Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for October 06, 2021

~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~

Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, October 6, 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, October 6, 2021 at the Chehalem Cultural Center.


~ Flag Salute ~

Kyla lead participants in the Pledge of Allegiance.


~ 4 Way Test ~

Doug 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 ~

Auction Updates: The Auction will take place on Friday, October 29th, 2021. If you would like to find more opportunities to help out or learn more about the coming auction, reach out to Amy. If you have a great idea for an auction item, get them in soon as the auction date is fast approaching. Paper forms will be available at the meetings if you already have items or packages procured. Also if you would like to give a shout out to donors, you can do so at the Club Meeting and we will post in the Newsletter. That being said, a big thank you goes out to the following who have recently made a contribution to our auction:

Coffee Cat Coffeehouse
Miss Hannah’s Popcorn
Owen’s Eye Care

Thanks again for your generous and exciting donations.


~ Guests ~

Danielle Howard Dye, Guest Speaker, Program Director for JOY

Annalyse, Guest, Christy’s daughter and student of JOY Orchestra

~ The Rotary Duck ~

Doug: Celebrating his 20th wedding anniversary. Congrats!

Mike: Welcome back to Julie!Paid a visit to Leroy and Paula Bennem. Leroy was a member of the club for more than 50 years and is now suffering prostate cancer. At the end of the meeting they will be having their monthly Peace Building Committee meeting. The presenter of the meeting was Brandy Penner to discuss the School Board news, which as we all know has been national news. Additionally, last weekend State Attorney General filed suit against the County regarding the Gun Sanctuary decision. A lot is going on and there are large ramifications throughout the community, economic and otherwise.

Auggie: Two big upsets happened in college football this week. (Oregon Ducks and Washington Huskies)

Christy: Wanted to give kudos to Om a shoutout because last year Christy bid on her Thai dinner and that dinner was AMAZING. She is hoping Om does something similar. Also reminded us that it is not difficult to solicit for auction items. While she was getting new glasses at Owen’s Eye Care, she asked them if they do auction donations and they said yes and contributed $200 gift card. Awesome!

Spike: Missed some meetings as he was travelling. Did some fishing up in Alaska as well as a golf trip up in Washington. He also noted that he put out a sponsorship form for the auction. They have to date received about $8,500 in sponsorship but are hoping to get more. There are different levels of sponsorship and is a great way to help the auction.

Rick: Noted that he likes to contribute weekly in honor of the effort to eradicate polio. He also mentioned that he spoke to his son in law about the auction and may be getting a contribution and maybe a presentation at one of our meetings about his organization. Stay tuned.

Dan: Noted that auction season is upon us and he has been hard at work soliciting/procuring a wide variety of different auction items and gave thanks to some more donors who have responded with amazing items: ilani, Miss Hannah’s Popcorn, and Coffee Cat Coffeehouse. Thanks to these generous contributions!

Ralph: Go Beavs!

Walter: Julie missed this meeting as she was at a Doctor Consult. She was so moved by everyone donating in her name last week that she decided to donate 2 art pieces to the auction. Thanks Julie!

Auggie: Thanks to Om who was presenting at Greeters and changed her presentation to include the Auction. At that meeting someone approached Auggie asking about how to contribute to the auction and donated a framed print worth $750. Thanks!

Om: Thanked Auggie, Amy, Christy, and Michelle who spoke about the Auction. She also noted that the dinner she contributes takes a lot of work and thinks she might do another one.

Paul: Announced that the Kenya Schools goal is getting closer. They are now only about $10,000 away from the goal. They are a little behind but are hoping to get there quick. If you would like to donate, you can write a check to the Newberg Rotary Foundation and specify that it is for this program. These donations are tax deductible.

Amy: Thanked Om for the Greeters event. Also noted that he office looks like Christmas time as it is full of awesome items she might go broke bidding on. Also thank you to all of the sponsors. She also urged us all to get online ASAP to get tickets so we know who will be online vs in person as well as Golden Tickets. You can buy the Golden tickets at the meeting, online, or just ask and Amy or Dan K who can help do whatever, whenever, and however is needed to help sell you these. To do this online, go to

Kathie: Noted that a flyer has been placed on all of the tables noting all of the donations made by First Federal this year. There were about 10 Newberg Non-profits who signed up and received a total of about $20,000. Also Go Beavs.

Mary Jane: Gave as a public note of appreciation for Joe’s hard work at the school board.

Kathi: Going to donate to the Kenya Schools project. Noted the importance of access to a quality education.

Denise: Noted that her 20 year old son Josh was officially hired as a permanent employee as a trainer. Denise said he doesnt have to move out because he’s so great.


~ Today’s Program: Junior Orchestra of Yamhill County (JOY) by Danielle Howard Dye ~

Danielle Howard Dye is the Program Coordinator of JOY. Danielle and her husband are Newberg residents and she is also a teacher for the JOY program. She graduated from GFU in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in music pre-teaching and violin performance. She came to share about the JOY program.

Joy is a free/low cost program of the Yamhill Enrichment Society based in Yamhill County. They provide high quality in-school and after-school strings enrichment. Their mission is to transform the lives of underserved youths of Yamhill County through high-caliber intensive orchestral music instruction through emphasizing teamwork and collaboration, promoting student creativity, and engaging the community. Their key values include: Inclusion, Equity, Excellence, Community, Teamwork, and Joy. She pointed out the value of music in developing emotional and social learning as well as teamwork and inclusion. It is also good for the small muscles in your arms and hands as well as good for developing posture. Currently they partner with Newberg School District and serve students of Edwards Elementary. This is because this school serves a high free/reduced lunch area and has a large Latinx population. About 41% of their students last year were from a Latinx background and 27% were considered high risk students.

Aside from the NSD, they also partner with El Sistema USA, which guides some of the programming strategy and also partner with an “older sister program” in Portland called Bravo Youth Orchestra, from whom they modeled their program schedule off of. They also have a JOY Parent Program where a committee of parents can be involved and help with fundraising and organizing aspects of the program. They serve K-4th grade currently and plan to serve K-5th grade next year. Last week they recorded a performance and Danielle played it for us.

They hope to continue to grow, work to create a smooth transition into middleschool orchestra, and maybe expand beyond Edwards. For more information on the program, visit their website at


~ Next Week’s Program: Alliance Services with Travis Toedtemeier ~

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

~ Joke of the Day ~

“If my kids refuse to go to sleep, I charge them with Resisting a Rest.”

~ Happy Quotes! ~

“Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart.”

– Shinichi Suzuki

~ Published 10/05/2021: Dan Keuler, Newsletter Editor ~