Sherman County eNews #132


  1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update: Baseball Today

  2. Sherman County 4-H Club Reports: Swine, Outdoor Cooking & Goats

  3. Sherman County Medical Clinic No Longer At Risk of Reduced Services

  4. Columbia Gorge Gleaning Project

  5. Optimism and Good Health

  6. Governance for Nonprofits: From Little Leagues to Universities

1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update: Baseball Today

sports.baseballHigh School Baseball

Friday, May 18, 2018 – Baseball at Bob White Field in Pendleton vs Pilot Rock starting at 1:30, bus departs at 9:15, class dismissal at 9:05.

~Audrey Rooney, Registrar, Sherman High School  PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319

2. Sherman County 4-H Club Reports: Swine, Outdoor Cooking & Goats

pig2The Sherman County Swine Club met on May 14, 2018 at 6 pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Addie and the 4-H Pledge was led by Bailey. Minutes from last meeting were read aloud, Allison made a motion to approve the minutes with a second made by Ellery. Motion passed unanimously.  At this meeting we talked about our presentations, shared important details about showmanship, talked more about weigh in and we talked about county medals. Next we showed beach balls, and talked more about community service.  The meeting was adjourned at 7 pm.  Bailey Coelsch, Reporter

food.frypanThe Pans on Fire outdoor cooking 4-H club met on May 16 at 3:40pm at the Extension office.  Attending were Michael, Josh, Caiden, Cohen, Allison, Annaliese, Coral, Izabella, Melanie, Emma.  Pledge of Allegiance by Cohen, 4-H Pledge by Savanna.  What we did:  made list of activities done so far this year, lit the Instant Grills, pancake flipping game, made and cooked zebra pizza.  Next meeting will be May 29.  Meeting adjourned 5pm.  Michael Blagg, News Reporter

goat.boer1The Sherman 4-H Goatees club met May 15 at 5pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Bailee, Wyatt, Erynne, Virgil, Meadow, Kaelex, Mercedez, Logan, Michael, Clay, Cade, Tayler, Quntion.  Excused absences were Patrick, Joey, Coral, Lexi, Austin, Liberty and Elijah.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Wyatt and 4-H Pledge by Cade.  We had two reports, by Wyatt and Logan.  We talked about what you look for when picking out your goat.  We discussed the goat sale May 20. We talked about the tagging day June 10.  Next meeting May 20 at the goat sale 3pm.  Meeting adjourned 5:15pm.  Signed Bailee Owens News Reporter

3. Sherman County Medical Clinic No Longer At Risk of Reduced Services

Moro – Sherman County Medical Clinic announced today it is no longer at risk of reduced services because its nurse practitioner, Mark Corey, has gotten an exemption that allows him to continue seeing Medicare patients.

Sherman County Health District Administrator Caitlin Blagg credited the office of U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden with ensuring that the local clinic’s nurse practitioner can continue serving a caseload of nearly 200 Medicare patients at the rural health clinic in Moro.

“Our Nurse Practitioner is essential to providing quality health care to our rural community,” Blagg said. “Without him, we were concerned about the need to reduce services or even close the clinic and we did not want to start a panic. Senator Wyden recognized the threat to our community, because he understands the importance of rural health care. He and his staff went to bat immediately when we told them about the bureaucratic red tape threatening our clinic. The Senator cut through that red tape so the Sherman County Medical Clinic could keep our nurse practitioner with uninterrupted service to Medicare patients and continued top-notch care available to the entire community.”

“At my town halls throughout Oregon, I hear frequently about the importance of health care to quality of life in rural communities in our state,” said Wyden, who held a Sherman County town hall April 4 in Moro. “That’s why I am so gratified that I was able to work with Medicare officials to reach a just resolution and ensure Sherman County’s nurse practitioner could continue delivering health care that Sherman County has come to depend on at the clinic.”

