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Magazine Editor’s Note

Table of Contents Contributors .................................................................................... 4

In the Spotlight Let’s Get Healthy .......................................................................5 Jackilen Shannon works to expand on “Let’s Get Healthy” exhibit to develop curriculum for local middle school students.

Moonlit Adventures ............................................................... 16 Under the moonlight is often the perfect setting for enjoying Central Oregon’s outdoor wilderness.

Controlling the Game of Life ................................................ 21 With so many options available, choosing the right birth control method for you can be a personal challenge.

The Fabric of Sisters .............................................................. 26 After 10 fruitful years as director of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Ann Richardson will be stepping down this summer.

Knowledge & Advice Welcome Home: Operation and Safety Goes Hand in Hand ............8 What We’re Reading: Central Oregon Book Club Selections ........... 9 A Helping Hand: Family Access Network ....................................... 10 Caring for Others: Geriatric Care Management ...............................12 Five Culinary Gems ............................................................................. 13 High Desert Life Styles: Ski Town Chic ........................................... 18 To Your Health: Permanent Birth Control ........................................20 Breast Cancer Support: There for the Journey .................................24 At the Workplace: Your Greatest Asset ............................................. 29 Women’s Groups and Organizations ................................................ 30

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Back in May, you may recall a lot of talk about something called “supermoon.” The term referred to the day of the year when the moon was both full and at its closest point to Earth. The phenomenon got considerable play in the media because conditions were optimal for producing the biggest and brightest full moon of the year — hence, a supermoon. Get it? Supermoon also conveniently scheduled itself for a Saturday — a clear Saturday evening no less — so on a whim I grabbed a jacket, a headlamp, a camera and the family and headed up to Pine Mountain east of Bend. We were to bare witness to supermoon. As you may know, while the month of May is technically part of spring, this can be a misnomer in Central Oregon. Throw in an elevation gain that takes you to nearly 6,300 feet, and you may as well be traveling back to February. Needless to say, Pine Mountain welcomed us with stiff winds and near-freezing temperatures. We were also greeted by about a dozen other people with cameras shivering in anticipation of supermoon, proof that its gravitational power alone warranted such a name. This isn’t the first time the prospect of a full moon lured me into the Central Oregon wilderness. Just a couple of years ago, I strapped on a pair of snowshoes for a midnight trek through the woods under a full moon. My starting point that night was the parking lot at Virginia Meissner Sno-park, and despite the time, the darkness, the snow and the cold, the lot was packed with cars and the shelter was filled with people. The draw? The light of the moon. In this edition of U Magazine, freelance writer Bridget McGinn shares some thoughts from local guides and outdoor enthusiasts about the allure of winter recreation under the moonlight. (See “Moonlit Adventures” on page 16.) As we learned, both on the peak of Pine Mountain and in the snowy wilderness of the sno-park, outdoor adventures in Central Oregon are often best experienced under the moonlight — supermoon or not. — Ben Montgomery, U Magazine Editor

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Enthusiastic and outgoing, BRIDGET MCGINN enjoys meeting new people and sharing their stories. She spends her days working as a marketing and advertising professional, making photos or documentary films and spending time with her family. She may also be seen being dragged along the end of the leash of her adopted beagle.


ANNISSA ANDERSON, a freelance writer and public relations consultant, also studied culinary arts and worked as a pastry chef in another life. Though she’s lived in the Northwest for the past 20 years, she spent her childhood living abroad.

Bend has been home to LINDA ORCELLETTO and her husband, Joe, since 1996. Their “fur child” golden retriever keeps them busy with outdoor activities. When not pounding the keyboard or volunteering, she enjoys exploring the back roads and history of Oregon.

An avid crocheter and origamist, JOHN CAL worked as a baker, head chef, ukuleleist and Sno-Cat driver before settling into writing. He enjoys filling his time with yoga, postcard writing and collecting bowties. John also collects candy from around the world — he has a 100-plus specimen collection (and counting) — and lives in Sisters with his dog, Hank.

KATHY OXBORROW owns Oxborrow Consulting, which assists public and nonprofit agencies. She grew up on a Nevada cattle ranch and returned to her roots after stints in San Francisco and Portland. She lives near Bend and enjoys riding her horse Sara.

SONDRA HOLTZMAN is a record keeper of an evolving life. A professional artist and founder of The Traveling Studio, her journals and sketchbooks reflect explorations afar and close to home. Sondra is a published author, storyteller and travel writer and loves kayaking with her miniature longhaired dachshund, Scout.

BUNNY THOMPSON is an internationally published writer living in Sisters. She cruised on a sailboat for six years and 40,000 miles where she wrote a novel and published travel and adventure articles in national and international magazines such as Sail, Cruising World, Southern Boating and Island Scene.

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Shannon works to expand on “Let’s Get Healthy” exhibit to develop a curriculum for local middle school students. Every so often, scientific discoveries offer

significant educational opportunities and related motivation for new and better learned human behaviors. Epigenetics, the study of how a person’s genes function or express themselves in relation to outside influences — such as food — offers one of these opportunities. How scientists share this information with younger generations of children can greatly impact those children’s decisions about food choices they make for themselves and for their children in years to come. The task, while certainly daunting, is one that Jackilen Shannon, Ph.D, RD, tackles with enthusiasm as she works with other scientists and teachers toward developing a curriculum for local middle school children in addressing this topic. U MAGAZINE | Winter 2012 | 5

Shannon, a nutritional scientist with the Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology and an associate professor with Oregon Health & Science University, is based at St. Charles Bend. She recently received a grant from the Bob and Charlee Moore Nutrition and Wellness Institute to design a program module to teach the concept of epigenetics to middle school students. While Shannon’s background is in nutritional science, diet and development of disease — specifically cancer — she says that she is more interested in educating the public on the role of diet and disease.

