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Washington County Volunteers!

June 2011


Vol. 14 Issue 2

Connecting you with your passion ** See Page 3 for information on recent funding changes at RSVP **

A Beautiful Day for Lunch with Friends


he annual RSVP Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon was held again this year at the Meriwether National Golf Club in Hillsboro. This venue is so lovely with the views of the rolling green golf course and the weather cooperated with blue skies and plenty of sun.

Meriwether Golf Club. Fun was had by all. Lunch consisted of chicken alfredo, salad and breadsticks. From the empty plates we saw around the room the meal was delicious and was enjoyed immensely. Of course, what is a yummy meal without cake, so we had a couple of those, too.

See page 3 for a complete list of individuals and businesses that donated items for the event. As in previous years we had a putting contest outside hosted by our steadfast volunteers, Mike Dorough and Terry Day. Volunteers could test their putting prowess by trying to sink a ball for a prize, donated by


Over 100 volunteers, guests and station representatives attended and were treated to entertainment, good food and the chance to We had a return engagement of The Valley take home fabulous prizes. Each volunteer Catholic Kingsmen from Valley Catholic High received a blue RSVP tote bag as well as a School. Five young men sang their hearts bag of assorted candy. We hope everyone Billie Johnson uses her best out and impressed the entire room with form in the putting contest will use their bags while ‘out and about’. their voices and stage presence. We We’re always recruiting! appreciated the time they took out of their day to provide the group with entertainment and hope they We received so much support from the community enjoyed themselves. through financial donations as well as items for the door prizes and drawing. Items ranged from a free As with every year we honored individual volunteers for night with dinner for two at Spirit Mountain Casino, a reaching milestones in their service through RSVP. Two beautiful hanging flower basket from Al’s Garden Center in Sherwood, to various coupons for meals at (continued on page 2) Macaroni Grill, Café Murrayhill and Tom’s Pancake House. • • • • • •

Luncheon Recap Continued Funding changes for RSVP More volunteer opportunities New Advisory Council Member Volunteer Awards Timesheets

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Washington County Volunteers! Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

Advisory Council: Larry Daw (President) Linda McGair (Vice-President) Sally Petersen (Secretary) Jim Benson Dr. William Binns, Jr. Bruce Chamberlin Kelly Middleton Norda Murdock John Velehradsky

Sponsor Representative: Judy Werner, Area Manager Lutheran Community Services NW

RSVP Staff: Sarah Van Dyke, Program Director

Colleen Dorough, Program Assistant/ Volunteer Coordinator

RSVP of Wash Co. Office: 18865 SW Johnson Street Aloha, OR 97006 Phone: (503) 466-4749 FAX: (503) 649-1530 Website: Email: Facebook: RSVP of Washington County, Oregon RSVP is a program of and is sponsored by:

of the volunteers present received the Presidential Service Award that includes a pin, certificate and letter signed by the president. The award goes to volunteers who have donated at least 4,000 hours as volunteers in the community. Receivers of this year’s awards were Ann Locke (SHIBA), Eunice Rice (Lullaby Quilts and Tuality Healthcare) and Eunice Cunningham (Lullaby Quilts). Congratulations to all of you this is quite an accomplishment! We also gave out awards to volunteers reaching their 5, 10, 15 and 20 year marks with RSVP (see page 7 for a complete list). It was great to have so many of these volunteers present at the luncheon to receive their certificates and pins in person. A special presentation was made to Ella Thies. Ella has been with RSVP since 1994 and was a member of the RSVP Advisory Council for much of that time. We wanted to acknowledge her, especially as she recently had to discontinue her work as a member of the Council. Ella was surprised to be presented with a crown, a box of chocolates, a special gift and a certificate of appreciation. We spoke of her commitment and dedication to all her volunteer activities, including the Cornelius Civic Club, Loaves & Fishes, Senior Peer Counselors, SKIT, the Good Neighbor Program, and the Forest Grove Senior and Community Center. Ella not only brings a deep commitment to volunteerism to the programs she has worked with, but also brings along her energy, spunk and willingness to do whatever needs to be done. Even though she can’t do quite as much as she used to, Ella still manages to be very involved and add her special touch to everything she does. RSVP has been highly fortunate to have Ella as part of our team all these years. The luncheon is planned each year by volunteer members of the RSVP Advisory Council along with RSVP staff. Members seek donations of items for the raffle and door prizes for months prior to the event. Donations of cash are also solicited from local businesses and organizations; these donations pay for the cost of the luncheon. We are always humbled by the donations we receive each year, both from regular donors as well as from first-time contributors. Without the willingness of our donors to offer assistance and the Advisory Council to do the foot work, we would not be able to offer such a lovely event to volunteers.

