~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~

Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, September 14, 2022


~ Call to Order ~

Club President Becky Ankeny welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Hybrid Live/Zoom meeting at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at the Chehalem Cultural Center.


~ Flag Salute ~

Karen lead participants in the Pledge of Allegiance.


~ 4 Way Test ~

Amber 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 ~

DISTRICT ANNOUNCEMENT – Gary Stewart reminded us about an email that was sent out for District Rotary Training opportunity on Saturday September 24.  This is a vibrant club workshop that is a combination of virtual and live in that we will meet up with local small group pods, which will all connect via zoom.  This will start at 8am to gather and 8:30am start time.  The 2 pod locations nearby are at the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce and also at the Alt Work Site in McMinnville.  He strongly encouraged ALL Rotarians to check it out to learn about having a Vibrant Club.

PREVIOUS MEETING UPDATE! –   Last Meeting, September 7, was Trivia day at Rotary.  There will be prizes to win and it will be a lot of fun.  The admission ass a donation of a school item or money to be donated to kids in need, which raised 4 backbacks full of supplies as well as $218.  The game was MC’ed by Danny from Social Goods.

Auction Committee – We are now nearly 6 weeks away and A LOT of work yet to do.  So please consider joining the committee meetings after our club meetings and helping the team build an amazing Auction.  Please see Michelle and sign up to help out in some way.  Also now is a good time to begin finding procurements (let Dan K know if you have any relevant connections you plan to reach out to).  Every meeting will include opportunities to check in about the auction, sign up for a role, and hear updates from the Co-Chairs.  Please go out and find auction items!  IF you will be contributing something yourself, please connect with Dan and let him know ([email protected]).

  • The Event:  The auction will be October 28, 2022 (SAVE THE DATE) at the Chehalem Cultural Center.
  • The Theme: This is our 50th Annual Auction, so the Committee has chosen the 1950’s for the theme.
  • Dan K’s GOLDEN TICKET CHALLENGE:  Dan K Will be buying the very first of 100 Golden Tickets for Sale for $100.  Any Rotarian who either contributes an auction item themselves or procures an item from a friend, family, or business will need to let Dan K know and their name will be entered into a drawing to WIN THAT GOLDEN TICKET!  Remember, up to 100 Golden Tickets will be sold, and at the Auction, one ticket will be drawn and the owner of that ticket gets to select ANY of our amazing and quite valuable Live Auction items.  The sale of these tickets are the portion of the Auction that supports Club Activity.  You do not need to be at the event to win.

DAN K PROCUREMENT UPDATE!!!:  Big Thank You to the following who have donated an item/package to the auction

  • Thank You to Crumbl Cookies Sherwood who is donating a Cookie Party Box.
  • Thank You to Stickmen Brewing in Tualatin who is donating a case of beer, $25 gift card, and a custom glass.
  • Thank you to Celtic Axe Throwing, neighbors of Stickmen Brewing for donating a $50 gift card for Axe Throwing.
  • Thank you to George Fox University who is will be doing another dinner and a lecture.
  • Thank you to Mark Moisan who is will be donating a night stay at La Bastide Bed and Breakfast in Dundee.
  • Thank you to Becky Ankeny’s Daughter who is will be donating a watercolor portrait of your pet.
  • Thank you to Oaks Park who is donating 4 park passes.
  • Thank you to Miss Hannah’s Popcorn who is will be returning this year with another gift box of 5 bags of popcorn.
  • Thank you to Bob Keuler (Dan’s Brother) who is will be donating 2 very nice and difficult to find bottles of whiskey.
  • Thank you to Alan Evans of Helping Hands who is will be donating his big salmon fishing trip.
  • Thank you to Bulwinkles who is will be donating $40 of game tokens and a Large Pizza (Dan K added $40 on top of that for more Bulwinkles Fun).

~ Guests ~

Victoria Ernst, Guest

Elizabeth Wilson, Guest Speaker, Peace Village Global

Mark Ankeny, Guest, Becky’s Husband

Gary Stewart, Guest, Early Bird Rotary Club of Newberg

~ The Rotary Duck ~

Paula: Returned from an all classes reunion at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School in Astoria with over 170 alumni.  She said it was a joyous event.  

Jim: Noted that he is back from adventures in the hinterlands and noted how thrilling it was to see Laura at the meeting as he hasn’t seen her in years.

Auggie: Returned from the East Coast visiting family.  He noted that in Boston he was able to participate in an all-terrain Duck Tour.  They even asked for volunteers and he was able to drive the rig.

Spike: He and his wife will be flying out to Alaska on Friday.  They will do 4 days of fishing.

Dan K: Celebrated the beginning of his time off of work for his long weekend vacation.  He and his family, along with his parents visiting from Maui, will be in Seaside, OR.  Dan noted that he has plans to meet up with Leah Griffith, who was the Library Director in Newberg and Long time Newberg Rotarian and President of our club before retiring to Seaside.

Dan R: He noted that he and his wife celebrated their 5th Anniversary.  Also he gave a shout out to Kathie Byers were was his special guest of his Giving Town Podcast.  Check it out here:  The Giving Town Podcast

Mike: Gave a sports update:  The Huskies beat the Portland State Vikings, the Ducks beat Eastern Washington, the Beavers beat Fresno State, and the Cougars beat Wisconsin.  The Thorns and Timbers both won, the Mariners won, and the Seahawks won.  Lots of Win for our Teams.

Julie: She noted that today she was able to get out of her wheelchair and walk, which is big!

Karen: She pointed out how important it is to share positive things and to stay positive, but wanted to point out that our current state in society has problems with depression.  The old concept of “pull yourself up from the bootstrap” is not the answer, we need to lift each other up.  Volunteering and becoming part of the community can really lift spirits and spread positivity.  We should reach out to those having a hard time and check in on them.

Kim: Announced that she is opening up a branch Caliber Home Loans in Newberg.  Their Grand Opening is next Friday from 3 to 6pm.  They will have drinks, food, prizes, and more to celebrate.  Free to stop by, in the building with Sandwich Express and the UPS Store across from Fred Meyers.

Michael P: Gave thanks to all of the people who have helped enrich his life, including Rotary and Helping Hands.


~ Today’s Program: Peace Village Global with Elizabeth Wilson ~

Elizabeth Wilson is the Co-founder and Director of Peace Village Global.  She grew up in West Salem and now lives in Corbett, OR.  Peace Village has been working throughout the State, Country, and internationally for over 25 years.  They began their work in Lincoln City in response to working through bullying.  Their education explores the world of bullying on both sides of the confrontation, and they help kids learn how to navigate and find avenues of communication.  They use empathy building and compassion to bring it into the creation of peaceful community.  Over the years they have created a methodology that can be used in all sorts of types of organizations.  Rotary has played a key part in providing funds, partners, and volunteer hours for Peace Village’s operations and mission.

They do many different programs.  One thing they do is intercommunity youth development project where they take kids from very different school districts to connect and create a sense of community with people who are different from one another.  They also do peace village camps for kids to educate them about peace and dealing with conflict peacefully.  Many people who went as kids kept working in the program for years and now have their own kids going to the camps.  They also work on these projects around the world.

For more information about Peace Village, how to participate, or to donate reach out to Elizabeth or visit their webpage at http://peacevillageglobal.org/.

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~ Joke of the Day ~

Why did the chicken attend the se’ance?
To get to the other side.

~ Happy Quotes! ~

“Never miss an Opportunity to reach out and share.”

– Karen Roberts at todays meeting

~ Published 9/20/2022: Dan Keuler, Newsletter Editor ~