Sherman County eNews #328


  1. Ethics and Integrity

  2. Sherman County Public/Library Gallery Call for Entries

  3. Free Youth Mental Health/Substance Use First Aid Course, Jan. 6

  4. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Holiday Closures

  5. Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing Night Training Missions, Dec. 12-15

  6. Sherman County Court November 2 Minutes Online

  7. Notice: Sherman County Court Meeting Draft Agenda, Dec. 21

1. Ethics and Integrity

An organization’s success depends on the integrity of its employees. We have all witnessed the severe problems that result in the personal, professional and political arena, when anyone, at any level, acts without integrity.  When an organization’s reputation is damaged, there ensues a tragic loss of both customers and good employees. Organizations of all types are now taking a proactive approach to preventing problems by offering trainings about ethics and integrity.

We found that clients seemed confused about the differences between ethics and integrity. After reviewing the literature on these terms, we have defined ethics and integrity in a way people can understand and immediately use.   

Ethics + Integrity   =   Alignment  (External + Internal)   

Ethics: is an external system of rules and laws. Usually there are rewards when we follow the rules and punishments when we break them. A professional board or committee often monitors compliance. Many organizations have developed a code of ethics that employees are expected to obey. 

Integrity: is an internal system of principles which guides our behavior. The rewards are intrinsic. Integrity is a choice rather than an obligation. Even though influenced by upbringing and exposure, integrity cannot be forced by outside sources.  Integrity conveys a sense of wholeness and strength.  When we are acting with integrity we do what is right – even when no one is watching.

People of integrity are guided by a set of core principles that empowers them to behave consistently to high standards. The core principles of integrity are virtues, such as: compassion, dependability, generosity, honesty, kindness, loyalty, maturity, objectivity, respect, trust and wisdom. Virtues are the valuable personal and professional assets employees develop and bring to work each day.

The sum of all virtues equals integrity.

There is a dynamic relationship between integrity and ethics, where each strengthens, or reinforces, the other.  Personal integrity is the foundation for ethics – good business ethics encourages integrity.  A person who has worked hard to develop a high standard of integrity will likely transfer these principles to their professional life. Possessing a high degree of integrity, a person’s words and deeds will be in alignment with the ethical standards of the organization. 

The right thing to do is not always the easy thing.

It can be challenging for organizations to establish and then comply with their own ethical standards. Whether ethics are defined or not, employees at all levels experience pressures to act against ethical standards and counter to their own integrity.  Some say one thing and then, in the heat of battle, do another.  It takes awareness and courage to act in that moment; to hold out for a choice that is in alignment with the stated ethics of the organization and the integrity of those involved.  

Integrity is what provides the inspiration to convert awareness into action. The good news: There is intrinsic satisfaction in accessing courage at times when our integrity is tested.  ~ Bob Czimbal and Michele Brooks, The Abundance Company 

2. Sherman County Public/Library Gallery Call for Entries

A call for entries
Sherman County Public/School Library
The theme will be
“All the Colors of the Earth”

Art will be displayed January 10th, 2017 – February 7th, 2017
Open to artists and residents of Sherman County.
Each artist may submit 2 entries.
All 2-dimensional media will be considered (drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, mixed media, collage, textile arts, etc.).
Entries must be new original works (no copies, patterns, etc.).
Artwork must be suitably prepared for display; framed, wired, ready for hanging as appropriate; (please, no easel-back props on frames).
Artwork is to be submitted January 3rd-10th during Library hours.
The show will be hung on January 10th .
Artwork is to be picked up by February 14th during Library hours.

3. Free Youth Mental Health/Substance Use First Aid Course, Jan. 6

In your everyday life, or in your job, or in your volunteer work, you may be in contact with teens and young adults.  Did you know that a young person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance use problem?  Learn an action plan to help.  Sign up to attend a “Youth Mental Health First Aid” course on Friday, January 6 in Condon.  The course will be held at the South Gilliam County Emergency Services Building, 220 N Main Street.

Sometimes first aid isn’t a bandage, or CPR, or calling 911.  Sometimes…first aid…is you.  The course is free, an $8 training manual is available to purchase.  This course is brought to you by Community Counseling Solutions.  To register, contact or call 541-676-9161.

Anyone 18 or older can take Youth Mental Health First Aid, but it is recommended for those who regularly have contact with people age 12-18…teachers, coaches, faith leaders, and other caring citizens.  Learn more at

4. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Holiday Closures

The Sherman County Senior & Community Center will be closed on Friday, December 23, 2016, Monday, December 26, 2016 and Friday, December 30, 2016.  The menu for Wednesday, December 28, 2016 has been changed to Cheeseburgers, chips, veggies, green salad and ice cream.  The menu for Thursday, December 29, 2016 has been changed to Tomato Soup with grilled cheese sandwiches, green salad and fruit.

5. Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing Night Training Missions, Dec. 12-15 

American flag2PORTLAND, Oregon — The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night training missions, Dec. 12-15, 2016.

Night training allows the Citizen-Airmen pilots based at the Portland Air National Guard Base to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. Night flying is conducted almost monthly as it provides essential training for nighttime maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10:30 p.m.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing:
The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.

6. Sherman County Court November 2 Minutes Online

ShermanCoLogoApproved minutes for the November 2 Sherman County Court session are now available on the county website at

A draft agenda for the December 21 court session is also available. Currently, the December 21 court session will be held in the Extension Office. Updates on the location will be posted on the website, the county Facebook page, and in Sherman County eNews.

The December 2016 edition of the Sherman County Citizen Reporter can also be found on the website.

Lauren Hernandez

Administrative Assistant


500 Court Street

P.O. Box 365

Moro, OR 97039

7. Notice: Sherman County Court Meeting Draft Agenda, Dec. 21

The Sherman County Court session is scheduled for Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.  Please note, during the December 21 court session, the Sherman County Court will hold a public hearing regarding the Sherman County mass gathering ordinance at 11:30 a.m. in the Sherman County Extension Office, 66356 Lonerock Rd, Moro, OR 97039. If the meeting location is changed, it will be publicized on Sherman County’s website at, on Sherman County Court’s Facebook page, and in Sherman County eNews.



Sherman County eNews #327


  1. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Christmas Lunch, Dec. 14

  2. Sherman County School Holiday Lunch for Seniors, Dec. 20

  3. Our Land. Our Voice. Owyhee Canyonlands. Sign Petition.  

  4. Eastern Oregon Wind Project Plans Taller Turbines

  5. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, Dec. 20

  6. Fourteen Gorge Teams Advance to State Robotics Tournament, Some Teams Impacted by Weather

  7. Editorial. I. Me. My. Mine.

  8. The Golden Rule

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

“When we become more fully aware that our success is due in large measure to the loyalty, helpfulness, and encouragement we have received from others, our desire grows to pass on similar gifts. Gratitude spurs us on to prove ourselves worthy of what others have done for us. The spirit of gratitude is a powerful energizer.” — Wilferd A. Peterson

1. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Christmas Lunch, Dec. 14


Please join us to celebrate Christmas!

Lunch on December 14, 2016, at 12:00 noon

Sherman County Senior & Community Center

Ham & AuGratin Potatoes, Veggies and Rolls

Fruit Salad and Dessert

2. Sherman County School Holiday Lunch for Seniors, Dec. 20

Christmas.Santa.mailSherman County School invites all Senior County Residents (55+) to our Annual Holiday Season Lunch. Come take a tour of our new kitchen. Bring a friend or family member. We look forward to seeing you on December 20 at 12:30.

Menu: Turkey or Meatloaf, Oven Roasted Veggies, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Dinner Roll, Salad Bar & Dessert.  RSVPs would help us plan quantities, but don’t let that stop you from coming.  Call 541-565-3500.

3. Our Land. Our Voice. Owyhee Canyonlands. Sign a Petition.

pen.markerCall our Elected Officials! Tell them you do not support a monument declaration in the Owyhee Canyonlands. It is unnecessary and will hurt real people. Sign petition here:


4. Eastern Oregon Wind Project Plans Taller Turbines

Firm also looks to bump back construction dates for Sherman County facility 

5. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, Dec. 20

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet at noon Tuesday, the 20th, at the Riverenza, 401 E. 10th St., The Dalles.  There will be a gift exchange.  Louanne Starr will offer the basket raffle for the scholarship fund.  Interested persons from Sherman, Wasco and Hood River Counties may contact Unit 20 President George Clark at 541-296-5933.

6. Fourteen Gorge Teams Advance to State Robotics Tournament, Some Teams Impacted by Weather

balloons.boyAlmost 400 students aged 9 to 14 from schools all around the Gorge showed off their robotic talents over the last two weekends in the Gorge. Sixty-five student teams worked over the past several months as part of the international robotics competition known as FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) to compete in one of the Columbia Gorge Qualifying Tournaments held Dec. 3 and 4 at The Dalles Middle School or Dec. 10 and 11 at Wy’east Middle School.

Tournament organizers and teams this year faced a new challenge with the weather conditions over the second weekend. Ultimately, the Dec. 10 event was canceled and the Dec. 11 had a delayed start. While some teams from Dec. 10 were able to come on Dec. 11, 16 teams did not get to compete. “Canceling a tournament is always a hard call,” said Tournament Director Jessica Metta. “The dates are set at a national level and canceled events cannot be rescheduled. That means that months of effort from the students ends without the fun and excitement of a tournament.”

