Sherman County eNews #264


  1. Sherman High School Volleyball Update, Oct. 6

  2. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School District, Oct. 8

  3. Public Notice. Biggs Service District Public Meeting, Oct. 17

  4. Public Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Oct. 17

  5. Legislative Preseason by Senator Bill Hansell

  6. Shaniko Ragtime Festival in Shaniko and Madras, Oregon, Oct. 5-7

  7. Introductions: Business & Social

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

1. Sherman High School Volleyball Update, Oct. 6

sports-volley-ballSherman High School Volleyball

Saturday, October 6, 2018 – JV Volleyball Tournament at Fossil starting at 9:00, bus departs at 7:30.

~ Audrey Rooney, Registrar , Sherman High School  541-565-3500

2. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School District, Oct. 8 

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThe Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 8, 2018. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library. The agenda is posted online at .

3. Public Notice. Biggs Service District Public Meeting, Oct. 17

The Biggs Service District will hold a public meeting on October 17th at 8:30 am in the Commissioners Meeting room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street in Moro, Oregon 97039 to discuss items relating to the Biggs Water System Project, and to the District.

4. Public Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Oct. 17

ShermanCoLogoNotice. The Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.  will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.  The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

5. Legislative Preseason by Senator Bill Hansell

Football season usually begins at every level of competition in the month of September.  Preseason is over, the players are in shape, their positions have been determined, and the playbook has been memorized. Teams and the fans that follow them are ready to go.  I am no exception.  Some of my colleagues have named me Senator Duck, because of my undying support for my alma mater, the University of Oregon. 

On September 28th we legislators, Senator Duck included, began what might be called a preseason.  The Oregon Legislature is scheduled to kickoff January 22, 2019. Everything leading up to January is like a preseason.  We are getting ready to compete.

September 28th was the deadline for submitting legislative concepts we want to introduce as bills in the 2019 Legislative Session.  Each Senator or Representative can submit as many bills as they wish, if they meet this deadline.  My staff and I have been working for months on my list of bills.  We held town hall meetings, heard from constituents, worked with associations, met with other legislators, and listened, and listened, and listened.  At the 5:00 pm deadline, we submitted forms for 48 bills. These 48 bills will be my initial playbook for the upcoming session.

A football team’s playbook will have specific plays, with specific player responsibilities. Every play is unique with different players on the field for each play and alignment.  The one position on the field usually remaining consistent is the quarterback, and in the Senator Duck’s playbook, that would be me.  I am the one who has the responsibility to help make the play successful, or change it at the line of scrimmage.

I am pleased and excited about the plays we have.  Here is a big picture breakdown without going into a lot of detail.  (In fact, the details are currently being written up by the bill writers in Legislative Counsel).  28 of the bills are what I call constituent bills.  10 of those came from town hall meetings attended by county and city leaders.  The remainder are from citizens who asked for their issue to be part of the Senator’s playbook.  And I am pleased to run with them.

One of the worst fires in Oregon, the Substation fire, burned 80,000 acres in Wasco and Sherman Counties this past summer.  As a result of a meeting with farmers and rural fire districts held in Sherman County in August, six bills are being introduced.  Eighteen of the bills have an agriculture or natural resource focus, from elk damage to estate tax reform.  Two of the bills are being submitted at the request of the CTUIR.

Will every bill we introduce be successful?  Probably not, but we are going to try.  We all know not every play produces a touchdown every time it is run.  Some of our bills were unsuccessful in the previous session, but they were important and we are going to run with them again.

Part of the preseason is to get the right players ready to go.  Figure out what opposition there might be and why, and adjust your play accordingly.  Sometimes a pass play becomes a running play at the line of scrimmage, because of the alignment of the opposition. And we will add plays as the season progresses.

But for now, we have our playbook being drafted, and later it will be refined, as we get ready for the season, I mean session, to begin.  I am grateful for the different members of the team, from throughout the district, who helped craft the plays that are in our playbook.  I believe we have a very good chance of crossing the goal line with the vast majority of them.  I am looking forward to Kickoff.

Senator Bill Hansell is a 1967 graduate of the University of Oregon, as is his wife Margaret.  They were college sweethearts, and were married spring break of their senior year. The Senator will root for the Beavers, but not when they play the Ducks!

