Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for November 17, 2021

~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~

Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, November 17, 2021


~ Call to Order ~

President Joe Morelock welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Hybrid Live/Zoom meeting at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at the Chehalem Cultural Center.


~ Flag Salute ~

Jim lead participants in the Pledge of Allegiance.


~ 4 Way Test ~

Mike 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 ~

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.



Welcome to the Club Scott Parker and Welcome back to Beth Pent!

President Joe Morelock and the Club also officially welcomed and inducted the newest members of our club: Scott Parker and Beth Pent. Beth, a previous member who switched to the Early Bird Club, is back to serve more and Scott Parker is new to the club and is the Executive Director of the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce in Newberg. Welcome!

~ Guests ~

Caitlin Stika, Guest Speaker, Executive Director of “With Courage”

~ The Rotary Duck ~

Mike: Mike announced that the Polio Case is still holding at 2 cases worldwide. He also shared that Thursday at 4 is the Peacebuilder Clubs bimonthly meeting for which the speaker will be Jesse Morton. He was an active Jihadist terrorist from 2006 to 2011. He speaks on racial justice now which prompted Mike to invite him to speak to our area, where we have racial justice issues of our own. He will be speaking on racial justice and how Qanon relates to the issues we have been facing as a Nation.

Judy: Gave kudos and thanks to the team who helped successfully raise the money needed for the 52 Kenyan students to get their 2nd high school year of education.

Shannon B: Shared about her finally being able to complete her grandfather’s headstone, which she finally was able to locate for the first time. It was missing a death date even though he passed away 11 years ago. It turned out no one could afford the final engravings. Shannon asked Beth for help on figuring out how to complete this project. She was able to do so and is really pleased.

Walter: Gave credit, judos, and a fun pair of socks to Dr Joe for his amazing work hosting the Auction this year.

Rick: Noted that between him and Jeff they have over a hundred years of Rotary service and invited people to feel free to reach out to them to learn more of Rotary and/or their experiences over the years.

Brandy: Greatly enjoyed taking the opportunity to volunteer at the School District. She also noted how appreciative the students and staff are for anyone who donates their time for the district and encouraged us to do the same if we have opportunities or free time.

Dan K: Shared that he and his wife celebrated their 5 year anniversary as a weekend stay at the McMenamens Edgefield, which is where they were married. While there, he noticed a plaque that expressed the hotel as the weekly meeting place for the Rotary Club of West Columbia Gorge. He also encouraged everyone to check out Daniel Roberts’ Elpis Project Podcast, whereby Daniel interviewed Joe Morelock about how Public Schools operate. To listed click on the link:

Stan: Noted he was wearing fun socks in honor of Dr Joe, and also noted he was wearing his favorite shoes which have a small bit of pancake mix stuck on them from his volunteering at a past Pancake Breakfast.

Michael S: Just turned 41 recently and also just got approval to join the Hillsboro Police Department as police officer. Also announced that they have a second child on the way. What an exciting time for your family! Congrats on both announcements!

Om: Noted that Joe Morelock did an amazing job during his OPB interview which was part of their “Think Out Loud” Program. The interview can be heard at the following link:

Spike: Has been out Elk Hunting recently. Also he recently watched the Huskies lose to the Ducks and is excited for Grant and Auggie to have to take him out to lunch as a result. Spike also shared the very unfortunate news that long time Rotarian, Past President of our Club, and Community Supporter John Kerekanich past away this week. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family for this terrible loss.

Grant: Was out for the past few weeks deer hunting. He also donated in honor of John who he noted was a big personality, a big part of this club, and a valuable member of the community. He will be missed.

Wendy: Reminder for everyone to sign up for the Past President Holiday Celebration. Wear your favorite holiday colors and come have a great time.

Shannon K: Highlighted that the Past President Dinner is NOT only for past presidents. Anyone and Everyone is invited to this event as well as a plus 1 guest. Please sign up for this event.

Joe: Is wrapping up his quest to visit every single one of the schools in our district to say goodbye as he wraps up his final week as the Superintendent.


~ Today’s Program: Breast Cancer Support org “With Courage” by Caitlin Stika ~

Caitlin Stika was invited to share with our club her story and the story of her non-profit With Courage. Caitlin was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 at the age of 30. Through her experience, she received a lot of support from her friends, family, and community to help her through that difficult journey. At the time she had a newborn and a 3 year old and it involved a lot of driving to Lake Oswego and Portland for surgeries and medical visits. During this experience, she dreamt up a mission to provide valuable support to others in a similar medical situation. She created the organization “With Courage” and registered as a 501(c)3 just before COVID. The mission of the organization is to support local families in Yamhill County who have been impacted from breast cancer diagnosis: someone newly diagnosed or someone currently going through treatment.

With Courage offers the following services:

  • Care Packages: (a couple hundred dollars of value, strategically put together to give comfort and be useful including but not limited to items such as a quality tote bag, water bottle, blanket, hand sanitizers, lotions, etc.)
  • A private Facebook Group: for members of the program who agree to their rules of confidentiality. This is helpful because it is full of people currently going through the same experience as well as people who have previously been through it.
  • Monthly Meet-ups: These are great experiences to share and learn, but are planned and designed to be something new and fun such as paint/pottery classes, nature hikes, winery get togethers, etc.
  • Financial Assistance: offered to families currently in active treatment/radiation/surgery which include items tailored to the individual’s needs such as groceries, gas cards, wigs, rent money, utilities, house cleaning services, car payments, etc. Their assistance is not need based which means there is no cutoff for getting help.

To learn more or to contribute to their organization, you can visit their website (which includes an opportunity to reach out and/or visit their social media pages):


~ 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 ~

Massages are nice because it feels good to be kneaded.

~ Happy Quotes! ~

“Let us remember that, as much has been given us,
much will be expected from us,
and that true homage comes from the heart
as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. “

– Theodore Roosevelt



~ Published 11/21/2021: Dan Keuler, Newsletter Editor ~