Sherman County eNews #292


  1. 4-H Theatre Arts Musical, “We Are Monsters,” Nov. 9

  2. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School District Agenda Online, Nov. 13

  3. Letter to the Editor: Humbled by Words and Deeds 

  4. Columbia Gorge CASA Welcomes New Volunteers

  5. Contribution Beyond Self

  6. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1949 National Boy Scout Week Church Service

“It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors. The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.” —Thomas Jefferson (1775)

1. 4-H Theatre Arts Musical, “We Are Monsters,” Nov. 9

4-H clover1Family and friends of 4-H members participating in the 4-H musical “We Are Monsters” are invited to the fun performance Friday November 9 at 6pm (not 7pm as originally posted) in the Sherman School Cafeteria.  The small but energetic group of 4-H members are doing a shortened version of a children’s musical that features vegetarian vampires (for health reasons), happy howling werewolves and a lonely monster named Oozy who ends up learning that she IS accepted just for being who she really is.  The musical is basically a cabaret, with the different groups performing several short songs.  Funded in part by an innovative grant (“to try something new”!) from the Oregon 4-H Foundation, the production is led by Hayley Hoyt of the Tri-Cities, with help from 4-H leader Silvia Durfey from Gilliam County, and new Sherman 4-H Theatre Arts leader Tabetha Hein.

~Cindy Brown, Educator, 4-H Youth Development and Healthy Living

OSU Sherman County Extension  541-565-3230 

2. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School District Agenda, Nov. 13

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThe Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Board Meeting on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, that will include a public comment session. During the public comment session at 6:30 p.m., the Board will receive public input from constituents regarding possible rezoning of board positions to three zoned and two at-large. The regular board meeting will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library.

See the agenda here:

3. Letter to the Editor: Humbled by Words and Deeds 

pencil.sharpHow do you put into words the gratitude and thanks to all the people who believed in and supported me during this election. Every person who has run a campaign, win or lose, has my deepest respect. This is not an easy process. I am humbled by the outpouring of words and deeds these last months. Your confidence in me is overwhelming. Thank you for selecting me to serve you.


Joe Dabulskis


4. Columbia Gorge CASA Welcomes New Volunteers

Hood River, OR – Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is pleased to introduce their newest child advocates: Jason Beaver and Ami Trosley, Stevenson, WA; Kirah Doerr, Rebekah Fisher, and Traci Witkowski, The Dalles, and; Caree DeBorde and Jacob Haan, Hood River.  The group was sworn into duty by the Honorable John A. Olson in Hood River on November 1, 2018, after completing 32 hours of training.  After leading the CASA oath and welcoming the newest advocates into duty Judge Olson described many of the attributes he feels CASAs bring to the court, and pertinent information concerning a child CASAs bring to the court’s attention.

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for children in the foster care system; to make sure children receive needed services, that timelines are met so that children don’t get lost in overburdened legal and social service systems, and that they are placed in permanent, loving homes as soon as possible.  CASAs are in a unique position as the only legal party whose job is to advocate for the best interests of children’s lives while in foster care. Judges rely on the comprehensive and informed information provided by CASA volunteers. CASAs have tremendous privilege and responsibility to have a positive impact in a child’s case.

Last year, more than 76,000 CASA volunteers helped more than 251,000 abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens who have undergone screening and training and independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA/GAL volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to re-enter care.

Columbia Gorge CASA serves children in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties; advocates serve children in care so that they might have the chance to live and develop in a safe, nurturing environment.  Volunteers receive 32 hours of pre-service training using the National CASA Volunteer Training Curriculum.  New advocate training sessions will begin in January, 2019.  If you are interested in learning more about the CASA program please contact Michelle Mayfield, Training Coordinator, or Susan Baldwin, Volunteer Manager, at 541-386-3468.

5. Contribution Beyond Self

What is the role of spirituality in living a happy, healthy, productive life? Let’s look at some answers to this important question.

How much attention do you give to your spiritual side? Now we are not necessarily talking about participation in an organized religion, although this may be something that is important to you. Spirituality, itself, can be expressed and explored in many ways.

Polls and studies have shown that people who are able to stay energetic and enthusiastic over the long haul tend to have a strong spiritual connection. Now, they don’t all go to some form of church or religious gathering place. Here in the Pacific Northwest of the US, we have one of the highest rates of “un-churched” populations in the United States. But polls have shown that we do consider ourselves highly spiritual.

Of the highly successful, extremely active people who also have this strong spiritual connection, there also seems to be very little of the phenomenon we call “burnout.” These folks are able to renew themselves, and their faith in the future, on a regular basis because of their spiritual beliefs.

These folks have a keen sense of a purpose that is larger than themselves and feel that they are part of an unending chain of giving and receiving that transcends time and place. Contribution to others is a prime driver in their lives, and their energy level is generally tremendous!

So, if you find that your energy level has evaporated and you’ve lost some of your zest for the future, you may want to carve out some time for reading and thinking about your connection to something larger than yourself. There are plenty of outlets for your contribution of self – and while you are pouring yourself out, you are also refilling your reservoir of spirit. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1949 National Boy Scout Week Church Service

~from a church program 1949:

National Boy Scout Week, February 6 through 12

National Boy Scout Sunday, February 6

Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts & Families – Potluck Dinner, Feb. 11

Union Service

Church of Christ

Methodist Church

Wasco, Oregon

Prelude – Mrs. Joyce Stierle

Presentation of Colors

Boy Scout Oath – Wasco Boy Scout Troop

Cub Scout Oath – Wasco Cub Scout Pack

Placing of Colors

Hymn: All Hail the Power

Silent Prayer

Pastoral Prayer

Solo, Mrs. Lois Hilderbrand: Dear Land of Home


Hymn: O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee


Postlude – Mrs. Joyce Stierle

  • Boy Scout Motto: Be Prepared
  • Oath: “On my honor I will do my best: To do my duty to God and my country, and to obey the Scout law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”
  • Law: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.


  • Cub Scout Motto: Do Your Best
  • Promise: “I, ___, promise to do my best, to be square and to obey the law of the Pack.”
  • Law: A Cub Scout follows Akela (good leader). The Cub Scout helps the Pack go. The Pack helps the Cub Scout grow. The Cub Scout gives good will.

Listed on the back of the program:

Wasco Boy Scouts:

Gordon Buck, Patrol Leader

Bob Howell, Asst. Patrol Leader

Larry Kaseberg, Scribe

Douglas Alley

Bill Coats

Donald McIntyre

Leroy Stultz.

Wasco Cub Scouts:

Stanley Moore, Denner

Joe Drinkard, Denner

Harry Decker

Robert Hastings – Keeper of the Buckskin

Monty Stultz

Billy Williams

Bud Root

Sterling Gochnauer

Lee Kaseberg

Jackie Wallace

John McCall

Mike Fields

Jerry Delco

Larry Kaseberg, Den Chief

Gordon Buck, Den Chief.

Boy Scout Committee:

Paul Alley, Chairman

Lawrence Kaseberg

Paulen Kaseberg

Leon Smith

Claude Coats.

Cub Scout Committee:

Pony White

Floyd Root

Lewis Hastings.