Sherman County Goatees 4-H Club Meeting Notes
CASA Volunteer Training Begins July 25
Rep. Greg Walden: Children in Foster Care
Burnt River School Integrated Agriculture/Science Research Ranch
Opportunity to be Grateful
Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County Court, July 19
Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
1. Sherman County Goatees 4-H Club Meeting Notes
The Goatees 4-H club met at July 7 at 6pm at the Extension Office. Attending were: Wyatt, Bailee, Will, Charlotte, Izzy, Rilea, Elijah, Mercedez, Clay, Joey, Patrick, Austen. Excused absences were: Cade, Logan, Jordan, Kaelex. Pledge of Allegience led by Wyatt, 4-H Pledge by Patrick. We talked about how our goats are and we have a prize game. Then we talked about our next meetings and different basket ideas. Next meeting is July 29 at 10am at the fairgrounds. We will learn how to shave and fit our goats and work on showing them. Submitted by Wyatt Owens, News Reporter
2. CASA Volunteer Training Begins July 25
Columbia Gorge CASA and Frontier CASA are partnering to offer CASA Volunteer Training beginning July 25th. This course will consist of interactive on-line sessions and three in-person training sessions located in Fossil, Oregon. If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer and live in Sherman, Gilliam or Wheeler Counties please contact Susan Erickson, Executive Director of Columbia Gorge CASA at (541) 386-3468 or Candy Humphreys, Executive Director of Frontier CASA at (541) 256-6040. Kids in foster care need your voice!
3. Rep. Greg Walden: Children in Foster Care
Every child deserves a loving home. In 2015, more than 670,000 American children spent time in foster care, according to a study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Children placed with relatives tend to spend less time in foster care, experience higher stability of placement, and benefit even after exiting state custody through improvements in safety.
I am proud to support several bills that passed through the House which improve the foster care system and the lives of children across the country. These included H.R. 2866, the Reducing Barriers for Relative Foster Parents Act, which reviews and improves licensing standards for placement in a relative foster family home, while ensuring safeguards for the children. There are countless family members of foster children who are willing and eager to accept these children into their home. We should be making that process easier for family members — not tying them up in bureaucratic red tape that extends the amount of time children spend in foster care outside of the extended family.
H.R. 2847, the Improving Services for Older Youth in Foster Care Act, improves support for the transition to adulthood by allowing states the option to continue assisting older, former, foster youth up to age 23, including providing education and training vouchers. This helps to ensure that we are not abandoning children who grow out of the foster care system.
Lastly, the House also passed H.R. 2742, the Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act, which requires states to adopt an electronic system to help expedite the placement of children in foster care or guardianship, or for adoption, across state lines. Most states currently use paper systems for the interstate foster care placement process, requiring caseworkers to print and mail hundreds of pages of paperwork to place a foster child in a home across state lines. This outdated process can take an average of more than five months to complete. This unnecessary delay prevents children from being placed with relatives or an adoptive family and prevents us from helping children in the foster care system to find a better life in a stable home.
I was glad to give my support to these bills as a step in the right direction towards reforming our nation’s foster care system to better protect and serve children across the country. It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.
Oregon’s Second District
4. Burnt River School Integrated Agriculture/Science Research Ranch
Burnt River School District | Unity, Oregon https://www.briarr.com/
Burnt River School District’s BRIARR program provides small class sizes that offer unique student advancement opportunities. They include:
- Participation in agriculture and science studies under the direction of a variety of college and university level staff and professionals.
- A high school diploma supplemented with enrollment in college courses and the ability to earn an associate’s degree.
- A pathway to advanced placement in upper-level college enrollment at multiple state universities. Supervised agricultural experiences through FFA.
- Water quality monitoring with the Powder Basin Watershed Council.
- Hands-on courses in animal production science, sustainable rangeland science, and forest restoration studies.
- A culturally diverse and international student body.
5. Opportunity to be Grateful
You have probably heard something similar to, “Live each day to the fullest, because you never know what tomorrow may bring.” Or perhaps it’s as simple as “carpe diem.” Like all sage offerings, there is an element of truth involved here.
For a lot of us, we take the days of our lives for granted. The years go swirling past in a rush of things to do, places to see, and dreams to fulfill. We work diligently, raise our families, and try to measure up to our own – or someone else’s – definition of success. For some of us, we put our heads down, shoulder to the wheel (so to speak) and forget to look up.
Not “looking up” is unfortunate. We need to take the time to savor the experiences of each day, good or not so good, because these experiences inform who and what we are. If we don’t look up, we miss the simple joy of a quiet summer evening. We miss that look of wonder on a child’s face, the first time they discover rainbows in a puddle. Our hearts forget the thrill of watching a rocket launch into outer space.
In short, we miss the opportunity to be grateful. One reader asks, “Why do people take the experiences of their lives for granted? What other than near-death experience will help each of us to live every day with gratitude? What is striking to me is that the drivers for appreciating life and having gratitude are missing from many people’s lives. How is this happening? We should not have to experience ‘misery’ to boost our insights into the value of life.”
Do yourself a favor for the next week. Begin a new habit. Before the end of each day, stop and soak in the experiences of the day. Let the smile come to your face as you remember the happy and the funny. Plan out what you will do “the next time” for those moments that didn’t come out so well. And be grateful for the time you have had to make a difference in the lives of others.
Opportunity awaits! Celebrate today, and face tomorrow with the expectation that something great is going to happen! ~The Pacific Institute
6. Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County Court, July 19
The Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. will take place in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. Agenda will also be posted on the Sherman County Website at www.co.sherman.or.us.
7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do