4. Columbia Gorge Gleaning Project

Hood River, OR– Columbia Gorge Gleaning Project, a program managed by Gorge Grown Food Network, is seeking farms, orchards and gardeners to host gleans for the 2018 season. Last year, Gorge Gleaning Project was able to harvest everything from apples, pears, and blueberries, to parsley, kale, carrots and chestnuts. At least 50% of the harvest goes to food banks and the rest goes to our volunteers. 2017 included gleans in Trout Lake and Dallesport– anywhere in the Gorge is great!

With the help of 60+ volunteers, Gorge Gleaning was able to donate over 4,000 lbs to 13 food banks and community sites. If you have a farm, garden or orchard and are willing to host volunteers for a glean, please register your crop at:

Gorge Gleaning is also looking for more volunteers to help harvest and connect outdoors. Sign up as a volunteer here: The Gorge Gleaning Project, now run by Gorge Grown Food Network, began in 2015 at a Ford Family Leadership Training Program in Hood River, OR. If you have any questions, please contact

5. Optimism and Good Health

Do you know how important optimism is when it comes to fighting illness and maintaining good health? It’s probably more important than you think.

In fact, it seems like every day a new study is published, reporting solid evidence that the thoughts we think, and the emotions we feel, affect our bodies and our physical health. We now know that the immune system is strengthened by happy, positive feelings of being in control and weakened by chronic anxiety, depression and feelings of helplessness. We don’t know exactly how this happens, but there is no longer any doubt that it does.

We also know that feelings of depression and helplessness are almost always a direct result, not so much of the events that happen to us, but of the way we habitually interpret and respond to those events. In other words, we have learned ways to behave and respond to life that are literally making us sick.

The good news is that since this behavior is learned, it can also be unlearned. It is possible to turn yourself into an optimist by learning techniques that help you control your thoughts, substituting self-esteem building messages, to replace the negative thoughts. It does take conscious thought and commitment to the goal, as you build this new habit of replacing the negative with a positive.

Once you have created a habit of seeing and responding from a positive framework, you no longer need to be conscious about doing it. The habit is turned over to your subconscious mind – which holds your knowledge of who you know yourself to be – and you don’t need to consciously think about it again. It becomes part of who you are, how you define yourself, and your body’s health will thank you for it. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Governance for Nonprofits: From Little Leagues to Universities

Board Responsibilities: Some nonprofits are organized as nonprofit corporations with a board of directors or board of trustees; others as trusts or foundations with boards of trustees. Whatever their name, these governing bodies have similar responsibilities. Their function depends on the size and goals of the organization. The larger your organization and the greater your support staff, the less “hands-on” the board will be. On the other hand, directors or trustees of smaller organizations may, by necessity, find themselves more involved in the day-to-day operations.

Basic board responsibilities* include:

  1. Determining the organization’s mission and purpose.
  2. Selecting the chief executive.
  3. Supporting the chief executive and assessing his or her performance.
  4. Ensuring effective organizational planning.
  5. Ensuring adequate resources.
  6. Managing resources effectively.
  7. Determining and monitoring the organization’s programs and services.
  8. Enhancing the organization’s public image.
  9. Ensuring legal and ethical integrity and maintaining accountability.
  10. Recruiting new board members and assessing the board’s own performance.

* From Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards by Richard T. Ingram
(Washington, DC: National Center for Nonprofit Boards, revised 1996.)

Personal Qualities of Board Members: The personal qualities of board members are critical to your board’s successful operation. Integrity, competence, insight, dedication and effectiveness are vital. The basic qualities of a good board member can be summarized as:

  • Vision and Leadership — the ability to see the big picture and the courage to set direction to achieve the organization’s mission.
  • Stewardship –– the integrity to serve the interests and pursue the goals of your organization, as well as the interests of the public and your organization’s intended beneficiaries.
  • Knowledge — knowledge of your constituents and operations and organizational and managerial acumen.
  • Diligence — dedication and commitment to fulfilling your organization’s goals.
  • Collegiality — possessing a sincere and respectful attitude toward colleagues and their views.

