Sherman County eNews #29


  1. All County Prayer Meeting, Rufus Baptist Church, Feb. 1

  2. Sherman County Driver Education Parent/Student/Teacher Night, Feb. 23

  3. Oregon Quilt Project Event, Feb. 18

  4. Representative Greg Smith

  5. No Time Like the Present

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

1. All County Prayer Meeting, Rufus Baptist Church, Feb. 1

church.family1Please join us this Wednesday evening (Feb 1) at 6:30 for the All County Prayer meeting at the Rufus Baptist Church. Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer from 7:00 to 8:30. We all have much to be thankful for, and much to pray about also. I have some important topics in mind that I would like to lead the faithful in Sherman County to pray about. Please join us if you can, I’m sure you will be blessed! We hope to see you there. Pastor Scott

2. Sherman County Driver Education Parent/Student/Teacher Night, Feb. 23

car.teenParent/Student/Teacher Night  

Thursday, February 23, 2017  5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

in the Sherman County Public/School Library Conference Room.

Dinner will be served 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Class 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The Student must have an Oregon Instruction Permit by February 23, 2017, and bring a copy of their permit to the Parent/Student/Teacher Night.

$75.00 fee for the class.

To print out a form you may go to the Sherman County Web Site and click on Government then click on Driver Education, or Forms may also be picked up and dropped off at the Sherman County High School Office.

For more information contact:

Paula King, Sherman County Driver Education Coordinator/Instructor


 3. Oregon Quilt Project Event, Feb. 18

quilt1Talk by Beth Donaldson, Coordinator of the Quilt Index Saturday, February 18, 2017 First United Methodist Church, SW 18th & Jefferson St., Portland

1:30 pm-3 pm

Free Parking


The Quilt Index, housed at Michigan State University in Lansing, now has 70,000 quilts and their histories on-line. A project of the Quilt Alliance, the Index is a rich resource for collectors, makers, and museums. The Quilt Index can:

*   Help you identify quilt patterns and their many variations;

*   Assist in dating quilts (by fabric, pattern, technical details);

*   Increase your knowledge of quilts as textile documents of history;

*   Uncover the stories of “ordinary” individuals, especially women;

*   Allow comparison studies between similar quilts;

*   Increase awareness of area quilt collections and increase visitors;

*   Demonstrate how you can care for and display quilts;

Learn about the Oregon Quilt Project at Individuals and museums can add their quilts to the Project and gain access to the Quilt Index through the OQP portal.

 4. Representative Greg Smith

Oregon.Flat.pole Republican – District 57 – Heppner

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1457   District Phone: 541-676-5154
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-482, Salem, Oregon 97301
District Address: P.O. Box 219 Heppner, Oregon 97836

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

On January 9, 2017 I will be sworn in for a ninth consecutive term as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives serving District 57. I’m very proud to be representing Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam, Sherman and Wasco Counties.

The Oregon Legislature is a citizen’s legislature. Your participation is essential. If there is something you want me to know I hope you will give me a call, send me an email, or write me a letter. Even better, the door to my office is always open – so come on in.

In Oregon, an idea for a law can come from anyone: an individual, a group of citizens, a legislator, a legislative committee, the Governor, or even the Judicial Branch.

I encourage you to contact me if you have an idea that you believe would make good public policy for the citizens of Oregon. If my office can help you track a piece of legislation, assist in finding the right government agency to assist you, or if you just have a question, call me at (503) 986-1457 or email me at

By working together, we can continue to accomplish great things for Eastern Oregon.
Best regards,

Representative Greg Smith


Gregory Vincent Smith was born on November 7, 1968, to Lee E. Smith, Jr. and Katherine C. Smith. He is the great, great, grandson of Oregon pioneers. George Vincent James moved to Oregon in 1852 and soon after was elected one of the first sheriffs of Multnomah County. Smith’s ancestor, Mrs. Ann Elizabeth Bills, sewed the first U.S. flag made in Oregon. The flag flew high on Fourth Street, Portland, on Independence Day, 1861. Today, that flag can be viewed at the Oregon Historical Society. Mrs. Bills was the first registered female Republican of Multnomah County.

Representative Greg Smith is an Eagle Scout, a rank earned by the age of fourteen. He has served as Cub Master for 35 children in Heppner Pack 661, and still remains involved as Merit Badge Councilor for the three citizenship merit badges.

Representative Smith graduated from Eastern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies and a Masters Degree in Business Administration. He is the 2001 Distinguished Alumnus of Eastern Oregon University and has served on the University’s Alumni Board of Directors.

As a small business owner, he actively promotes economic expansion, diversified employment opportunities, job creation, and community development. In addition, Smith has traveled to 28 countries and five continents, including communist China. These travels have served as a catalyst in the cultivation of international trade for the region’s wheat commodities, potato, onion and alfalfa products.

