Sherman County eNews #253


  1. Sherman County Court Regular Session, Oct. 16

  2. Flu Shot Clinic, Oct. 10

  3. Public Meeting Announcement. Sherman County School District Board of Directors, Oct. 14

  4. The Goldendale American Legion Auxiliary Fundraising Dinner, Oct. 12

  5. Greg Walden delivers keynote speech at christening of PCU Oregon

  6. Taking an Honest Look

  7. Nonprofit Members and How to Engage Them

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

1. Notice. Sherman County Court Regular Session, Oct. 16

The Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, October 16th, 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

Agenda topics include Quarterly Reports by Nate Stice, Regional Solutions; Wade McLeod, District Attorney; Kya Mabe, Fair Secretary; Cindy Brown, OSU Extension; Amber Degrange, Juvenile Services; Marnene Benson-Wood, Treasurer; Senior Center; and Community Transit. Other topics are credit card policy, Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas grant agreement, County Commissioners’ reports, and the consent agenda: October 2nd minutes, September revenue/expenditure summary, and the treasurer’s report.

2. Flu Shot Clinic, Oct. 10

hand.wash4The Sherman County Medical Clinic will hold its annual Flu Shot Clinic on Thursday, October 10th from 3:00pm – 6:00pm. Come and get your Flu Shot! For more information, please call 541-565-3325.



3. Public Meeting Announcement. Sherman County School District Board of Directors, Oct. 14

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 14, 2019. This will include a board training at 5:00 p.m. and a Student Success Act listening session during the regular meeting. The meeting will be held in the Library Program Room of the Sherman County School/Public Library.

Agenda topics include Recognition of Students, Staff and Community Members; Student Body Report; Consent Agenda; Reports by Diane Hassing & Chuck Moore of Mid-Columbia Bus Company, Superintendent Wes Owens, K-12 Administrator/Athletic Director Mike Somnis, Community Engagement-Student Success Act (audience input), District Continuous Improvement Process, Student Success Act Application, Fall Regional Oct. 29 Oregon School Boards Association Conference, Preschool Contract Rate Reduction Review, Approve Swimming Co-op with The Dalles High School, Approve Softball Co-op with The Dalles High School, Policy Update First Reading, and non-agenda comments from audience.  The next regular board meeting will be Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

The Board of Directors of Sherman County School District may address other matters as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors.  If necessary, an Executive Session may be held in accordance with ORS 192.660.

The Sherman County School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups.  It is the policy of the Sherman County School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on race, color religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veterans’ status, genetic information or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment.

Americans with Disabilities Act: Please contact Wes Owens at the district office at (541) 565-3500 if you need accommodation to participate.  Please telephone at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting date.  Thank you.

4. The Goldendale American Legion Auxiliary Fundraising Dinner, Oct. 12

Saturday October 12th

5:00 – 7:30 pm featuring Franny’s Salisbury Steak!!

Dinner includes salad bar, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, dinner roll and dessert

for only $10.00 per person.

7 PM Live Auction plus the Quilt and 50/50 Raffles

Members and guests are welcome.

Proceeds go toward the Bingo Room Floor Project.

Questions or to donate auction items, please contact

Suzanne Sparks 509-250-3944 or Diane Petersen 509-773-5332.

5. Greg Walden delivers keynote speech at christening of PCU Oregon.

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. — Saturday, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) delivered the keynote speech at the christening of PCU Oregon in Groton, Connecticut. The vessel is the U.S. Navy’s newest submarine and the third navy vessel to carry the state’s name. The submarine was christened with water from Crater Lake and Wine from Oregon.

          Walden’s Remarks as prepared for delivery:

Good morning,

I am delighted, humbled and honored to represent my state of Oregon; to look out on such a powerful force for freedom — the PCU Oregon; and to say “thank you” to the best fighting force of men and women that has ever sailed the seas.

Theodore Roosevelt was Assistant Secretary of the Navy when construction began in the fall of 1891 on the last U.S.S. Oregon.  Roosevelt fought for naval superiority, and with good reason.

In 1898, the Oregon, under the command of Capt. Charles Edgar Clark, and with two-thousand extra tons of ammunition and coal, would travel about 250 nautical miles a day, battling harsh seas to join up with the North Atlantic Squadron in Peru on her way to fight in the Spanish-American War.  She burned through 4,100 tons of coal and traveled 14,500 miles in only 66 days — an unprecedented feat.

