Sherman County eNews #38


  1. City of Moro Budget Committee Positions (3)

  2. Sherman County School District Communication: Student Safety

  3. SafeOregon, Statewide School Safety Tip Line

  4. Checking the Mirror: Judging Others

  5. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Program, March 10

  6. Gene Ann (Tupker) McLean 1937-2018

  7. Register by April 15 for Statewide Day of Service in Historic Cemeteries, May 12 

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

 “Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Parkland, Florida: Our Nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones in the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on February 14, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, February 19, 2018.  I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second. DONALD J. TRUMP”

The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false.  –Paul Johnson

1. City of Moro Budget Committee Positions (3)

The City of Moro has three (3) openings for the Budget Committee. The term is two years and is a Council appointed position. This position consists of one/two meetings yearly. Anyone interested in the above position should contact: Erik Glover, Moro City Administrator, 541-565-3535, or send a letter to: City of Moro, Attn: Budget Committee, PO BOX 231, Moro, OR 97039 by April 02, 2018.

2. Sherman County School District Communication: Student Safety

Issue 21 Communication to the Community - Student Safety 2-16-18

3. SafeOregon, Statewide School Safety Tip Line

Oregon.Flat.poleThe Oregon State Police (OSP) reminds students and families to learn more about SafeOregon, the statewide school safety tip line. The tip line is a safe, confidential and anonymous way for students to alert authorities to information that may be useful in preventing school attacks, bullying, and suicidal behaviors.

SafeOregon can be accessed through a phone call, text message, mobile application or the internet by students and other members of the public. Trained staff are available 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year to review, analyze and route tips for the most appropriate follow-up and urgency. Tip line staff make sure follow-up is noted and recorded.

Superintendent Travis Hampton, “We know the tip line works. We’ve seen other students report concerns about their friends and we’ve gotten their friends help. We’ve been able to get in front of safety concerns. Sometimes students might see or hear something that might be confusing or they are unsure what to do with the information but they do know something isn’t right. That’s where the tip line can help. Students have the opportunity to provide information to a trusted adult that can look into the situation and take it from there.”

The Oregon State Police also encourages students to have conversations with adults around them about anything they are concerned about. Students have an important voice in their own safety, and the safety of their fellow students and school. But, the tip line gives a voice to those students who don’t feel comfortable going to an adult for whatever reason or they might be anxious or afraid.

Since the tip line began in January, 2017 — over 525 tips have been received. The top five types of tips include bullying or harassment, possession or distribution of drugs, concerns about safety issues, cyberullying and sexual harassment.

Today, 813 Oregon schools in the PK-12 grades are signed up to use the statewide tip line. It’s open to private and public schools in those grade ranges. To find out if your school is using the system visit and click on report a tip. Here you’ll see all the different methods of reporting. By clicking on web report form you will see a box for “school name” begin entering your school name. If the school name appears, they are using SafeOregon. You should also talk to your school about how the system works and what you can do to help promote the statewide tip line in your school.

It is against the Oregon Law to misuse the tip line and report false tips. ORS 165.570 For more information visit

Background: SafeOregon became Law through HB 4075 (2016), as a result of recommendations from the Oregon Task Force on School Safety. During the 2014 session, the Oregon State Legislature passed House Bill 4087, to establish a Task Force on School Safety. The bill, created a working group to examine steps to improve safety and security at schools across the state. As specified in HB 4087, the task force is made up of representatives from the legislature, the governor’s office, as well as the education and public safety communities. A complete roster of the task force members appears at the left side of this page. For more information on the task force visit the Oregon State Police website at

4. Checking the Mirror: Judging Others

glassesHave you ever heard it said that the things you see and dislike in others are things you probably dislike about yourself? Today, let’s look at this idea in a bit more depth.

When you see things about other people that you don’t like, can it teach you anything about yourself? For instance, if you look at someone and think, “He’s angry, and I don’t like that,” could it be that you don’t like it when you, yourself are angry?

If you look at someone and say, “She’s really scared. Why doesn’t she just do it?”- could it be there is something you are scared about that you wish you would just “do”? Suppose you disapprove of smoking but don’t smoke yourself, so you wonder how that could be about you. Well, ask yourself, “Why do I disapprove of smoking?” Perhaps it’s because smoking is unhealthy. If you look within yourself, you may find that you, too, do things that are unhealthy which trouble you. Or perhaps you may disapprove because you consider smoking inconsiderate, and there are ways that you, too, are inconsiderate.

