Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for October 7, 2020

~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~

Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, October 7, 2020


~ Zoom Meeting Participants ~

Shannon B, Mike, Dan, Paul, Walter, Brandy, Joe, Kathie, Om, Tony, Shannon K, Judy, Denise, Auggie, Michelle, Jim, Gene, Laura, Lisa, Stan, Ralph, Geoff, Matt.


~ Call to Order ~

President Shannon Buckmaster welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Zoom meeting at 12:01 p.m. Wednesday, October 7, 2020.  The Rotarians split out into breakout groups to start the meeting.


~ Flag Salute ~

Denise 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 ~

President Shannan Buckmaster announced and presented her new Rotary Branded Face Mask!  No word yet on what the distribution or availability of these masks might be from Rotary, but it is great to see Rotary evolve with the times and provide opportunities to represent the brand.



OCTOBER 30, 2020!  SAVE THE DATE!!!  The Auction team of Shannon K, Lisa, and Michelle 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!  

Shannon B. provided a very important answer to a frequently asked question as well:  There are tickets being sold, as previously mentioned, for people who want to attend the Pre & Post Party events and to take part in the catered meal and wine.  However, ANYONE can log in, bid, and participate FREE.  There will be a local pickup for the food and wine participants at Barley and Vine.  They are looking into options for ticket purchases who are not in the Newberg Area.  Shipping details are being ironed out and will be available shortly.

The Auction Committee is now accepting Auction Item donations!  Begin submitting your items as soon as possible.  Email the item description and if possible a picture to Shannon Knight and she will coordinate to come pick up the item and provide you with receipts as needed.  The catalog of items will be available online about a week before the event dates, and bidding on items is expected to be open for the day before the event starts.  Sponsorships are also available. 

Any additional questions should be emailed to Shannon K.



~ Guests ~

Lydia Keuler, Dan’s wife and avid supporter of the School District

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

Rebecca PirosGene’s wife and Newberg School Board Member


~ The Rotary Duck ~

Judy:  Bragging and complimenting our enthused and vivacious club, which three great new members coming on board and our club being fun, active and welcoming to them.

Laura:  International announcement:  She received an emmail from our international partner from the Kathmandu Rotary Club.  He was sad to report back that there are no more ICU beds available relating to COVID in Kathmandu and his 77 year old brother has come down with COVID.  They are concerned about spreading of the Virus amongst their commune.  They are good, kind people and please keep them in your prayers.  

Tony:  Dictionaries are here! Tony’s annual dictionary donation project is underway.  Distribution will be upcoming and they will likely be setting up drive through tents at the schools

Shannon K.:  To Joe and the NSD who handled some virtual issues in classrooms.

Jim:  Has a Rotary quilt being donated to the auction that was custom made and is specific in its design to reflect our own Newberg Noon Rotary Club.  Thanks Jim!  Can’t wait to see it!

Geoff:  National Polio Day is coming up!  During the October 21st meeting, Geoff will match our club’s Polio Plus donation pool dollar for dollar up to $500!  What an amazing offer!  Lets all make sure to be there to donate and to thank him for his severe generosity!  Thanks Geoff!

Mike:  Reminded people to register to vote as the last day to do so is on Tuesday, October 13 and ballots will go out on the 14th.  The County Clerk is looking for volunteers to do ballot pickups.


~ Today’s Program: Newberg School District Construction Bond (Dr Joe Morelock and Brandy Penner)~


Brandy Penner is the Chair of the Newberg School Board.  To be a thriving community, it takes excellent schools and a healthy school district.  Strong schools are needed not only to grow the local youth into strong, valuable members of the community, but they are also needed to attract employees and employers to the area, providing larger potential for the growth and development of the community.  COVID-19 has created new challenges and needs for students and staff for when we return to in school education.  This bond takes care of a lot of deferred maintenance and the replacement of Dundee Elementary.  The efforts to get us to where we are at currently took several years of analysis, asset review, and high levels of Community Input and Support.

The $141 Million Capital Bond package includes:

  • Replacement of Dundee Elementary School (about 70 years old)
  • Expands and Upgrades Edwards Elementary
  • Upgrades Career and Technical Education (CTE) to cutting edge facilities
  • Improves safety, security, and pandemic health at every building
  • Expansion of the health facilities at the High School as well as the ongoing maintenance needs of the HVAC systems, ventilation, and air filtration
  • Cares for the public investment through needed maintenance throughout the district

There are 10 schools in the district currently serving approximately 4,700 students, 500 staff, as well as the greater community in many instances (just last month, the kitchens were open and operating to prepare meals for the the firefighting efforts during local wildfires), and these schools must be updated, maintained, and replaced over time to keep up the with modernization and safety of the schools.  School construction can ONLY be done through bond efforts like this as the State and Federal support does not support such projects.  The below graphic helps illustrate the facility aging over time.  The blue dotted line is today.  Buildings typically have a 50-70 year lifespan.


The Cost Homeowners:  71 Cents per $1,000 of Assessed Market Value, which is always less than the Real Market Value of the home (typically about 60%).  With the increase, our school rates are substantially lower than the neighboring districts (bottom 33% comparatively) as well as much lower than it has been historically in Newberg, with the exception of the 2 most recent years due to older bond rates dropping off.  The average Newberg home has an AMV of $250,000, which would result in a tax increase of $15/month.  (Message from the Editor: my unofficial accounting input is as follows: if you happen to itemize your deductions in your tax return, then that increased cost I believe has a reduced effective cost of possibly somewhere around 20% depending on your tax bracket, i.e. potentially just $12/month if you itemize and own an average home.  Sorry if this input only makes it more confusing, but I sort of miss preparing taxes and performing tax planning services.  Julie can shame me at the next meeting if what I am saying is incorrect and I will donate to the duck as a punishment). Additionally, this work to be done will be more expensive if pushed back into the future due to the highly favorable bond market and economical landscape we are in (So passing this bond will result in more bang for our buck vs waiting).

Visit the Bond Supporters’ webpage at for more information and details.  You can also make donations at this webpage that will go towards the promotion of this measure.  Please reach out to Brandy if you would like a sign or banner or know of anyone that might be interested.  They are especially excited to find businesses that are in high traffic and visible locations.

Graphic below provides additional detail of the bond plan:


~ Next Week’s Program ~

The Newberg Rotary Foundation members (Spike Sumner, Auggie Gonzales, Bob Ficker, Jeff Lane, Leona Todd, and Joe Morelock will be presenting on the Newberg Rotary Foundation.  (Note that this is our local Foundation, not to be confused with the International Foundation.)

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

~ Joke of the Day ~

Q: Why do bees have sticky hair?

A: Because they use honeycombs.

~ Happy Quotes! ~

“What you get by achieving your goals, is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

– Zig Ziglar


~ Published 10/11/2020: Dan Keuler, Newsletter Editor ~