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The exhibit debuted at OMSI in 2007. The goal of the exhibit is to teach individual participants about their own health, about opportunities to improve or maintain a healthy lifestyle, as well as the research process involved. The Let’s Get Healthy! exhibit was developed to reflect scientific content and to provide an educational “hook” that stimulates public interest while collecting valuable (anonymous) health related data for greater learning opportunities. The program accomplishes this by providing interactive, scientifically-based educational and research opportunities with schools, communities

Of greatest interest, says Shannon, is “how we can work in middle schools to help children gain a better understanding of themselves and their lives.” What’s more, “we have to address how we can make it fun while developing a larger database to learn from.” Once fully developed, the epigenetics module will be part of the larger OHSU program known as Let’s Get Healthy! (LGH), a popular interactive education and research exhibit that has been making its way around health fairs throughout Oregon and as far away as Yakima, and Washington D.C.

and in workplaces. As with the parent LGH program, school participation in the epigenetics module will be voluntary says Shannon. “Letting teachers come to us by choice is how involvement will be determined,” Shannon said. Through this process teachers apply for a nine-day work period and together they, with other scientists, will look at the concepts developed through Let’s Get Healthy! in developing lesson plans for epigenetics education. Classroom settings involving science and math are the likely hosts for the epigenetics

focus. Lesson plans will also be designed to meet Oregon state standards and guidelines for use as part of an ongoing curriculum. Teacher applicants need to demonstrate an interest in the program, and must have the support of their schools to participate, says Shannon. While the curriculum is still very much in the conceptual stages of planning, Shannon is hoping for different and innovative ideas that will help lay out games that approach the subject from the basics to something much broader. Most importantly, she emphasizes the need to teach epigenetics in terms of overall health and in helping children

Let’s Get Healthy! event as an opportunity to enroll people in the additional and ongoing epigenetics teaching module. Doing this can be very helpful in offering longer-term educational opportunities, especially in more rural communities where there are higher levels of unmet health care needs, says Shannon. The epigenetics module of the Let’s Get Healthy! program is timely, especially in light of the U.S. Department of Agriculture healthy school lunch mandates that went into effect this year. These mandates were based on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine and address portion size, caloric

to understand that the DNA they were born with isn’t the DNA they have to live with. “They need to understand that current behaviors can affect risk of long-term disease,” she says. Based on the two-year grant received, Shannon plans to introduce a beta test version of the epigenetics module by spring of 2013 with a fully developed module being offered to local schools in either the fall or spring of 2014. Post program evaluations will be done around that implementation. Shannon emphasizes that she hopes to start using the

quantity and nutritional quality of food being served at lunchtime to students across the United States. This past spring St. Charles sponsored the Let’s Get Healthy! exhibit at Skyview Middle School for a two-day event and Pilot Butte Middle School and REALMS for one day. Contact information for the epigenetics program is available at www. Information on the Let’s Get Healthy! exhibit is also available at the Let’s Get Healthy! website.

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What We’re Reading

by Bunny Thompson, for The Bulletin Special Projects

Brief reviews of recent selections made by Central Oregon book clubs.

History, health and the darker side of people’s lives surfaced in this month’s reading for some of our local book groups.

“The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

“River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey” by Candice Millard

Weaving past and present, Diffenbaugh creates a portrait of Victoria Jones, a woman whose gift for flowers enables her to change the lives of others. However, after a childhood spent in foster homes, her own life is troubled, and she is unable to connect or communicate with the world. She leaves the foster system and works for a florist. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. Now, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness. This group felt Diffenbaugh’s novel was an excellent, contemporary read. There is actually a historical meaning for each flower and, said one member, “None of us knew there was such a flower dictionary.”

The Bend Book Worms

Theodore Roosevelt felt the sting of political defeat in 1912 and agreed to accompany a Brazilian explorer on a journey into the Amazon to map the river’s uncharted path. He expected an uneventful trip, but the party, which included his son, barely managed to escape with their lives. They lost their canoes, their supplies, endured Indian attacks, disease and a murder within their party. Millard brings these events alive along with the Roosevelt’s own personal vulnerabilities. One person in this group summed up the group’s feelings saying, “We felt that we knew the man, Theodore Roosevelt, better than in any history books we had read. He was enormously respected and really loved by those who went with him on that exploration. The former President never wanted anyone to wait on him or go out of their way to defer to him — he pulled his weight with chores, even to the extent of washing the clothing of his assistant in the river so that the assistant could be released from that personal task to help with the canoes downstream in the rapids, his expertise. Roosevelt was self-disciplined and demanding but fair. In addition, he was also humble and very human.” This group highly recommends the book.

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“Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit and Sexy-Until You’re 80 and Beyond” by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D. Redmond Couples Book Group

Here it is—a book that shows us how to turn back our biological clocks, how to avoid 70 percent of the normal problems of aging (weakness, sore joints, bad balance) and eliminate 50 percent of serious illness and injury. There are seven rules. Here are three: exercise six days a week, don’t eat crap, and connect and commit to others. This

group had one of their most lively and excited discussions about this book in all of their history of reading and discussing books together. Ranging in age from 52 to 65, they were the target audience for this book. What did they come away with after reading it? “We want to live our remaining years better!”

“The Kindness of Strangers” by Katrina Kittle Chapter Chicks

Sarah Laden can barely hold her life together as a widow with two sons when her neighbor, who is also her best friend, is arrested in a child sex abuse scandal. Sarah’s friend’s 11-yearold son, Jordan, is in the hospital recovering from a suicide attempt. This is a disturbing subject, but Kittle brings it together with a compelling storyline. One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before their 18th birthdays, so this novel is pertinent to what is happening in the world today. The Chapter Chicks felt the author handled this sensitive topic extremely well. “This book opened our eyes to the underbelly of a community that is shrouded in deception,” said one member.

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NETWORK FAN’s mission is to improve lives by ensuring that all children in Deschutes County have access to basic-need services. It helps kids to come to school, well-rested, well-fed and ready to learn. FAN currently employs 25 advocates who work in 43 public schools (K–12) and three early childhood sites in Deschutes County. Its advocates work with more than 9,000 children and family members each school year. During the 2011-12 school year FAN: • Clothed 4,308 children and family members • Connected families with improved housing options 1,921 times • Linked families to food assistance over 3,201 times • Provided 2,932 referrals to heating assistance • Assisted with health coverage or health care 2,368 times It costs $26,000 to pay for a part-time advocate in a school. One advocate can serve more than 200 children and their family members in a year. You can help FAN by: • Donating to the FAN Foundation • Joining the FAN Foundation Board to help raise money to support the work of the advocates For more information, visit www.

