Sherman County eNews #310


  1. Sherman Parent Teacher Organization Trunk ‘R’ Treat, Oct. 27

  2. Sherman County Court Minutes and Meeting Agenda, Nov. 1

  3. Columbia River Indian Autumn, Nov. 4

  4. Camp Sherman, Topic of Sherman County Historical Society Program, Nov. 5

  5. The Purpose Within

  6. RSVP Etiquette for Guests and Hosts

  7. South Sherman Fire & Rescue Plans EMT Basic Class for January

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

1. Sherman Parent Teacher Organization Trunk ‘R’ Treat, Oct. 27

HalloweenCat2Event: Trunk ‘R’ Treat
Date: Friday, October 27th
Location: Sherman County School Dist. Parking Lot
Vehicle Line-Up: 5:40 p.m. •Trick or Treating Begins: 6 p.m.
Parking area will be in the new paved parking area next to the school.

Sherman Elementary Trunk ‘R’ Treat is Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)-sponsored Halloween event. Children are given an opportunity to walk from trunk to trunk during the evening of Friday the 27th, each receiving individually wrapped goodies from costumed car owners. Community members will gather, parking their cars in the Sherman County School Parking lot in the designated area. This event provides a safe environment for trick or treaters. All vehicles are welcome! Car owners must complete a liability release form to participate which can be picked up at the school. No registration fee, activities are free.

1. All decorated vehicles must be kid friendly, scary and loud décor is prohibited. No open flames, fireworks, etc.

  1. Vehicles must remain parked during the entire duration of the event.
  2. Treats must be prepackaged. Homemade/baked goods are prohibited. Teal Pumpkin Project treats are also encouraged for those with children who may have food allergies. 4. No pets allowed, please leave your little friends at home.

2. Sherman County Court Minutes and Meeting Agenda, Nov. 1

ShermanCoLogoApproved minutes for the October 4, 2017 regular session and the October 5, 2017 special session are now available on the county website at

The most current draft agenda for November 1, 2017, and updates will be available on the website.

Please note: Sherman County Court only meets once in November. The next County Court meeting after the November 1 session will be December 6, 2017.

Thank you!

Lauren Hernandez

Administrative Assistant


500 Court Street

P.O. Box 365

Moro, OR 97039

3. Columbia River Indian Autumn, Nov. 4

Don’t miss Columbia River Indian Autumn, Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon. Admission is free. The event will feature artisans, musicians and vendors throughout the day from our regional Native American community. For more information call 541-296-8600 ext. 201, or visit

4. Camp Sherman, Topic of Sherman County Historical Society Program, Nov. 5

Moro, OR – The Sherman County Historical Society invites you to dinner and a presentation, Camp  Sherman: 100 Years, November 5, 2017, at 2pm at the Wasco Events Center in Wasco, Oregon.  Special guests of the Camp Sherman Historical Society will share some history on how Camp Sherman came about and how this magical place became a special retreat for some of Sherman County’s early residents.  Please RSVP by November 3, 2017, with the Sherman County Historical Society at 541-565-3232.  Dinner is $15 per plate and we hope to see you there!

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:

5. The Purpose Within

If your life has an important purpose, does that make you a more valuable human being?

If you are familiar with the work of The Pacific Institute, you know that we believe a strong sense of purpose is important – in fact it is vital to fulfilling the promise of the potential that resides in all of us.

Purpose, or contribution beyond self – often for the good of a community of others – provides a not-so-subtle boost to our self-image or self-worth. It’s an internal boost, because we are not relying on others to validate our purpose. So, the challenge becomes to not make the mistake of confusing purpose with worth, as many do who are continually looking outside themselves to feel worthy.

When you determine your personal worth by your job, career, family, social position, income or appearance, you create a dilemma for yourself. The dilemma is that you must constantly work for approval, love, acceptance and control, in order to feel worthy.

If you lose your job, or your children grow up and leave home, or you retire and begin to look and feel older, you may find yourself feeling worthless or even depressed. You can spend a lifetime looking outside yourself to feel worthy. The truth is, all we really need to do is look within.

Every human being is worthy, simply because she or he exists. And because we exist, we have opportunity in every second of every day to find and fulfill the promise of purpose. You see, we want to look within to find our purpose and then look outside for ways to express it.

A sense of purpose will help you live a more satisfying life, but always remember that you give meaning to what you do – what you do does not give meaning to you. ~The Pacific Institute

6. RSVP Etiquette for Guests and Hosts

Excerpted from  Maralee’s Manners Mentor

What does RSVP mean exactly?

RSVP loosely translates from French as “Please Respond.” It’s an easy request. It just means that the hosts are asking us to let them know whether we’re coming to their party or event so that they can plan seating, food, and anything else they need to arrange for our needs and comfort.