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Federal Funding Cuts Affect Your RSVP


ou probably remember the drama that ensued earlier in the year when the 2011 federal budget was being debated and voted on in Congress. It went on for months and the resulting budget saw many areas being reduced. Unfortunately, the RSVP program was one of the programs caught in these cuts. If you weren’t aware, RSVP is a federal program that is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, or CNCS. This federal agency also directs the Vista and Americorps programs, among others. The federal budget called for a 20% reduction in RSVP funding. There are 750 RSVP programs throughout the country. In order to address this funding reduction, RSVP staff

will be working fewer hours and the volunteer mileage program will see reductions this year. This means that our office will not be open on Fridays, with office hours being Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 2 pm. If you don’t reach us on the phone, leave a message and staff will get back to you. We won’t be entirely sure what the total impact of these changes in our current budget will mean for 2012. That will be determined through yet another funding debate that will start sometime this summer. So, in a nutshell, we will be on reduced funding through March of 2012. If there are any further changes we will let you know. Please give us a call if you have any questions. Thank you for your continued support.

Sponsors and Donors - 2011 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon


Drawing Prizes

PLATINUM SPONSOR - $500.00 EyeHealth Northwest

Al’s Garden Center The Artful Garden Bag & Baggage Productions Beveland Street Gifts Cherry Products David Hill Winery Dental Professionals (Dr. Ken Waddell) Candace James Knitting Bee Les Schwab Tires Libertine Deli Lullaby Quilts Meriwether Golf Club Portland Rose Festival Foundation Cynthia Savignac (Cyrcles) Spirit Mountain Casino Starbucks Coffee Sunset Lanes Bowling Ella Thies Trader Joe’s Western Family

GOLD SPONSORS - $100.00 Kelly & John Middleton Sally Petersen Sarah Van Dyke John and Valdee Velehradsky SILVER SPONSORS - $75.00 Knights of Pythias Lewis Landscaping Minuteman Press of Tigard Portland Purple Water LLC Tigard Liquor Store* Winters Salvage* BRONZE SPONSORS $25.00-$50.00 Anderson Law (Tigard) PrintSync, Inc. Trees “R” Us

Door Prizes Bel Amici Salon Beveland Street Bistro & Coffee House BiMart Café Murrayhill Davidson’s Casual Dining Elmer’s Restaurant Libertine Deli Macaroni Grill Linda McGair Oregon Electric Railway Historical Society PF Chang’s Prudential NW Properties Joanne Shipley Starbucks Coffee–Tigard Stash Tea Sweet Tomatoes Target Tom’s Pancake House

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RSVP of Washington County Volunteer Timesheet (503) 466-4749 Fax: (503) 649-1530

18865 SW Johnson St., Aloha, Oregon 97006

To conform to federal guidelines for non-profit organizations, please record the dates and hours that you volunteer, the mileage you accrued, get your supervisor’s signature (only once) and return this form to RSVP by the 10th of the month.

Signatures on this timesheet verify the accuracy of the information. Agency / Station




Travel Purpose

EXAMPLE: Hillsboro Senior Center




From home to center—round trip

Volunteer Name:______________________________ Agency Supervisor signature required.

Volunteer Signature: ___________________________

Supervisor Signature: _________________________________________

RSVP of Washington County Volunteer Timesheet (503) 466-4749 Fax: (503) 649-1530

18865 SW Johnson St., Aloha , Oregon 97006

To conform to federal guidelines for non-profit organizations, please record the dates and hours that you volunteer, the mileage you accrued, get your supervisor’s signature (only once) and return this form to RSVP by the 10th of the month.

Signatures on this timesheet verify the accuracy of the information. Agency / Station


Volunteer Name:______________________________ Agency Supervisor signature required.



Travel Purpose

Volunteer Signature: ___________________________

Supervisor Signature: _________________________________________

Once again Larry Daw, RSVP Advisory Council President, MC’s the luncheon what would we do without him?

RSVP volunteers enjoy the afternoon

Luncheon Memories

Kathleen Werres talks about TLC, a new RSVP program

The Valley Catholic Kingmen perform various songs

Sarah Van Dyke, RSVP Director, presents special acknowledgment to Colleen Dorough, past Director and current Program Assistant

Ella Thies says a few words after receiving a special award for her service on the RSVP Advisory Council

Suzanne Harris, Lucille Maddox & Laura Christy inspect the raffle items

The table decorations and gift bags for volunteers

Ann Locke is presented with her Presidential Volunteer Service Award for donating over 4,000 hours as an RSVP volunteer with the SHIBA program Volunteers start through the buffet line


OASIS Works to Help Students

Be a Voice for Those in Long Term Care


he Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman has openings for five volunteers in Western Washington County.

Have you ever wondered how to make the world a better place? Is learning something new on your bucket list?

Certified Ombudsman Volunteers spend 16-20 hours a month advocating for residents in long term care facilities.

Do you believe in group effort?

If you like to problem solve, work with people, and like to be involved, this program might be a great fit for you.