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Providing basic, child-based needs

FOR THE BODY & MIND Family Access Network ensures kids are fed, well-rested and ready to learn. by Kathy Oxborrow, for The Bulletin Special Projects | Photos by Christopher L. Ingersoll

High school senior Rose Poppe has pretty much been on her own since age 12 when her mother died from brain cancer. She lived briefly with her father, who she barely knew and then an older brother, who had a drinking problem. When she needed to move from her brother’s, she contacted Laurel Variel, the Family Access Network (FAN) advocate at Redmond High School, and asked for help. “Laurel was there for me 100 percent of the way. She was there with anything I needed, like food and clothes,” said Poppe. Now 18, Poppe, who lives on her own and wants to be a counselor after finishing college, said she hopes that kids know that FAN helps anyone in need. She said some kids think that FAN just helps poor kids. “I wouldn’t say that I’m particularly poor, but I do need help with things, and when I need help, I know that I can go to Laurel and she won’t turn me away,” Poppe said. FAN’s mission is to improve lives by ensuring that all children in Deschutes County have access to basic-need services. It accomplishes that by placing advocates in all the schools in the county, provid-

FAN advocate Cara Miller-Eitel

ing a direct, convenient way to connect children and family members to critical services. Founded in 1993, FAN’s model, which is unique to Deschutes County, was developed from initial conversations with representatives from schools, social service agencies and the faith community. It was shaped through creative thinking on the best ways to serve children and family members during difficult times. To keep FAN funded when federal money started to dry up, the FAN Foundation was created in 2005 to provide financial stability. Kristi Miller, the FAN Foundation Board Chair, said she volunteers for

FAN because, “It helps the biggest number of children and families since it partners with so many other organizations. I feel like I am working for them as well.” “It’s a one-stop shop. It’s everything in the same box.” That’s what Melissa Leggett said about the help she’s received from FAN. A few years ago, Leggett and her husband, who were doing just fine raising her two kids, added her husband’s three children to the family. The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) had removed the children from the mother because it determined they were not in a safe environment, and eventually cus-

tody was awarded to Melissa and her husband. Suddenly, the Leggett’s expenses doubled, and they didn’t have the extra income to support the family. That’s when Jennifer Summerton, the FAN advocate at John Tuck Elementary School in Redmond, sprung into action. Summerton helped the family apply for Social Security benefits for one of Mr. Leggett’s disabled children, plus find transportation for getting the children to school. “Because Melissa and her husband were living outside the Tuck boundary when the children came to live with them, we made arrangements to transport the kids to Tuck so that we could maintain as much stability in their lives as possible during that difficult transition time,” said Summerton. Leggett said Summerton had 100 pounds of pellets delivered to the family’s home, reducing their electric bill from $400 to $250. “Without FAN our family could have really been struggling,” Leggett said. Sandy Schmidt, the FAN advocate at three schools in

“What makes FAN so effective is its collaboration with other social service agencies and churches, plus its ability to meet such a wide variety of needs.” Bend—Summit High, Cascade Middle and Amity Elementary—first learned about FAN when she was a case manager for DHS. “FAN advocates would accompany a mom or dad to help them apply for benefits, and I was very impressed with the dedication of the advocates to help the families,” Schmidt said. Schmidt’s office at Summit is lined with clothing, school supplies, backpacks and hygiene bags filled with toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and laundry detergent. Already this school year, she has helped two Summit students find transitional housing. “Advocates have incredible skills in helping a child in need locate services,” said FAN Director Julie Lyche. “What makes FAN so effective is its collaboration with other social service agencies and churches, plus its ability to meet such a wide variety of needs.” Schmidt said the credibility that FAN has in the community makes her job a lot easier. “When I call another agency on behalf of a child, they don’t hesitate to help,” she said.

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GERIATRIC CARE MANAGEMENT: Helping Navigate the Elder Care Maze Geriatric Care Management is an emerging profession that has quickly proven to be invaluable for families seeking a straightforward solution to care. Geriatric Care Managers provide assistance for families of aging parents who are overwhelmed, worn out and unsure of how to navigate the health and elder care system while trying to provide quality care for their loved ones. Geriatric Care Managers assist families and their loved ones with decisions connected to aging. This includes assistance with all facets of long term care whether at home, in an assisted living facility, foster home, or skilled nursing facility. Geriatric Care Managers coordinate care and services to meet the full social, emotional, physical and healthcare needs of loved ones. These professionals can be particularly helpful to long distance family members and/or caregivers. Geriatric Care Managers can assist in some of the following ways:

assessment may include, but is not limited to an overview of health history, nutritional status, everyday activities, safety issues, cognitive status, and finances. • Development of a care plan. This would include the results of the assessment, recommendations and referrals for various community resources. • Arrangement of services. Services to be provided and arranged should be specific to the needs identified in the care plan. These services may include on-going support and advocacy for families, referrals to outside community resources, decisions about housing options, and financial management. • Monitoring needs. Regular monitoring is essential once services and arrangements are in place. This should include frequent reevaluations to closely monitor any changes in care needs.

• Providing an in-person assessment. An assessment allows the care manager to understand needs, customize care plans and provide services specifically to meet a loved one’s needs. The

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• How will you communicate information to me? • What are your fees? How do you charge for your services such as phone calls and care management? Geriatric Care Managers provide peace of mind for family members and ensure quality of care for loved ones through education, advocacy and high standards of practice. Questions about Geriatric Care Management services may be addressed to Nancy Webre, MS, CEO, at Evergreen InHome Care Services. Nancy is a Certified Geriatric Care Manager, she has worked in the senior care industry in Central Oregon since 1977 and has owned Evergreen InHome Care Services for the past 30 years. If you think you may benefit from hiring a Geriatric Care Manager please call Nancy to set up a no-cost care consultation.

for wintertime cooking

by Annissa Anderson, for The Bulletin Special Projects | Photos by Nicole Werner

Reach a little farther into the pantry and warm your home with the aroma and flavors of some of the lesser known winter produce options. After the fresh flavors of summer and crisp tastes of fall, you may want to enliven the more mellow options that winter foods offer. And while it may take reaching a little farther into the pantry or experimenting with winter produce, taking advantage of some oftenforgotten culinary gems can bring new life to your winter repertoire.


The humble turnip, with its mustardy aroma and lackluster appearance, has long been a kitchen staple in many European countries but has never reached that limelight in American cooking. And while turnips may not have the colorful appeal of beets or earthysweet flavor of parsnips, they are deserving of a second look.

