Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for November 10, 2021

~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~

Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, November 10, 2021


~ Call to Order ~

Immediate Past President Shannon Buckmaster welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Hybrid Live/Zoom meeting at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at the Chehalem Cultural Center.


~ Flag Salute ~

Paul lead participants in the Pledge of Allegiance.


~ 4 Way Test ~

Amber 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 ~

Tomorrow (Thursday, November 11) is Veteran’s Day. We gave early thanks to all of the Veteran’s who have served, and gave individual thanks and recognition to the many Veterans in our very own Club. Thank you for your service!


Past President’s Holiday Dinner: Wendy is organizing the Past President Holiday Dinner on December 9th 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Parrot Mountain Wine Cellars. There will be limited tickets available (40 maybe) so sign up early if you are interested.



~ Guests ~

Amanda Bayha, Guest Speaker

Chelsea Ochs, Guest Speaker

Beth Pent, Early Birds Rotarian

Joshua Duter, Guest

Scott Parker, Guest, Executive Director of Chehalem Valley Chamber

Veronica, Scott’s daughter

Shannon, Scott’s wife


~ The Rotary Duck ~

Christy: Shared that the Interact club met this morning with Interact Club members from Lake Oswego, as well as 3 students from Kenya. They had wonderful conversations sharing about their educational experiences. They were so impressed by the generosity of the District and very grateful. Christy also shared some hand-written notes of thanks from some of the students we sponsored. Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen! She also shared that Rowan, the Interact President, is also one of this year’s Student Representatives for the Newberg School Board.

Dan K: Welcomed Shannon K back, note of appreciation for Dr Joe Morelock and everything he brings to our community, and a note of apology as he missed getting out last week’s newsletter. Gave in appreciation for Joe.

Jim: Jim reflected on the 4 Way Test. He noted that Dr. Joe Morelock epitomizes those principles. He noted that he feels that the School Board majority absolutely did not epitomize the Four-Way test. Gave in appreciation for Joe.

Daniel: Gave thanks for Kathy. He noted that Kathy realized that we did not have a Christmas Tree Lighting schedule and she took it upon herself to GET. IT. DONE. She is working very hard, in an unusually short timeline to complete. It is coming together and we thank Kathy for working towards this.

Shannon B: Noted Kathy is really pulling this together through an amazing amount of coordination with many generous donors and helpers. She is a Master Worker of Joy.

Karl: Heard the news about Joe this morning and noted that we have a very big problem that needs attention at the School Board. Gave in appreciation for Joe.

Shannon K: Gave in appreciation for Joe.

Rick: Rick was not feeling well and missed last week. He is happy to be back today.

Kim: Gave in appreciation for Joe. She noted that she had a rough morning but coming to Rotary was very motivating and she is very happy to be around the Positivity provided by our club.

Laura: Gave thanks to Christy, Judy, and Denise for doing such a great job working with the Interact Club. They have all worked tirelessly to raise $32,000 for the students in Kenya.

Brandy: Gave in appreciation for Joe. She noted that she wasn’t sure if she would be able make it in, but like Kim decided that she wanted to come in to be around the positive nature of the club members who work hard to lead the community.

Walter and Julie: Gave in appreciation for Joe.


~ Today’s Program: Floral Design and Herbs by Amanda Bayha and Chelsea Ochs ~

Amanda Bayha and Chelsea Ochs presented today.

Amanda Bayha is a Floral Designer and NeurOptimal Nuerofeedback provider and is the artist whose work has been on display at the Chehalem Cultural Center. The beautiful displays of dried flowers and other floral type arrangements were of her creation, including a great big floral heart as well as a floral sculpture of an American Flag. For some more detail on her art you can quickly visit the CCC’s website at This webpage appears to follow whatever is currently on display, but her bio and Artist Info is still up as of the publishing of this newsletter on November 10. She noted that all of the floral pieces she made for the display were collected directly from around the community, representing all that is the heart of Newberg. This is from our “common ground”. The large heart arrangement was auctioned off at the Cultural Center’s Night of the Moon Gala.

Chelsea Ochs is a Doctor of acupuncture and herbalist. She owns and operates “Herbs in Jars” which is located at 210 S College St. She grew up in Newberg and moved away for the majority of her adult life but eventually moved back a few years ago largely due to the incredible land and plants that grow in the area. She was trained in Chinese medicine at the Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine. She realized that so many of the dried herbs she used she lacked advanced knowledge in how they actually grow. This led her to return to the area to explore the life cycles of these plants and herbs and to keep learning more and more each year about herbs.

They noted that there is so much to learn from nature and nature’s life cycles. We can find opportunities for peace, recovery, balance, etc as we connect with nature and continue to learn more about plants and herbs. Herbs have so many healing properties which can serve to provide for us.

They also led a little exercise where they provided us pens and paper in which we could answer two questions for ourselves privately on paper: How are you Feeling? What do you need? What you write can be to yourself, to God, to the universe, or whatever or whoever you want to share to. The paper had different emotions from a wide spectrum based on Chinese medicine to help guide us. Chelsea and Amanda said no one would be reading what we wrote, but instead they would pulp the paper and use them to house little seedlings to be distributed to the community.

Amanda and Chelsea also brought a basket of fresh Rosemary and Lavender which they offered to us all for free to take with us. She requested that we take her offering with a continuing wish for community and healing, processing, and integrating reminding us that we are all here together. She shared that Rosemary is an incredible Respiratory Remedy which helps open the lungs and moves into our head to allow our senses to be clear. She uses it for headaches or inability to think clearly, just by smelling it. It can be used for a lot of other circulatory advantages as well. They suggested that if you would like to learn more abour herbal medicine that you start with books and perhaps connect with an herbalist. They also noted that the medicinal affects of herbs can take time to show improvements, so if you would like to give this a try, stick with it for a month or two and you may begin to see results. It is also helpful to develop a relationship with a herbalist as different herbs can have different effects for different people, and having someone who knows you and your needs may be able to help match you with the herbs that will benefit you the most.

A big thanks to Amanda and Chelsea for the presentation and for the herbal gifts! The Rosemary smells amazing. Also note that they both said that they are taking new patients so if you would like to learn more or try out some of these herb based medicine, feel free to reach out.


~ Next Week’s Program: “With Courage” by Caitlin Stika ~

Check your e-mails for Mike Caruso’s Zoom meeting access information.

~ Joke of the Day ~

What is the downside to eating a clock?

It is very time consuming.

~ Happy Quotes! ~

“Out of the Darkest Dark comes the Brightest Light.”

– Dr. Joe Morelock



~ Published 11/10/2021: Dan Keuler, Newsletter Editor ~