Bring your personal interests and expertise to the nonprofit organization, but bear in mind your primary obligation of stewardship to the organization as a whole. Some level of disagreement and dissent should be expected. Board members should have the qualities that allow disagreements to be discussed and resolved in a courteous, principled manner. Respect disagreement without personalizing the debate, and avoid paralysis in the face of dissent. In such circumstances, the Chair should move the debate ahead by focusing on the organization’s objectives and maintaining respectful discussion.

Legal Obligations of the Board: Directors and trustees have three basic legal obligations:

  1. Duty of care–requires the exercise of care, diligence and skill that an ordinary, prudent person would exhibit under similar circumstances.
  2. Duty of loyalty–requires the pursuit of your organization’s best interests. A director or trustee should avoid self-dealing, absent full disclosure and board approval in each case.
  3. Duty of obedience–requires actions in accordance with your organization’s rules and in furtherance of its goals as stated in your mission statement, articles of incorporation and bylaws.



Sherman County eNews #131






 church.family1The Power of Love

“Know thou of a certainty that Love is the secret of God’s holy Dispensation, the manifestation of the All-Merciful, the fountain of spiritual outpourings. Love is heaven’s kindly light, the Holy Spirit’s eternal breath that vivifieth the human soul. Love is the cause of God’s revelation unto man, the vital bond inherent, in accordance with the divine creation, in the realities of things. Love is the one means that ensureth true felicity both in this world and the next. Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul. Love is the most great law that ruleth this mighty and heavenly cycle, the unique power that bindeth together the divers elements of this material world, the supreme magnetic force that directeth the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms. Love revealeth with unfailing and limitless power the mysteries latent in the universe. Love is the spirit of life unto the adorned body of mankind, the establisher of true civilization in this mortal world, and the shedder of imperishable glory upon every high-aiming race and nation.” ❤️—Bahai Writings

Erling & Pat Jacobsen

Baha’i Faith


2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


 SPIRITUAL MATTERS for Sherman County Churches and Faith Groups: A Friday column, Spiritual Matters is intended to welcome, inform and inspire. 

First: Recognized/organized churches and faith groups in Sherman County are invited to participate. 

Second: The Current Rotation

1st Friday: Wasco Church of Christ, Christian & Moro Community Presbyterian

2nd Friday: Grass Valley Baptist & Wasco Catholic

3rd Friday: Baha’i & Kent Baptist

4th Friday: Wasco United Methodist, Rufus Baptist & Grass Valley Catholic

5th Friday [to be determined by the Editor or proposed by a participant] 

Third: Articles must be submitted by 5 p.m. Wednesday for Friday publication. Please limit messages to 300 words or less.

Fourth: Attacks on another faith, a previous Spiritual Matters article or author will not be published. 

Fifth:   The subject matter should be spiritual and inspirational, calling people to faith, and may include doctrinal understandings. 

Sixth:   The editor reserves the right to decline to publish articles.

Seventh: Please let us know if your group wishes to participate in this rotation. 

CLASSIFIED ADS. Free classified ads are published on Fridays. The deadline is Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, & how, contact information and the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and contact information, under 50 words if possible. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.  Please share your Thank You and Congratulatory Notes and Joyful News here. ~The Editor


THANK YOU to Joyce Stone and daughter Megan. They prepared, decorated and hosted a fun Mother’s Day tea at the Moro Presbyterian Church in Moro on Saturday, May 12. Everything was so beautiful and decorated. Lots of giggles and laughter thru the games and 2 comedy skits. Thank you Joyce and Megan! ~Carol MacKenzie

THANK YOU to the candidates who were inspired to run for office. Your interest in public service for the common good is appreciated. ~The Editor 

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life.

Your willingness to put it into words

is all that is necessary.

~ Margaret Cousins





 HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR, DRIVER, LABORER, HARVEST HELP. Mid Columbia Producers is now hiring for multiple positions.

