Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for October 21, 2020

~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~

Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, October 21, 2020


~ Zoom Meeting Participants ~

Shannon B, Mike, Dan, Denise, Laura, Lisa, Michelle, Jeff, Walter, Shannon K, Jim, Stan, Auggie, Ralph, Lynn, Tony, Joe, Corey, Om, Judy, Paul, Brandy, Kim, Kathie, Dale, Paula, Geoff, and Todd


~ Call to Order ~

President Shannon Buckmaster welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Zoom meeting at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 21, 2020.  The Rotarians split out into breakout groups to start the meeting.


~ Flag Salute ~

Paul lead participants in the Pledge of Allegiance.


~ 4 Way Test ~

Shannon K 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 ~

This Saturday, October 24th is World Polio Day.  Thanks to all who support the global mission of ending Polio!  Additionally, Larry Strober and Debbie Thompson have been officially approved for membership and organizing the induction is underway.  Welcome new members!



OCTOBER 30, 2020!  SAVE THE DATE!!!  The Auction team of Shannon K, Lisa, Michelle, and now Kathie have been working very hard to make progress on the auction and announced the release of the landing page, whereby attendees can RSVP and purchase tickets!  

They have added Kathie Beyers as a Co-Chair for the auction team to assist in getting that extra boost toward an amazing event!  Crunch time everyone, get registered ASAP and get items in ASAP as the list gets published on Friday!

here should be a postcard coming in the mail for most people this week, and if you have already registered, feel free to pass that along to someone else.  Take a look at the posted sponsors and remember that if you come across any of the sponsors, make sure to thank them for their support:  A-dec | Extraordinary Systems | Kathy George | A&S Land & Cattle | Providence Health Plans | Providence Newberg Medical Center | First Federal | Columbia Bank | Newberg Urgent Care

The Auction Committee has collected approximately 125 auction items!  The catalog of items will be available online about a week before the event date.  Make sure you come to next Wednesday’s meeting, and enjoy a sneak peek of the auction party.



~ Guests ~

Larry Strober, Rotary Club of McMinnville Sunrise, Former Assistant Governor, soon to be new member

Christy Cowgill, Judy’s guest, soon to be new member

Debby Thomas, Dean of the George Fox College of Business, soon to be new member

Doug Peterson, Presenter

Shelley Kolb, Early Bird Rotarian

Doug Utberg, Guest of Om, Chamber member

Amanda Greene, Our Webhost who runs the website


~ The Rotary Duck ~


Mike:  Thanks to Geoff for his gracious matching donation!

Walter:  Visited with Marge, who has had health issues, and she said a Rotarian gave great bouquet of flowers and she wanted to say thanks and not to forget that shes still here with us.

Laura:  Called attention to the Fire Relief Fund that the District has set up.  Everyone should have gotten an email about it and the amounts are tax deductible.  She also provided updates about the violence against women international project.  They will work through the issue of travel restrictions and adapting.  Also keep thoughts and prayers for Lily Tappa, our contact in Kathmandu, who has come down with COVID-19.

Denise:  Yesterday Denise turned 54 years old, Happy Birthday Denise!

Paula:  Honored her dear late Mother who’s house sale just finalized.

Brandy:  This week is the 5th week of distance learning at the school district.  Thanks and congrats to the Staff, Teachers, kids, and parents for your dedication and hard work!

Judy:  Is adding in funds to her pledge she made last week thanks to Geoff’s generous matching pledge.

Om:  Thanks to Laura for helping with a beautiful graphic for her auction donation as well as Gene who visited her office.

Dan:  Penalized himself and apologized to the Club for failing to put out last week’s newsletter.

Shannon B:  Paid in as she also failed to respond to Dan’s email this week, and also noted that her daughter, who is a Senior, will be vying for the Interact Club President role!  So great, like mother like daughter!

Joe:  Is matching Brandy’s donation celebrating a month of distance learning.

Kathie:  Kathie also celebrated a birthday and had a very special weekend with her son. Happy Birthday Kathie!

Christy:  Wanted to thank Judy for inviting her to come meet the group.  She has enjoyed being a part of the meetings.

Jim:  His 27 year old son Taylor just got engaged to be married a young lady out of Seattle!  Congrats to the Mcmaster Family!

Lisa:  Added to the duck to get us to an even $600!  But we did not end there!

Paul:  Paul also celebrated a birthday recently and also mentioned a grant that the club has given to Love Inc which awards gift cards to people who complete the Money Management Program as well as moneys the club foundation provides to the Newberg School District Resource Rooms.  He also mentioned that they are still looking for help for ballot pickups for the county clerk.

Stan:  Gave to support the Polio effort.

Walter:  He wanted to give a shout out to Brandy and her team’s amazing work getting the word out to help pass the School Construction Bond.

Ralph:  Honoring his uncle Ward who was disabled with Polio.  He gave thanks to Rotary International for their efforts to end polio.

Mike:  Reminded everyone that World Polio Day is on Saturday.

Geoff:  Said he will send in a check for his $500 pledge he made and everyone has generously taken advantage of today.  He also mentioned that the President of George Fox, Robin Baker, generously donated an Auction Item whereby he will donate a dinner and lecture about Courage.  They take about 20 people and the financial donation ends up being significant.  Thanks to Robin Baker!  Jeff Lane mentioned that he and Jackie have gone the last two years and loved it.  He said he will be buying two tickets and gave high praise and endorsement!  Consider signing up!

$780 donations plus $500 match from Geoff Gilmore!  That’s a huge grand total of $1,280!!!  That means our annual goal has effectively been met! Lets spend the rest of the year boosting our score in an attempt to set a new club high score!  Thanks Everyone! and special thanks to Geoff!



~ Today’s Program: Suicide Prevention and Awareness (Doug Peterson)~

In January 2015, Doug lost is 17 year old son Page to Suicide.  He found comfort in his bike and decided to ride his bike from Canada to Mexico on an 1800 mile bike ride to honor his son and raise awareness to suicide prevention.  He was working with a group called Pair of Thieves to get the word out about suicide prevention and provide support for family members who have lost a love one to this tragic occurrence.  So many people joined and supported him on his big ride.  He stressed the importance of recognizing the importance of getting awareness and mental health support in public schools to teach kids at a young age, providing understanding of this issue.  He hopes to get awareness into public school curriculum.

He recommended a book called “A Journey Through Trauma” by an author who went through childhood sexual trauma.  The book relates such healing to climbing a mountain.  First you get your gear together.  Then once you have your gear (tools), you have to begin the slow climb out.  But you cant climb until you have your gear.  It is a long, painful road of guilt and the journey to healing isn’t quick or easy.  For him is was biking, but for others it can be anything.  He also had a playlist that inspired him.  He had a song that inspired him to “Run towards something, rather than away from something”.  He is still climbing.  He said during his trip he lost a lot of weight and his butt was very sore.  His wife drove along with him the whole way to support him.  His trip was difficult but he met many people and supporters during that journey.

He worked with Pair of Thieves, who helped get the word out and raised a lot of money for suicide prevention. They did a lot of interviews with news stations.  He was also involved in and recognized the Newberg Police Department’s Suicide Prevention Police Car.


~ Next Week’s Program ~

Next week will have a special meeting previewing the Auction!  Be there!

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

~ Joke of the Day ~

Q: Why did Beethoven get rid of his chickens?

A: Because all they ever talked about was Bach, Bach, Bach.

~ Happy Quotes! ~

“The planet does not need more successful people.  The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of all kinds.”

– The Dalai Lama


~ Published 10/24/2020: Dan Keuler, Newsletter Editor ~