Sherman County eNews #276


  1. Sherman Booster Club Homecoming BBQ on the Track, Oct. 21

  2. A Special Talk & Book Signing with Jane Kirkpatrick, Nov. 6

  3. Liberty Gospel Quartet, Grass Valley Baptist Harvest Dinner, Nov. 6

  4. Veterans Appreciation Dinner, Nov. 11

  5. Correction: OSU College of Agricultural Sciences Diamond Pioneers

  6. Integrity: A Matter of Skill, Not Will

  7. Tamástslikt Cultural Institute exhibition Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race

  8. Waiting as Opportunity

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

 1. Sherman Booster Club Homecoming BBQ on the Track, Oct. 21


Booster Club Homecoming BBQ!!!!

Friday, October 21 6pm-8:30pm

On North end of the Sherman School Track

Hamburger/Chips/Drink for $5

Come support our students!

2. A Special Talk & Book Signing with Jane Kirkpatrick, Nov. 6

The Annual Fall Program of the Sherman County Historical Society & Museum

Sunday, Nov. 6th @ Grass Valley Pavilion
1:30 p.m. Doors open with social hour, wine & food
2:30 p.m. Jane talks of 25th Anniversary of Homestead & her latest release
3:30 p.m. Book sale & book signing
~ Admission $10 ~

3. Liberty Gospel Quartet, Grass Valley Baptist Harvest Dinner, Nov. 6

Liberty Gospel Quartet
Live and in Concert
at the Annual Harvest Dinner
at the Grass Valley Baptist Church
Sunday, November 6 at 5:00 p.m.
This is a family affair.
Please Bring a Salad or Dessert
Be prepared for an evening of fun, fellowship and food!!
Sherman County Cultural Coalition helped fund this Concert.

4. Veterans Appreciation Dinner, Nov. 11

American flag2There will be a Veterans Appreciation Dinner on Wednesday, November 11, 2016, to say Thank You and show our appreciation to you and your families and the sacrifices you have made for our freedom.

Who:                   All Veterans, immediate family members, widows/widowers

When:                 November 11, 201 6 – 4:30 pm -6:30 pm

Where:                Sherman County Community & Senior Center

Menu:                  Prime Rib, Potatoes, Veggies, Salad, Dessert, Beverage

5. Correction: OSU College of Agricultural Sciences Diamond Pioneers

The College of Agricultural Sciences honors people whose lifetime contributions to agriculture, natural resources, and the people of Oregon and/or Oregon State University have been significant. They are permanent members of the Diamond Pioneer Agricultural Achievement Registry in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Paul Alley

Art Buether

Claude Calkins

Chet Coats

John Hilderbrand

Fred Hill

Henry Jaeger

Larry Kaseberg

Lee Kaseberg

Marguerite Kaseberg

Paulen Kaseberg

Sherry Kaseberg

Jean McKinney

Vernon Miller

Vern Mobley

Joe Peters

Bill Rolfe

Orville Ruggles

John Shipley

G. Del Smith Moro

Catherine Thomas

Dewey Thomas

Don Thompson

Thomas Thompson

Art Van Gilder

Marjorie Van Gilder

Frank von Borstel, raised in Kent, was nominated for his work in the Valley as an Extension Agent. Tommy Thompson, Del Smith, Claude Calkins, Vern Mobley and Fred Hill, who were listed with their last mailing address, were nominated for their impacts particularly in and around Sherman County.

~ Sandy Macnab

6. Integrity: A Matter of Skill, Not Will

~ County News, National Association of Counties

Do you have integrity? Of course you do. Everyone has integrity. Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t believe he or she “has integrity?”

So, here’s the question? If everyone possesses integrity, why do we see all around us evidence of integrity breaches: in business, sports, academia, even in the clergy and certainly in our world of government?

This question is hardly an academic one for hard-working county officials. You make tough decisions affecting the lives of many. So, even if you are sure that you “have integrity,” wouldn’t it be worthwhile to question whether there might be ways to improve the practice of it?

You might wonder what I mean by “practicing integrity.” Most people don’t view integrity as a practice, the way someone practices law or medicine. In fact, most people believe that integrity is something you have or you don’t. It can’t be learned. If that were the case, the outlook would be pretty dismal for our institutions and our nation because there would be no way to teach people how to make decisions with integrity.

The belief that integrity can’t be taught is just one of many common beliefs about integrity that simply aren’t accurate. Here are some others:

  • Integrity is the bold assertion of conviction.
  • Integrity is about right and wrong.
  • Integrity is built on a strong belief system.
  • The right thing is obvious and something you just do.
  • Integrity is a matter of instinct and will, not practice and habit.
  • Breaches of integrity are usually the product of corrupt intent.
  • Integrity is synonymous with ethics.

Integrity is not a state of being or a permanent achievement of character. Decision-making is not based on innate and unerring judgment but developed as a “practice” by working on it over and over again until habit displaces instinct. We assume that intuition flows from some deep-seated moral capability.

