Sherman County eNews #289


  1. Learn About Volunteering at Maryhill, Sept. 28

  2. Oregon Historic Cemeteries Commission to Meet in Moro, Oct. 13

  3. Klindt’s Booksellers & Stationers Hosts Northwest Author Festival, Oct. 21

  4. Public Notice: Sherman County Court, Oct. 4, 5 & 16

  5. Sherman County Court Notes, Sept. 20

  6. Organizational Inspiration

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

1. Learn About Volunteering at Maryhill, Sept. 28

Thursday 6 PM · Maryhill Museum of Art ·

Join us for an information session and reception to learn more about volunteer opportunities at Maryhill. No prior knowledge or special skills are required, just a desire to meet new people, learn about art and cultural history, and a willingness to give your time to a worthy organization. Whether it’s working with the public or behind-the-scenes, there are many ways to get involved. And, did we mention? It’s super fun too!

Maryhill volunteers receive a 30% discount in our store; 20% discount on books in our shop; 10% discount in Loie’s Café; special volunteer-only trips; monthly optional educational experiences; and more.

2. Oregon Historic Cemeteries Commission to Meet in Moro, Oct. 13

ORStateFlagThe Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. October 13 at the OSU Sherman County Extension Office, 66365 Lonerock Road, Moro. Agenda items will include cemetery ownership, statewide cemetery clean-up days, grant projects, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will also discuss draft administrative rules for the implementation of recent legislation. This legislation created a program to provide permits to organizations that want to maintain and preserve abandoned cemeteries. The commission will invite public comments. The meeting will also be accessible online. For information on the meeting and to see the draft rule, visit the historic cemeteries page of

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances.

Requests for information about the meeting and accessibility may be made to and comments on the draft rule language coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail:

 3. Klindt’s Booksellers & Stationers Hosts Northwest Author Festival, Oct. 21

Oregon’s oldest bookstore is excited to host the Northwest Author Festival on Saturday, October 21st, 2017, from 2 to 5 p.m. This annual celebration features authors who live and write here in the Pacific Northwest.

The store will be a buzz with thirteen visiting authors, each with a new title to celebrate. Gathered at Klindt’s Books on this one day, authors will be located throughout the store where readers will have a chance to visit with them, have books personally signed, discuss their writing process, and answer any questions.

With authors spanning multiple genres, from local history to cooking, from science fiction to murder mystery there will be something for readers of all ages to enjoy. Our 2017 line-up includes:

  1. Peggy Childs. A Trip to Siberia. Memoir.
  2. David Childs. Searching for Water, Willows & Wisdom. Personal Essay.
  3. Bibi Gaston. Gifford Pinchot and the First Foresters. Regional History.
  4. Jesse Edward Johnson. Yearbook. Young Adult.
  5. Mike Lawrence.  Star Scouts. Middle Grade Graphic Novel.
  6. Fonda Lee. Jade City. Fantasy/ Sci-fi.
  7. Kathy McCullough. Ups and Downs. Memoir.
  8. Louisa Morgan. A Secret History of Witches. Historical Fiction.
  9. Kim O’Donnel. PNW Veg. Cooking.
  10. Melissa Eskue Ousley. Pitcher Plant. Mystery/Thriller.
  11. Ruth Wariner. The Sound of Gravel. Memoir.
  12. Mike & Kristy Westby. Oregon Road Trips. Travel.
  13. Karen Spears Zacharias. Christian Bend.  Fiction.

Authors are happy to write personal messages in books so this a great opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping list. We hope you can join us for the Northwest Author Festival on October 21st from 2 to 5 p.m. at Klindt’s Booksellers. The event is free and open to the public. 

— Klindts Booksellers and Stationers, 315 East Second Street, The Dalles, Or 97058

4. Public Notices: Sherman County Court, Oct. 4, 5 & 16

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. will be held in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. See updated agenda here:

Sherman County Court will meet on Thursday, October 5, 2017, in executive session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel for the purpose of holding interviews for the Sherman County Court Administrative Assistant position. When the executive session is concluded, the Court will meet for a Special Session at 2:30 p.m. for the purpose of hearing an update about the Biggs Service District Water System Improvement Project.

Sherman County Court will also meet on Monday, October 16, 2017, in executive session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel for the purpose of holding interviews for the Sherman County Prevention Coordinator position.