When properly prepared, the turnip’s somewhat sharp taste can be transformed into a surprisingly pleasant one. As versatile as any vegetable, turnips can be roasted, sautéed, boiled and puréed, and even grilled. Whatever the method, the trick to cooking turnips is to not overcook them and to pair them with other complimentary flavors. Some of the most flavorful results come when turnips are cooked until tender inside but are lightly caramelized outside. Flavors that complement turnips are, as one would imagine, mellow and

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Sautéed Turnips and Carrots with Honey, Rosemary & Ginger (Serves 6) Anyone who claims to detest turnips should be made to taste this dish, which contains all of the best flavor pairings for the underappreciated vegetable.


3 tablespoons dried currants1/3 cup hot water 3 tablespoons honey 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger 1 1/2 teaspoons minced rosemary 2 pounds white turnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch wedges 3 medium carrots, cut into 1 1/2- by- 1/4-inch sticks 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar


1. In a small bowl, soak the currants in the hot water. In a small saucepan, combine the honey, ginger and rosemary and simmer over low heat for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. 2. In a large saucepan of boiling, salted water, cook the turnips until just tender, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a shallow dish. Add the carrots to the boiling water and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain. 3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the turnips in an even layer and cook over moderately high heat for 1 minute. Reduce the heat to moderate and cook, undisturbed, until lightly browned on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Stir in the carrots, season with salt and pepper, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for another 3 minutes. 4. Add the currants and their soaking liquid to the vegetables and cook until the liquid has thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the honey mixture, stir well and simmer for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper and add the vinegar. Stir and transfer to a bowl. Serve hot or warm. 14 | Winter 2012 | U MAGAZINE

sweet. Honey or maple syrup glazes are a sure bet, as are preparations with cream, cheese and butter. Because of the turnip’s strong flavor, it is often combined with carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes or apples to create a happy medium of sharp and smooth tastes. To ease into cooking with turnips, try layering thin slices of turnips into a potato gratin, adding one or two turnips to a sweet potato purée or including them in a glazed root vegetable dish.

Arborio Rice

It’s no accident that we crave Arborio rice during wintertime. The Italian-grown grain kernels, shorter and fatter than other varieties of rice, have a higher starch content which produces a creamy texture when cooked. But while risotto is a popular restaurant dish, it is often overlooked by home cooks because it is perceived as being difficult to prepare. Risotto is, admittedly, more labor intensive than some dishes because it needs to be constantly tended to while it is on the stove. But the process of making risotto is actually quite easy. Simply sauté some chopped shallots or onions in butter, add the Arborio rice and stir until it turns opaque. Then begin adding hot water or stock ½ cup at a time, stirring the mixture continually, until the rice is tender and creamy but the grains still remain separate.

The beauty of risotto lies not only in its creaminess, but in its versatility. Risottos can be flavored with practically anything — herbs, vegetables, cheese or cream, bacon, seafood, chicken and more. Often ingredients are added toward the end of cooking but, in the case of bacon, can be sautéed with the butter and onions at the start of the cooking process to add a depth of flavor. For wonderful wintertime combinations, try adding puréed peas, chunks of roasted pumpkin or caramelized leeks to creamy risotto.


Dried currants, made from seedless Zante grapes, are a delightful alternative to using raisins in cooking. Tiny and shriveled in appearance, currants pack a punch of flavor when rehydrated and added to many different kinds of dishes. They can also be used in their dried form for baking scones, muffins, cookies and other baked goods. To rehydrate currants, place them in a small bowl and cover with hot water. The plumped fruits can be added á la minute to a number of dishes for extra zing and nutrition. One of the surprising uses of rehydrated currants is in cooked greens. Currants pair extremely well with the slightly bitter flavor of all kinds of greens — kale, mustard greens, dandelion greens and others. After sautéing greens

in olive oil, add the currants in their soaking liquid to wilt and sweeten simultaneously. Currants can also be reconstituted in oil and added to salads or as a garnish to creamy pureed soups for an acidic contrast. They serve as a great substitute for prepared chutney in curries and accent other winter vegetables as well. Try adding currants to a sautéed medley of carrots and turnips or curried cauliflower for some sweet results.

Curry powder

Used in everyday cooking in India, curry powder is a spice blend to reach for during the winter. The pulverized blend of spices, herbs and seeds is a quick remedy for transforming sometimesbland wintertime vegetables into carriers of spicy flavor. And while some curries are known to be hot, Indian curry powder can be added, and tamed, to meet just the right spice requirements. Among the flavors in curry powder are cardamom, chiles, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, fennel seed, fenugreek, nutmeg, red and black pepper, poppy and sesame seeds, saffron, tamarind and turmeric. It is a wonder that these dramatic flavors mesh, but they do so with a flourish. Curry enhances a variety of meats, poultry and shellfish dishes as well as endless combinations of vegetables. To best utilize curry powder, create a sauté of onions in butter. Add cut vegetables, one type at time, according to their size and how long they need to be cooked until tender. Sprinkle curry powder over the vegetables and sauté until fragrant, then add coconut milk, yogurt or milk to

mellow the flavor and create a creamy sauce. (A small amount of flour can be added and cooked before the addition of liquid to thicken the sauce.) Serve over steamed rice for a healthy and hearty winter meal.


The meeker, milder cousin to onions and garlic, leeks offer a more subtle way to build flavor. Most recipes call for using the white, cylindrical stalk and only the light green part of the leaves. Leeks need to be cleaned thoroughly since their tightly wrapped leaves often trap dirt. The easiest way to do this is to slice them lengthwise, then rinse under running water while peeling back each leaf to check for dirt. Caramelized leeks are a favorite for winter cooking, as sautéing them over medium heat at length brings out a depth and sweetness that melds well with other flavors. Once cooked, they make a perfect base for tasty soups and stews. Sautéed leeks pair favorably with creamy sauces like béchamel as well as with many cheeses. Adding soft, caramelized leeks to homemade macaroni-and-cheese or as a pizza topping is a must this winter.

Whole Wheat Fusilli with Creamed Leek and Spinach (Serves 4)

Using whole wheat fusilli, the spiral shaped pasta, along with leeks and spinach, somehow makes it easier to justify eating a cream sauce. If whole wheat fusilli is not available, any cylindrical or spiral pasta will suffice; you just need to choose pasta with crevices for the creamy sauce to coat.


