Sherman County eNews #180


  1. Declaration of Independence, Day of Deliverance, 4th of July

  2. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, July 10

  3. Celebrating July birthdays especially Eilene Eslinger & Nita Hooper’s 98th! – July 14

  4. Sherman County 4-H Camp Hawaii at Camp Morrow

  5. Open letter to the non-agricultural community

  6. Stop Before You Start?

  7. Share Your America | ASSE International Student Exchange Program

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

1. Declaration of Independence, Day of Deliverance, 4th of July

American flag2Upon the signing of our Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, that the 4th of July “ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

He added, “You will think me transported with Enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will triumph in that Days Transaction, even although We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”  ~Mark Alexander, The Patriot Post

2. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, July 10

The Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors will hold a meeting on July 10th,
2019. The public is welcome to attend! 6p.m at the WSEC (903 Barnett St.).

3. Celebrating July birthdays especially Eilene Eslinger’s & Nita Hooper’s 98th!

July 14th

Grass Valley Park & Pavillion at 12:15-ish

We will start after Grass Valley Baptist church

If you wish to join us for church, it begins at 10:45am

Questions call Leta Ann 541-325-2993.

4. Sherman County 4-H Camp Hawaii at Camp Morrow

4-H clover1With the theme of “Hawaii”, alohas were heard and leis plus grass skirts worn at the 2019 Sherman County 4-H Camp held June 19-21 at the Camp Morrow lakeside facility outside Wamic.  Thirty campers in grades 4th through 6th were guided by eleven teen staff.  Cabins were named after Hawaiian islands, and a big luau dinner and dance party was held the last night of camp.  The camp’s educational focus was the outdoors, with class instructors from Sherman and Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation districts on natural resources; archery instructors from the US Fish & Wildlife Service, a nature mindfulness class, nature arts and crafts classes, a survival class for the teens, paintball, field games, and outdoor cooking done by the campers at their lunch and dinner times.  The camp is sponsored by the Sherman County 4-H Association which thanks several donors who helped with scholarships for campers:  Sherman County Prevention, Art and Shirley Decker, and an anonymous donor from Sherman County.

5. Open letter to the non-agricultural community

By John Gladigau, South Australia, June 2019

I am from a third generation family farm at Alawoona in the Northern Mallee region of South Australia. In 2006 I was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship and studied collaborative farming around the world throughout 2007, visiting USA, Canada, NZ, UK, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Netherlands and France.

In 2008, I joined with three partners to start Collaborative Farming Australia Pty Ltd, which consults with individual farmers, families and industry groups who are looking at collaborative farming options. In my role with CFA I also speak to many farm and industry groups, as well as other conferences all over Australia.

In 2009, my wife Bronny and I joined with Robin and Rebecca Schaefer to create “Bulla Burra”, a 9000 ha collaborative farm near Loxton, which incorporates both of our properties along with leased and sharefarmed land.  Continue here…

6. Stop Before You Start?

Many people are afraid of failure, but do you know anyone who is afraid of success? Today, let’s talk about this all too common problem. But first, ask yourself, “Am I afraid of success?” Even if your first instinct is, “No, of course not!” you might want to think about it.

Stories abound regarding people who walked away after an initial success, for a variety of reasons. Harper Lee, author of the American classic To Kill A Mockingbird, said, regarding Mockingbird, “I was hoping for a quick and merciful death at the hands of the reviewers but, at the same time, I sort of hoped someone would like it enough to give me encouragement. Public encouragement. I hoped for a little, as I said, but I got rather a whole lot, and in some ways, this was just about as frightening as the quick, merciful death I’d expected.” From the book’s publication in 1960 until she passed away in 2016, Lee withdrew from public life, publishing very little.

There are many reasons why we might turn away from the challenges that could bring us success, but it is usually because we just don’t believe we have what it takes to pull it off. Our self-efficacy is low, so we avoid as much as possible, as often as possible. Where in your life has opportunity knocked, and you didn’t answer the door?

The good news is that self-efficacy can be improved. One way is to remember the successes you have had in the past, and vividly imagine yourself repeating similar successes in the new situation. Another is to set yourself up to succeed by taking on risks you are pretty sure you can handle, and then gradually – step by step – upping the ante.

It is important to surround yourself with supportive people who believe in you, while you control your self-talk and negative thinking. You don’t want to end up stopping yourself before you get started.

Begin today to live your life in the present, and not in the past, so you will have no regrets in the future. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Share Your America | ASSE International Student Exchange Program

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs, in cooperation with your community high school, is now looking for local families to host students between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Japan, Germany, Italy, Thailand, and Spain, to name a few.

ASSE students are enthusiastic and are excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.

The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.

If you are interested in opening your home and sharing your family life with a young person from abroad, please contact us today for more information, call (800) 733-2773, go online at or email

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

bird.owl.bookOpinion. Bob Quinn: It’s time to break our addiction to farm chemicals

Open letter to the non-agricultural community

Watch your language! Synonyms

America’s cocaine habit fueled its migrant crisis and it’s destroying Guatemala and Honduras.

Why Is Everyone So Upset About the Betsy Ross Flag?

Watch the aircraft that flew over Trump’s July 4 Salute to America

How working people and unions fared in the 2019 session of the Oregon Legislature

About 200 residents turn out to Department of Energy’s Thursday hearing on B2H project

Oregon Capital Chatter: The real reason that HB 2020 failed