In fact, we are operating out of undetected biases that grossly deflect decision-making. That’s why 98 percent of people polled believe they are above average judges of character; corporate presidents believe they are the source of all positive developments yet blame all bad ones on the economy; and political parties really believe they are the exclusive guardians of virtue.

We think that integrity is something we “have” and the “right thing” is something we “just do” like a Nike commercial.  We don’t need to practice. Naturally, we are good people so we’re naturally good at integrity. The fact of the matter is that we are not good at it. We often make decisions automatically and unconsciously, without intention or effort.

As individuals we believe we “have integrity” even though we tell white lies, fail to get back to people in a timely fashion, accept dinners on our friends’ company expense accounts, breach copyright protections, gossip, shade the truth on taxes, own stock in corporations committing illegal acts and buy hot goods on big city street corners, to name just a few.

Our task as public officials is to start looking at integrity as a body of skills, the same way we manage our finances with a budget or navigate using a GPS, so we can maximize the effectiveness of our decision-making and truly serve our constituents.

7.Tamástslikt Cultural Institute exhibition Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibition Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race examines how the Nazi leadership, in collaboration with individuals in professions traditionally charged with healing and the public good, used science to help legitimize persecution, murder, and ultimately, genocide.

The exhibition opens at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute on November 11, 2016 and will be on display through January 7, 2017.

Deadly Medicine explores the Holocaust’s roots in then-contemporary scientific and pseudo-scientific thought,” explains exhibition curator Susan Bachrach. “At the same time, it touches on complex ethical issues we face today, such as how societies acquire and use scientific knowledge and how they balance the rights of the individual with the needs of the larger community.”

Eugenics theory sprang from turn-of-the-20th-century scientific beliefs asserting that Charles Darwin’s theories of “survival of the fittest” could be applied to humans. Supporters, spanning the globe and political spectrum, believed that through careful controls on marriage and reproduction, a nation’s genetic health could be improved.

The Nazi regime was founded on the conviction that “inferior” races, including the so-called Jewish race, and individuals had to be eliminated from German society so that the fittest “Aryans” could thrive. The Nazi state fully committed itself to implementing a uniquely racist and antisemitic variation of eugenics to “scientifically” build what it considered to be a “superior race.” By the end of World War II, six million Jews had been murdered. Millions of others also became victims of persecution and murder through Nazi “racial hygiene” programs designed to cleanse Germany of “biological threats” to the nation’s “health,” including “foreign-blooded” Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), persons diagnosed as “hereditarily ill,” and homosexuals. In German-occupied territories, Poles and others belonging to ethnic groups deemed “inferior” were also murdered.

Additionally, Tamástslikt Cultural Institute curatorial staff have added informational panels on similar medical treatments and experiments perpetrated on Tribal people as well as biological weaponry.

This exhibition is made possible through the support of The David Berg Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, The Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Temporary Exhibitions Fund established in 1990, and The Dorot Foundation. Its appearance at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute was made possible by CHI St. Anthony Hospital, and the Mahoney Group. For more information, go to

 8. Waiting as Opportunity

How well do you wait for things? Today, let’s talk about what happens when we’re forced to wait for something.

These days, everywhere you look people are in a hurry. Timesaving devices are cropping up as fast as weeds in an empty lot, because, as we all know by now, time is money, and we’re all in a mad rush to either save it or spend it.

But what happens when you are forced to wait for something? You have a 4:00 dental appointment, but you don’t get in until 4:45. You are on the end of a line that is ten people long at the supermarket, or a couple of hundred people long at the movie, waiting for your turn. Or, and here is a growing problem in major cities around the world, you are stuck in traffic – morning and evening, and all day long.

Now, there are two ways to look at waiting. You can spend the time fuming, working yourself into a tizzy about all the valuable time you’re being forced to waste, raising your blood pressure and your stress level as you sit or stand there. Or, you can regard waiting as a gift of time. What can you do with this gift? Here are just a few suggestions.

Use it to develop possible solutions to personal problems. Do mental gymnastics – commit something to memory or see how long a list of things you can remember. Get creative. Make up life histories for the people around you. Carry a book with you, one that you find difficult to read for more than a short period at a time. Crossword or other puzzles are great for filling time and exercising the brain. Set goals for the rest of the day or week. Or better yet, think of something unexpected you could do to please the people you love.

We each receive 86,400 seconds for each day. We don’t get to bank them. What we don’t spend effectively disappears at midnight. How can you creatively use the time you spend waiting? Use it to create a better life. ~ The Pacific Institute

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

globeMore than 300 wild mammal species are in peril after being ‘consumed to extinction’ by humans using them for meat, ornaments and medicine

Robert Creamer, caught on camera talking about provoking violence at Trump events, visited the Obama White House 340 times

Vital Rural Economies Take Long Term View

Hillary’s Advantage, Trump’s Advantage

Space Weather: Chinese Space Station, Mars, Meteors & Comets

Centre for Research on Globalization

The American Thinker