Discover the art and passion of tango!
Commitment is Key
Class: How Communication Influences Care in the Non-dementia Adult Population
Oregon’s 142nd Fighter Wing F-15s deployed to Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands
National Vietnam War Veterans Day, March 29
Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
1. Discover the art and passion of tango!
Join us at Maryhill Museum of Art on Saturday, March 31, as we kick-off another season of tango! With the Columbia Gorge as a backdrop, tango at Maryhill will engage your senses and transform your spirit. Beginning, novice and more experienced dancers are invited to take a lesson at 6 p.m. followed by dancing until 9 p.m. Come with a partner or solo; all levels welcome. Light refreshments included.
Cost: $7 Maryhill Museum of Art members / $10 nonmembers. Registration preferred; but not required. To reserve, call 509.773.3733 ext. 25. To gain entry after hours, please use the glass doors to the Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing just off the Cannon Power Plaza.
Mark your calendar for all of our Tango events in 2018: April 28, May 19, June 23, July 28, September 1, September 29 and October
2. Commitment is Key
There is no question about it: Commitment is a key to success whether it’s in a marriage, a business, personal and professional growth, or sports – an example we use today.
What made Larry Bird one of the best players in basketball? He was considered slow, and many thought he could not jump. Sometimes it almost looked like he was playing in slow motion. But Larry Bird succeeded as a player because he was totally dedicated to success. He practiced more, played harder, and had more mental toughness than most of his competitors. He got more out of his talents than almost anyone did.
The same was true with Tom Watson, the great golfer. Tom was nothing special at Stanford, considered just another kid on the team. Long after college, his coach still talked about him, saying, “I never saw anyone practice more.”
Russell Wilson, quarterback of the NFL Champion Seattle Seahawks, has always been considered too short to play the pivotal position. But it is his dedication to improving at every practice and every game, constantly watching film of upcoming opponents, and ultimately, goal-setting to do whatever is necessary to win each game that has made him a football household name, of late.
You see, the difference in physical skills between athletes doesn’t tell you much. It’s the quality of their commitment that separates the good players from the great. People who are committed to success are willing to do whatever it takes, as long as it doesn’t harm anyone else. Everything they do reflects their commitment.
Ask yourself the following questions and think about your answers: “How strong is my commitment – to my career, my relationships, my personal growth? How much of my time and energy do I give these things? Do the results I get reflect my level of commitment?”
Now here is another question for you to consider: How do you feel about your answers? ~The Pacific Institute
3. Class: How Communication Influences Care in the Non-dementia Adult Population
Oregon Care Partners
Class: How Communication Influences Care in the Non-dementia Adult Population
FREE to those who live or work in Oregon
Saturday, April 7th, 12:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Check-in starts at 12:00 p.m.
Mid-Columbia Medical Center
1810 E. 19th Street
The Dalles, OR 97058
Free CEUs 4 available for qualified professionals.
How does your personal communication style impact the person in your care, especially those who are experiencing challenging behaviors? This intensive, self-discovery class will focus on identifying your individual style of communication and how you read and respond to stressful situations. An expert instructor will help you see how biases, belief systems and assumptions can impact how you respond to a challenging behavior and will help you learn how changing your behavior and finding new ways to respond can create a more positive outcome.
Oregon Care Partners helps caregivers improve the lives and care for aging Oregonians by providing access to no-cost, high quality trainings in all corners of the state. Professional and family caregivers, administrators and members of the public are encouraged to sign up for free classes and learn more at www.OregonCarePartners.com.
4. Oregon’s 142nd Fighter Wing F-15s deployed to Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — The U.S. Air Force deployed F-15s from the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland, Oregon, and the 104th Fighter Wing, Westfield, Massachusetts, to Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands, as part of a Theater Security Package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
Nearly 260 Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing deployed with the aircraft as the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. Approximately 40 Airmen from the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, will support the 123rd EFS for this mission.
Since 2015 the U.S. Air Force schedules and deploys force packages of fighters and tankers throughout the U.S. European Command area of responsibility. TSP deployments to Europe vary in length and are supported with total force aircraft and Airmen from stateside units.
Once in theater, the aircraft will forward deploy to multiple locations throughout the theater, participating in exercises and training with our allies and partners. This highlights the United States’ ability to deploy fighter aircraft to support our partners and allies in the European theater, and around the world.
The 123rd EFS will conduct training missions from Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, U.K., and Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, and will participate in Frisian Flag 2018, a Royal Netherlands Air Force-led exercise.
The TSP supports Operation Atlantic Resolve, and is funded by the European Deterrence Initiative. Activities funded through EDI increase the capability and readiness of U.S. forces, allowing for a faster response in the event of any aggression by a regional adversary against NATO sovereign territory.
5. National Vietnam War Veterans Day, March 29
Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs — Forty-five years ago on March 29, combat and combat support units withdrew from South Vietnam. This marked the beginning of the end of nearly two decades of direct U.S. military involvement in Southeast Asia, but the social, cultural and psychological wounds of the Vietnam War still linger for those Americans who lived through it, and especially for the veterans who served during this turbulent time in our nation’s history.
There are over 120,000 Vietnam-era veterans living in Oregon today, representing more than a third of our total veteran population. They represent the largest single demographic and the true leaders in our veteran community today.
And yet, too often and in too many ways, our Vietnam-era veterans remain invisible to the general public. Their incredible courage and remarkable achievements, both in Southeast Asia and here at home, too often go unrecognized. Their unique challenges and adversities too often go unacknowledged.
Young men and women returning from their service in Vietnam were not welcomed home. They were shunned and ignored. They were not allowed to take their rightful place among America’s heroes. They came home, not to the soldier’s rest that they deserved, but to a new battlefield, one in which they would be forced to struggle for the respect and recognition they had rightfully earned.
It has taken generations for the fruits of their labor to be known, but today we stand as a proud and grateful nation, humbled by the valor and sacrifice of those who answered their nation’s call–including the 58,000 U.S. service members who went to Vietnam and never came home.
They did not make the decision to go to war; they went because their country asked them to. They kept the faith. They represented the best the United States of America had to offer and they fought for freedom, the mark of a true patriot. They put their lives on the line to help and save others.
We stand together to say now, what we should have done 45 years ago: “Thank you, and welcome home.”
7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do