3/4 pound whole wheat fusilli 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil1 large leek, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced 1 cup heavy cream 4 cups packed baby spinach (4 ounces), coarsely chopped 1/2 cup lightly packed basil leaves, finely chopped Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper


1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the fusilli until al dente, then drain. 2. Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the leek and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the cream and simmer over moderate heat until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. 3. Add the cooked fusilli to the skillet and toss over moderately low heat until coated with the leek sauce, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat, add the chopped basil and toss. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon the fusilli into bowls and serve.

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ADVENTURES by Bridget McGinn, for The Bulletin Special Projects

Under the moonlight is often the perfect setting for enjoying Central Oregon’s outdoor wilderness. Darkness falls early on winter days, but that doesn’t stop Central Oregonians from venturing outside in the evening hours. There are plenty of ways for warmly-wrapped souls to experience the unique beauty of the high desert under the stars — or better yet, a wintertime full moon. Nighttime opportunities abound for expert and novices alike to cross-country and downhill ski, snowshoe, ice skate and even mountain bike. Local sno-parks such as Virginia Meissner and Swampy Lakes have trails that are popular for nighttime Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Rustic shelters along the trails are great places to relax in front of a woodstove fire, sipping hot chocolate and enjoying the company of friends met on the trail, both old and new. “It is very peaceful and quiet,” 16 | Winter 2012 | U MAGAZINE

said Kayley Mendenhall, who enjoys skiing with her husband and friends. “But it is also a really fun social outing. We bring along good food and drinks, and there are usually other people at the shelter . It is a pretty popular activity in the winter.” Mary Wooster, an adult outdoor leader with Bend Park and Recreation District who guides snowshoe excursions in the winter, agrees that the sense of camaraderie is a highlight of the nighttime trips. “You meet up with people at the shelters, and everyone is so happy and having fun,” said Wooster. “It is very festive.” And nights with full moons offer even more incentive to get out of the house. Full moon dates coming up include Wednesday, Nov. 28, Friday, Dec. 28, Saturday, Jan. 26 and

Monday, Feb. 25. “It is really fun to be outside when there is a full moon,” said Mendenhall. “You don’t need to use a headlamp and can just ski by the light of the moon. The moon reflects on the snow, and it is very pretty.” “The experience of being out

in the wilderness at night is so different than being out in the daylight,” said Wooster. “It is a different kind of calm and quiet.” The peaceful atmosphere of the forest at night is what motivates Nordic ski enthusiast Berkley Baldwin to head to the

Photos courtesy of Wanderlust Tours, Bend

trails to unwind and rejuvenate on weekdays after work. “It is really nice to get out and do something different besides the daily routine,” said Baldwin. “There are not usually a lot of other people around on the trails, and it can feel like you have the whole place to yourself.” For those who prefer to experience nighttime outdoor adventures with others, Pine Mountain Sports, Wanderlust Tours and Bend Park and Recreation District all offer organized group activities. Weather permitting, Pine Mountain Sports (www.; 541385-8080) provides Full Moon Nordic Ski outings for all levels of skiers at no cost, including ski rental on a first-come, firstserve basis. Participants meet up and carpool to a local sno-

org; 541-706-6116) offers guided moonlight snowshoe outings. Interested in downhill skiing under the stars? Hoodoo Ski Area (; 541822-3799) hosts night skiing on Friday and Saturday nights and on the holidays from 4-9 p.m. beginning Friday, Dec. 21. Ice skaters have several options in Central Oregon, including the Redmond Ice Skate Rink (; 541-548-7275), the covered rink at the Village at Sunriver (; 541-593-5948) and the rink at Seventh Mountain Resort (; 541-382-8711). All have evening hours. Mountain biking your thing? Grab a powerful lamp and join the group at WebCyclery for night riding on Phil’s Trail. Check in on their Facebook

page for more details. No matter which outdoor nighttime activity you choose, pay attention to the basics to ensure an enjoyable adventure. “Dress really warm and be sure to have a head lamp,” said Able. “If you are lucky, the moon will provide nice, bright light, but you need to have a head lamp just in case.” And most importantly, don’t forget the hot chocolate and good friends.

park together, then decide as a group how far to ski. “For people who have never gone skiing at night, it is a really fun and safe way to get introduced to the sport,” said Henry Able, who often acts as a host on these outings. “It is a friendly group of people, and it makes a great date night, too.” Pine Mountain also hosts a regular Tuesday Night Skate Ski group that is open to anyone, although Able recommends that participants have at least some basic experience on skate skis. Wanderlust Tours (www.; 541389-8359) offers Moonlight Snowshoe Tours, Starlight Snowshoe Tours and Bonfire on the Snow outings throughout the winter season, weather permitting. Bend Park and Recreation District(www.bendparksandrec. U MAGAZINE | Winter 2012 | 17

High g Desert ese t Life Styles


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As in seasons past, boots remain the go to shoe for cold weather wear. Short boots pair well with both wide- and narrow-leg pants. Photos by Nicole Werner

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A permanent method of birth control. A vasectomy is considered a permanent method of birth control that is increasingly popular in the US in recent years. It is a surgical procedure in which the vas deferens from each testicle is clamped, cut, or otherwise sealed. This prevents sperm from mixing with the semen. An egg cannot be fertilized when there are no sperm in the semen. The testicles continue to produce sperm, but the sperm are reabsorbed by the body. (This also happens to sperm that are not ejaculated after a while, regardless of whether you have had a vasectomy.) Because the tubes are blocked before the seminal vesicles and prostate, you still ejaculate about the same amount of fluid. No-scalpel vasectomy is a newer technique that is felt to result in less bleeding, a smaller hole in the skin, and fewer complications. No-scalpel vasectomy is as effective as a traditional vasectomy. The procedure takes about 20 to 30 minutes and can be done in an office or clinic. It may be done by a urologist, a family doctor, or a general surgeon. Even though it is a quick procedure, it is very important to take it easy for

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two or three days afterwards. Bend Urology has used the March Madness Basketball series to increase awareness about vasectomies and to help those interested in this procedure have a few days of relaxing in front of the TV as they recover. Vasectomy is a very effective (99.85%) birth con-

trol method. However, in rare cases unplanned pregnancy can still result. Pregnancy may occur after vasectomy because of either (1) a failure to use another birth control method until the sperm count is confirmed by a doctor to be zero, or (2) spontaneous reconnection of a vas deferens or an opening in one end that allows sperm to mix with the semen again. This is very rare, occurring in 1 of every 2000-4000 patients. The urologists at Bend Urology recommend that vasectomy should only be considered when one is certain that they do not wish to have any more children. Surgery to reconnect the vas deferens (vasectomy reversal) is available. But the reversal procedure is difficult and not always successful in achieving pregnancy. A vasectomy does not protect against STDs, including HIV. Condoms are the most effective method for preventing STDs. But for couples in a monogamous, committed relationship who do not wish to have more children, vasectomy is an increasingly popular option.