Representative Smith currently serves as the Officer to the Board for Morrow Development Corporation, a private partnership with the Port of Morrow, which provides financial management assistance for business development projects, as well as the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District.   Representative Smith also serves as the contract director of the Small Business Development Center at Eastern Oregon University.

Representative Smith has served as a member on state and regional committees including the North Central Oregon Regional Strategies Board – Oregon Economic Development Department, Freight Advisory Committee – Oregon Department of Transportation, Financial Advisory Committee – Blue Mountain Community College, Small Business Development Center, Greater Eastern Oregon Development Corporation, Heppner Coordinating Council and the Heppner Economic Development Corporation.

On November 5, 2000 Representative Smith was first elected to serve as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives. Today, Representative Smith serves District 57, which includes and Union, Wallowa, Morrow and Umatilla Counties.

In August of 2001, Representative Smith was elected Second Vice-President to the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). PNWER is a statutory public/private partnership created by Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon. Its purpose is to enhance the economic well being and quality of life for citizens of the region and to facilitate regional policy coordination. PNWER has an excellent reputation for assisting associations with trade policy.

In past legislative sessions, Representative Smith has served on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources, the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development, the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Public Safety, the Ways and Means Subcommittee on General Government and was selected as Chair of the Special Task Force on Jobs and the Economy,  Chair of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development and Chair of the Elections and Rules Subcommittee on Campaign Finance Reform.  In addition, he has served on full Ways and Means.

Each session, Representative Smith has earned a one hundred percent voting record with the Oregon Farm Bureau, Oregonians for Food & Shelter and the National Federation of Independent Businesses. The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association recognized Representative Smith’s legislative dedication by presenting him their most prestigious award: the “Lariat Laureate”. The Oregon Health Care Association has distinguished Representative Smith as a “Senior Champion” and the Oregon Fair Association has awarded Representative Smith the title “Grand Champion Legislator.” Representative Smith received the “Outstanding Freshman Legislator of the Year” award during the 19th Annual Oregon Rural Health Conference.

During session, Representative Smith focuses his attention on those issues critical to Northeast Oregon. He is a tireless advocate of our natural resource partners. He stands for stable funding for our public schools and simultaneously fights to ensure that Oregon keeps its promise to senior citizens. Representative Smith has introduced legislation to ensure that our federal timber tax dollars go to our timber impacted communities. Representative Smith has fought to protect agriculture by keeping wolves out of Oregon and to preserve the Columbia Snake River System for irrigation, navigation, power production and recreation.

Representative Smith has garnered a solid reputation of advocacy and effectiveness on behalf of the citizens of Eastern Oregon. He is recognized as a leader with resolve who, when necessary, will cross party lines when it is for the benefit of District 57.

5. No Time Like the Present

These first few weeks of January have been packed with news from around the world and the home front. Perhaps now, more than many new years of the past, is a good time for us to look inward. Are we are living life in the best possible way? Perhaps it’s time to examine if there are things we’d like to change?

You probably know that it is up to each of us to create a life that works, that feels right, and that makes us happy.  But how in the world can we tell if we are living our life to the fullest? There are some questions we can ask ourselves that will pretty much tell us what we need to know. 

For example:

  • Am I doing what I love most of the time? All of us do some things we don’t much care for. However, if that’s all we do, we are in trouble. 
  • Do I feel comfortable most of the time?  Sure, everyone gets nervous sometimes, but the vast majority of our days shouldn’t be filled with anxiety or fear. 
  • Am I willing and able to take risks? 
  • Do I feel free to make mistakes without causing harsh criticism or catastrophe? 
  • Do I cut myself enough slack to fail from time to time without beating myself up about it? 
  • Do I feel optimistic about the future, and confident that my plans will come to fruition?
  • Do I feel that my life is one in which I can be my best self? 

If you’ve answered “no” to any of these questions, it’s important to realize that you’re not doing yourself, or anyone else, a favor by tolerating these conditions.  Maybe it’s time to make some changes – and like the saying goes, there is no time like the present. ~ The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owl.limbOregon Quilt Project

Trump’s Executive Order on Refugees, Separating Fact From Hysteria

1952 Immigration and Nationality Act, a.k.a. the McCarran-Walter Act

U.S. Annual Refugee Resettlement Ceilings and Number of Refugees Admitted, 1980-Present 

Let’s Dance 

Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge

Portland Aerial Tram

Stop Soros Movement Sweeps Across Europe

CNN Interactive Photo of the Inauguration 

TED 2012: Collapse of Growth. “The most important talk of the 21st century”

Rep. Greg Smith

Horrific WWII Statistics

Pipeline 101

Timberline Lodge