting the lives of local girls and women.

Enrichment Academy Salem-Keizer – Before and after school programs designed to support academic acheivement.

To learn more about the United Way of the MWV and its programs, or find ways to donate/volunteer, visit their website at https://www.unitedwaymwv.org/.

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~ Joke of the Day ~

Why is church the best place to learn how to make a banana split?

They teach Sundae School.

~ Happy Quotes! ~

“We make a living by what we get.  We make a life by what we give.”

Winston Churchill

~ Published 7/3/2022: Dan Keuler, Newsletter Editor ~