Controlling the Game of

by Linda Orcelletto, for The Bulletin Special Projects

With so many options available, choosing the right birth control method for you can be a personal challenge. Choosing the right form of birth control from the myriad types available can be complicated, but it deserves careful consideration. Because life and circumstances change, a woman may use an average of 15 types of contraception throughout her childbearing years. Finding the best match for you requires that you’re truthful with both yourself and your health care provider about your wants, needs and lifestyle. “There are no perfect methods of birth control,� says Laura Cheshire, family nurse practitioner with The Laura Center in Redmond. Yet, both Cheshire and Dr. Janey Purvis, family medicine provider with Bend Memorial Clinic (BMC) in Bend, agree there are forms of birth control that are extremely effective, though proper and consistent use is essential to prevent unwanted pregnancies. The type of contraception used, however, depends on your current and future circumstances. Abstinence is the only sure way to prevent pregnancy, for obvious reasons. Natural family planning involves knowing your body and the days we are most fertile, avoiding intercourse

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“A vasectomy is 99.5 percent effective. We use a non-scalpel procedure, so there is minimal discomfort, but we do ask men to take it easy for a few days.” (or use a barrier method) during this time.

Barrier Methods

Keep in mind... When determining the best type of birth control to use, ensure your health care professional is aware of the following: • Age • Weight • Are children in your future? • Is your menstrual cycle regular? Heavy? Light? • Are you sexually active? Multiple partners? Monogamous? • Are you a smoker? • Any family history of potential risk factors? • What is your economic status? • What is your lifestyle? 22 | Winter 2012 | U MAGAZINE

Barrier methods prevent the sperm from entering the cervix. These methods include a cervical cap, the diaphragm or cervical shield. All three types require a health care professional to ensure a proper fit, and the addition of spermicide, which kills or blocks the sperm. These devices are to be left in place at least six to eight hours prior to removal to prevent pregnancy. Another barrier method, the Today Sponge, is made of foam and contains spermicide. It doesn’t require a fitting and is available over the counter. There are both the male and female condoms to prevent sperm from entering the cervix. Keep condoms in a cool, dry place, otherwise they will break down or tear. Condoms and diaphragms work well in tandem if used consistently and to also protect from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Hormonal Methods

All hormonal methods of contraception stop the ovaries from releasing eggs. “The Pill” is the most popular — more than 50 types are sold — and is taken orally each day. The pills contain the hormones

estrogen and progestin (synthetic progesterone). Extended cycle pills limit menstrual cycles, which may be the sole reason some women use this method of birth control. Depo-Provera, a progestinonly shot, is another hormonal option. The shot is administered every three months and is extremely effective in preventing pregnancy. If you don’t like needles, choose an alternative. Other hormonal contraception methods include Ortho Evra, a skin patch worn on the lower abdomen, upper body, outer arm or butt. The NuvaRing is a flexible ring placed in the vagina, releasing progestin and estrogen. It also thickens the mucus in the cervix, which keeps the sperm from joining the egg. Patches are generally made to be replaced weekly, while the NuvaRing is to be replaced every three weeks.

Invasive But Effective

For women looking for long term contraception, intrauterine devices (IUDs) — ParaGard or Mirena — inserted in the uterus by a health care professional during an office visit, can be as effective as sterilization, though it’s reversible The device can later be removed. “An IUD is extremely effective, plus there’s no need to worry about taking pills every day or something not working properly,” says Purvis. Depending on the type of IUD, it can be effective for five or 10 years. Its up-front costs include $200 to $400 for the device, plus the doctor’s visit for insertion or removal. IUDs are covered by most insurance companies. Another device — a match stick-sized rod called Implanon — is can be implanted in the upper arm under the skin for effective, long-term birth control. The rod releases

progestin and can last up to three years. People who are finished having a family may want a permanent solution such as a male vasectomy, which is less invasive than a tubal ligation for women. During the 30minute office visit, the vas deferens from each testicle is sealed to prevent sperm from being part of the ejaculate. Costs re similar to that of an IUD. “A vasectomy is 99.5 percent effective,” said Dr. Meredith Baker with Bend Urology. “We use a non-scalpel procedure, so there is minimal discomfort, but we do ask men to take it easy for a few days.” All forms of contraception have potential risks and/or possible side effects. Talk with your health care professional to learn more. The best type of birth control for you is one that is effective, safe, used consistently and is medically appropriate for your age and lifestyle.

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There for the

JOURNEY by Linda Orcelletto, for The Bulletin Special Projects

Group of area care providers regularly meet to discuss breast cancer patient health, treatment and recovery. When you hear your physician say you have breast cancer, patents often stop listening after the “C word” is uttered, their minds whirling into overdrive while the doctor is explaining the next steps. This can’t happen to me. What did I do to deserve cancer? Will I die? Will my femininity be lost? Usually I’m the one caring for others; now I’ll need the care. What’s going to happen to my family? How will I pay for treatments? “Breast cancer isn’t an illness because of bad lifestyle choices,” says Dr. Andy Higgins, a board certified general surgeon specializing in breast care who practices in Bend. “Also, today, cancer is no longer a death sentence because of earlier diagnosis and more options for treatment.” Dr. Higgins and a group of cancer care providers — breast surgeons, radiologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, reconstructive surgeons, research coordinators and nurse navigator Peggy Lukens — meet weekly to ensure such positive results in Central Oregon. The group meets every Thursday morn-

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ing at 7 a.m. at St. Charles to discuss all new breast cancer diagnoses in Central Oregon. The goal of these conferences is to develop an integrated and coordinated attitude to treat these women, all of whom have individual lives and lifestyles that affect their health, treatment and recovery. No longer is a breast cancer patient simply a number on a chart; she is a human with her own thoughts, feelings and specialized needs. Though an actual brick and mortar building for these meetings is several years away — a place where a newly diagnosed cancer patient can meet with all the specialists in one place to navigate the maze of cancer care — the virtual “Breast Center” is pursuing accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), administered by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Accreditation by ACS, which also accredits the cancer program at St. Charles, is a lengthy and stringent process where the program must be evaluated to comply with 27 different standards. Accreditation is required every three years. The Breast Center is seeking double accreditation from National Quality Measures for Breast Centers (NQMBC) administered by the National Consortium of Breast Centers, which has 37 quality measures. Each accreditation body has different objectives, but the common focus involves acknowledging quality care breast centers.

