Sherman County eNews #307


  1. Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving

  2. Correction: Sherman County Preschool Gala of Trees Drawing, Dec. 8

  3. Columbia Gorge CASA Kicking Off 2018 Annual Appeal

  4. Sherman County 4-H Members Put on a Musical Production in November

  5. Adversity Becomes Opportunity

  6. Scholarships for Oregon Wheat Growers League Counties or Regions

1. Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving 

arrow.blueswishRemember Local Needs for Year-end Giving || tax-deductible non-profit organizations ||

  • ABC Huskies Day Care, Sherman County Child Care Foundation, P.O. Box 424, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center – Sherman StationFoundation, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Columbia Gorge CASA, P.O. Box 663, Hood River, OR 97031
  • Grass Valley Pavilion Renovation & Rejuvenation Project, City of Grass Valley, P.O. Box 191, Grass Valley, OR 97029
  • HAVEN from Domestic and Sexual Violence, P.O. Box 576, The Dalles, OR 9058
  • Little Wheats Day Care Inc., P.O. Box 71, Moro, OR 97039
  • Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620
  • Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Cultural Trust, 775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200, Salem, OR 97301 – a portion of these funds are allocated to Sherman County Cultural Coalition for distribution, & matched to local cultural non-profit gifts provide a tax credit.
  • OSU Extension 4-H Programs, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Ambulance, PO Box 139, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Cultural Coalition, O. Box 23, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Education Foundation, P.O. Box 68, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Fair, P.O. Box 45, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman County Food Bank, P.O. Box 14, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Historical Society & Museum, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 –qualifies for Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credits
  • Sherman County Junior Hoops, c/o Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Lions Club, P.O. Box 27, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Public/School Library, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Scholarship Association, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039
  • Sherman County Senior & Community Center, P.O. Box 352, Moro, OR  97039
  • Sherman Development League, P.O. Box 11, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Preschool, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Wasco Cemetery Association, Sun Rise Cemetery, P.O. Box 155, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco RR Depot & History Center, City of Wasco, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco School Events Center, City of Wasco, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Your church.

Consider gifts to these organizations to honor someone with a shared interest, to recognize someone’s achievement or success, in remembrance, to express your appreciation, or as the perfect gift for someone who has everything.

2. Correction: Sherman County Preschool Gala of Trees Drawing, Dec. 8

Christmas.TreeCorrection: Sherman County Preschool is pleased to announce the Gala of Trees fundraiser is up and running again this year. Trees & wreaths will be on display at MCP Farm Store in Wasco from November 26 to the time of the drawing on December 8th at noon (you don’t have to be present to win, winners will be called immediately). Tickets may be purchased from any Sherman County Preschool family or at MCP Farm Store. This year we want to thank MCP Farm Store for hosting again, and the following businesses/people for donating or sponsoring a tree or wreath: Dinty’s Market, Husky’s 97 Market, Bank of Eastern Oregon, Apex Auto & Truck Repair, RDO Equipment, Paradise Rose Chuckwagon, Hill Trucking, Kock Farms, Sherman County Emergency Services, Kathy McCullough, and the many people who work for these businesses that come up with such creative & pretty wreaths and trees. Thank you for your continued support of Sherman County Preschool!

3. Columbia Gorge CASA Kicking Off 2018 Annual Appeal

Columbia Gorge CASA is kicking off its 2018 Annual Appeal todayGiving Tuesday – with a $500 challenge match! All donations received today will be matched up to $500 by Julie & Mark Nygaard from The Dalles.

Donations will help us to provide a CASA volunteer to every child in foster care in Wasco, Sherman and Hood River counties. Donations can be made via our website or Facebook fundraiser page – see Can you help us meet this match today?

