Sherman County eNews #272

CONTENTS

  1. Group Fundraising Opportunity with Sherman County School Concessions

  2. Riley Brown Graduates from OSU with BS in Ag Business Management 

  3. New and Exciting Things to Check Out at the Sherman Public/School Library

  4. To Make a Better World

  5. Frontier Digital Network Unapproved Board of Directors Minutes, Aug. 25

  6. Frontier TeleNet Unapproved Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, Aug. 25

  7. Area Representatives Sought for International Student Exchange Programs

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


1. Group Fundraising Opportunity with Sherman County School Concessions

dollars.coinsThe Sherman County School is looking for community members to help with concessions during sporting events.  If your group or organization is looking to raise a little money, contact Darcy Henry at Sherman County School to inquire about available dates. Thank you!

— Darcy Henry, Food Services Manager  541-565-3500 or 541-993-6743 (cell)  Sherman County School District


2. Riley Brown Graduates from OSU with BS in Ag Business Management 

Riley Brown, son of Charley and Cindy Brown of Moro, recently completed his studies at Oregon State University.  He graduates with a BS in Agricultural Business Management, with a minor in Communications.  He is currently seeking a position in grain merchandising, having worked previous summers for McCoy Grain Co. in Colfax WA and Mid-Columbia Producers in Sherman County. 


3. New and Exciting Things to Check Out at the Sherman Public/School Library

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017Introducing Crafts and Stacks – a monthly crafting event at Sherman County Public/School Library. Every month we will gather to learn a new craft.

September 30th we will be creating a Literary Canvas. We will use the pages of an old book to create fun wall art. You can stop by the library for examples and to see what books we have available.  Please give us a call at 541-565-3279, email us at shermanlibrary@sherman.k12.or.us or stop by to register by September 23rd. Ages firmly 12+

Introducing Outdoor Adventure Backpacks.
         Backpacks are now available for parents to check out. Each backpack is full of books, fun learning tools and crafts to help you on your way to a great outdoor adventure of your own.
         We have 4 different backpacks available, tracks, birds, sky and bugs.
         The backpacks were generously provided by the Sherman County School Parent Teacher Organization.


4. To Make a Better World

How do we build a better society, a better world? Here is one prescription for a better world.

E-mails come in nearly every day, and some come with special requests. A while back, one such person wrote, “I’ve been reading your words lately as you talk about raising kids and dealing with conflict and adversity, and the importance of self-respect and self-esteem. Now, would you please talk about how we can build a better world?”

Lou Tice was always glad to answer this question. In fact, for most of his career, he had been talking about it all along. And he was correct when he said, if we want a world with more intelligence, more clear thinking and honesty, more goodwill and brotherhood, what we need to do is cultivate these qualities in ourselves first.

There is a natural progression in social advancement from the individual to the family, then out to the community, the nation and the world. The line of progress can move in no other direction. Every time we show tolerance and understanding, all of us live in a more tolerant world.

Every time you do something for no other reason than to lighten the load another person is carrying, you improve at least two lives – yours and theirs. Every time you reach out to help someone in need or show kindness to another, with no thought of personal gain, you improve the quality of society in general.

Every time you grow as a person, as a parent, as a co-worker, as a human being in community with others around you, you change the delicate balance of life on earth.

The most important thing you can do, to make a better world, is make a better you – and there is no time like the present. There is no line, no queue, no waiting. Start today! ~The Pacific Institute


5. Frontier Digital Network Unapproved Board of Directors Minutes, Aug. 25

FRONTIER DIGITAL NETWORK

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING UNAPPROVED MINUTES AUGUST 25, 2017 

The regular meeting of the Frontier Digital Network Board of Directors was called to order by Vice-Chair, Judge Lynn Morley at 9:08 AM.  This meeting was held at the Wasco Annex in Wasco, Oregon.

Directors Present:  Lynn Morley, Gary Thompson, Judge Steve Shaffer joined the group at 9:45 AM.

Also Present:  Ryan LeBlanc, Steve Wynn, Tom McCoy, Mac Stinchfield, Kathryn Greiner, Elizabeth Farrar, Will Carey, Jack Lyon, Mike Smith and Jeanne Burch.

Public Input/Comment-None

Directors Changes and Additions to Agenda:  Several items will be moved to the Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting which follows this meeting.

