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.