  • Full Time Human Resources Director – Moro, Oregon 
  • Full Time Receptionist – Bend, Oregon 
  • Full Time Grain Operations Laborer – Sherman/Gilliam County 
  • Full Time Petroleum Delivery Driver- Moro, Oregon 
  • Full Time Grain Elevator Operation Harvest Help – Various Locations
  • Part Time Grain Elevator Operation Harvest Help – Various Locations 

For complete job descriptions please visit Applications are available for download at or be picked up at the main office in Moro. The receptionist and HR Director positions will be closing on June 9th but the rest will be remaining open until filled. Please send cover letter, application and resume to: Mid Columbia Producers Attn: HR, PO Box 344 Moro, OR 97039 Fax: (503)536-6875 PH: (541)565-2277

CREW LEADER & CREW WORKERS. Sherman County Summer Youth Work Program (formally Oregon Youth Conservation Corps) Positions: 

  1. Sherman County Summer Youth Work Crew Leader
  2. Sherman County Summer Youth Work Crew: 4 positions; ages 14-25

Sherman County is accepting applications for several positions within the Summer Youth Work Program (OYCC in the past).  The positions are scheduled to work beginning July 02, 2018 and ending August 10, 2018. Schedule to be arranged upon hiring.  Hours will be 32-40 per week.  All applicants must be able to perform manual labor in adverse weather conditions.  Please review the job descriptions on Sherman County’s website before applying.  Applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Friday, June 01, 2018.  Any applicant over 18 years of age must complete and pass a criminal history background check. For job descriptions and/or employment application, contact the Sherman County Prevention Program at 541-565-5036 or online at   Submit completed cover letter and employment application to the Sherman County Prevention Program, PO Box 263, Moro, OR  97039. 6/1


COFFEE. “Out of the Blue Coffee Brew” is now open, located in Rufus right next to Sinclair at 501 1st Street. ~Cassidy Gaige & Jesse Hickman. 5/18

COMMUNITY YARD SALE. Grass Valley Pavilion, Memorial Day Weekend, Friday-Monday May 25-28 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Sell or Buy. Lots of Variety. $5.00 covers use of the building and a table. Reserve space by calling 541-333-2374. Leave message. Come to Grass Valley and join in the fun! 5/25

UNIQUE HANDCRAFTED OUTDOOR FURNITURE, NOVELTY GITS AND FURNITURE REHABILITATION: Considerately Handcrafted furniture and novelty gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders available.  Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | 6/1

PROPERTY IN GRASS VALLEY, OREGON. 15.5 acres on the edge of town. The property is buildable, fenced, has a well, power and existing garage. Build a home or place a manufactured home among the existing pine trees with plenty of room for a barn or shop, horses or other 4-H critters. Call or text Justin at 541-980-9386 for additional details. 5/18




 SUMMERTIME….AND THE LIVING IS EASY!  OUTDOOR PROJECTS ABOUND!  Local Handyman/General Contractor/Equipment Operator.  Large and small projects. Indoors or Out. Furniture repair & refinishing. Please call Kevin – 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 6/8

THE LEAN-TO CAFÉ & GOOSE PIT SALOON.  Full-service Deli, Goose Pit Pulled Pork Sandwich, Wasco Whopper, Breakfast until 11, Pizza, Fresh Desserts, Oregon Lottery, Catering. 541-442-5709 in Historic Downtown Wasco. 6/1




LOCAL HOST FAMILIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGE STUDENTS. Non-profit ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few. ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience. The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests. To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today! ASSE INTERNATIONAL (FORMERLY AMERICAN SCANDINAVIAN STUDENT EXCHANGE) IS A NON-PROFIT, PUBLIC BENEFIT ORGANIZATION.  ASSE IS OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED AS AN EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM BY THE U. S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, WAS FOUNDED BY THE SWEDISH MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, COOPERATES WITH THE CANADIAN PROVINCIAL MINISTRIES OF EDUCATION, and the NEW ZEALAND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)