Minutes:  Minutes of July 21, 2017 Board of Directors Meeting reviewed.  Moved by Gary Thompson, seconded by Lynn Morley to approve minutes as presented.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Financial:  Financials for July 2017 reviewed.  Moved by Gary Thompson, seconded by Lynn Morley to approve financials.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Review of Existing Contracts and Duties of Contractors:  Legal Counsel Will Carey discussed the two contracts of Mike Smith and Jeanne Burch.  Both are designated as agents for Frontier Digital and Frontier TeleNet and therefore are covered by insurance.  The contracts for both have been renewed for the fiscal year 2017-2018.

Update of Frontier TeleNet-Frontier Digital Network Merger:  Will Carey reported that an Ordinance has been passed by all three counties to merge Frontier Digital Network with Frontier TeleNet.  The next step is to present to the Oregon Secretary of State and to pass an Ordinance at the next Frontier Digital Meeting to complete the merger.  This Ordinance will be the only item on the Frontier Digital Network agenda September 15, 2017. Will Carey will provide the necessary paperwork.

AOC Assistance Contract:  Gary Thompson has talked to Greg Wolf of AOC and he has done seven interviews to date.  Greg will be coming back next month and AOC is working on the revised contract for the reduced price of $10,000.00 authorized by Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors.

Website and Other Social Media:  Moved to Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting.

SUAII Motorola Service Contract Proposal:  The current quote from Motorola now has reduced the price by $30,000.00.  The current proposal is the best price available.  Also there had been a request for more detail.  Motorola provided the list of equipment and what will be in the 2018 update.  It was announced that the new equipment is working extremely well for Emergency Communications.  There was not a vote on this contract today and will be revisited at the September 15, 2017 meeting.

Frontier TeleNet attending AOC Conference:  Moved to Frontier TeleNet meeting.

Cottonwood [Canyon State Park] Tower Update:  Mike Smith reported the project is coming along fine and staying within budget.  A major cell phone carrier is interested in sharing tower.  Income from this will be shared with the landowner and cell phone carrier.  A discussion held on the terrain and the coverage for Sherman County.

Receipt of Policies and Procedures Documents:  Moved to Frontier TeleNet meeting.

Policy for expense consideration and approval of Resolution for expense policy:  Moved to Frontier TeleNet Meeting.

Other Items for the good of the order:  Steve Wynn of Day Wireless reported that the Frontier Digital Network equipment worked perfectly during the solar eclipse.  He was very pleased and praised the performance of this equipment.

Public Input/Comment:  None

Next Meeting:  September 15, 2017 in Fossil at 9:45 AM.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 10:04 AM.

Respectfully Submitted

Jeanne E. Burch, Frontier Digital Network Staff.

 


6. Frontier TeleNet Unapproved Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, Aug. 25

FRONTIER TELENET

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING UNAPPROVED MINUTES  AUGUST 25, 2017

The regular meeting of the Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors was called to order at 10:15 by Chairman Judge Steve Shaffer.  This meeting held at the Wasco Annex in Wasco, Oregon.

Directors Present:  Steve Shaffer, Lynn Morley and Gary Thompson

Also Present:  Ryan LeBlanc, Steve Wynn, Tom McCoy, Mac Stinchfield, Kathryn Greiner, Elizabeth Farrar, Will Carey, Jack Lyon, Matthew Seckora, Mike Smith, Jeanne Burch and Rob Myers (by telephone).

Public Input/Comment:  Jack Lyon addressed the meeting and asked what the benefits are for the broadband consumer and what is available and how it is accessed.  Directors explained that Frontier Telenet provides service to the community but the local ISP is who provides to the individual consumer.

Directors Changes or Additions to Agenda:  None

Minutes:  Minutes of July 21, 2017 Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting reviewed.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to approve the minutes as presented.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Financials:  Financial Statement for July presented.  Steve Shaffer was interested in how much we pay each month for Broadband Service from the individual carriers.  Each carrier is noted on the financial statement and the amount paid.  Tom McCoy is concerned about the amount paid to Inland Development on behalf of Sherman County.  Tom McCoy asked if a marketing plan is being developed and feels that it’s a necessity.  Mike Smith agreed and said that a marketing plan has been developed and reminded Commissioner McCoy that this had been presented to the Sherman County Court several months ago.  Moved by Gary Thompson, seconded by Lynn Morley to approve financial statement as presented.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Frontier Digital Network/Frontier TeleNet Merger:  All three counties have passed the necessary ordinance to create the FDN/FTN Merger and this will be taken care of at the September 15, 2017 regular meeting.

