Sherman County eNews #257


  1. An Enormous, Bright Orange Full Hunter’s Moon Will Light Up The Night Sky, Oct. 13

  2. Interest on Potential

  3. Letter to the Editor: Concerned Citizen

  4. Conducting Meetings

  5. Sherman County History Tidbits: Notes from The Plow 1983

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

“Our ancestors were builders and pioneers and mostly fearless. We are regulators, auditors, bureaucrats, adjudicators, censors, critics, plaintiffs, defendants, social media junkies and thin-skinned scolds. A distant generation created; we mostly delay, idle and gripe.” ~Victor Davis Hanson

1. An Enormous, Bright Orange Full Hunter’s Moon Will Light Up The Night Sky, Oct. 13

If you notice the moon to be larger and unusually orange in color on October 13, don’t be alarmed as this is a natural phenomenon called the ‘Hunter’s moon.’

According to NASA, it will reach its peak at 5.08 pm EDT on Sunday afternoon, October 13, 2019. The upcoming full moon will appear to be in a larger shape and perfect circle for roughly three days as opposed to one. Beginning from Saturday morning, Hunter’s moon will be visible until Tuesday morning.

Now, the ‘normal’ full moon usually occurs once a month when the Earth is positioned directly between the sun and the moon and during this, the earth completely blocks away direct sunlight from reaching the surface of the moon.

The only source of light the moon receives is reflected from its surface and refracted by our planet, thus appearing reddish in color. Be sure to take a peek at the sky during this time will appear gorgeously lit from dusk till dawn.

Speaking to Country Living, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Tania de Sales Marques said, “The October full moon will happen on the 13th and is known as the Hunter’s Moon. The Moon will rise just after sunset, at 18:35 and will be highest in the sky around midnight, so if you go for a walk after dinner and the skies are clear, face south and you should be able to spot a beautiful full moon.”

According to Farmer’s Atlantic, the term ‘Hunter’s Moon’ is directly related to the Harvest Moon that helps with hunting. It’s believed that hunters could easily spot fattened deers and other creatures who usually came out to glean at the recently reaped fields by harvesters under the Harvest Moon, hence the name. ~McGill Media

2. Interest on Potential

Have you ever looked back on something that you achieved and wondered why you were so successful? When you look back at your successes and the things you’ve achieved in your life and you look for the reasons why you succeeded, you’ll find that most often it wasn’t just luck. Some, if not all, of the following were involved:

Knowledge, Skill, Commitment, Motivation, Energy, Confidence, Resilience, and a Belief in yourself and what you were doing

It’s not hard to see why we succeed. What is hard is explaining why we don’t succeed all the time. Quite often people will say, “Oh, that would be too hard for me,” or “That would take too much effort.” But would it really? Because the truth is that each one of us has a wealth of abilities, energy and skills, but most of the time we only use a fraction of this wealth.

This incredible wealth of untapped resources is called “Human Potential.” How much we use of it depends, more than anything else, on our belief system. You see, we have far more potential than we use on any given day.

If we believe there is no way around a problem, we close our minds to possible solutions. Our brains literally shut down, because we’ve closed off the path to creative solutions. But if we believe we will find a way, then it doesn’t matter what obstacles we run into. We get very creative. We see things we wouldn’t ordinarily see, and we hang in there and get others to help us until we do find a way. This is your human potential, paying interest.

So, pop the cork on your beliefs. Remove the restraints. The most powerful thing you can do to change your life is to change your beliefs about who you are, about your life, your abilities and the idea of possibilities. Then, begin to act accordingly. ~The Pacific Institute

3. Letter to the Editor: Concerned Citizen

I have read recent letters to the Editor with much distress lately. It seems that there are rules in place to keep such letters positive and informational to the community. Of late, they have been increasingly personal in nature with a heavy bend towards singling out and attacking certain members of our community. I have personally seen at least 3 letters to this effect, and the letter to the Editor dated Sep. 20th certainly had this tone. I also noticed that it violated 4 of the 7 guidelines listed for a letter to be accepted, which makes me wonder if there is a severe bias and agenda as to who gets their letters published in the Sherman County eNews.

Case in point, the rules regarding letters to the Editor are clearly posted on the eNews site. However, the letter from Meinrad Kuettel dated 9/22/19 violated the first guideline by coming in at 362 words. Secondly, the second guideline was violated by posting an attachment., Thirdly, the forth guideline was violated as it was one of the most libelous things I have read in quite a while since it launched a direct attack at 2 specific members of our community by attempted character assassination. Fourthly, it was most certainly a personal matter that should have been kept between the family members named, not aired for the public. Good taste, quality reporting, diplomacy and the interest of the community on the part of all parties involved in publishing that letter should have known better.

