Sherman County eNews #299


  1. Wasco School Events Center Board Meeting, Oct. 11

  2. College courses delve deep into cultivating happiness

  3. Wealth of Human Potential

  4. Oregon Archaeology Month Events

  5. National 4-H Week celebrates country’s largest youth organization

  6. The Institute of Museum and Library Services Accepting Grant Applications

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

 “It is necessary for every American, with becoming energy to endeavor to stop the dissemination of principles evidently destructive of the cause for which they have bled. It must be the combined virtue of the rulers and of the people to do this, and to rescue and save their civil and religious rights from the outstretched arm of tyranny, which may appear under any mode or form of government.” ~Mercy Warren (1805)

1. Wasco School Events Center Board Meeting, Oct. 11

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at 6:00 PM, 903 Barnett Street

Agenda/Topics: We will be discussing volunteer tracking and recruiting; updates on grants; financial report by Cassie; and prioritizing jobs that need to be completed.
This meeting is our monthly meeting and is open to the public.

2. College courses delve deep into cultivating happiness

The pursuit of inner-growth is fairly mainstream in American culture as evidenced by “mindfulness” recently achieving special edition status with Time Magazine. “Personal wellness in the amenity rich Gorge is a high priority for many residents, and the college wants to respond to this interest,” says Suzanne Burd, community education coordinator at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC).

“We are in an era in which the intersection of ancient wisdom traditions, such as Buddhism, and modern science, in particular neuroscience and evolutionary psychology, offers methods to enhance personal well-being in lasting ways,” Burd adds. In response, the CGCC Community Education program now offers classes on cultivating inner-strengths, including self-compassion, resiliency, confidence, gratitude, and grit, as well as working with fear and anxiety, and learning to silence a harsh over-vocal inner critic.

“The new Inner Strengths courses are taught by Ellen Donoghue, PhD who has an infectious passion for assisting people to cultivate lasting happiness and combines her social science research on well-being with a diversity of evidence-based mindfulness teachings and practices,” explains Burd. The first course this fall on “Cultivating Self-Compassion” begins mid-October on Thursday evenings for 4 weeks at the Hood River Campus. Registration is required by October 11.

“In the second course on ‘Growing Grit,’ Wednesday evenings in November, Ellen draws on the psychology of passion and determination as well as wisdom teachings and personal growth experiences from her years as a competitive dog musher, backcountry guide and enthusiast, and social science researcher in developing countries and rural areas of the PNW,” Burd explains. She adds, “Ellen teaches that each of us has experiences in which we exhibit aspects of grit, even if we do not always recognize some of them as such. The “Growing Grit” course explores how we can use moments in the everyday flow of life to broaden and deepen our sense of confidence and determination into areas where we have wholesome heartfelt longings and aspirations, whatever they may be!”

CGCC Community Education also offers a Saturday morning workshop on October 21st that explores teachings and practices to help us overcome the negativity bias of our Stone Age brains and cultivate inner strengths. For details and registration, call (541) 506-6011 or visit

3. Wealth of Human Potential

Have you ever looked back on something that you achieved and wondered why you were so successful? When you look back at your successes and the things you’ve achieved in your life and you look for the reasons why you succeeded, you’ll find that most often it wasn’t just luck. Some, if not all, of the following were involved:

Knowledge, Skill, Commitment, Motivation, Energy, Confidence, Resilience, and a Belief in yourself and what you were doing

It’s not hard to see why we succeed. What is hard is explaining why we don’t succeed all the time. Quite often people will say, “Oh, that would be too hard for me,” or “That would take too much effort.” But would it really? Because the truth is that each one of us has a wealth of abilities, energy and skills, but most of the time we only use a fraction of this wealth. This incredible wealth of untapped resources is called “Human Potential.” How much we use of it depends, more than anything else, on our belief system.

If we believe there is no way around a problem, we close our minds to possible solutions. But if we believe we will find a way, then it doesn’t matter what obstacles we run into. We get very creative. We see things we wouldn’t ordinarily see, and we hang in there and get others to help us until we do find a way. This is your human potential, paying interest.

Remember, the most powerful thing you can do to change your life is to change your beliefs about who you are, your life and your abilities and begin to act accordingly. ~The Pacific Institute 

4. Oregon Archaeology Month Events

Celebrate archaeology in Oregon by participating in events across the state! You can find a list of events here:

5. National 4-H Week celebrates country’s largest youth organization

4-H clover1CORVALLIS, Ore. – When the Tomato Growing Club started in 1902, A.B. Graham had no way of knowing his little endeavor would become 4-H and grow into the largest and most effective youth development organization in the country.

