Sherman County eNews #148


  1. Correction: Sherman County Fair Board Meeting, June 5

  2. Register Sherman-connected Youth Grades 4-6 for 4-H Camp by June 3

  3. Willamette Week: State Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner) Benefits from Public Contracts

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

  5. Shifting the Balance of Power: Service

Don’t limit your options. Think outside the box. Don’t waste time fretting over matters that are beyond your control. ~Jeraldine Saunders.

1. Notice. Correction: Sherman County Fair Board Meeting, June 5

 Sherman County Fair Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, June 5th at 6:30 p.m.

Sherman County Fairgrounds.

2. Register Sherman-connected Youth Grades 4-6 for 4-H Camp by June 3

Sherman-connected youth (cousins, step kids and grandkids welcome!) in grades 4th-6th….come to Sherman County 4-H Camp June 19-21 at Camp Morrow’s beautiful lakeside facility outside of Wamic!  Swimming, boating, outdoor cooking, archery, natural resources theme, outdoor games, cabin time, campfires, dance party and more.

Cost for camp is $110 and we’ve been recently blessed with donations for camp scholarships so don’t let finances hold you back.  Write a letter from both the child and an adult, the child should explain why they would like to attend camp while the adult should explain why a scholarship would be helpful to the family. Submit to the Sherman Extension Office by Monday June 3. The 4-H Association will be reviewing scholarship applications at their meeting the next day.

3. Willamette Week: State Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner) Benefits from Public Contracts

“The nonprofit Journalism Fund for Willamette Week provided support for this story.

“State Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner) may be the best compensated lawmaker in Salem.

“The high-energy, perennially sunny economic development specialist is the longest-serving member in the state House. The descendant of an Oregon pioneer family, he grew up near Portland, where he became an Eagle Scout and graduated from Barlow High School.

“Despite his urban beginnings, Smith, 50, long ago adopted the trappings of Eastern Oregon. A sign above the door to his office in the Capitol reads, “My cow died so I don’t need your bull.” Inside the office: a vintage saddle.

“Smith’s district includes Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam, Sherman and Wasco counties, and covers great swaths of north Central Oregon: water-starved high desert, rolling wheat fields and, these days, nearly as many wind turbines as people.

“Before he became a lawmaker, Smith dropped out of graduate school, broke. Today, he owns five homes and four commercial properties.

“Serving District 57 has, in turn, served him well.

“As a legislator, Smith earns just $31,200 a year, the same as all his other colleagues. But WW has learned Smith’s private consulting firm earned more than three-quarters of a million dollars last year.

“And while that may be more than any other member of the Legislature earned, what sets him apart is where that money came from: public organizations that seek funding and other benefits from the Legislature and state agencies… …”

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

bird.owl.limbWillamette Week: Rep. Greg Smith is a Member of the Select Group That Doles Out State Dollars. He Also Makes a Tidy Living From Public Contracts. It’s Perfectly Legal.

Malheur Enterprise: Rep. Greg Smith | State legislator’s private company poised to get another $180,000 from Malheur County

My Columbia Basin: Rep. Greg Smith responds to Malheur County story

Oregon Secretary of State | Inland Development Corporation | Officers

Rep. Greg Smith | Wheeler County Development Corp. Officer of the Board

Oregon State Legislature, Rep. Greg Smith

Oregon Live: Oregon Legislators – Greg Smith

The Fight Is On To Save Columbia River Salmon From A Toothy Invader

Oregon schools will be required to teach about the Holocaust

War is a Racket

As Celilo flooded, tribes wept | An exhibit: “Dams.Fish.Controversy”

5. Shifting the Balance of Power: Service

If you would like to add new depth of meaning to your life, and give your energy level a boost at the same time, then read on. There is a great idea that has been around for a very long time, and speaks to humanity across the limits of geography. It is an idea that helps give meaning and purpose to life. It can also do wonders for your energy level, relationships, and self-esteem. That idea, in a word, is “service.”

To be more specific, by “service” we are talking about the act of doing something to assist or benefit someone else without any expectation of reward or even acknowledgement. All of us can think of shining examples of people who selflessly serve others, and by doing so, make the world a better place – like Mother Teresa did.

But it is important to realize that you don’t have to be a Mother Teresa to do good work in the world. Whenever you have a personal or business contact with someone, and you take a moment to put yourself in their shoes and behave accordingly, you shift the balance of power in the world – from fear and hate, to caring and consideration.

You may be an automobile mechanic, a salesclerk, an accountant or a computer programmer – it doesn’t matter what you do. What matters is how you do it – the creative, personal touches you add to make one someone’s day a little easier or a little smoother.

Some people will notice what you have done, and some won’t. But it is pretty much guaranteed that if you start to approach your job with the goal of giving genuine caring service, you will be transforming your work into something truly magnificent – and yourself into the “real deal” in the process. ~The Pacific Institute