The initial leadership team pursuing accreditation is Dr. Higgins, Dr. Linyee Chang, Dr. Laurie Martin, Dr. Steve Shultz, Dr. Cora Calomeni, Dr. Brad Bryan and others. The leadership group has expanded to include Bend Memorial Clinic medical oncologists and surgeons. This community wide inclusiveness around quality patient care is a demonstration of enhanced cooperation. The Breast Center will serve as a model for treatment for other types of cancer. According to the Breast Cancer Survivor Guide by Health Monitor, nearly 98 percent of women who are diagnosed in the early stages of cancer are doing well five years after treatment. In 2010, the National Cancer Institute spent more than double the amount on breast cancer treatment and prevention than lung and prostate cancer, even though these cancers have a higher incident rate of new cases. Dr. Higgins feels this is so because breast cancer is such an emotionally charged topic, and women rallied behind the cause. Yet, the higher survival rate and funds spent on finding cures doesn’t make the news any less intimidating for a new patient. When Dr. Higgins receives information for a newly diagnosed patient, he reviews the images and pathology report, then make a personal call to offer a lifeline to get the patient grounded again. During the office consultation, he discusses and demystifies treatment plan

“Breast cancer isn’t an illness because of bad lifestyle choices. Also, today, cancer is no longer a death sentence because of earlier diagnosis and more options for treatment.” Dr. Andy Higgins / Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll

options to create the most individualize care for the woman. “Everyone has a different value system, different thoughts and even different fear factors; we have to treat

everyone individually,” he says. The team at Breast Center is offering coordinated care for the patient and striving to put “care” back into health care.

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The Fabric of

SISTERS by John Cal, for The Bulletin Special Projects | Photo by Nicole Werner

After 10 fruitful years as executive director of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Ann Richardson will be stepping down this summer.

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and hopefully get a new mountain bike,” she said. “I envision that whatever I do next will involve less work and more time to recreate.” But by no means is Ann retiring. “I’ve got a few years left in me” she jokes, and her influence is deeply felt all over the community of Sisters, not only with the quilt show, but also through her love of the outdoors, her work as the finance manager for the Sisters Folk Festival, and her show stealing, carriage pulling corgis which are featured annually in the Sisters Christmas Parade. “The insight she’s given me ED to ED is invaluable,” said Brad Tisdel, executive director of the Sisters Folk Festival. “Running a nonprofit in a down economy is a funny thing, and her savvy and understanding has been a real asset to us.”

Still, it’s her impact with the quilt show that so many of us will remember her for. “I still love when I run into people, even way outside of Sisters, who recognize me from the quilt show or see my quilt show sticker on my car and say, ‘I love it. I go every year,’ or ‘Someday, it’s on my bucket list,’” she said. ”It’s so cool to get to be a part of something like that. I love being involved in something that makes people so happy.” It’s this passion for both her job and for people that have made Ann so successful — how she makes such an impression on everyone around her. “She’s so appreciative and ups your expectations, so that’s really exciting,” said Tonye Phillips, local quilt artist and long-time quilt show volunteer. “When she came on, the [volunteer] energy level went way up. She’s such an idea

Photo by Gary Miller, Sisters Country Photography

Black clouds loomed in the distance, making their way toward Sisters over Three Fingered Jack. It was the second Saturday of last July, a predictably sunny day in Central Oregon by anyone’s estimation. “. . . but with a crack of lightening, people started coming in soaking wet,” said Ann Richardson, executive director of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, the largest outdoor quilt show in the world. “It was a once in 37 years . . .” Ann continued: “The quilts came down faster than they ever have, and not one was damaged. People just started showing up. We have such a dedicated group of people that support us.” Ann told the story as she recently reflected on her time as the quilt show’s director, including the time she was chosen for the role. “I was just at the right place at the right time,” Ann mused. “She was just so tuned in and focused,” recalled Jean Wells,

founder and board president of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. “I first met her when she was a student in one of my classes, and I was really impressed with her determination, how she could stay on task ’til she learned and the job was done.” Just after this year’s rain-dampened quilt show, perhaps her most memorable, Ann announced that after 10 years, she would be transitioning out of being the quilt show’s executive director. “It was just time,” Ann said. “It’s just time for someone else with new ideas and new things. I wish there was a better story, but there’s not. I want to leave while people are still saying ‘Oh, no!’ and not ‘Oh, good!’” And while it’s been a fun and memorable ride, Ann says that stepping down will free up some time for other important endeavors. “I am excited to go hiking with my dog and be on the river more,

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person and so good at collaboration . . . why wouldn’t you want to be involved?” It’s a sentiment that’s echoed among so many of the show’s volunteers from over the last decade. “She’s a really good cheerleader,” Wells said. “People love working with her. It’s the best thing. You can have all these bodies, but it’s knowing people, knowing what they’re good at and getting them into the right job that really makes a difference.” But even with being so involved for so long, she’s never really “attended.” “I don’t remember hardly any of them,” Ann said. “You spend a year getting ready, and literally the moment the quilts go out we’re planning to bring them back. We’re preparing for it to be over. “I love quilts. I love the show, but even more, I love how the show does great things for this

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“I’m transitioning on, but I’ll still be busy volunteering for it,” she said with a smirk. “It’ll be great to finally get to go, to walk down the street and not worry about the wind and the weather.” She’ll finally get to hang out, to mingle with the people she’s so lovingly served for so many years. “It really has been and continues to be great to get to do this. I really feel so honored,” Ann said. “The board is great. The board is the best board. It’s been so cool to have their support in everything I do. “Jean is great. Jean started this thing. This is Jean’s baby, and she’s created so much of the momentum and enthusiasm behind this. And when I walk around and see how excited people are, I like that I was part of creating that enthusiasm, too.”

