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.