Ronnie Vistinak - Homeward Bound Pets
May
23
11:45 AM11:45

Ronnie Vistinak - Homeward Bound Pets

Homeward Bound Pets is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing a safe and loving environment, as a no-kill, no-cage shelter. It is our mission to focus on “Improving the lives of cats and dogs through adoption and community partnerships.”

The surrendered dogs and abandoned, stray, and surrendered cats that come to our shelter stay with us until we find their “Forever Homes.” Formerly known as the Evergreen-Doe Humane Society, Homeward Bound Pets has been serving our community since 1975, as Oregon’s first no-kill shelter.

We welcome your support! Our organization is funded solely through donations from caring citizens in our community. Your contributions of volunteer time and funding help to ensure that our community’s homeless animals receive the help that they need and deserve.

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Paper Gardens
May
16
11:45 AM11:45

Paper Gardens

Paper Gardens is a writing contest, book and celebration sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Yamhill County, a non-profit organization.  This will be our 25th year of celebrating excellence in writing by children, youth and adults from across Yamhill County.

Materials about Paper Gardens are distributed to schools, libraries, community organizations and bookstores in the fall and entries will be due March 1st.  In 2017 we received 470 student entries representing 29 schools, both public and private, and we expect increased participation this year.  The judges, one for poetry and one for prose, select the best works for publication in the Paper Gardens Book.  There are 2 categories for prose (non-fiction and fiction) and 4 for poetry (traditional, free verse, haiku and poetry of place/Yamhill County).  We are delighted that our judges this year are Dr. Barbara Drake for Poetry and Lisa Ohlen-Harris for Prose.  Rotary Club funding will be used specifically for the $300 honorarium for our poetry judge. 

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Deputy Skaer - K9 Sheriff
May
2
11:45 AM11:45

Deputy Skaer - K9 Sheriff

Meet Rojo. Rojo is a two-year old German Shepard that is the newest deputy assigned to the patrol division of the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office. Rojo is currently training his new handler, Deputy Nathan Skaer. Their job, once training is complete, will be to “sniff out” drug dealers in and around Yamhill County.

Rojo was named after Sgt. ROdriguez, JOse who served with Deputy Skaer in Afganistan. Sgt. Rodriguez was a true American hero who died serving this country on June 19th, 2012 when their unit was ambushed with small arms fire on patrol in the Kandahar Province.

Deputy Skaer and Rojo will be a tool available to our deputies, neighboring agencies, and the Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team (YCINT) in an effort to combat the drugs which are affecting the quality of life, and sometimes ending the lives, of our citizens. The goal in the future is to have two dogs in service for this mission. Deputy Jerry Druery has been selected as the handler of the second dog

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Jeff Ratcliffe - Northwest UAV
Apr
18
11:45 AM11:45

Jeff Ratcliffe - Northwest UAV

Come Learn About Drones! 

 

Ten years ago, in a Yamhill County, Oregon garage a new industry was in its infancy and Chris Harris was at the forefront. Assembling and testing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) engines was a weekend hobby that would change the course of his career and require real estate larger than 750 square feet.  Chris’ commitment was to accommodate the growing demand for UAV technology and high volume production needs of companies that utilize UAS propulsion systems and components for unmanned vehicle applications. Chris has been involved in aviation since 1988, as an aviation technician, manager, and systems designer; and has developed an intense desire to make engines run more efficiently and economically. Today, as President and Owner of Northwest UAV (NWUAV), which employs over 60 full-time personnel in McMinnville, Oregon, his vision has become a reality.

 

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Darcey McAllister - Managing Employees as a Form of Service
Apr
11
11:45 AM11:45

Darcey McAllister - Managing Employees as a Form of Service

I support risk takers, problem solvers and pioneers in helping their small business and start-ups succeed. My broad experience across multiple industries and corporate functions allows me to understand the implications of proposed initiatives. My pragmatic approach sets both executives and line employees at ease; building trust and establishing strong partnerships.

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Doris Towery - Vocational Presentation
Apr
4
11:45 AM11:45

Doris Towery - Vocational Presentation

I am a recovering newspaper publisher who has transformed my skills in creating organizational culture and building strong, profitable businesses into creating significant impact to improve the lives of people in my community. I am passionate about bringing community partners together to collaborate around solving critical issues. I get my greatest joy helping women connect, engage and support each other to be successful leaders. I am passionate that people have a personal choice about their reproductive health and well-being. I want our kids to be safe and cherished, youth to be confident and successful, and our community to support a strong public transit system that will serve our neighbors well into the future. I put my passions to work by serving on boards including six years on the Lane Transit District Board of Directors, my last two as the board President.

I started my career in advertising sales and moved up through the ranks thanks to amazing mentors and some of the great leaders in newspapers. I had the wonderful honor of being named as one of 20 Under 40 making a difference in newspapers by Editor and Publisher magazine. After spending twelve years in media working to create newspapers with a strong community journalism focus and working to bring important discussions to light in the community, I decided to apply my talents to make a difference helping improve lives. As a young rookie publisher in NY I once heard a wise sage from Hearst Publications talk about "putting your essence into your community". I wanted to put my essence into my community and found the best way for me to do that was to go work in the nonprofit arena. 

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Jim Kesey
Mar
28
11:45 AM11:45

Jim Kesey

My name is Jim Kesey, a local author and I am in the process of promoting my newest novel “A Good Place to Die.” I have been a long time member of Kiwanis and for those of you who are Rotarians I apologize. 


