Wayne Wiebke - Yamhelas Westsider Trail
Dec
5
11:45 AM11:45

Wayne Wiebke - Yamhelas Westsider Trail

The Yamhelas Westsider Trail will convert the historic Westsider rail line into a 17-mile multi-use recreational trail running from just north of Highway 99W at Gun Club Road to just north of Gaston. It will link up with the State Highway Bicycle Trail to Forest Grove and Henry Hagg Lake. The railway grade is gradual and will provide recreational opportunities for walkers, hikers, runners, bicyclist, and horseback riders. Access is readily available from the county roads it crosses and nearby Highway 47. The route has magnificent vistas of the Coastal Range and passes many Century Farms. The cities of Carlton, Yamhill and Gaston, situated along the trail, will provide opportunities for shopping, dining and wine tasting.

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McMinnville Downtown Association
Oct
31
11:45 AM11:45

McMinnville Downtown Association

Come meet and learn from Brad James, the executive director of the McMinnville Downtown Association.

Through the National Main Street Center's Four-Point Approach® (design, organization, economic vitality and promotions), the McMinnville Downtown Association organizes and maintains a refreshingly vibrant downtown district.

The Main Street Four-Point Approach® is a unique preservation-based economic development tool that enables communities to revitalize downtown and neighborhood business districts by leveraging local assets - from historic, cultural, and architectural resources to local enterprises and community pride. It is a comprehensive strategy that addresses the variety of issues and problems that challenge traditional commercial districts.

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Learn About Rotary
Oct
24
11:45 AM11:45

Learn About Rotary

For our weekly lunch meeting we are throwing open the doors and inviting our club members to bring guests who are interested in learning about all of the great stuff Rotary has been doing in our community and around the world. Come have lunch and us!

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Unidos Bridging Community and Measure 105
Oct
17
11:45 AM11:45

Unidos Bridging Community and Measure 105

UNIDOS is a diverse and welcoming nonprofit. They advocate for Latino immigrant families and build bridges of support and understanding. They are going to come and talk to us about measure 105 and why they are trying to convince people in our community to vote no.

From Unidos:

“We need every voter in the community to show up for our immigrant neighbors in this midterm election. Measure 105 will be on the ballot attempting to repeal Oregon's 31 year-old law (ORS 181a.820) that keeps state and local law enforcement from using “… moneys, equipment or personnel for the purpose of detecting or apprehending persons whose only violation of law is that they are persons of foreign citizenship present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.”

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Grad Night Grape Stomp
Oct
10
11:45 AM11:45

Grad Night Grape Stomp

On October 20th, Grad Night, the program to support a safe a sober night for graduates of the Class of 2019 at McMinnville High School, is attempting a World Record.

They are trying to get 1,500 people to stomp grapes! Representatives are going to come and tell us about Grad Night and how you can be one of the record breakers!

https://www.grizzlygrapestomp.com/

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Evening Meeting at Evasion Brewing - 5:30
Oct
3
5:30 PM17:30

Evening Meeting at Evasion Brewing - 5:30

Evening meeting at Evasion Brewing. Evasion is one of the newest breweries in McMinnville and they have a really cool back story.

If it doesn't taste good, nothing else matters.

Our family has been a long line of machinists for 5 generations now, since before the Lapp family emigrated from Germany to start a new life in The US.

With that heritage, Evasion Brewing was born with an understanding of precision and a desire for quality. Flavor is always our number one goal when crafting beers, and the fact they are all completely gluten free, brewed in a dedicated GF facility, is the arm-behind-the-back challenge we are proud to embrace and excited to explore.

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MV Advancements
Sep
12
11:45 AM11:45

MV Advancements

For more than 50 years, we’ve helped adults with disabilities through our innovative approaches and caring responsive staff which allows us to serve hundreds of clients through an ever-evolving set of services. In our Employment Services, we match business needs with individuals’ strengths and capacities, resulting in a long-term win-win for both the employer and the employee. In Residential and Community Inclusion, we support individuals to meet and exceed their own personal goals of growth and development so they can live a fulfilling life.

MV Advancements is overseen by a dedicated group of community members, business leaders, and educators. The board’s vision is to continue to honor the intentions of founder and pioneer Margaret Reavis Larsen.

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Young Life
Aug
22
11:45 AM11:45

Young Life

 In Young Life, we believe in the power of presence. Kids’  lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose

This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God’s love for them, will impact future decisions … careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised. All ripples from the time when a Young Life leader reached out and entered their world.

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Yamhill Enrichment Society
Aug
15
11:45 AM11:45

Yamhill Enrichment Society

The mission of the Yamhill Enrichment Society is to enrich Yamhill County with projects supporting education & the arts, food & agriculture, and history & community. YES strives to find innovation, creativity, collaboration and efficiency in all of its endeavors.

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Yamhill County Fair - Leslie Lewis
Jul
25
11:45 AM11:45

Yamhill County Fair - Leslie Lewis

Did you know we have the oldest fair in Oregon?!?!?

The first fair in Yamhill County was October 7, 1854, and was held in Lafayette, Oregon. It was sponsored by the Yamhill County Agricultural Society, which formed in 1853. That first fair included bed quilts, butter, cheese, vegetables, cattle, sheep, hogs, farm implements, horses, mules and so much more.
 

Over the years there were many changes to the county fair location and facilities. The current site was acquired by parcels over several years and buildings were added. Our current location, just off of Highway 99W on Lafayette Avenue, is on 30 acres with housing for exhibits and animals as well as a show arena open year-round for shows and youth events

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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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