6. Shaniko Ragtime Festival in Shaniko and Madras, Oregon, Oct. 5-7

music-notesBy Debra Holbrook

The 16th annual Shaniko Ragtime and Vintage Music Festival will take place on Oct. 5-7th. The event begins, Friday at 1 p.m. with Keith Taylor, event founder, at the Historic Shaniko Schoolhouse.  From 1 through 6 p.m., musicians Keith Taylor, Vicki Cox, Meg Graf, Clare Kennedy, and Lance Maclean will perform. The end set at 4:30 is an old Silent Movie to live music accompaniment with Keith Taylor at the piano; a rare historic recreation.  Then activities will move to the Sage Saloon for a jam session from 7-10 p.m. Food is available in the interim.  These musicians from Oregon, Washington, California and New Hampshire welcome all musicians who sing or play acoustic instruments to join the jam sessions.

Saturday events will be held at the Erickson Aircraft Museum, at the Madras Airport.  Ragtime event and Airport Museum supporter, Kenny Bicart and friends has established a weekend music event in Madras and invited the Shaniko Ragtime musicians. In addition to other music, the Ragtime & Vintage Music Artists performance from 1 p.m. through 5 p.m. and they return to the museum for a jam session from 7 to 10 pm.

Back in Shaniko on Sunday at the school is the new addition of Gospel Music and a potluck picnic from 11 am to 1 pm and the traditional All-Performer concert rounds out the festival from 2 to 4 p.m. for a suggested donation of $10 per person.

Keith Taylor, of Haines, Ore., began playing ragtime in 1972. With a background in classical music, he has degrees in composition and piano, and studied in Paris with Rene Leibowitz.  The native Oregonian, returned to Azalea, OR. in 1978, then moved to Haines in 2005, where he works as a freelance pianist, composer and teacher.

Vicki Cox, of Eugene, leads the Calamity Jazz Band, plays lead trumpet for the Lincoln Pops Big Band, and performs with Bill Borcher’s Oregon Jazz Band. She majored in musical performance at the University of Oregon.

Meg Graf is a remarkable and versatile musician playing a variety of instruments. From Eugene, she also performs with Calamity Jazz and other music ensembles. Meg spends most 1st weekends in Shaniko through the summer, performing requests, to promote the Ragtime event.

Clare Kennedy, from Vancouver, Wash., is a popular and sought-after pianist. She also plays organ and sings. She holds a bachelor of arts in music from Linfield College.

New last year, Lance Maclean, a Piano Tuner and Computer Specialist by trade from New Hampshire, returns to Oregon where he played on the Dixieland Festival Circuit in the band, “The Hot Frogs Jumping Jazz Band” for 10 years. Then he was with “Night Blooming Jazzmen” for several years. Lance since the age of 14 has mastered the 5-String Banjo, Bass, Tuba, Guitar, Mandolin, and Piano.

The Ragtime Festival is sponsored by the Shaniko Preservation Guild. For more information, call the event line 541-489-3434 or visit

7. Introductions: Business & Social 

Every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those that are present. ~George Washington

Every day we encounter people in a variety of business and social situations. The way we meet and greet them creates lasting impressions and paves the way for a productive encounter. Introductions project information. Besides the obvious elements of name, title, and affiliation, an introduction conveys a level of respect and reflects how the person making the introduction views the other person’s status. Mastering the art of the introduction will help put you and the people you are introducing at ease. Learning the basics – and they are not very difficult – is the first step.

The most important point about introductions is to make them. Failing to do so causes embarrassment and discomfort. If given a choice, most people would prefer you to make the introduction incorrectly, even if you forgot their name, rather than stand there unacknowledged and disregarded. 

A second important point in any introduction is the order of names. The name of the person being introduced is mentioned last, and the person to whom the introduction is made is mentioned first. The rules for who is introduced to whom depends on whether it’s a business or a social introduction. 

In business, introductions are based on power and hierarchy. Simply, persons of lesser authority are introduced to persons of greater authority. Gender plays no role in business etiquette; nor does it affect the order of introductions.

For example, you would say, “Mr./Ms. Greater Authority, I would like to introduce Mr./Ms. Lesser Authority.” However, the person holding the highest rank may not be Mr./Ms. Greater Authority. A client, for instance, always takes precedence over anyone in your organization, as does an elected official. Here are examples of pecking order:

  1. Introduce a non-official person to an elected official.
    Note: Whenever introducing anyone from the press, include that in your introduction to warn the person, especially a public official, that the conversation may be on record.

Example: Senator Watson, allow me to introduce Dan Jennings of the San Francisco Examiner.

