Sherman County eNews #216


  1. A Fundraising Night at the Sherman County Historical Museum, Sept. 14

  2. A Line in the Sand

  3. Oregon Cemetery Association Conference in Hood River, Oct. 17-18

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

1. A Fundraising Night at the Sherman County Historical Museum

The Sherman County Historical Society event committee is planning the first annual Night at the Museum Fundraiser. On September 14th, the Society will be showcasing local breweries that will bring their favorite brews for an evening dinner at the museum.

A limited number of tickets will be offered for the main event and a limited number of VIP tickets. VIP ticket holders will board a bus bound for a secret location in the county where they will be served a special brew sample and appetizers along with an exclusive tour of this mystery venue. They will return to the museum for the main event.

VIP tickets are $50 and the main event tickets are $35 and may be purchased at the museum or from committee members, Johnathan and Kalie Rolfe, Chris and Carrie Kaseberg or Gail Macnab. Ticket holders will receive free admission to the museum.

The evening’s main event will feature dinner and an amazing silent auction to benefit museum operations and general improvements. If you wish to contribute to the auction, we would be over-the-top grateful! Please deliver your donation to the museum with your name, the value of your donation, and anything else we will need to know. Thank you in advance for supporting this event. We hope to see you on September 14th.

The Sherman County Cultural Coalition, Mid Columbia Producers, Wheatland Insurance and RDO Equipment are Porter level sponsors; Bank of Eastern Oregon and Apex Truck Repair are Ale level sponsors. ~Sherman County Historical Society Event Committee

A little history tidbit … 100 years ago, in 1919, the United States of America was going through an identity crisis. The 18th Amendment, which forbade the making, selling or transportation of “intoxicating liquors,” was ratified on Jan. 16, 1919, and took effect a year later. Politicians voted to enact Prohibition as a “noble experiment” to reduce crime, solve social problems, reduce the tax burden created by prisons and poorhouses, and improve Americans’ health, according to an analysis by the Cato Institute, which characterized the effort as a “miserable failure on all counts.” The amendment was championed by the temperance movement, which mainly was supported by women who saw alcohol as a destroyer of families. They carried signs saying, “Lips that touch liquor shall not touch ours,” according to the National Archives.

2. A Line in the Sand

Living in a society that operates from racist and sexist values is no laughing matter – as is evidenced practically every day in the news. Everybody likes to enjoy a good laugh, and everybody wants to feel that they are a part of a happy group of friends. But what about the times when the laugh seems to be at someone else’s expense?

What do you do when you hear a friend tell a joke that plays on physical, racial, ethnic or gender stereotypes? What do you do when you are chatting with a group of pals and someone makes a remark that indicates intolerance, bigotry or sexism? You sell yourself and our society short if you join these “We’re OK, they aren’t OK” sessions.

For the sake of your own self-esteem and that of a constructive society focused on a positive future, you owe it to yourself to be decent and fair and insist that others be the same way in your presence. For the sake of your own self-respect, refrain from telling, laughing at, or in any way going along with racial, ethnic, religious or gender jokes, or to any practices whatsoever that are intended to demean rather than enhance another human being.

Walk away from them. Stare them down. Make them unacceptable in your homes, places of worship, and the workplace. Perhaps we aren’t all equally guilty, but we are all equally responsible for building a decent and just society – regardless of where we live. The world is too small a place now to allow this poorly-disguised hatred to fester. And in a time when cooperation is the path to solutions to the world’s challenges, we really don’t need anything else to further separate us.

Racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry and intolerance undermine our strength, and weaken the fibers of our society. Draw this line in the sand, so to speak – one that you refuse to cross. Perhaps this is one “in-group” you don’t need to feel a part of today. ~The Pacific Institute

2. Oregon Cemetery Association Conference in Hood River, Oct. 17-18

Oregon Cemetery Association

Community Stewardship | Heritage | Caring for the Deceased | Remembrance

2019 Fall Conference

Registration is now open for our 2019 Fall Conference in Hood River!

This year’s focus is on the “greening” of the industry. Our first night includes a fun evening of bowling and beer (or alternate beverage.) If you have not yet reserved your hotel room at our specially negotiated rate, please do so by August 31st. We encourage you to forward this email to interested colleagues.

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

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Washington, Oregon should be careful with pot tax money, Pew study warns

Oregon’s immigrants see trouble in new Trump green card rules

Redmond moving forward with legalizing hemp production

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