Cottonwood [Canyon State Park] Tower Update:  This was a Frontier Digital Network Meeting item.

Wheeler County Wireless Project Update:  Governor Brown has signed the necessary documents and project is proceeding.  The first phase is to deal with the wireless project in Fossil and there already is 30% more bandwidth. 

AOC Assistance Update:  Greg Wolf of Association of Oregon Counties is working on this project.  Greg has done 7 or 8 interviews and will be doing more in September 2017.  There also was a discussion of having a booth at the AOC December Conference and possibly sharing with CORREA.

Web Site and other Social Media Presentation:  Matt Sekora of Sekora Consulting and IT Solutions presented bids for the Frontier TeleNet Request to establish a web site.  Bids were Sekora Consulting  $$4500.00 plus $190.00 Web Hosting Fee for a total of $4,690.00.  IT Solutions $5,200.00 plus $79.00 per month for Web Hosting.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to retain Sekora Consulting to construct the Frontier Telenet Web Site with a cap on contract to be $4,800.00.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

SUAII Motorola Service Contract Proposal:  This was a Frontier Digital Network Item.

Sherman County Fiber Optic RFP for Wasco to Rufus Update:  Mike Smith reported the tentative date to advertise this RFP is September 15, 2017 but will not advertise until guarantee that funds are available.  It was the consensus of Directors to authorize advertising this RFP at the appropriate time.

Frontier 911-Burns Tribe Update:  Waiting for a signed contract to come back from Chief Smith. There will be a new CEO for the Burns Tribe and that may be holding up receiving the signed contract.

Indemnification of Contractors:  This was taken care of in the Frontier Digital Network meeting.

Receipt of New Policies and Procedures Documents:  Legal Counsel Will Carey stated this is for procurement and the rules are regularly updated.  To adopt there needs to be a public hearing and also needs to be advertised.  These documents will be taken care of at September 15, 2017 Board of Directors Meeting.

Resolution No. 082517-001 a Policy for expense spending:  Resolution No. 082517-01, a Resolution Providing for spending limits for continuing maintenance and emergency issues with and without prior authorization reviewed.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to approve Resolution No. 082517-001 as presented.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Policy for Records Request and Fee Structure.  Mike Smith stated that Directors have had this draft policy and that a cost for electronic requests has been added.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to approve the Policy for Records Request and Fee Structure as amended.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Items for the good of the order:  Steve Wynn of Day Wireless, praised the performance of the Frontier Telenet and Frontier Digital Network system during the Solar Eclipse.  Steve said that it worked perfect and he was very pleased.

Public Input/Comments:  Jack Lyon stated that he is still concerned about individual service to private homes and businesses.  Kathryn Greiner asked about the Pinnacle Debt and would it be transferred to Frontier TeleNet when the merger of the two entities occurs.  Judge Shaffer answered yes and informed that there are still two years left on this debt.  Judge Shaffer also stated that he is not a complete believer that fiber to the home is going to be the future and wireless is more in demand.

Next Meeting:  September 15, 2017 in Fossil.  Frontier Digital will begin at 9:50 AM and Frontier Telenet at 10 AM.  The Public Hearing on Policies and Procedures will be advertised for 10:15 AM.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 12:22 PM.

Respectfully Submitted:

Jeanne E. Burch, Frontier TeleNet Staff.


7. Area Representatives Sought for International Student Exchange Programs

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as Area Representatives in your local community.  ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world.  Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure.

Area Representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community.  Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. There is also a great bonus opportunity.

ASSE’s primary goal is to contribute to International understanding by enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. ASSE’s Area Representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible!

For more information about ASSE or becoming an Area Representative, please call our Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or email us at asseusawest@asse.com. Please check out our website at host.asse.com.  We look forward to welcoming you to the ranks of Area Representatives nationwide – striving towards a world of understanding, one child at a time!


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

 

bird.talkAmazing Grace, the Story & Lyrics

Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association

Gatestone Institute, International Policy Council

Lux Libertas – Light & Liberty

He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing. Benjamin Franklin, from his writings, 1758

Education Secretary DeVos’ Guidance Speech

Under The Weather Sports Pod Pop-up Tent


 

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