Sherman County eNews #344


  1. Oregon Cultural Donations & Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credit Deadline

  2. Fundraising Basics

  3. Local Government & Legal Notices

  4. L-E-A-D-E-R-SH-I-P

  5. Teamwork

  6. New safety rules coming to construction industry in 2017

1. Oregon Cultural Donations & Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credit Deadline

dollar.bills2The tax year ends in less than 60 hours. Have you claimed your cultural tax credit yet?

Now’s the time to add up your 2016 cultural donations and match them with a gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust…

You can also call 503.986.0088 to make a donation by phone between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday,  Dec. 31.*

Come tax time, you will be eligible for a state tax credit in the amount of your donation to the Cultural Trust. That’s right, you double the impact of your cultural donations for free!

Your donation to the Cultural Trust will be used to fund Oregon culture statewide, all 98,000 square miles of it. You’re helping to protect our unique quality of life!

Click here – to see if your favorite organization is one of our 1,400+ cultural nonprofits. [Camp Sherman Historical Society; Sherman County Historical Society]

No other state has this incredible benefit for funding culture.

Lucky Oregonians!

P.S.: Individuals are eligible for a tax credit of up to $500, couples filing jointly can claim up to  $1,000 and Class C corporations are eligible for up to $2,500.

2. Fundraising Basics

dollars.coins~ Grassroots Fundraising

  1. Were you recruited to the fundraising committee of your board?
  2. Were you recruited to the board without being told fundraising was your responsibility?
  3. Did you recently add fundraising tasks to your other work?
  4. Do you have a great idea to improve your community but need money to do it?
  5. Do you find that you know less about fundraising than you wish? 

Here are the three most important things to know about fundraising right up front:

  1. People give when they are asked, and rarely give when they are not. Even when people are asked, they don’t always give. So, you need to ask for more gifts than the number you need to bring in, and you need to be comfortable with people saying “No.”
  2. Donors are not ATMs. You need to thank them and keep them posted on what your organization is doing with their money if you want them to give more than once.
  3. You can’t raise all the money your group needs by yourself. Spend some time building a team of people to help you.

If you don’t have time to thank donors, you don’t have time to have donors.

3. Local Government & Legal Notices


193.020 Newspaper in which public notice may be published. (1) Any public notice of any description, the publication of which is now or hereafter required by law, shall be published in any newspaper, as defined in ORS 193.010, which is published within the county, city of which any part lies within that county, city, district or other jurisdiction where the action, suit or other proceeding is pending, or is to be commenced or had, or in which the legal publication is required to be given.

(2) If publication in only one newspaper is required by law, and if more than one newspaper fulfills the requirements of subsection (1) of this section, the public notice shall be published in that newspaper which the moving party considers best suited to give actual notice. However, nothing in this subsection prohibits the publication in more than one newspaper if desired by the moving party.

(3) If no newspaper is published within the county, city, district or jurisdiction where the action, suit or other proceeding is pending, or is to be commenced or had, or in which the legal publication is required to be given, public notice shall be published in:

(a) The newspaper published nearest to such county, city, district or jurisdiction; or

(b) Any publication that is published in such county, city, district or jurisdiction and that satisfies all the requirements for being a newspaper except that it is published less than once a week but not less than once a month.

(4) If more than one newspaper or publication fulfills the requirements of subsection (3) of this section, the public notice shall be published in that newspaper or publication which the moving party considers most effective for providing actual notice. [Amended by 1963 c.432 §1; 1979 c.760 §2; 1983 c.831 §1]

 4. L-E-A-D-E-R-SH-I-P

L Leave a legacy you are proud of, an accurate measure of your contribution to the team.

E Examine your leadership skills regularly. Keep your pride in perspective.

A Accept the responsibilities that go with your position. They are the reason you are there.

D Dive into the issues you encounter with zeal and commit yourself to resolving them.

E Entertain creativity. Keep an open mind to fresh ideas and new ways to alter the status quo.

R Reach out to your team with compassion and humanity.

S Serve the needs of others, and show a healthy respect for the privilege of leadership.