  1. Introduce someone from your firm to a client or customer.

Example: Mr. Dawson, this is Ms. Saunders, our Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Dawson is our client from Atlanta.

  1. Introduce a junior executive to a senior executive.

Example: Mr. Senior Executive, I’d like to introduce Mr. Junior Executive.

  1. Introduce a junior military officer to a senior officer.

Example: General Schwarzkopf, may I introduce Lieutenant Jones?

According to rules of international diplomatic protocol, people are presented to royalty, chiefs of state, ministers in charge of legations, ambassadors and dignitaries of the church regardless of age or gender. The woman’s or the man’s name would be mentioned last and the distinguished person is mentioned first. For example, “Cardinal O’Connor, may I present Mrs. Doyle?”

But, these are the exceptions to the rule. Social etiquette is based on chivalry, so both formal and informal introductions are made according to age, then gender, and then social status. The man would be introduced to the woman in a social situation unless the man is obviously a great deal older, in which case one would defer to age over gender. For example, if both persons are of the same generation, you would say, “Mrs. Jameson, I’d like to introduce Mr. Horton.” But, if the woman is considerably younger, you would say, ” Mr. Horton, this is my daughter Hilary.”

As you make the introduction, include a brief but meaningful piece of information about each of the people to explain their uniqueness or importance. “Sally is the PR consultant who helped me get all that coverage in the national press. Bob is the photographer whose work you admired in my office, Sally.” Never qualify a description by saying “my best client” or “my dearest friend” because the automatic implication is that the other person holds a lower position in your personal hierarchy. When in doubt, be less personal rather than more personal. 

As you say each of the individuals’ names, look at him or her. In this way, you focus attention on them and make them feel important while appearing to be in control. Once a conversation has begun and everyone seems at ease, you may excuse yourself.

When introducing relatives to other people, always clarify their relationship to you; it avoids any possible faux pas that could result from inadvertent comments. Never refer to your own spouse as Mr. or Mrs. in a social introduction. Simply saying “Matt, my husband,” or “Kitty, my wife” is sufficient. However, if the woman has kept her maiden name, she should include the husband’s surname with some emphasis on it. This avoids the awkwardness caused when a husband is referred to by the wife’s professional name. When a couple is living together but not married, introduce both by their first and last names, but do not comment on their living arrangements. It is the couple’s option, not yours, to divulge that information should it be necessary.

When introducing peers to one another, mention both the first and last names. It doesn’t matter who is introduced to whom. Including a tidbit of information that might start the conversational ball rolling is always a good idea. Even if everyone in a group is on a first name basis, introduce people by both first and last names. But, if you only know one person’s first name, be consistent in your introductions and use their surnames, “Ms. White, Mr. Clark”. 

At social events, it’s not necessary to introduce a newcomer to everyone in the room. Introduce that person to the closest group by saying the newcomer’s name first and then giving the names of the others. Ask the members of the group to introduce themselves if you can’t remember everyone’s name. Make sure from time to time, though, that the person is circulating.

At any function, the host should meet all the guests to make them feel as if their presence matters. At many business functions, guests may not know the host. It’s a good idea to appoint several representatives of the corporation to stand by the door to act as greeters when guests arrive. The greeters introduce themselves and escort the guests to the host, make the introductions and then escort the guests to the bar or introduce them to several other guests while the host remains free to greet new guests.

For functions with more than fifty guests, a receiving line within the party area is preferable to insure that everyone meets the host. The receiving line remains in formation until all guests have arrived. To relieve the pressure on one host at a large social function, list several corporate officers as hosts on the invitation and have them relieve one another. All the hosts need not stand in line at once. A short receiving line moves more quickly and easily, and guests are not bogged down in a long, tedious line. 

If no-one introduces you, step in and introduce yourself. Someone may be too embarrassed to admit forgetting a name or may be distracted by other matters. Feeling slighted because you were not introduced only puts you at a disadvantage. Introduce yourself by extending your hand, smiling and saying something like, “I’m Matt Jones, David’s partner.” Avoid making any comment such as “Helen works for me” that might be misconstrued as arrogance or superiority. Instead, say, “Helen and I work in the same office.”

As a guest, it’s your duty to circulate and introduce yourself at any function, large or small, especially if the host or hostess is busy. The fact that you are both there is sufficient justification to introduce yourself to anyone at the gathering. By only sticking to those people you already know, you’ll never expand your horizons or make new acquaintances.