The continued publishing of such articles that violate the standards laid out make me question if this is really a news site for the community to be informed or just an electronic tabloid for people to publicly air their feelings instead of dealing with the individual (s) themselves like adults should. I, for one, would appreciate a simple news outlet for our community without the drama. Would that be possible with this publication?

Alex McNabb


4. Conducting Meetings

Following is a much-abridged version of Robert’s Rules as they might be adapted for nonprofit meetings. The goal is to promote a balance of fairness and efficiency. Tailor them to fit your own organization. Meetings should be fair so that people who have a point to make are given an opportunity. Meetings should be efficient so that time is spent on discussion relevant to the matter at hand. ~ American Society of Corporate Secretaries.

Order of business–[per agenda circulated in advance]

  1. Opening of meeting (Chair)
  2. Submission of minutes of previous meeting (Secretary)
  3. Reading of reports, i.e. Treasurer’s, Fund-Raising, Program Committee’s and discussion
  4. Old business
  5. Unfinished business from previous meetings
  6. Motions that were tabled from previous meetings
  7. New business–motions to be made for voting by the board
  8. Meeting closing (on schedule)


  • Only members and guests recognized by the Chair may speak.

Motions and Voting

  • Generally, before any item can be discussed, there should be a motion made and seconded. Once a motion has been seconded, discussion will follow. After discussion, one of four things can happen:
  • There can be a vote on the motion.
  • The motion can be amended (second required). Then there can be discussion on the amendment. The amendment can be voted. If the amendment passes, the motion automatically passes. If the amendment fails, the motion still stands and can be discussed until voted.
  • The motion can be tabled (second required). There can be no discussion on a motion to table–a vote must be taken immediately. If the vote is to table, no further discussion can take place on the motion.
  • There may be no action on the motion–therefore it becomes old business at a future meeting.
  • Motions must be clear and concise. A motion to “improve fund-raising” would be vague and discussions could meander. However, a motion to “sponsor a benefit golf tournament” is specific and could be effectively discussed and acted on.


  • Make general board meetings more productive by use of committees and rely on committee reports as a basis for action. Committees can sort through minutiae and come forward with a well-developed proposal for the whole board to consider. Committees can also be a development pool for future board members.


  • The Chair of the meeting is responsible for maintaining order. On procedural questions, the Chair’s ruling will be determinative and final.

Also see: Governance for Nonprofits: From Little Leagues to Universities A Summary of Organizational Governance Principles and Resources for Directors of Nonprofit Organizations By The American Society of Corporate Secretaries and The National Center for Nonprofit Boards.

5. Sherman County History Tidbits: Notes from The Plow 1993

coveredwagon.cartoonFrom the Sherman County Historical Society 1993 spring newsletter:

  • Plowing new ground! Construction of the museum’s new wing, supervised by Society trustees Mike McArthur and Jerry Kirkpatrick, was underway… insulation, sheetrock, paint, light fixtures and carpet.
  • Large overhead door funded by the James Weir Trust.
  • Footings were poured for construction of a footbridge to replace the city’s footbridge under supervision of Jerry Kirkpatrick and Millie Moore Voll.
  • The museum exhibit team had the first interpretive exhibit in progress, Oregon Trails, Rails and Roads in Sherman County. Community artists were painting a mural.
  • An exhibit supplement brochures designed by Jeanney McArthur was funded by grants from Oregon Council for the Humanities and Oregon Development Department. It was entered in the American Association of Museums design competition in March and received an honorable mention in its category.
  • Max, Norma, Susan and Gretchen Barzee donated a cast bronze sculpture, The Promised Land, for the Oregon Trail exhibit.
  • Society president Mike McArthur was elected County Judge. Eileen Moreau assumed Society leadership.
  • Mary Coats Macnab typed the Society’s policies. Treasurer Barbara Bish managed several grant and general fund accounts.
  • For the 1993 summer season, 77 volunteers received orientation under the leadership of Dorothy Benson.
  • The museum cleaning crew swept through the building on brooms: Eilene Eslinger, Penny Eakin, Mavis Olsen, Betsy Martin and Millie Moore Voll.
  • The crew at Hughes Feed responded to a wish list with pruners, hoe and rake.
  • Delbert Wooderson constructed wooden mannequins. Penny Eakin, Mavis Olsen and Reatha Coats sewed period clothing for Oregon Trail mannequins and dress-up clothing for visiting youngsters.
  • Jerrine Belshe spruced up the landscaping. Doris Alley and Diane von Borstel distributed museum brochures in the county and beyond. Doris Alley and Sheila Weber were proprietors of The Museum Store. Vonda Chandler nurtured connections with the county schools.
  • John Zancanella, Prineville Bureau of Land Management archaeologist, led construction of an interpretive Oregon Trail kiosk at McDonald on the John Day River next to the Society’s monument.
  • The county’s Oregon Trail committee arranged for Oregon Trail signs at crossings of county roads and in Wasco, produced by Pat and Erling Jacobsen and funded by Oregon Trail Coordinating Council and Sherman County.