4. Sherman County 4-H Members Put on a Musical Production in November

4-H clover1Youthful 4-H members in Sherman County enjoyed a new performing arts opportunity in November by participating in a musical production hosted by OSU Sherman County Extension.  Paid for in part by an innovative grant from the Oregon 4-H Foundation, Sherman Extension put on a kids musical called “We Are Monsters” during the week of November 5-9.  The premise of the musical was that everyone wants to be included and accepted, whether you are a monster, a werewolf, a vampire or a human, and that friendships are wonderful.

The musical was led by drama instructor Hayley Hoyt of the TriCities WA, with assistance from Gilliam County 4-H leader Silvia Durfey and new Sherman County 4-H Theatre Arts leader Tabetha Hein.

Although it was a very hectic week for Sherman County youth, ten 4-H members participated in the five days’ worth of afterschool practices for the Friday, November 9 performance for over 40 family and friends at the Sherman School cafeteria.  Participants learned a variety of songs and dance moves, memorized script, followed stage directions, and enjoyed putting together their costumes.

Family and friends are encouraging and supportive of the Sherman 4-H musical performance and new theatre arts programs.  Some comments received on Facebook posts about the musical included: ”What a great event for those lucky kids,” “I am thankful for 4H and the new Drama program. It’s so great for the kids!!! Thank you!!!” and “This is so cool! I love seeing all the new opportunities for 4-Hers.”

Cindy Brown, Educator

Oregon State University

OSU Extension Service – Sherman County

College of Public Health & Human Sciences

4-H Youth Development & SNAP-Ed

66365 Lonerock Rd

Moro, Oregon 97039

P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291

5. Adversity Becomes Opportunity

Today, let’s talk a little about the importance of learning how to bounce back from adversity. Lately, a large part of this planet has been hit by major challenges – physical, mental and emotional – and it’s time to focus the amazing power of the human mind on resiliency.

Whether it be loss of your job, the uncertainty about the economy, an illness, or a natural disaster, which can cause you to lose almost everything in one fell swoop, it can really knock you off your feet for a while. And when adversity does strike, how fast you get up again depends on a number of things, such as:

  • how good your support network is;
  • how solid your self-esteem is;
  • the extent to which you believe that you can control your own destiny; and
  • your experiences of overcoming adversity in the past.

If you want to shorten the time it takes to get back on your feet, try this: Ask yourself how it will look when you no longer have your current problems. Spend time visualizing yourself in that future picture and imagining how you’ll feel, how your world will look – what it will sound, taste and smell like.

Do it over and over, day after day, week after week. Make a list of your strengths and past accomplishments and add to that list on a daily basis. At the same time, set and prioritize some immediate, short-term goals to improve your situation. Write a detailed plan of action for the top three, including day and time. Give yourself things to accomplish, which builds your confidence in your ability to take action and succeed.

Once you have accomplished a few short-term goals, you may feel ready to do some long-term vision and goal-setting. Finally – and this is important – no matter how much you’ve lost, take time to help someone else who is struggling. A giving heart heals the fastest, and even the worst adversity can be used to learn and grow.

By changing the way you look at adversity, adversity becomes an opportunity to make positive change. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Scholarships for Oregon Wheat Growers League Counties or Regions

A $1,000 scholarship for graduating seniors is offered to recognize graduates from each of the Oregon Wheat Growers League counties or regions. To be eligible to apply for this award, the student’s family must be a grower member of the OWGL or an employee of a grower member.  The scholarship is also offered to high school seniors who work part time for a grower member.

A scholarship may be awarded in one of the following wheat producing counties or regions: Central Oregon, Gilliam, Klamath, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union/Baker, Wallowa, Wasco, North Willamette Valley and South Willamette Valley.

All applicants must be planning to enroll in a University or two-year Community College with the intent of completing a bachelor’s degree.

Note: Application must be postmarked by February 1st of the current school yea

Download the printable Application.

Congratulations to our scholarship winners!  The Oregon Wheat Foundation awarded $1,000 scholarships to nine high school seniors in May, 2017. Students were judged on their community involvement, academic achievement and an essay on a wheat industry topic.