Then the OASIS Intergenerational Tutor Program is for you!!


he OASIS Tutor Program supports school age children in developing their literacy skills. After training and review of tutor materials, tutors are placed in elementary schools throughout the Portland Metro Area. They serve 7 districts: Portland, Beaverton, Gresham, Sherwood, Reynolds, Tigard, and David Douglas. Volunteers not only help students learn to read and write, but can create a special bond with a child. They ask for a commitment of one hour a week for the school year. Tutor trainings start in September 2011. There will be an informational meeting on the details for each district on Wednesday, August 3 at the OASIS Education Center located in the downtown Portland Macy’s on the 4th floor. The meeting will start at 1:30 and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by Friday, July 29th Call the OASIS Tutor Program at 503-241-3059 for more information. Tell them RSVP sent you!

There are also three openings on the Recruitment and Screening (R & S) Committee. R & S volunteers spend 5 hours a month and help with outreach events, screen potential volunteers, and work with State staff to promote the Ombudsman program in Washington County. Trainings for new volunteers are in August and November. For more information, call Gretchen Jordan, Coordinator of Volunteers at 1-800-522-2602 or email at gretchen.jordan@state.or. us. For more information about the Long Term Care Ombudsman program, visit their website at

*** REMINDER *** Beginning this year the Medicare Fall Open Enrollment period is October 15th through December 7th. Coverage will begin January 1, 2012


The following RSVP volunteers reached milestones in their service this year. Congratulations and Thank You for all the good you’ve done for your community and the programs you work with!

5 Years of Service

Presidential Service Award (Lifetime service with RSVP of over 4,000 hours)

Barbara Bowes

Bonnie Matlock

Ann Locke

Lorraine Bunt

Joyce McGrogan

4304 hours - SHIBA

Lynn Cadwallader

Laura Munoz

Eunice Cunningham

Jane Crabtree

Christine Munson

4341 hours - Lullaby Quilts

Arthur Danner

Peter O ’ C onnor

Eunice Rice

Winnifred Danner

Shirlee O ’ C onnor

5891 hours - Lullaby Quilts and

Monica Dexheimer

Shirley Barber Osbourne

Bert Ferrell

20 Years of Service

Shirley May Hall David Harris

Toni Seitz Verna Kastner Lynne Kribs

15 Years of Service

Teresa Ross Homer Rowley Nancy Sageser Gary Schwindt Evelyn Thomas

Delores Kapustka

Janice Bentley Gloria George

Benefits Enrollment Center

Delores Gulley

Volunteer Opportunities

Ilona Ludvig


id you know that an estimated 60% of seniors, veterans and persons with disabilities are not receiving the benefits for which they are entitled?

Lucille Maddox

10 Years of Service Sharon Bingham

Obie Hoodman

Norville Boedigheimer

William Hughes

Bill Burt

Ruth Huson

Marge Churchill

Joan Johannes

Rosary Contreras

Connie Johnson

Jean Frost

Sue Mann

Jim Graf

Arthur McGee

Bill Greb

Bonnie McGee

Eloise Green

Marlene Olheiser

Julie Hammond

June Reed

The Washington County Disability, Aging and Veterans Services (DAVS) has a couple of volunteer opportunities that work on connecting these people with the appropriate benefits. These positions are an Office Benefit Specialist and a Community Benefit Specialist. Both positions work with community members in identifying what benefits they qualify for and helping them apply. The office position works in the office while the community specialist meets clients out in the community - at private homes, senior centers, coffee shops, etc.


If you computer literate, have your own transportation, are dependable, patient and compassionate with a desire to help others find the resources they need to live independently and with dignity, one of these positions is just right for you. Contact us at the RSVP office and we’ll get you connected - 503.466.4749.

Volunteer Luncheon (continued from page 2) The goal of the luncheon is to honor and recognize all the contributions RSVP volunteers make in the community. Our volunteers give rides to seniors, deliver meals, counsel other seniors, shelve books, comfort the lonely and fill many, many needs. Last year our 300 volunteers provided 45,000 hours of service to our 45 stations.

RSVP Welcomes New Advisory Council Member The RSVP Advisory Council recently welcomed a new member - Jim Benson. Jim moved to the Portland area eight years ago from Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio State University and has one grown daughter who still lives in that state.

This translates to $ 1,170,000 worth of donated time!!

Jim’s background is in advertising, marketing and media sales, both print and online. He retired in December, 2010 and has been looking for a way to get involved in the community and found RSVP on the internet.

So, another luncheon has come and gone. As we look towards a year of change at RSVP, we are thrilled that we had the chance to show you, our volunteers, how deeply appreciated you are for your time and commitment.

Something fascinating about Jim - he is one third of a set of identical triplets. One of his brothers already lived in Oregon when Jim moved here and the third Benson brother is soon to follow in their footsteps.

Thank you for taking the time to attend - we hope you had as much fun as we did!

We are very happy to have Jim as part of the Council. He brings a great deal of experience and knowledge with him. You may remember Jim from the luncheon he was the official Event Photographer.

Welcome, Jim!

Priscilla LaFollett, Torch Sumner and Bobbie O’Brien

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