See updated agenda here:

ShCoCourt.Agenda October 4 2017


5. Sherman County Court Notes, Sept. 20

By Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

(This is a brief summary of topics addressed and is not official minutes. For official minutes and details, please see the official approved minutes posted after the October 4 Court session on the Sherman County website at

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on September 20, 2017, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • heard a quarterly report from Beth McCurdy, Sherman County Fair Secretary; this year, entries and exhibitors were down; the kick-off barbeque was successful; the Fair Board is already looking at next year’s schedule; Countryfied is booked for next year and has volunteered to assist with any construction happening in the dance area; the saddle bronco event was successful and may be expanded next year; the Fair Board is looking for ways to improve the power at the fairgrounds; the fair budget is currently in deficit of $13,000, but revenue is still coming in; Beth attended an auction meeting, and the auction committee and leaders are working towards solving a tag problem that created a conflict at fair this year; this conflict has been resolved; the Court expressed it is pleased with the Fair Board’s performance this year; Commissioner McCoy asked the Fair Board to present a plan for the new facility to the Budget Committee in April so the committee can consider releasing funds to begin engineering work on the project; Bryce Coelsch, Sherman County Fair Chairperson, presented a signed Agreement Between Bert Perisho and Cindy Brown; Judge Thompson suggested the Fair Board might be interested in receiving conflict resolution training; Bryce and Beth will approach the board to gauge interest and discuss possible training topics;
  • met with Deborah Rudometkin, Downtown Improvement Committee, and Perry Thurston, citizen, to discuss the process of applying for and receiving downtown improvement funds; Deborah gave background about the formation of the Downtown Improvement Committee and expressed concern that the downtown master plan was done with no community involvement in the decision making process; after the committee was formed, it had support from the community but not from the City Council; she explained the committee faced extreme resistance when asking for transparency in an application that was recently approved; the committee recommended to the City Council that funding be given in slow increments due to the possibility of others wanting to apply for funding, but this recommendation was not considered; the committee did a walk-through of the recent application project and had not had a chance to meet to discuss the application but later learned the grant applicant had received the funds; Deborah stated the decision was made without a quorum and expressed concern that the City Council has acted without following the charter or State of Oregon Constitution; Deborah communicated the committee is requesting the county postpone allocating any more funding to the city until the process for grant dispersal can be corrected; Perry, speaking as a citizen and not as a councilperson, added the committee members have put in two years of time on the application process and feel disregarded; Andy Anderson, City of Moro Mayor, stated the Court was hearing incomplete information and presented a series of minutes detailing the public process through which decisions were made; he expressed the committee is acting outside of the role the city has given it authority to act in; a work session will be scheduled in the near future with the Court, Moro City Council, and the Downtown Improvement Committee to give the opportunity for all parties to work together to refine the downtown improvements program;
  • met with Aaron Cook, Biggs Service District Administrator, to discuss highway improvement projects on Highway 97; Oregon Department of Transportation would like to build two new bridges and retrofit 4-5 more for earthquake protection; the draft agreement presented includes Spanish Hollow and Trout Creek; Judge Thompson stated Trout Creek was a mistake and the agreement should just include Spanish Hollow; County Counsel will review the agreements, and if they are approved, they will be on the next agenda;
  • met in executive session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel;
  • denied the resident compensation appeal received from Archie J. Winter, Jr due to the final application being received after the deadline of August 31, 2017;
  • denied the resident compensation appeal received from William Hillard due to the final application being received after the deadline of August 31, 2017;
  • approved contributing $100 towards a gift card for Deputy Dan DeHaven;
  • discussed the Sherman County transfer station inspection report, Sheriff’s Office retirement contribution, a draft of Sherman County’s public records request procedure, a library roof update, and a website redesign update;
  • heard reports from Court members about regional board activities.

6. Organizational Inspiration

How do you create an organization that inspires people to do their flat-out best?  Here are a few quick tips.

Canvassing some of the best organizational development people in the business, and those who coach people and organizations to use more of their potential, there are a few things to do. Based on the latest research in cognitive and organizational psychology, here, in a nutshell, is how to create an organization that inspires people to do their best.

First, you need an inspiring goal, a common vision of a clearly-defined end result, shared by everyone, talked about often and affirmed daily. Then, you need people who believe in their own ability to attain that end result, to stretch and get creative when it comes to figuring out how they are going to achieve this desired end result. 

You need people who know that if they are going to succeed, they can depend on each other, and trust each other, to deliver the goods. Now, you don’t have to go out and hire these folks. You can do it with people who are already on the job, if you are willing to spend some time teaching them – and yourself, if you are a manager – how to be successful. 

Next, develop a good system for tracking performance and giving feedback. A good rule to remember is “what gets measured, gets done.” Finally, reward desired performance, including innovation and risk-taking, in meaningful ways to empower people to act and to deal with problems directly at every level. You will be delighted with the results! ~The Pacific Institute

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