The New York Times declared the Oregon was “the most famous vessel in the American Navy, and among the modern fleets of the world there is no fighting vessel whose engines and batteries have accomplished more.”  She was called the “Bulldog of the Navy” and was said to have a “bone in her teeth.”

The Oregon was again called upon in World War I, but by World War II the Oregon’s outdated structure meant her highest value was scrap for steel to further the war effort.

While it has been many years since the original U.S.S Oregon sailed her last voyage — we shall always remember the brave sailors who so proudly answered the call of freedom.

Today we gathered to carry on this storied tradition by christening the future U.S.S. Oregon: a fast-attack, Virginia-class, nuclear powered submarine that will more than carry on the proud legacy of its predecessor.

This sub is 26 feet longer and can travel underwater 12 knots faster than the battleship it’s named for could travel upon the sea.

The task to build such a submarine takes time, thought, resources, and skill. It takes hard work and true American craftsmanship and innovation.

Everyone who helped design and build this submarine is a patriot; a defender of freedom.  You have done your duty to help secure the safety of all Americans — and our allies. And we thank you — especially those workers from General Dynamics Electric Boat — whose time and talent skillfully built this incredible submarine.

Please join me in applauding these men and women.

It is imperative, for the sake of the nation’s security, that Congress provides our Department of the Defense (DoD) with the budget necessary to build out our Navy and strengthen our military.

Thankfully, President Trump believes in this mission and is committed to supporting our nation’s military and veterans.  His budget backs up his words on both counts.  As a result, we are able to make sure the men and women who wear our nation’s uniform have the latest equipment and best training possible to defend our country and to protect themselves when in harms’ way.

And it is these men and women who will light the lights of this sub and give the U.S.S. Oregon its soul.  They will secure our freedom and protect our future.

I am inspired by their selfless commitment.

Those who answer the call to serve are the best of us.

For generations, Americans have served this nation with honor. They have selflessly sacrificed on behalf of people they will never know. Some have become prisoners of war, other heroes remain missing in action, and too many paid the ultimate price — one that we can never fully repay.

The U.S.S. Oregon and her crew know just how serious their mission is:  hunting down, and if needed, eliminating enemy submarines and ships that are armed with the capabilities of nuclear warfare.

Retired Navy Vice Admiral Michael J. Connor referenced these fast-attack submarines as a “game-changer” when it comes to working against rival military superpowers.

Consider the gravity of this mission: the submarine before us has the capability to prevent nuclear war.

The U.S.S. Oregon will not just be a guardian of the seas and a protector of freedom, but also, she will be home to roughly 130 sailors.  In the darkest depths of the ocean, her fortified hull and advanced sonar capabilities, will protect these brave warriors.

The security of America is their mission, their job, their noble commitment.

Neither the life nor the work is easy, but the role of a submarine and its crew is pivotal for America’s national security. It plays a large role in our country’s power stance in the world — not just today, but for many tomorrows.

Even in the darkest places, I know the light of freedom will guide the U.S.S Oregon and her crew.  And just remember, as wet and dark as it can get down there, we might just have wetter and darker times during the long winters in Oregon!  There’s a reason we’re called Ducks and Beavers.

Today, we will christen this ship with sparkling Oregon wine, and water from Crater Lake — the deepest lake in North America, about two-and-a-half times deeper than the published depth limit of this sub.

The U.S.S Oregon will navigate through the world’s oceans, touching every corner of the globe as she protects our great nation. She and her crew with be a symbol of freedom and democracy to all who encounter her.

I pray that the strength she projects will ensure the peace we all seek and that she will never see battle, never face danger, and always serve honorably, returning from each mission unscathed, and her crew will live long and prosperous lives.

But should they encounter the face of evil, I know she and they will live up to her great name, and honor those who built her — by doing what she and her crew were trained to do — defend freedom loving peoples.

Fair winds and following seas to the U.S.S Oregon and her crew.

May God Bless her and her crew…and may God bless the United States of America.

6. Taking an Honest Look

glassesMost of us are pretty sharp when it comes to noticing other people’s imperfections and faults, but not always about our own. Some folks have the mistaken idea that people with high self-esteem think that they are perfect. But the truth is that high self-esteem people don’t think they are perfect. However, they are continuously looking for ways they can improve.

