February 8, 2013  Volume 92, Number 32

"Of the things we think, say or do:

1. Is it the TRUTH? 
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"

News from Rotary International

McMinnville Rotary Club Calendar

What would you like to add to the Calendar? Programs for our club are listed in the Calendar below.


10 11 12
Steering Committee - Jakes - 12:30 PM
13 14 15
Sheriff Department Update
17 18 19
Club Board Meeting 11:45 GVBP
20 21 22
24 25 26 27 28    



Tomika Dew and Jeff Sargent were our cheerful greeters!


John Larsen provided the inspirational moment.

Jack Crabtree led the flag salute.


Edwina Castle introduced JOHN PLETT, the Dean of McMinnville’s Chemeketa Community College Campus.


Gretchen Phelps introduced ZACH GEARY and GREGORIO BENAVIDES Greg and Zach are both employed by Cellar Ridge Energy Works.


Molly Walker, standing in for absent Steve Macy, introduced guest ANDREW ANDERSON.



Darrick Price announced a birthday for Shoshannah Smith, who was not present, and WILL WORTH, who is part of today’s Mac Hi program.  Anniversaries for Bruce Dickson and Kristie Brill, were announced, although neither were present.  Jan Hartzell shared that she has a 5 year anniversary this week.


Darren Watson shared that he is leaving for a two week vacation in Japan!


Next Bob Mason conducted the raffle.  Ken Dunn had the winning raffle ticket but failed to draw the ace of spades.  The current pot of $201 will continue to grow!


Darrick Price then related that most Rotary Clubs have an Official Cupid?  He urged us to elect a cupid for our own Club and gave us the opportunity to choose from one of three different cupids!  Cupid A was a classic cupid; Cupid B was more modern and reminded Darrick of Edward from the Twilight Series (although Darrick claimed he’s never read the Twilight Series!); and Cupid C who strongly resembled our own Bruce Dickson – in sexy underwear!  By a vote of the Club, Cupid C (aka Bruce Dickson) was elected our Official Cupid!


President Lee was overtaken by emotion after the Official Cupid vote and decided to forgo the Rotary Minute. She prompted us to “Feed the Pig” and reminded us that there are still three countries where polio exists, so dig deep!


President Lee then called Ray Fields forward to introduce the speaker for our program, KATHY BEYER. KATHY BEYER has been teaching at McMinnville High School (MHS) for 22 years.  In 1998 she took over the high school newspaper.  Since then, MHS’ print paper, The Bruin, has won eight National Pacemaker Awards and has placed first in the state of Oregon 13 years in a row! With the help of the McMinnville School District, Evergreen Museum and Local KOIN 6, KATHY began a new television and film production program called SOAR Productions, for broadcast journalism students at the High School.  SOAR Productions aired its first live show, “Live at the Blackbird” in December.

KATHY indicated that it was important to take the leap from print paper to an on-line version of The Bruin because journalism jobs for print paper are no longer available.  The on-line version can be found at mhsbruin.com; the website is updated with new information daily.  KATHY estimated that approximately 80% of the students’ time is now focused on the website.

KATHY quickly realized that, to produce the on-line version of The Bruin, more videos were needed, students had to be trained, and equipment needed to be obtained.  Fortunately, Evergreen Museum wanted more videos in the museum.  This lead to a partnership between Evergreen and the School District.  Evergreen also connected the School District with Local KOIN 6, which willingly provided the students access to KOIN’s talent and engineers.  With the assistance of Evergreen and KOIN, the School District now has a fully operational TV studio designed by KOIN engineers!


KATHY next provided pictures taken during the production of “Take Flight”, a video that SOAR developed for Evergreen and that has been shown in Evergreen’s IMAX theatre.  KATHY also provided us with the opportunity to view a SOAR production, featuring Mike Coste as News Anchor for the Top Stories of the day, including the inauguration of President Obama; a bombing and kidnapping in Algeria; and faculty changes and Diversity Week at MHS.  Sports Anchor Kurtis Cooper’s spot featured news on MHS swimming, wrestling, and basketball teams, and an update on the Notre Dame football player scandal.  A segment called “My Back Pages” featured a Michael Coste interview with Manny Humlie, an MHS musician.  Mannie talked about his musical influences and the challenges that go along with being an on-stage performer at an early age.  He then performed a fantastic acoustic rendition of Sting’s “Message in a Bottle”!

KATHY then introduced WILL WORTH, SOAR’s lead cameraman.  WILL values the experience he has attained by participating in SOAR and he has been able to parlay that experience into working on small projects for several companies.  MICHAEL COSTE, News Anchor, talked about the initial struggle with the “Take Flight” project and indicated that the hands-on experience is extremely valuable.  KURTIS COOPER, Sports Anchor, has had great experience doing play-by-play with both McMinnville Community Media (MCM) and SOAR Productions.

KATHY pointed out that students participating in SOAR have an incredible advantage in their future careers because of their experience working with the people at KOIN!  KATHY proudly stated that the kids write all the scripts and run all the equipment.  The “professionals” at KOIN recommended that each feature be recorded live – no second takes!  The best learning experience comes with producing the feature in only one take!

KATHY advised that we can go on the mhsbruin.com website, on the Live Broadcast tab, to find the schedule for upcoming productions or go to USTREAM/Live at the Blackbird.



President Lee asked KATHY to sign a book for the Early Reader Program and presented her with a Rotary insulated grocery bag.  She then announced that next week’s program is Sheriff Jack Crabtree, who will provide us with an update on events at the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Department. 


Photographs by Molly Walker |  Captions by Marcia Baragary | Edited for the web by Ray Fields

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it was one of the obligations I accepted when I joined Rotary." -- A Rotarian 

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