To accommodate those 16 teams affected by the weather, tournament organizers are planning an unofficial scrimmage in January. Those teams will also be placed in a lottery and four or five will be randomly chosen to advance to the State tournament.

The Gorge events are held by the Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) with support from Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program, North Wasco County School District 21, Hood River County School District, Hood River County Education Foundation and White Salmon Valley Education Foundation. Local event sponsors include Boeing, Google and Insitu. Google also provides significant funding to support the Columbia Gorge robotics teams through Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program.

At the Gorge FLL tournaments, teams demonstrate their robot’s capabilities on the competition table, are interviewed by a robot design panel, present their Animal Allies research project and are assessed on teamwork skills. The teams impressed the judges, referees and tournament volunteers with their knowledge and teamwork. Each single-day tournament generates its own separate award winners and several teams that advance to the state tournaments.

From the three full days of competition held, the overall top teams were chosen to advance to the Oregon State Tournaments on January 14 or 15 in Hillsboro. The fourteen teams from the Gorge heading to Hillsboro include:

  • Overall 1st Place Champions: Fusion X from The Dalles Middle, BFDs (Big Friendly Dragons) from May Street, The Titans from Hood River Middle.
  • Overall 2nd Place Champions: The Technos from Henkle Middle, The Pandriods from Wy’east Middle, The Meme Team from Hood River Middle.
  • Additional top teams that advanced to the state tournament: Brick Busters from Horizon Christian, Robotic Destroyers from Irrigon, Hillbilly Tech Support from Sherman County, Robo Cheetahs from Colonel Wright, Yello Jackets from Hood River Middle, Tech Rex from Wy’east Middle, P4 from Vancouver and the Electronic Penguins from Little Oak Montessori in White Salmon.

Additional top awards were given to a number of teams for their outstanding performances in specific areas of the competition:

  • Core Values award: Brick Busters from Horizon Christian, Superbots from The Dalles Middle and P4 from Vancouver.
  • Project award: 2% Humans from Trout Lake, SWAG from Hood River and Robotic Acorns from May Street Elementary.
  • Robot Design award: Robo-Bros from Goldendale Middle, Rockin’ Robot Monkeys from May Street and Tech Rex from Wy’east Middle.
  • Robot Performance award: Robotic Catfishes from Westside Elementary, The Pandriods from Wy’east Middle and The Titans from Hood River Middle.
  • Rising Star award: RoboKeepers from Goldendale Middle and Electronic Penguins from Little Oak Montessori.

For more information about youth robotics in the Gorge, visit or contact Jessica Metta with the GTA at 541-296-2266 or

7. Editorial. I. Me. My. Mine.

pencil.sharpWe’re thinking about the local government collaboration and cooperation that we deserve and should expect.

Local government officials are by law part of a team and rarely, if ever, achieve success individually. We’re mindful that their team comprises federal and state agencies, budget committees, local government personnel, citizens and colleagues.

The person who works or plays as part of a team, and respects and trusts the team, makes generous use of the word, we.

On the other hand, the person who does not work or play as part of a team, or who belongs to a team but operates independently, whether or not by consensus, makes excessive use of the words, I, me, my and mine.

We take notice of those for whom governance is largely about I, me, my and mine for they do not suggest trust, transparency and integrity.

Team You? Team We?

8. The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule is more than a principle of ethical behavior; it is a dynamic force that can work good in the lives of untold numbers of people. When you make it a practice to treat others as though you were the others, you spread goodwill among people who, in turn, may be moved to do the same. By their actions, they influence still more people, who generate goodwill among even more people. This force for goodwill increases exponentially and will return to you from totally new sources.

The benefit you receive from a good deed performed today by a total stranger may have been a chain reaction from long ago when you observed the Golden Rule in your own dealings with another. ~ Napoleon Hill

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeU.S. Immigration and Nationality Act aka McCarran-Walter Act Of 1952

Our Land. Our Voice. Owyhee Canyonlands Petition

Eastern Oregon Wind Project Plans Taller Turbines

Etiquette Guide: How to Set Up a Beautiful Christmas Table

Budweiser Christmas Commercial

Last Year’s Man, Leonard Cohen

How Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ Brilliantly Mingled Sex, Religion

Grasshopper Geography, High Quality Digital Map Prints 

Commentary. Pick Your Protest, Make It Count

Propaganda Won’t Make the Iran Deal Any Better 

Oregon Watchdog – subscribe

The Progressive Regression 

Gov. Kate Brown Refuses to Address PERS Crisis 

The 28 Best Map Based Strategy Board Games You’ve Probably Never Played

Cal Thomas Interview with Vice-President Elect Pence 

Fukushima radiation has reached U.S. shores 

Canada’s $7 Billion Dam Tests the Limits of State Power