It is people whose self-esteem is shaky who are threatened by looking at their imperfections and weaknesses. They don’t want to know about their problems, because then they may have to actually do something about them. Unfortunately, they don’t feel very effective when it comes to solving problems.

People with high self-esteem know that awareness of a problem is the first step toward solving it. However, they don’t get bogged down in the problem. They have a clear vision of what it will look like when the problem is fixed, and that is what they keep uppermost in their minds. They don’t beat themselves up when they make mistakes. Instead, they use mistakes as learning opportunities, and grow from them.

Also, they are used to taking a personal inventory. They feel competent and capable when it comes to doing what needs to be done to improve themselves and their behavior. Even when they are not sure exactly how they will accomplish the growth, they don’t let that stop them. They are confident that they can find a way…and they usually do.

As difficult as it may seem, at first, there is great value when we take an honest look at ourselves. So, gather up your courage and take that look in the mirror. If you don’t like what you see, you do have the power to change it. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Nonprofit Members and How to Engage Them

Notes from a blog:

1) Shy Members

  • The Problem. You recognize their faces, but can’t remember their names. They come to all of your nonprofit’s events, but it’s hard to get them to engage with other members. These members are also not likely to participate in a Q&A or share their opinions in a group setting, but they obviously support the cause because they keep attending your events, rain or shine.
  • How to Engage Them. It’s important to remember that shy people are not necessarily introverts. Psychology Today notes that shy people may really want to engage with others, they just experience anxiety thinking about taking the first steps. This is where you can help in planning smaller, low-key introductions to help bring them out of their shells.

2) Remote Members

  • The Problem. They can’t attend any events. You have never met them face-to-face, so you may not feel like they are as important as your local members. On top of this, if they are feeling disconnected, they are unlikely to let you know.
  • How to Engage Them. The key to keeping your contract with them and keeping them connected is providing a platform for effective communication — printed and e-newsletters, webinars, a private Facebook group, and online conferences are just a few ways you can increase the number of touchpoints with remote nonprofit members. It depends on how much effort you put into communicating with them. Ask for input.

3) Younger Members

  • The Problem. Your events tend to be a sea of salt and pepper hair, but you know you have younger members hiding somewhere… Unfortunately, many organizations focus on offering services geared towards their mature members, since they are their bread and butter, while neglecting the needs of their younger members.
  • How to Engage Them. Even if they aren’t coming to your events, younger members tend to be very active online. Engage the 20-35 set; they are your future donors, and you should be engaging strongly with those on the upper end of that age bracket — including on your board — to avoid a generation gap. Social media — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even Snapchat. Use pictures, tell real stories from your members, and share live video from events. Survey them to find out what topics they are most passionate about. 

4) Older Members

  • The Problem. Your older members are used to doing things a certain way for a long time. Change can cause them to feel disconnected with what’s going on.
  • How to Engage Them. When you change a membership process, explain why. Does the change save your organization more time or money? Does it create a way for your organization to grow, or communicate faster? Keep live events a priority. Since older members are more likely to have the time to attend and volunteer, have them take the lead in engaging with one another to help share information. Live events take a lot of work. Ask some older members to volunteer by taking minutes, organizing snacks, or setting up chairs. Long-time members can become forgotten. Continuously recognize these members for their loyalty and service to your organization. One thing to remember — older members are likely to be your most prominent financial backers, so do not let them slip through the cracks!

5) The Already Super-Engaged Member

  • The Problem. This member is already super-engaged, so there is no problem. They’re showing up to events, responding to messages, volunteering when they can, engaging with other members, and advocating for the organization. These are the members you wish all your members would be like.
  • How to Engage Them. You don’t need to do anything extra to engage these members, but there may be some ways they can help engage your other members, or even find new members. Here are six: Find out what made them super-engaged; use them to be on the look-out for new members; offer your biggest team player a spot on your board; don’t skip opportunities – member/volunteer awards recognition ceremonies and gifts.

Keep in mind is that there is never a “one size fits all” approach when it comes to keeping your members engaged. Take the time to dig deep into your members’ motivators, opportunities, barriers, and characteristics to tailor your engagement strategies for success.

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

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