Always use both names when introducing yourself to convey the message that you take yourself seriously as an adult and expect the same treatment from others. And, since you don’t know how comfortable the other person feels with formality or lack of it, you give that person the chance to set the tone most comfortable to them.

Be clear and concise in your introduction; the fastest way to alienate a new acquaintance is to ramble on about your life history or, worse, your problems or illnesses. If you expect people to respond favorably to your introduction, leave your problems on the doorstep and make sure your tone is engaging. Then, construct an introduction that is interesting and catchy, yet still professional. Think of it as a one or two sound bite commercial. A sound bite, the length of time available in television to engage viewers’ attention before they tune out, has decreased to 7 seconds currently because we are all so overexposed to visual and oral stimuli.

Try to gauge information that will be of interest to the others. At business functions, it would be appropriate to mention where you work. However, just saying “I’m in public relations at IBM” is not likely to stir a great deal of interest or conversation whereas “I try to lure investment in IBM by working on the company’s annual reports,” might be more interesting. Just don’t focus too much attention on yourself with grandiose pronouncements.

Don’t expect someone else to be forthcoming with their job information at functions that are not strictly business because many people feel that they are not defined by employment. At an organized event, such as an environmental fund raiser, you can mention your connection to the organization. Or, if you have a mutual interest, mention that as long as you phrase it to keep the focus is on the other person. For example, “Gina tells me that you are a member of the Global Business Association. I’m also involved in international trade so I’d be interested in learning how the association has benefited you.”

At any business meal, always introduce yourself to the people sitting next to you to open the way for conversation. Not introducing yourself can cost you a valuable business lead because few people want to deal with someone who comes across as aloof or unsavvy. 

The way you respond to someone else’s introduction is just as important as making the introduction. In response to informal introductions, simply say “hello”. Add a phrase like, “I’ve heard so much about you, Barry,” only if it is true and if it is complimentary. Beware of phrases like, “Pleased to meet you” because that may not be true after only a few minutes of conversation.

“How do you do?” followed by the person’s name is the customary response to a formal introduction. Refrain from the use of first names until the person to whom you’ve been introduced has indicated that the familiarity is preferred. 

Always stand for introductions. Everyone should rise to greet newcomers at both business and social functions. The old rule that a woman remains seated when new people enter a room and are introduced is obsolete. At a very large function, only those nearest the newcomer would rise and say hello. If you are wedged into a tight position in a restaurant, there may not always be sufficient room to stand properly, but at least make the attempt so that by remaining seated you will not be perceived as aloof. In an office, always rise and come around from behind the desk to greet visitors.

If you forget someone’s name when making an introduction, try putting the other people at ease rather than concentrating on your own embarrassment. Remain calm; if you fall apart, the person whose name you forgot may feel obliged to put you at ease, compounding your faux pas. Be straightforward yet tactful in admitting your memory lapse. By saying, “I’ve forgotten your name,” you imply the person wasn’t worth remembering. “I’ve just drawn a blank,” or “my memory seems to be malfunctioning” connotes a more temporary condition that doesn’t have the same insulting implications. If you can’t remember someone’s name, but you remember an interesting point about them, cite it. You might say, “I clearly remember our conversation about Thai food, but your name seems to have temporarily slipped my mind. Please help me out.”

Then, whatever happens, get off the subject of the memory lapse and onto something more interesting to everyone. Profuse apologies only make everyone uncomfortable. The sooner you forget about it, the sooner everyone else will…and the happier everyone will be.

When you’re introduced to someone, say the person’s name, then repeat it several times during the conversation. Not only do you project a genuine interest in someone by repeating their name, but the repetition is more likely to imprint the name on your memory. When someone seems to have forgotten your name, just jump in, hand outstretched, a smile on your face, and offer your name.

Prior to the event, have the speaker supply background information and ask how he or she prefers to be introduced. Keep the introduction short but enthusiastic, giving the speaker’s name, credibility on the subject and the title of the presentation. Then ask the audience to join you in welcoming the speaker and begin the applause. Don’t alienate the audience by informing them that they’ll learn something. And, don’t undermine the speaker by talking so much about the topic yourself that you give part of the presentation.

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

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Exploring the Intricate Layers of State and Local Governments: Oregon


State & Local Government – The Green Papers

Columbia River – The Oregon Encyclopedia

Space Weather

Chinese Armed Drones Now Flying Across Mideast Battlefields