Sherman County eNews #134


  1. Celebrate the mothers in your life at Maryhill Museum, May 14!

  2. Sherman County Court Announces the Civics Education Funding Program

  3. Sherman Library – Cultural Coalition Literacy Night Partnership

  4. Blue Star Museums: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Fort Dalles Museum

  5. Opportunity often knocks — only to find no one in.

  6. Sherman County Artist Series – Sherman Elementary Students

  7. College board approves sanctuary designation

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

“To innovate you need more than rote knowledge. You need a trained imagination.” ~ Philosopher Martha Nussbaum, quoted in Humanities magazine

1. Celebrate the mothers in your life at Maryhill Museum, May 14!

Mothers enjoy free admission to Maryhill Museum of Art  this Sunday, May 14!  Explore the current special exhibitions and re-visit favorites such as the opulent Queen Marie Gallery and the new rotation of Théâtre de la Mode. While you’re here, treat mom to lunch at Loïe’s: The Museum Cafe, where we’ll be offering special mimosas for $3.50 and 10% discount for mothers.

2. Sherman County Court Announces the Civics Education Funding Program

ShermanCoLogoSherman County Court is excited to announce the creation of the Civics Education Program. The program was created to support Sherman County students in their pursuit of civics-related experiences, development opportunities, and education. Students are eligible to apply for funding to help them attend events or gain experiences that will encourage them to develop skills and interests in civics-related areas. The funding application can be found on the Board of County Commissioners page on the county website at The court looks forward to hearing the experiences of Sherman County students as they pursue civic and other leadership opportunities. 

3. Sherman Library – Cultural Coalition Literacy Night Partnership

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017The Sherman County Public/School Library would like to thank the Sherman County Cultural Coalition for making “Fairy and Folktale” family Literacy night possible through their generous funding partnership. 


4. Blue Star Museums: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Fort Dalles Museum

flag.starsColumbia Gorge Discovery Center and Fort Dalles Museum are participating in the 2017 Blue Star Museums, a program that offers free admission for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and up to five family members, from Memorial Day weekend beginning May 27, through Labor Day, September 4, 2017. Free admission is available upon the display of an appropriate ID card. The military ID holder can either be an active duty service member or other family members. The active duty member does not have to be present for family members to use the program. A family member of active duty military may include a spouse or child, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. For more information about Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, phone (541) 296-8600 ext. 201, or visit   For information about Fort Dalles Museum, phone (541) 296-4547 or visit

5. Opportunity often knocks — only to find no one in.

The world is filled with unfortunate souls who didn’t hear opportunity’s knock at the door because they were down at the convenience store buying lottery tickets. They have never learned that, as Branch Rickey, general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1942–50, once observed, “Luck is the residue of design.” You will be surprised how much your luck will improve when you make sure you are prepared to take advantage of opportunities. How many times have you had a great idea that you failed to act upon, only to discover later that someone used the same idea to start a business, get a promotion, or find a better job? Resolve now to get into action when you have a good idea. Don’t wait for something to happen — make it happen! ~Napoleon Hill

6. Sherman County Artist Series – Sherman Elementary Students

Moro, OR –Flowers and bugs to penguins and dancing cows the talented student artists of Sherman Elementary have their spring artwork on display at the Sherman County Historical Museum during the month of May. Visitors can enjoy all the bursts of color and creativity from the Kindergarten to 4th grade artists featured everyday this month from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. displayed in the museum.

There is no charge for this exhibit located in the museum and each month the Sherman County Historical Museum will feature a different local artist. Don’t miss a chance to see some fantastic art from our local community members.

The Sherman County Historical Museum is located at 200 Dewey Street in Moro, Oregon. For more information call 541-565-3232 or visit our Facebook page and website:

7. College board approves sanctuary designation

In a unanimous board decision May 9, Columbia Gorge Community College joined the State of Oregon and a growing list of colleges, universities and municipalities adopting sanctuary status over concerns regarding federal immigration policy.

Sanctuary does not change existing college policy, which already offered its students protection through state and federal laws such as the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). In enacting Resolution 031417, a “Declaration of Open Access and Protection,” the college board affirmed the institution’s compliance with those laws but also stated its intention to “oppose any change in federal law requiring it to aid the federal government in immigration law enforcement, and, if necessary, … will seek its own legal counsel in this effort.”

The decision follows two months of public testimony and workshops on the issue.

“I’ve been touched by the testimony of so many people over the past few months,” said board member Stu Watson, who brought the successful motion declaring sanctuary. “Obviously there are concerns, and it’s going to be played out in the courts. Yet at the end of the day it’s up to us to take sides. I believe in providing a safe place for people to live their lives, and if this helps them do that, let’s do this.”

Since the resolution does not change existing policy, college officials do not expect it to threaten federal funding such as Pell Grants, which provided more than $1.34 million in student assistance at CGCC in 2015-16. Nonetheless, the sanctuary movement is working its way through the court system: The Trump administration issued an executive order cutting federal funding to cities declaring themselves as sanctuaries (albeit under terms differing from the college’s declaration). On April 25 a federal judge blocked that order, finding in favor of lawsuits brought by San Francisco and Santa Clara counties.

“They’ll try to cut funding, but it’ll take years to resolve,” predicted board member Dr. James Willcox. “The students have to feel safe. That’s the important thing. I’m all for doing it,” he added.

Watson’s motion was seconded by board member J. Carmen Gamez, who joined the meeting via conference call. Gamez, a son of Mexican immigrants, cited his own experiences as a middle school student in California, describing fears of deportation and discrimination that often confront the immigrant community.

College president Dr. Frank Toda, who initially opposed sanctuary designation over concerns of federal funding cuts, told the board he’d changed his view after testimony and being reminded of his own family’s history as Japanese-Americans. Toda’s parents were interned by the federal government during World War II; the government has since apologized and offered compensation to thousands of Japanese-Americans who suffered humiliation and property loss through the internment policy.

“Sanctuary is more than a word,” Toda said. “It means we are all together, that a step toward sanctuary is a step away from fear.”

The board’s resolution notes that “[while] the term ‘sanctuary college’ has no legal status and does not confer legal protection to students or their families, it nonetheless offers a powerful statement of support to some of our most vulnerable students and their families at this time.”

“CGCC, in accordance with law, will only provide student immigration status to the federal government if it has consent from the student, or if served with a valid subpoena, warrant or court order,” the resolution explains. “CGCC is committed to the safety and privacy of its students, and as a Sanctuary College bound by The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, it will continue to protect all of its students.”

Tuesday’s decision at the Hood River campus brought applause from a well-attended audience, and takes effect immediately. 

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

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