When we judge others, and if we look within, we will usually find a similar judgment about ourselves. Now, judgments rarely, if ever, do any good. However, once you understand what you really are doing, you can, if you choose, decide to stop.

So, the next time you disapprove of someone else, stop and take a look within. Is there something about yourself that you are consciously ignoring, but subconsciously know you need to learn – and perhaps, act on? ~The Pacific Institute

5. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Program, March 10

The next general meeting and program for CGGS will be March 10, 2018 in the downstairs meeting room at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center starting at 10:30. This program will be “Reviewing Updated Genealogical Websites” and will be led by Linda Colton and Georga Foster. The purpose of the program is to update important information about popular genealogical research sites that have changed in content, format or information.  Among the websites that will be covered are Find-A-Grave, Ancestry, RootsWeb and FamilySearch.  An important change in Family Tree Maker will also be presented.  Members are encouraged to bring their laptops and Bring A Friend! Our general meeting/programs are open to the public and a recommended $1.00 donation to defray room rental costs is gladly excepted.

6. Gene Ann (Tupker) McLean 1937-2018

flower.rose.starGene Ann (Tupker) McLean passed away surrounded by her loving family and friends on February 9, 2018. Gene Ann was born December 30, 1937, in Portland, Oregon, to Dr. Eugene and Mrs. Elizabeth Tupker. She was raised in St. Helens, Oregon, and graduated from high school there in 1955. She graduated summa cum laude from Marylhurst College in June of 1959. Her name is inscribed in the school’s Joan of Arc trophy, an honor given to the graduating senior who best exemplifies character, scholarship and loyalty.

In August 1960 she married Riney J. Seeger of Pendleton. They had two sons, John (deceased) and James of Killeen, Texas. After separating from Riney she later married William McLean.

Gene Ann taught French at Tigard High School and Blue Mountain Community College. She later became Dean of Women and Director of Student Activities at BMCC, retiring in 1997. Her work at BMCC extended well beyond her job, and it’s been said that she mothered more rodeo champions than anyone in the world, taking countless students from the school’s rodeo team under her wing and often into her home. The scholarships she provided through the BMCC Foundation each year allowed many students to realize their dream of higher education.

She was active in many aspects of the community, including 15 years as a member of Altrusa International of Pendleton and serving on the board of directors of the Arts Council of Pendleton during the renovation of the Carnegie building into the Pendleton Center for the Arts. Her board tenure included service as both board secretary and board president. Gene Ann also volunteered at Lincoln Primary School and was involved in countless other activities. She loved both college rodeo and the Pendleton Round-Up, and hosted large gatherings each September for visitors from across the country and around the world.

She is survived by son James Seeger, grandchildren R.J. Seeger and Ashley Seeger, great-grandson Elijah Schmitz, sister Jane Raabe of Vancouver, Wash., and brother William J. Tupker of Sacramento, Calif. She was preceded in death by her son John Seeger. A Celebration of Life was held Thursday, February 15 at 1 p.m. in the Bob Clapp Theatre at Blue Mountain Community College. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Gene Ann McLean Scholarship Fund, BMCC Foundation, P.O. Box 100, Pendleton, OR 97801.

 7. Register by April 15 for Statewide Day of Service in Historic Cemeteries, May 12

garden.shovel.barrowSOLVE and the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries are partnering for a statewide day of service in historic cemeteries. May 12, 2018 will be the first ever, statewide cemetery clean-up. The goal is to bring as many volunteers out to as many cemeteries as possible.

SOLVE has great experience bringing people together to better their communities. They provide resources to the organizations hosting the clean-up including: project planning assistance and coordinator training, event flyers and pre-event publicity, assistance with volunteer recruitment, online cemetery and volunteer registration, free supplies (litter bags, vinyl gloves, safety vests, first aid kits and more), and access to a small grant for supplies.

If you would like to host a clean-up at your cemetery, now is the time to register. The deadline to have your cemetery included is April 15, 2018. Visit the SOLVE website or contact Monica Gunderson at 503-844-9571 ext. 336, For information on the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries contact Kuri Gill at or 503-986-0685 or visit Oregon Heritage 

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

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