Sherman County eNews #47


  1. The Pacific Program for Public Sector Leaders in Oregon

  2. North Central Oregon Rural Skill Builder Training Sessions, April 7

  3. Notice. Sherman County Court, March 7

  4. Wants or Needs?

  5. Grants available for veterans and war memorials

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

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” —-Thomas Jefferson

1. The Pacific Program for Public Sector Leaders in Oregon

pen.markerFor 27 years, the Pacific Program has been the premier leadership training event for public sector leaders in Oregon.

The Pacific Program is an intensive 6-day program with a curriculum designed to cultivate catalytic leadership across sectors – state and local officials, non-profit and private sector leaders in the Pacific Northwest.

Using the three basic tenets of Catalytic Leadership, participants learn about:

Leading from Personal Passion and Strength of Character – a passion for results, a sense of connectedness and relatedness, and exemplary personal integrity.

Thinking and Acting Strategically – framing and reframing issues and their strategic responses, identifying and defining end outcomes or desired results, assessing stakeholder interests to discover common and complementary interests, and thinking systematically to reveal interconnections and strategic leverage points.

Facilitating Productive Work Groups – generating fresh ideas and new insights, coping with conflict, getting unstuck and moving forward, and forging agreements.


2. North Central Oregon Rural Skill Builder Training Sessions, April 7

pen.markerRural communities are facing more complex situations than urban areas. Building new and advanced skills gives those who work on behalf of rural places the tools needed to be effective leaders.

Join us at the Rural Skill Builder training! Learn to be bold, be courageous, and be a savvy leader in complex situations. Don’t miss the opportunity to gain new skills and network with other rural leaders in your region.

Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 9:15am-4:00pm PST

Best Western Plus Hood River Inn

1108 E Marina Drive

Hood River, OR 97031

Registration starts at 8:45am  $40

What Sessions Will Be Offered?

Emerging Rural Economies and Building on Your Assets. Rural communities have distinct opportunities to seize in their pursuit of spurring economic growth within their communities and regions. This session will help attendees harness their abilities to identify and leverage economic assets that builds local control and advances economic prosperity. Learn how bottom-up grassroots strategies can boost your local economy.

Bringing Out the Best in People at Their Worst. Often, we face the challenge of working with difficult people, and sometimes we are the difficult ones. This interactive session will explore strategies for bringing out the best in people, by building on strengths and recognizing that sometimes values and approaches may not align. The session will be structured around lessons from the popular book, “Dealing with People You Can’t Stand: How to bring out the best in people at their worst.”

Funding Your Community Work: Cultivating Relationships and Stories. Learn how to organize and implement a funding plan for your community work and projects. Discover what works long-term while maintaining financial stability. Gain ideas for cultivating funder relationships, including developing a system to maintain them. Participate in Appreciative Inquiry activities and learn to craft stories that illustrate the impact of your community work.

Systems Leadership in Rural Communities. The situations of our time have never been more complex, larger in scale, or more interconnected. Traditional leadership principles are excellent for community based projects and efforts, but how do we affect the greater world and address complex, scaled, and critical challenges that are systemic in nature? Learn about the mindsets, processes, and skill sets that comprise systems leadership – the leadership of these times.

3. Notice. Sherman County Court, March 7

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will be in session on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in the Hearings Room at the Sherman County Courthouse Addition, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

Sherman County Court Agenda

 March 7, 2018

1.0 Appointment Schedule

 1.1 9:00 a.m. Mike Smith – Frontier TeleNet – Request for Proposal Intergovernmental Agreement

 1.2 9:15 a.m. Amber DeGrange, Juvenile Director – Youth Empowerment Shelter (YES) Budget 

 1.3 9:30 a.m. Brad Baird – Anderson Perry & Associates – Biggs Service District Water System Improvements Project

1.4 10:00 a.m. Shawn Payne, Emergency Services – Digital Radio/Pager Purchase    

Additions to Agenda

 2.0 Action Items

 2.1 Rental Housing Incentive Committee Recommendations: Reimbursement – Roger Whitley, Jeff Weber

3.0 Discussion Items

 3.1 Commissioner Reports

4.0 Consent Agenda

4.1 Minutes of February 21, 2018 4.2 Claims – February 2018

5.0 Future Agenda Items:

**If necessary, an Executive Session may be held in accordance with: ORS 192.660 (2) (d) Labor Negotiations   ORS 192.660 (2) (h) Legal Rights ORS 192.660 (2) (e) Property       ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel

4. Wants or Needs?

What is the difference between things you need and things you want? For some people, there really isn’t a difference.

All of us have legitimate needs. We need to have food to eat, water to drink, air to breathe. But, all too often, when we listen closely to how we talk to ourselves and others, we will hear about all kinds of pressing “needs”: “I need to get that promotion.” “I need to sit by the window.” “I need her to call me.” “I need you to stand up for me.”

And, most often, we will also hear about the tension and stress that go along with these so-called needs, because, after all, what if we don’t get what we need? You see, we multiply the pressure we put on ourselves when we apply “need” to everything. Often, there is the implied “or else something awful will happen,” which isn’t necessarily true.

It is a sign of real maturity when we can upgrade most of our needs to wants or preferences, and it is a sure-fire way to lower our stress quotient, as well. For example, supposing the status-giving promotion you needed so badly doesn’t come through. You are devastated, right? Every thought, every action is colored from this perceived “failure” to get what you “need.”

But what if you change your thinking from a need to a preference? Sure, you likely wanted the recognition that promotion would have brought, but the world will not quit spinning without it, and there are many positive things about your present job, as well. Perhaps your desire for recognition can be met in some other way – volunteer work, for instance.

Wants or Needs? Dig for the truth behind your needs. It won’t take long, if you are honest with yourself. You will find that there is a tremendous difference in how you experience life when you make this shift. Why not give it a try? ~The Pacific Institute

5. Grants available for veterans and war memorials

flag.verticalOregon Heritage of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is offering grants for the construction or restoration of veterans and war memorials.

“The program is designed to honor Oregon’s veterans by commemorating their service to the country,” said Kuri Gill, coordinator for the program. “Local governments may apply to build or repair monuments on public land.”

New monuments should recognize veterans and wars not already recognized.  Grants for restoration could be used for broken monuments, missing elements of monuments, or the related design elements of monuments for veterans or wars. Grants may also fund the addition of elements to existing monuments.

Recent projects include an addition to the Veterans Memorial Park in Beaverton and the enhancement of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Springfield.

Details and the application information are available at application deadline is April 25, 2018.

For more information, contact Kuri Gill at (503) 986-0685 or

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


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