H Hindsight is 20/20. Learn the lessons of the past, apply them today, and carry them forward into the future.

I Instill performance and accountability as fundamental values in your organization.

P Prepare your team for increased responsibility. Everyone will benefit exponentially.

~Ronnie Mills, Atmel Corporation, Colorado

5. Teamwork

teamworkManyHandsThe principles of teamwork clarify our expectations for ourselves and our teammates or colleagues. An integral part of our daily lives, these principles lead to positive, productive performance… extraordinary success.

  • Everyone on the team is responsible for our success or failure. We!
  • Our communication must be open, honest, respectful, active and helpful.
  • Everyone deserves the benefit of the doubt.
  • Our team commitment is to actively seek solutions to issues and problems.
  • It is our responsibility to understand our individual, team and organizational responsibilities and expectations, and to do the best job possible.
  • We assume responsibility for our individual performance.
  • We assume responsibility for collaboration, communication and understanding.

~ unattributed. 

6. New safety rules coming to construction industry in 2017 

toolbox4(Salem) — In 2017, employers who do construction work in Oregon will see two major changes to rules they must follow to protect their workers from falling and injuring themselves.

The changes are as follows:

* Starting Jan. 1, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division’s (Oregon OSHA) 10-foot trigger height — the minimum height at which workers must be protected from falls — will lower to six feet.
* Starting Oct. 1, slide guards will no longer be allowed as a method of protecting workers from falling off of sloped roofs.

The new requirements mean that construction contractors will need to use some form of fall protection to prevent their employees from falling six feet or more to a lower level. Moreover, construction contractors using slide guards as a primary means of fall protection will need to use a different protection method.

Equipment is available to meet the new standards, including personal fall arrest and fall restraint systems. It is also important for construction contractors to make fall protection an essential part of an overall safety program that keeps workplaces free of hazards.

“We’ve come a long way in Oregon in reducing injuries and deaths from falls, particularly in construction, but we still have a ways to go,” said Michael Wood, administrator for Oregon OSHA. “The new standards further underscore the importance of employers and employees working together to bring all of their safety tools to bear as we enter 2017.”

Falls to a lower level are the leading type of fall in Oregon’s construction industry. From 2013 to 2015, a total of 774 construction workers were injured by falling to a lower level. In 2016, general fall-protection requirements were the most-cited construction-industry rule, with 289 total violations (221 serious and 68 repeat) and initial penalties totaling $603,010.

Nationwide, the construction industry has the greatest number of both fatal and nonfatal traumatic brain injuries among workplaces, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. From 2003 to 2010, 2,210 construction workers died because of a traumatic brain injury.

The six-foot trigger-height requirement is not entirely new for Oregon construction contractors. It has been required for many years for work on established floors, mezzanines, balconies, and walkways that have unprotected sides and edges. Many large commercial construction contractors already require the use of fall protection at six feet.

More likely to be affected by the new requirements are contractors who do construction projects on single-family homes that have a ground-to-eave height between six and 10 feet, and those who do projects where slide guards are used for fall protection.

The rule changes stem from a federal OSHA decision several years ago to begin enforcing its existing fall protection requirements in residential construction. As a result, federal OSHA advised Oregon OSHA that the Oregon rules no longer met the requirement of both state and federal law and that the Oregon rules must be at least as effective as the comparable federal requirements.

In drafting changes to existing rules during the summer of 2015, Oregon OSHA took input from an advisory group of leaders in the commercial and residential construction sectors. Following those meetings, Oregon OSHA formally proposed changes to the rule and accepted public comment at five hearings held throughout the state in January 2016.

Oregon OSHA’s technical staff can answer questions to help employers understand how to apply rules to their workplace:

Phone: 503-378-3272
Toll-free: 800-922-2689

Employers may also contact Oregon OSHA’s no-cost consultation services for help with safety and health programs:

Toll-free: 800-922-2689
Field offices:

To get a fact sheet about the fall-protection rule changes, go to

For more information about fall protection, visit Oregon OSHA’s A-to-Z topic index at