Sherman County eNews #210


  1. OSU Sherman County Extension Kids’ Summer Drama Day Camp

  2. Sherman County Court Session, Aug. 21

  3. Karla Chambers, Stahlbush Island Farms – Empowering, Mentoring Women in Ag

  4. True Personal Success

  5. Oregon Historical Quarterly Summer 2018 Special Issue “Oregon’s Manila Galleon” Wins 2019 AASLH Award of Excellence

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

“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” —Samuel Adams (1779)

1. OSU Sherman County Extension Kids’ Summer Drama Day Camp

Creative juices were flowing August 5-9 at the OSU Sherman County Extension Kids’ Summer Drama Day Camp held at the Sherman County School.  The youth activity was made possible by a grant from the Sherman County Cultural Coalition.  Fourteen youth aged 5 to 15 participated in a weeklong process of developing their own musical production, with help of drama instructor Hayley Hoyt of the TriCities, Washington.  The youth spent four hours a day learning about character development, script writing, stage production, dancing and singing.  The youth worked with Hayley Hoyt to creatively develop the entire production themselves, a storyline focused on a high school for superheroes.  The musical play eventually included a talent show for superheroes, weeping cheerleaders, tough thugs, and two monsters from The Underground!  The week ended with an evening performance for family and friends.

~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

2. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Aug. 21

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, August 21st, 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

3. Karla Chambers, Stahlbush Island Farms – Empowering, Mentoring Women in Ag

Words: Mitch Lies

Four years ago, Karla Chambers, co-owner of Stahlbush Island Farms, noticed some of the young women she hired in management were not speaking up in meetings.

“They are just very bright minds,” Chambers says, “but they would typically sit in the back of the room or wait to be called on before they would voice their opinion or offer influence in a meeting.”

Chambers, who has long hired women in leadership roles and mentored young women on a one-on-one basis, decided to start a formal mentoring program for women at the Corvallis, Oregon, company. Today, eight young women participate in the program, including an environmental engineer, a chemical engineer, a soil scientist, an agribusiness salesperson and other professionals.

“One of the reasons I run this mentoring program is I want to empower them early in their career to be able to stand up and participate,” Chambers says. “I want them as equals at the table, not waiting to be called on.”

“We hired them because we saw that potential,” she says, “and I want to make sure they see that potential in themselves.”

Stahlbush Island Farms deliberately seeks out diversity for its management team, Chambers says, and over half of the company’s managers are women.

“I think bringing that diversity at the top of this organization has been key to our growth … … continue here with Oregon Family Farm:

4. True Personal Success

Most people want to succeed, but whose version of “success” is the best choice? How do you measure your success? How do you know when you have really accomplished something that counts?

Success on other people’s terms may only mean frustration for you, and doing the so-called “right thing” just because you have been told it’s the right thing won’t help, either. If we measure our success by goals that others think worthwhile instead of by our own personal standards, we will wind up being frustrated and unfulfilled.

Personal growth and fulfillment must start with the centered self, and depend on clear personal values and self-knowledge if they are to be sustained. Measuring our success by other people’s values prevents us from recognizing many of our own significant accomplishments. We wind up denying our own unique talents and abilities in favor of someone else’s.

You know, you are not on earth to measure up to someone else’s expectations, but you are here to develop your potential – in the direction and degree that you choose. It is your responsibility, though, to equip yourself to make wise choices – choices that will help you develop and feel good about yourself and your contributions. Now, there is nothing wrong in asking others for advice or information, but in the final analysis, the decision must be yours.

When you count your true personal successes, you build self-confidence and your own sense of efficacy – your appraisal of your ability to cause things to happen for you and the world around you. Your life isn’t a measure of someone else’s success. It’s a measure of your own. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Oregon Historical Quarterly Summer 2018 Special Issue “Oregon’s Manila Galleon” Wins 2019 AASLH Award of Excellence

Oregon.BeaverPortland, OR – The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is proud to announce that the Oregon Historical Quarterly is the recipient of an American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Award of Excellence for the publication’s Summer 2018 special issue, “Oregon’s Manila Galleon.”

The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 74th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. This year, AASLH is proud to confer fifty national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits, and publications. The winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history. OHS staff will accept the award on behalf of the Quarterly’s editorial advisory committee at a special banquet during the 2019 AASLH Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, on Friday, August 30.

For more than three centuries, Nehalem-Tillamook people have told stories of shipwreck survivors who washed ashore on or near the Nehalem Spit, established relationships with locals, and, eventually, violated social norms and either departed or were killed. Cargo wreckage accompanied the survivors, including distinctive blocks of beeswax. Until June of 2018, however, the history of Oregon’s “Beeswax Wreck” — now recognized as likely producing the first direct contact between Indigenous people of the region and people of Europe, Asia, and, potentially, Africa — was characterized by mystery. “Oregon’s Manila Galleon,” answers the questions of which ship wrecked, where it was going to and from, who was aboard, and what cargo it carried. The authors reached their conclusions through innovative, collaborative scholarship that brings together Native oral tradition, archival collections on three continents, and archaeological investigations — almost all published for the first time in OHQ.

The AASLH awards program began in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout the United States. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards not only honor significant achievement in the field of state and local history, but also bring public recognition of the opportunities for small and large organizations, institutions, and programs to make contributions in this arena.

For more information about the Leadership in History Awards, visit

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