coveredwagon.cartoonFrom the Sherman County Historical Society 1993 fall newsletter:

  • Construction of the new wing, under direction of Jerry Kirkpatrick and carpenter Russell Hiatt of Cove, required many hands for many tasks: Dan Peterson of Coburn Electric, Pat Macnab, Larry and Chris Kaseberg, Floyd Rathbun, Ernie and Chris Moore, Bobby, Pinky and Bob Nisbet, Mike Penners of Nova Security, Orville Blaylock, Allen Miller, Russel Belshee, Eileen Moreau, Sheila Weber, Barbara Cantrall who insisted she “painted the whole gymnasium,” Steve Prinzing of Goldendale, Don Coats who installed chainlink fencing, Neil Pattee who constructed the stairway railings and gate… and generous community-based planning and support, and grants from Oregon Economic Development Department, Oregon Council for the Humanities, Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon Trail Coordinating Council and Sherman County… by any standard, a remarkable achievement.
  • Production of the Oregon Trail exhibit by an incredibly resourceful and creative volunteer exhibit team through much of 1992 until the opening in June, 1993 involved Myrna Melzer, Cameron Kaseberg, Jeanney McArthur, Pat Jacobsen, Joe and Sheila Weber, Sherry Kaseberg, Millie Moore Voll, Doris Alley, Penny Eakin, Mavis Olsen, Anne Franklin, Eileen Moreau, Dorothy Thompson, Jerry Kirkpatrick, Chet and Reatha Coats, Janet Van Gilder, Gail Macnab Pinkerton, Nancy Fields, Leroy Martin, Malcolm McDermid, Carsten von Borstel, Don von Borstel, Ron Thompson, Betty Rathbun, Ann Bothwell, Jean Woodrum, Deanna Padget, Carole Makinster, Shirley Fritts and exhibit scholar, Ross R. Controneo, Ph.D., Western Oregon State College.
  • The grand opening of the museum’s new wing on June 17th, organized by Jean McKinney and Patty Burnet, included a flag ceremony by Rick Johnson and the Boy Scouts, the invocation by Mac Hall, a welcome by Eileen Moreau, and Jerry Kirkpatrick’s announcement of a significant bequest by Florence Johnston. Jean and Patty introduced honored guests, Carsten von Borstel talked of accessions, Millie Moore Voll described new exhibits in the original wing, Sherry Kaseberg spoke of the Oregon Trail celebration and the exhibit team that produced the exhibits in the new wing, and of volunteers and grant support. Dorothy Benson introduced the county elders who cut the ribbon to dedicate the new wing: Helen Bruckert, Twin Douma and Lela French. Myrna Melzer represented the exhibit team when she officially opened the new exhibit. Bill McKinney played and sang, Mary Eakin played the piano and school children in period costumes danced and sang under Nell Melzer’s direction, giving the day a festive air.
  • The Rock. The six-foot inscribed basalt column located east of Wasco near the fork of the Oregon Trail was permanently installed in June near its original site. After a year of study, preservation and planning, Pat Macnab affectionately called this The Flintstone Project. Pat supervised as the site was prepared by Millard Melzer, Pat Kelley, Roland Simantel, Herb Ramsey, Rick Jauken, Don Coats and Boy Scout Troop #570 of Kirkland, Washington, working on their national trails award, and representatives of BLM and Oregon-California Trails Association.

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

bird.owl3The Bend Bulletin, Editorial: Plenty to like in records fee suggestion

The Bend Bulletin, Editorial: Hass has good idea for public records council

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