Sherman County eNews #187

July 25, 2016


  1. Summer Reading Program, July 26

  2. Entering the Sherman County Fair: Who, When, What & How … and it’s Free!

  3. Ford Institute: Why Community-Based Change?

  4. Theme Baskets for 4-H Leaders’ Basket Raffle Fund-Raiser

  5. Being Busy

  6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1. Summer Reading Program, July 26

Sherman County Public/School Library Summer Reading Program: On Your Mark, Get Set….READ! Tuesday, July 26 at 10:00am. Senses (0-3 years) and Motion Commotion (4+ years). Enjoy storytime, make crafts, play games and get fun prizes! Kids can get on the swim bus from the library at 11:10am. For more information: 541-565-3279.

2. Entering the Sherman County Fair: Who, When, What & How … and it’s Free!

BeeWHO? Any resident of the United States of any age (and who does not have a 4-H or FFA project) can enter the Open Class Divisions. Only Sherman County residents may enter some contests.

WHEN? On Wednesday, August 24th, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. bring your entries to the Sherman County Fairgrounds at 66147 Lonerock Road near Moro. Entry forms are in the fair book and at the Open Class Pavilion where volunteers will help you fill them out.

WHAT? You can enter just about anything: baked goods, wheat, ceramics, crocheting, dried fruits and herbs, veggies, fruit, flowers, hay, house plants, Legos, collections and much more!

HOW? Go to, click on the “how & what to enter,” then click on each division for details and class information:


  1. Flowers and Plants
  2. Grain and Hay
  3. Land Products (garden veggies and fruit)
  4. Kitchen Products (baked goods, canned foods, jams, candy)
  5. Clothing and Needlecraft (knitting, sewing, quilts)
  6. Arts, Crafts and Hobbies (ceramics, macramé, stained glass, leather craft, etc.)
  7. Photography
  8. Kids Corner.

3. Ford Institute: Why Community-Based Change?

There is tremendous capacity in the rural people and places in our area to make great things happen. And we hear time and again from people who want more, different or better opportunities for their children, families and communities. Community-Based Change builds on the powerful leadership development and capacity building work the Ford Institute accomplished from 2003 to 2016. The programs engaged more than 6,000 rural community builders from 88 rural hubs throughout rural Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif.

We believe real and lasting change wells up from within communities and that communities are best positioned to know their own needs. We also believe communities can and must create and lead the change they want to see for positive, meaningful and enduring change to occur.

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4. Theme Baskets for 4-H Leaders’ Basket Raffle 4-H Fund-Raiser

4-H clover1Want to help 4-H kids and counselors with the costs of camp? Want to contribute to a great fund-raiser while having fun shopping and putting together a great gift basket? Think of a great theme… a school, a sport, an activity, a hobby … and put together a selection of items, all in a basket. Drop it off at the Extension Office by August 15th so we can get it wrapped in time for fair. Baskets will be on display in the 4-H pavilion during the fair. Winners are announced Saturday during the 4-H awards.” ~ Oregon State University – Sherman County Extension 4-H Newsletter, July 2016.

5. Being Busy

man.stickynotesIf you are busier than you would like to be, but also less productive, then read on.

Here is a question for you: How busy are you these days? Now, here’s another question: How productive are you? As most of us know, the two just aren’t the same. All too often, being busy may have nothing at all to do with the results we get and what we achieve.

We spend our days, often very long days, in a flurry of activity. But, when the day or week is over, we’re disappointed at the level of our accomplishment. Our disappointment creates stress and we push ourselves even harder to “get more done.” However, pushing hard isn’t the answer.

So, what is the answer? With experience, we find a sense of priorities based on a clear purpose and well-defined short- and long-term goals are what we need. The world is full of folks who are definitely in motion, but they’re not exactly sure where they’re going. And, they don’t know why, either. Perhaps they get going so fast that they never take the time to figure it out. If that’s your situation, perhaps it is time to set aside some a few moments for personal reflection, some values clarification and goal-setting.

There’s nothing like a strong sense of purpose, based on clearly spelled out values, to keep you moving. But more than that, it keeps you moving in the right direction. Without it, as the saying goes, “You can climb the ladder of success, but when you get to the top, you may find that it’s leaning against the wrong building!”

There is enough stress in the world that we don’t need to manufacture more for ourselves. Take the time and space to discover what accomplishment truly means, for you. Understand the difference between accomplishment and “busy-ness” for the sake of looking busy. Give yourself the opportunity to discover a new truth, for you. ~ The Pacific Institute 

6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

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