Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for September 11, 2019

Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for September 11, 2019

Our noon meeting was held at the Chehalem Cultural Center.

Greeter was Michael Pollock.

President Corey Z. opened the meeting having Dr. Stan K. lead us in the Pledge.

Guests:  Melissa Hoffman & Ken Winder [both hosted by Spike Sumner]; Shannon Knight [host/Shannon B.]; Amy Caruso/Mike C’s wife; Visiting Rotarians: Wendy Wells/Sherwood; Rod Federwisch/Newberg Earlybirds; Alan Bazzaz/Lake Oswego.

Rotary Moment: Judy Robinson: “A good friend in Friendsview Manor asked me what Rotary was about. I realized this was an excellent opportunity to share what we do, and she was quite surprised that our club could raise as much money as we have for youth! This confirmed that there are a lot of ‘Rotary Moments’ awaiting us if we share with friends!”

Dr. Stan Kern provided a “Moment of Reflection” remembering the national tragedy of 9/11.

Announcements/non-revenue: Shannon Buckmaster: Wednesday, Sept. 18/7:30 – 8:30/Business Development Program/location?

“Climate Change” meeting to be held at the Fire Station…details to be announced.

Reminder…2019 marks the 8th year for the Newberg Oktoberfest. The fest was developed by the International Committee of the Rotary Club of Newberg Early Birds and proceeds benefit the charitable activities of communities all over the world. Friday, Sept 13, 4-10PM  Saturday, Sept. 14 12-10PM…Chehalem Cultural Center….Ages 21+ $10 for Entry & $5 per Drink Token.  newbergoktoberfest.com   Buy Your Tickets

Be informed: October is World Polio Month.  Go to the website www.ri.org and follow links to World Polio Day highlights and Rotary’s progress to end polio: 

Matt Stephens reminded us of the Summer Picnic, September 21, Jaquith Park, 4 PM….register/RSVP now…..go to club’s website.

Past District 5100 Governor Dick Elixman passed away recently…find more information about PDG Elixman in the District newsletter. [Ed. note:  PDG Elixman was a personal friend of mine…and one of the nicest guy I’ve ever known!….He will definitely be missed!]

The DUCK [$74.39 collected] was in the experienced hands of our own “super-star”…Leah Griffith:

Walter & Julie are excited about their new home at Friendsview!

Deborah sadly let us know 3 of her 4 koi…historically noted for their longevity…died recently…HOWEVER…on a HAPPY NOTE…Deb’s daughter has presented her with her first granddaughter!

Auggie.. 🙁  …Huskies lost…bummer….

Laura Tilrico/District Grants/Resource Room/”Dream it! Be it!”.

Mike Caruso said Lake Oswego and Portland Pearl Rotary Clubs were grateful for our club’s PEACE participation….and speaking of PEACE…

Rotary Action Group For Peace Presents: International Peace Day 2019 Exclusive Webinar!   Celebrate International Peace Day with the Rotarian Action Group for Peace! Get inspired and learn from RAGFP’s exclusive webinar event for Rotarians and Peacebuilders on successful peace projects. Learn from our expert panel of inspiring RAGFP members and volunteers. The panel will be hosted and facilitated by RAGFP Executive Director Reem Ghunaim.  Our webinar features:

  1. How to motivate and engage your Rotary District.
  2. How to create more sustainable peacebuilding projects in your District.
  3. Successful Rotary project examples lead by our panel.
  4. An open Q+A session with our panel.

Date and Time:  Saturday, September 21st @ 10:00 AM (PDT)….Registration: Tickets are discounted for International Peace Day at $10! Don’t wait — We only have 100 seats. Register today to reserve your spot!  Once you’re registered, you’ll receive a Zoom Meeting invitation for the Webinar event!  *Proceeds support the RAGFP’s mission to educate, engage, empower and support Rotarian Peacebuilders worldwide.

AND…don’t forget….registration is now open for the 2020 Rotary International Convention in Hawaii!  Check out the RI website! You want Rotary EXCITEMENT?  Ask a local Rotarian who has been to an International Convention!  These annual mega-events give one a whole new perspective on the REAL “internationality” of Rotary!

For upcoming Newberg Noon Rotary Club meeting info…programs and other activities….check the Club’s website.

  Todd Engle presented Melissa Hoffman with Rotary’s “Service Above Self” Award….for all she has done volunteering for Rotary [and others] in Newberg….but especially our Auction!

  New Newberg Rotarian Michelle Colbin is obviously quite delighted to be part of Newberg Noon Rotary!

  OK, Michelle…you are now one Classification Talk way from losing that “newbie” red ribbon!

Today’s program/speaker, introduced by Mike Caruso….Elizabeth Wilson with a Peace Village update/story:  She discussed the first Peace Village Camp in Tripoli, Lebanon.  She traveled to Lebanon with one other Peace Village member. Speaking multiple languages, she has been teaching in Kenya.  She spent two days training with women, among them, many Rotarians. Among others, their reason for wanting this….with a precipitating factor: Very real experiences kids being exposed to…i.e., 3 year-olds watching a bomb go off on their way to school.  Our Peace Village efforts, spearheaded by Mike Caruso locally, regionally AND internationally are impactful way beyond the local level.  More in-depth information is available on the Rotary International website.  THANK YOU, Elizabeth!

As President Corey closed our meeting, be mindful of the wisdom inherent in Rotary’s Four-Way Test of the things we think say or do…
First – Is it the TRUTH?
Second – Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Third – -Will it BUILD GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Fourth – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
AND…RI President Maloney’s theme…..

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Kaufman

Newsletter Editor

and now…..a few “snippets” of humor…and please don’t ask my sources….as I’ve…thankfully…already forgotten them….

“I thought the dryer made my clothes shrink…turned out to be the refrigerator…..”

“At the bank I told the cashier I wanted to open a joint account.  ‘OK. With whom?’  Anyone with lots of money!”

“Some days you feel like there’s no one there for you, but you know who’s always there for you?  Laundry.  Laundry will always be there for you.”

And…some wisdom:  “…A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity…an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty…”….per Winston Churchill…….obviously, Rotarians are OPTIMISTS!