More than a century later, as National 4-H week ramps up, Karissa Dishon, assistant professor of 4-H youth development at Oregon State University Extension Service, puts in perspective the organization’s role for the 46,500 4-H members around the state.

“From the street view, I think what surprises most people is the variety of projects we offer,” she said. “I tell them about robotics, computer programming, basketball and surfing clubs. Yes, we do cows and cooking, too, but the best part of 4-H is that project areas are limitless.”

The entire month of October is a celebration of 4-H, and a perfect time to join up or volunteer. Contact your local Extension office for more information.

The variety of programming has increased, but the heart of 4-H remains the same, helping turn kids into citizens who understand and contribute to the complex world around them.

“We give them cool, fun things to do and then flip in the vegetables,” said Dishon, who participated in 4-H for nine years. “If we’re doing it right, they are learning about the subject but, whether they know it or not, they’re gaining life skills.”

It worked for her. Although part of a loving family, Dishon said she chose a rocky road as a teenager. All along she was tending to and showing her horse in OSU Extension’s 4-H program. Eventually, she realized her club leader saw something in her.

“I needed someone outside my family who cared about me,” she said. “4-H saved my life. I went from making the wrong choices and hanging out with the wrong people to saying, “Wait a minute, this is not what I want my story to be. If these adults care about me, I must be worth it.”

Pamela Rose, statewide director of OSU Extension’s 4-H program, said that 4-H helps kids find their “spark” like it did for Dishon. Volunteer 4-H leaders – 8,000 of them in Oregon – become mentors.

Young people can get involved in many activities that spark their interest. If someone is interested in herpetology or entomology and there’s no current club, 4-H faculty put out feelers to find a volunteer in the community who can teach it. If no one steps up, which is rare, the child can go into a class and explore their passion in an alternate way. Perhaps the budding herpetologist would join the photography club and take photos of snakes and lizards and enter them in the county fair.

But it’s the lessons learned beyond subject areas that last, said Melanie McCabe, a 4-H youth development educator who was in 4-H for nine years. She points to friendship as the pinnacle of her experience, as well as leadership.

“I was very shy as a youth,” she said. “4-H allowed me to develop my skills. By the time I was a senior, I was not only serving in leadership roles in 4-H, but also in student government and FFA. Part of that was speaking in public. I was petrified, but now I’m just as comfortable speaking in front of 500 as I am in front of five. It’s a skill I’ve used repeatedly throughout my life.”

Rose likens 4-H to the hub of a wheel. “Our value resonates from there. As we continue to achieve excellence the wheel keeps turning. People want to be involved, including youth, parents, leaders, community partners. We have support from 4-H alumni who give back by volunteering or donating their time, talent or treasures. Everyone has talents and treasures and 4-H helps children discover theirs.”

The 4-H youth development program is administered by the country’s network of land-grant universities’ extension services – of which Oregon State is one –  and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

6. The Institute of Museum and Library Services Accepting Grant Applications

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting grant applications for the Museums for America and the National Leadership Grants for Museums programs. The application deadline for each program is December 1, 2017.

Changes to the FY 2018 programs include adjustments to award amount limits for Museums for America (MFA); applicants may request awards of up to $250,000. The Museums for America program continues to support projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public.

Applicants for The National Leadership Grants for Museums (NLG-M) program may now apply under four new project categories: Advancing Digital Assets and Capacity, Diversity and Inclusion, Collections Care and Access, and Professional Development. Program guidelines also include information about activities of special interest to IMLS for FY 2018.

See the IMLS website for program guidelines (notices of funding opportunities), instructions for completing applications, staff contacts, and webinar information for both of these museum grant programs:

Museums for America

National Leadership Grants for Museums

Applicants are encouraged to check the IMLS website for future notices of funding opportunities for the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture Program, Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program, and Museums Empowered Program.

Potential grant applicants are invited to view two pre-recorded webinars, which can help provide information on how to choose the appropriate funding opportunity and navigate the required IMLS forms. Click here for instructions on how to join the webinars. Pre-recorded webinars are accessible online.

IMLS also invites potential applicants to view a live webinar offered for each grant program. Details are available on the IMLS website at

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