I was born and raised in Oregon, a graduate of Colorado State University, an Officer in the Marine Corps and Vietnam Veteran and a retired Juvenile Counselor. My first cousin is renowned Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Sometimes a Great
Notion). As a result I bring to the presentation stories of growing up with Ken.

 

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The 4-Way Test Speech Contest Final
Mar
21
12:00 PM12:00

The 4-Way Test Speech Contest Final

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:
Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Every year our club sponsors local middle schoolers to participate in this speech contest. They are challenged to talk about a time in their life where they, or someone they know, could have used the four way test to make a situation better. 

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Howie Harkema - COMPASS - Community Outreach Of McMinnville Positive Action Sharing Sanctuary
Mar
14
12:00 PM12:00

Howie Harkema - COMPASS - Community Outreach Of McMinnville Positive Action Sharing Sanctuary

COMPASS Center - Community Outreach of McMinnville Positive Action Sharing Sanctuary is an:
All inclusive, all collaborative, emergency and transitional homeless shelter, with built in job training and educational programs, in-house service provider satellite offices and the McMinnville Free Clinic all under one roof. It will be a one stop shop for those in need. Enhancing each of the service provider programs by way of additional community coverage. 

Our tag line or motto is: "growing community in a positive direction, one life at a time..."

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Bob Mason - Black History Month
Feb
28
12:00 PM12:00

Bob Mason - Black History Month

On February 28 our Club will pay homage to Black History month by resurrecting a long forgotten African American hero.

Paul Robeson was a towering figure in American culture during the 1930s, 40, & 50s He graduated from Rutgers College as his classes valedictorian and with fifteen letters in four sports. He was selected twice to Walter Camp’s All-American football team. He achieved international acclaim as concert artist, stage actor, recording and film star. He is perhaps best remembered today as a star in Kern and Hammerstein’s Showboat, singing “Oldman River” on stage and in the film.  In 1939 Robeson sang “Ballad for Americans” on a coast to coast radio broadcast. He was a civil rights activist before the movement got underway in the mid-1950s.

We will view several clips of Robeson’s acting and singing career.

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Jody Christensen - McMinnville Economic Development Partnership
Feb
14
12:00 PM12:00

Jody Christensen - McMinnville Economic Development Partnership

Jody Christensen is the executive director for the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership. 

MEDP leads efforts that foster a thriving epicenter of traded-sector business in McMinnville. We define traded-sector as any company that creates goods or services used or consumed outside of the region. We focus on this sector not only in the support of high-paying jobs, but also due to the need to continually bring new money into the community. 

Jody’s unbridled enthusiasm for all things McMinnville is contagious. She loves our community and it shows – daily. She is always looking for new ways to get the word out about things made in McMinnville. Just ask her about peanut butter, she’ll give you two examples of how Mac does it right.

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January Social!
Jan
31
5:30 PM17:30

January Social!

Come join us for some fellowship on Wednesday night! Every month that has a fifth Wednesday we join together and have some food and beverages and enjoy each others company. This month we are meeting at our own Bob Emrick's Barberry Restaurant and Bar. 

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Ron Noble - Legislative Update
Jan
17
12:00 PM12:00

Ron Noble - Legislative Update

Ron Noble is our Representative in Salem, and a Noon Rotary Club member. He served as a police officer for 28 years, most recently as Chief of Police of the City of McMinnville. He is currently serving on three committees, Human Services and Housing, Transportation Policy, and Ways & Means Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development. With the short legislative session starting this month, it will be a timely presentation. 

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Jeff Towery Vocational Presentation
Jan
1
12:00 PM12:00

Jeff Towery Vocational Presentation

Jeff Towery began his career in Coos Bay, OR by serving as Assistant to the City Manager, City Manager Pro Tem and Assistant City Manager from February 1986 to May 1990.  From there he went on to Cottage Grove, OR as the City Manager from June 1990 to March 1997 and held the same position in Auburn, NY from April 1997 to November 1998.  In December 1998 he established Towery Consulting providing consulting services to local governments and other agencies until December 2005 on a part time basis.  In August 2001 Towery joined Lane County, OR as a Management Analyst II for one year and then served as the Land Management Manager until April 2007.  He was hired as Assistant City Manager for the City of Springfield, OR in April 2007, serving in that position until June 2016.  Towery became the City Manager for the City of McMinnville, OR in February 2017.

Towery holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Montana State University.  He has served on a variety of boards and committees for several professional and community organizations including the International City/County Management Association, the Oregon Chapter of ICMA, United Way and Rotary.  Towery currently serves ICMA as one of three West Coast Vice-Presidents, sitting on the Committee for Professional Conduct (2015-16), the Membership Committee (2017) and Board Liaison to the Sustainable Communities Advisory Committee (2015) and Governmental Affairs and Policy Committee (2016-17).  He is married to Doris and has two children, Jared and Paige.

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Angel's Truck Stop
Dec
20
12:00 PM12:00

Angel's Truck Stop

In 1971, at the height of the Vietnam War, testosterone-fueled fighter pilots take off from Udorn Air Base in Thailand on sorties over dangerous targets in North Vietnam.

Some come back, many do not.

Into this fog of war enters Captain Pilato, a starry-eyed idealist, assigned to manage the officers' club. The fighter pilots christen the officers' club "Angel's Truck Stop", which becomes the backdrop for the conflicts, challenges, and choices she encounters. It reveals a woman's struggle to fit into a man's world.

As the realities of war erode her ideals, she realizes the future doesn't hold the certainties it once did. Angel's Truck Stop is hilarious and at times, heart-wrenching.

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