How quickly should we RSVP?

Within 24 hours. Yep, just one day! The same day you receive the invitation is best.

Wow! That’s fast! What’s the hurry to RSVP?

A fast response signals that you’re excited to be included in the event! Think of it like this. If I held up a $100 bill and asked whether you wanted it, I doubt you’d wait for two weeks (or forget entirely!) to let me know you wanted the money. Instead, you’d probably very quickly say something like, “Thanks, Maralee! You’re the best!” That’s the same enthusiasm and quickness that is kindhearted to show when responding to invitations.

Can I wait until the “RSVP by” date to respond? 

You can, but it’s kind of like showing up late for the party. Did you know that, 50 years ago, no one put “RSVP” on invitations!  Why? Because it was considered really rude.

Rude? Why was it once rude to ask people to RSVP?  

Asking people to RSVP meant that hosts didn’t trust that people would do the right thing on their own without a special request from them. But times change and etiquette evolves to keep up with current sensibilities — and in this case, necessities. So sometime in the late 1960s or early 1970s, people started adding “RSVP” to their invitations as reminders because people started not responding.

Things in RSVP world have slid further downhill, and now most requests list an “RSVP by” date because people are slow to (or just don’t) RSVP. Please respond a long time before the date. Not doing so sends a signal that you’re waiting to make up your mind because the event doesn’t thrill you on first thought!

What if you don’t know whether your schedule is going to allow you to attend?

Go ahead and call the host to acknowledge the invitation the day you receive it. Then ask whether it would be an imposition if you waited to respond until you know your schedule. If you can explain what the event is that you’re waiting to hear about, go ahead and let the host know. “My sister is flying in some time that week for a visit, and I don’t know the dates for sure. As soon as she books her flight, I’ll let you know.” If it’s personal, you don’t need to mention it.

Do I have to respond to every invitation? What about parties at people’s homes where I’m supposed to buy something?

Yes, even sales parties should receive your RSVP within 24 hours. Typically, sales solicitations don’t need to be responded to, but since this one is being hosted by someone you know, it’s gracious to let her know whether she should set out a chair, provide refreshments, and do things just for you! It’s also very helpful to the person selling the product to know how many catalogs, samples, and such to bring to the party. 

If I RSVP that I’m not coming, the host will beg, and then I’ll feel awkward!

For the guest: Your best bet is to RSVP via email.

For the Hostess: If people are kind enough to RSVP and their answer is no, accept it without questioning the reason or asking whether they won’t reconsider. And don’t feel bad about small numbers … For sell-at-home companies, the average number of people at a party is six. Ten is considered significant. Twenty is enormous. It’s the same for almost all sell-at-home companies. 

What about writing “Regrets Only” on invitations?

People are no better at telling you they’re not attending than they are at letting you know they’re planning to join you. So you won’t get a better count asking for “Regrets Only.” 

What’s the etiquette for contacting people who don’t RSVP?

As the date approaches, and you need to know how many people to plan for, it’s fine to reach out to your guests who didn’t RSVP! Script your conversation/voice mail/text as something like this: “Debbie, I’m making the final arrangements for dinner on the 27th. I hope you and Doug received the invitation we sent you about two weeks ago and that you’ll be able to join us. Please let me know today whether you can.” When you say it nicely, the other person shouldn’t be offended; after all, you’re trying to prepare things for them. You’ll also more than likely get your reply — and the opportunity to share a subtle reminder of the social contract between a host and a guest. 

Special Grace Note

When a friend RSVPs and shares that she can’t attend, bite your tongue to avoid asking her why. There could be a million reasons, and half a million of them she might not want to share! If your friend says she can’t attend and doesn’t offer an explanation, the most gracious thing is to say, “You’ll be missed!”

Let’s make it our goal to call the same day! Our timely response is our outward expression of our inward consideration!

Let’s just keep repeating, “Within 24 hours! Within 24 hours! Within 24 hours!”

7. South Sherman Fire & Rescue Plans EMT Basic Class for January

South Sherman Fire and Rescue in conjunction with Columbia Gorge Community College is pleased to announce that we will be hosting an EMT Basic Class Starting in January 2018 located in Grass Valley. This class is a fast paced 5 month course that will be every First weekend of the month from 9-7pm and every Wednesday night from 5-10pm. This class is a regional class taught by Columbia Gorge Community College students wishing to attend must register with the College. Anyone interested that lives in South Sherman Fire and Rescue’s fire district may contact the district if they would like to be sponsored by the fire department. Students who are not sponsored by the fire department are responsible for class and book fees.

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