1-30 Sherman County Historical Museum Opens for the Season 10-5 daily

1-30 Sherman Co. Historical Museum Artist Series: Sherman Elementary School Students

18 Frontier TeleNet Budget Committee 9 & Board Meeting 10 Fossil

19 Armed Forces Day

19 Members’ Appreciation Day at Maryhill Museum of Art

19 Drive the Maryhill Loops 12-2

20 Oregon Tradeswomen’s Fair

20 Wasco Library Open House 3-5 Wasco School Events Center

23 Frontier Regional 911 Agency Board Meeting 2 Gilliam County Courthouse

23 Mid-Columbia Center for Living Ground Breaking 3

23 Mid-Columbia Community Action Council Board Meeting 5:30

24 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Budget Meeting 10 NORCOR

25 Tri-County Courts (Sherman, Gilliam & Wheeler) 10 Condon

25-28 Community Yard Sale 9:30-5 Grass Valley Pavilion, Grass Valley, Oregon

27-28 Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast 7:30-10:30 N. Sherman Rural Fire Hall

28 Sherman County Photography Club 6 Sherman County Extension Building Moro

28 Memorial Day (observed)

28 Memorial Day Celebration & Parade in Wasco

28-31 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families – Sherman Historical Museum

29 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 11

30 Memorial Day

American flag1JUNE

1-30 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families – Sherman Historical Museum

1-30 Sherman Co. Historical Museum Artist Series: Sherman County Photography Club

2 Oregon State Parks Day – selected free camping & day use

2 Art Walk in Moro

2 Cascade Singers’ Spring Concert

4 Cascade Singers’ Spring Concert

6 Sherman County Court 9

6 Sherman County Budget Hearing 9 Sherman County Courthouse

6 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Methodist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

7 Sherman County Family Fair 4-6:30 Moro City Park

7 Sherman County Fair Board 7

7 North Central Education Service District Board Meeting

9 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Steam Cars, Hit & Miss Engines

9 Rose Festival Parade, Portland

12 Tri-County Mental Health / Center for Living Board Meeting 11-2

12 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

12 Experiment Station Field Day, Pendleton

13 Experiment Station Field Day, Moro

13 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee Meeting 12:30

14 Flag Day

15 The June Bugs Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

16-17 A-Town Throwdown: Kite, SUP & Windsurf Competition, Arlington

17 Father’s Day

17 Father’s Day Free Admission at Sherman County Historical Museum 10-5

20 Sherman County Court 9

21 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility Meeting & Budget Adoption 10

25 Korean War Began 1950

29 Home Run Derby, Condon

30-July 1 Harvester’s Classic Coed Soft Ball Tournament, Condon

American flag.kidsJULY

1-31 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families – Sherman Historical Museum

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Linda Krasfic’s Baby Quilts

4 Independence Day

4 Art Walk in Moro

4 HYATUS Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

4 All County Prayer Meeting, Grass Valley Baptist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

8-11 Portland Horseless Carriage Club Tour: Journey Through Time Scenic Byway, John Day

8-12 Sherman County Historical Museum Quilt Display

7 Bluegrass Festival in Fossil

7 14th Annual Fossil Cruz-in 9-4 Fossil

9-15 Summer Fishtrap Gathering (Writers in the American West) Wallowa Lake

10 Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

10 North Central Public Health District Board of Directors Meeting 3 The Dalles

11 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Meeting 12:30

12-15 National Association of Counties Conference, Nashville, Tennessee

13 Columbia Renewable Energy Association Board Meeting 10-1

14 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Traffic Jam Show

14 Starry Night Camp-out at Maryhill Museum of Art

18 Sherman County Court 9

18 Kids Pioneer Day at Sherman County Historical Museum

25-28 Jefferson County Fair, Madras

27 Korean War Ended 1953, National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

28 WWI Began 1914

31-Aug. 4 Malheur County Fair, Ontario