Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 1, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for May 1, 2019

Another FUN Rotary meeting at Friendsview!

We were greeted by Paula…..and presented with a somewhat TROPICAL lunch menu, including specially prepared/delicious plantain [looks like bananas to most of us!]:

Prez Om opened the meeting with such INSPIRATION…again!

She had Dr. Stan Kern ably lead us in the Pledge…

Then introduced our guests….Earlybird Rotary Exchange Students Rosa Ruiz Lopez and Matteo Crotta, accompanied by Elizabeth Still.

And visiting Rotarians, Newberg Earlybird President-Elect Rod Federswich….and John Bailey….Ray’s Rotarian guest from England.

For the “Rotary Moment”, Om then had Mike Caruso recognize two new Paul Harris Award recipients [each w/ multiple PHFs]….Geoff and LeRoy:

Beth Pent elicited $46 in DUCK contributions….with plenty of stories….from Auggie, Walter, Laura [interviewing for a new City Librarian], Jeff, Dan, Stan, Shannon, Deborah [pointing out RAY’s 80th birthday], Paula…..AND acknowledging AUGGIE’s Birthday, too!

Laura T. gave us an up-date on Matching Grant activities…including senior project….with “HelpingHands”.

Corey spoke of working on the early stages of forming a Rotoract Club at George Fox University.

Auggie announced an up-coming FREE forum and panel discussion on “Understanding Pain and Opiates, Challenges for Student Athletes” for Wednesday, May 15, 6 – 8 PM at the Chehalem Cultural Center…with registration requested….bit/ly/painforumegistration

Leah provided us with a new…and she claims…final…2020 Auction date: May 9, 2020…and said that some $62K – $63K went into the Foundation from the 2019 Auction proceeds, with $5K going toward the next MURAL….which will be on the east-facing outside wall of the Library Annex.

AND…Bayo, from the City of Newberg, reminded us that the City’s survey, “Are We Going in the Right Direction?” regarding the Community Vision, closes May 7:

Newberg Earlybird Rotarians have invited us to their annual social “FIRESIDE” being held on Thursday  May 16th, 6 PM at Tina’s Barn 23095 Mountain Top Road.  Please bring $10 to cover food costs.

Program: Presenters were Exchange Students, Rosa and Matteo.

Rosa is from Oaxaca, Mexico…located in the extreme south of that country. She is youngest of four [4] siblings, and the only girl.  She spoke of many holidays, including the Day of the Dead [Nov. 1 – 2] and the Day of the Good Samaritan Woman during the 3rd Friday of Lent.  Also mentioned were traditional handicrafts, gastronomy, and many tourist places in the region. She enjoys Scouting and swimming, spoke of the Zapotec culture and that she wants to be a doctor. She supported her words with photos of her family, home city and region. Her English is VERY GOOD!

Matteo: Lives near Switzerland, adjacent to N. Italy’s famous Lake Como….a city known for its BIG TOWER…is one of three [3] siblings; his dad owns/runs a pasta shop in the city…and his mom is a translator/interpreter [German <-> Italian] and likes painting and making jewelry.  Matteo enjoys soccer [claims his home team is always the worst ranking one in the area…except when he is not there!], snowboarding, skiing and hiking….and especially likes drawing/art, and hopes to become a graphic artist/designer. He also had supportive photos. His English is also VERY GOOD!

From their obvious levels of excitement and enthusiasm, both these great students are enjoying their time in Newberg!  The Rotary International Student Exchange Program is alive and well in Newberg, Oregon, USA!

REMINDER: The May 8 meeting will be back at the Cultural Center: Program: What’s New at Providence Newberg – Updates on the new expansion and more!  Presenters: Lori Bergen, CEO & Diana Fisher, Executive Director

Prez Om closed the meeting…and we are all encouraged to….


……and to live by Rotary’s Four Way Test of the things we think say or do:

#1 – Is it the TRUTH!

#2 – Is it FAIR to all concerned?


#4 – Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


BTW…You are encouraged to read your ROTARIAN MAGAZINE…you may never know when there just might be a TEST on something in there!

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

and…’s “grin”….”…hmmm…..yet another day has passed and I did not use ALGEBRA once!…….very interesting…….”