Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter for September 30, 2020

~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~

Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

~ Zoom Meeting Participants ~

Shannon B, Mike, Dan, Geoff, Judy, Corey, Patrick, Shannon K, Michelle, Auggie, Gene, Ralph, Tony, Laura, Joe, Kathie, Walter, Denise, Lisa, Todd, Paul, Om, Paula.


~ Call to Order ~

President Shannon Buckmaster welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Zoom meeting at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 30, 2020.  The Rotarians split out into breakout groups to start the meeting.


~ Flag Salute ~

Walter lead participants in the Pledge of Allegiance.


~ 4 Way Test ~

Laura 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, as previously announced, will be a virtual, online auction. The price to attend will be the same as it was in the past: $100 per ticket, with an optional $15 cost to attend the before and after party Fun  This fee includes a meal and wine for the $15 add-on fee, whereby there will be a pick-up and take-out style catered meal. Friends and Family from out of town, who wont be participating in the meal are also going to be able to join in.  A week before the auction there will be an opportunity to view the list of items and bid.  

Be sure to attend the Noon Rotary Meeting on October 28 in order to get a sample of the new before/after party format and festivities.  Starting on Monday there should be a “Landing Page” within the webpage.  Go to the webpage and click on the Auction link for more info.  

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.  Sponsorships are also available. 


~ Guests ~

Sofia Torres McKay, Cramoisi Vineyard, Today’s Program Speaker

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

Christy Cowgill, new to the area, potential new member

Debby Thomas, Dean of the George Fox College of Business

Amy Kutzkey, 2nd time visitor, invited by Om


~ The Rotary Duck ~

Laura:  International announcement:  Now has the final signature from the Kathmandu District Governer.  The grant for preventing violence against women in Nepal is now going through Rotary International’s Review Board.

Shannon B.:  To celebrate Laura’s announcement!

Denise:  The first Interact meeting is coming up and will be on Zoom.  Please have any teenagers you know who are interested in joining reach out to Judy or Denise.

Shannon K.:  She wanted to brag on Shannon B’s daughter, a Senior at NHS, for being a great tutor of her daughter and her friends. 

Shannon B.:  To thank Shannon K for the kind words and paid opportunities provided to her daughter through Rotary connections.

Geoff:  $ for Laura, Paul, and Michelle for helping him with district grant paperwork related to the Mural project.  $ to celebrate getting through the leagues of paperwork involved in closing his mother’s estate.

Mike:  Celebrate Malaysia, where Mike served in the Peace Corps for 3 years, ratified the UN treaty for the prohibition of nuclear weapons, which is up to 46 parties signed on. They hope to get 4 more at the next UN meeting.  The effort by this group is intended to put pressure on the rest of the world to move away from Nuclear Options and towards peace.

Patrick:  Thanks to Paula and Laura for helping with the Nepal 911 grant paperwork.   

Ralph:  For his 23 years of service to the Navy and his thankfulness that during his service they never had to use any nuclear level options.


~ Today’s Program: Sofia Torres McKay, Ahivoy and Diversity in the Wine Industry~

Sophia is the co-founder of Cramoisi Vineyards, located in the Dundee Hills and Co-founder of Ahivoy.  Ahivoy (Asociacion Hispana de la Industria del Vino en Oregon y comunidad) formed with the purpose of creating opportunities and empowering Latino vineyard workers of the Willamette Valley through education.

Ahivoy is a new non-profit that seeks to break down the barriers that many vineyard workers face in relation to education and income disparities by educating and giving scholarships to Vineyard Stewards to pursue their careers in the wine industry.  She and her team believe that a bottle of wine tells a story of love, passion, dedication, collaboration, celebration that INCLUDES ALL ASPECTS in the process of producing wines.  Ahivoy’s goal, besides providing scholarships, is to provide a path for people to learn about the wine process including growing crops, harvesting, marketing, selling, etc.  They promote English as a second language and push participants to learn and enhance their English skills to provide more opportunities, which helps create a more diverse and inclusive workforce and ownership in the wine community.  They recognize value in retention and education.  In the 2020 season, they were able to offer 12 scholarships, largely thanks to donations from the Erath Family Foundation, Pura Vida, and Winery Owners.  The professional training program navigates barriers that otherwise keep the education from being feasible, which includes compensation matching what they otherwise make during their work day.  They work with the employees and employers to facilitate the success of everyone.  Before this program, there was no similar program able to provide similar opportunities.  Note: they need 4 more participants for the upcoming season, and are hoping to find more women, which will further their goal of diversity in the industry.  They have educational partnerships with Chemeketa and Linfield College.  The program is a great cause and has long-range value to the community.

To support the program, we can keep up with their many fundraising events.  Last weekend was their first online auction, where they raised about $18,000.  They are also planning to do a fundraising event later in the year to do a Latinex Market (small scale) as well as a Golf Tournament in 2021.  Opportunities for Rotarians to support this program can also include offering to give a brief talk about leadership or other valuable topics to help give them a big picture of the community and an opportunity to make valuable connections.


~ Next Week’s Program ~

Superintendent Dr. Joe Morelock and  School Board President Brandy Penner will be presenting information on the Newberg School District Construction Bond, which is an item on the upcoming November election.

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

~ Joke of the Day ~

Q: What is the best thing about Switzerland?

A: I don’t really know, but the Flag is a big Plus.

~ Happy Quotes! ~

“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”

– Ruth Bader Ginsburg


~ Published 10/02/2020: Dan Keuler, Newsletter Editor ~