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At the Workplace

by Connie Worrell-Druliner, for The Bulletin

PEOPLE: Your Greatest Asset Your employees make up the biggest advantage you have over your competitors. Changes in the economic environment have altered business fundamentals forever, and knowledge is the most important source of business value today. In this spirit, here is the second in a five-part series discussing the “Top Five Threats Facing Business Today.” What keeps you up at night, and what are companies that are surviving and thriving in today’s economy doing to stay ahead of competition? Part 2 discusses your employees. They keep your business running. They keep you motivated. They help you achieve success, and they are constantly being looked at by your competition. Your employees are your most valuable asset, and if they aren’t engaged in their work with the company, they may be looking for the next job opportunity. Competition has leveled the playing field, and investing your time and resources into building a focused workforce that is enthusiastic about working for your company is an investment in making sure your business survives and thrives. If your business is filled with disengaged employees who do their 8 to 5 but are “checked out” mentally from their work, you’re losing money. In a recent Gallup employee survey, it’s estimated that employee disengagement costs businesses $328 billion every year, with national trends estimating that an employee’s lost productivity could cost 34 percent per $10,000 of their salary. The implication of employees becoming disengaged in their work has far-reaching effects that should cause concern for business leaders. Engaged employees are more productive, more profitable and more likely to stay longer with your company. So what can business leaders do to make sure they aren’t losing ground and potentially profit by having a company full of employees who have “checked out”?

Encourage Learning

Employees are looking to grow their knowledge and understanding of their industry or field, and an employer who fosters an environment of learning means employees are likely to stay. According to the Corporate Executive Board, a research and business consultation company, employees who are engaged are 87 percent less likely to leave their companies than disengaged employees. With a job market that is beginning to rebound, it’s likely that your top employees will receive interest from other businesses. When your organization offers opportunities for employees to participate in industry-related associations, attend conferences to add to their skill sets, or encourages further education with incentives, you’re building a company for the future. Mentor and future leadership programs are also great ways to create loyalty among workers.

Live Your Values

Companies that lack a set of clearly defined values that are lived and breathed by the entire organization are missing out on a facet of business that can attract, and keep, the most talented and dedicated employees. This type of organizational culture must start at the top and be present in every level of leadership down the chain of command for it to make a significant impact. The next generation of workers is looking for employers who are not only passionate about their business, but who also clearly live the values they have defined as important to them. Recruiting and keeping the youngest and brightest minds in your field will take more than just an attractive salary and benefits package. It will mean holding your co-workers and yourself accountable for living up to the values laid out by the leaders of the company.

Recognize and Reward

Studies have consistently shown that turnover is hurting small businesses, costing as much as 60 percent of an employee’s annual salary, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. And when employees aren’t feeling recognized for their work, they are prone to leave. You can battle this common business cost by implementing a system that promotes frequent employee recognition with verbal and written communications, as well as rewards that will show your gratitude for a job well done. Businesses should also take advantage of performance reviews and provide regular feedback to employees as they make improvements on their past reviews. Take a look at your current workforce. Is your business filled with employees who will work hard to see the company succeed even in difficult economic or uncertain times? If you haven’t considered the cost of disengaged employees, don’t go another day without considering how you can make sure it doesn’t negatively impact your business.

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Networking, Philanthropy & Friends

Compiled by Sondra Holtzman, for The Bulletin Special Projects

Women’s Groups & Organizations American Association of University Women, Bend Branch President: Kathi Dew, Membership VP: Linda Gardner Website: Local: bend-or.aauw.netMembers: 62 Dues: $80 annual fee, including national, state and local. AAUW of Bend, founded in 1931, breaks through educational and economic barriers so all women and girls achieve their full potential. The Bend branch hosts monthly meetings with a speaker, offers a variety of interest groups and supports identified mission-based community projects and girls’ equity projects, such as a scholarship for two-year COCC graduates continuing their education at a four-year college.

American Association of University Women, Redmond Branch Contact: Susan Maffai Website: Members: 28 Dues: $80 annual national, state and local dues AAUW promotes advances in equity for women and girls through advocacy, lifelong education and societal growth. Monthly meetings offer programs relating to education, world, national, and community issues. This branch awards scholarships to Redmond’s high schools graduating senior women and a woman returning to college. Members also assist a Latina student’s tuition costs to COCC.

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Beta Sigma Phi Contact: Judy Ralston, 541-382-0893 National Website: Dues: varies by chapter Members: About 40 in four chapters Beta Sigma Phi, the largest organization of its kind in the world, is an international women’s friendship network for women of all ages, interests, educational and economic backgrounds. The social group carries out its mission of life, learning and friendship by volunteering for service projects including the Ronald McDonald House, Alyce Hatch Center and area high schools.

Daughters of the American Revolution, Bend Chapter Contact: Alice Miles, Bend Chapter Regent E-mail: Website: DAR is open to any woman who is at least 18 and can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in America’s independence. The Bend chapter, formed in 1942, offers scholarships to students in the nursing program at COCC, gives awards to outstanding seniors in the junior ROTC program, and supports the Chemawa Indian School in Salem. They offer genealogy workshops, assist with cemetery records, volunteer at historical societies and sponsor historical essay contests in the schools.

League of Women Voters of Deschutes County President: Dolores Ellis, 541-617-5901,

Deschutes Co. Website: State League Website: Members: 45 to 50 (male members welcome) Dues: $65, $32.50 for add’l person in household The League of Women Voters in Deschutes County works to improve government through the political process by studying the issues of the time. The League is nonpartisan; it does not support or oppose candidates or parties. The League is open to men and women 18 years and older.

Network of Entrepreneurial Women President: Lisa Sloan, Website: Voice mail: 541-388-9787 Members: 100 (guests welcome) Dues: $150 annual fee The Network of Entrepreneurial Women is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1986 to connect and empower women in business and in life. The group meets monthly to provide professional and personal growth opportunities for all women in a non-competitive, gender specific environment of support and compassion.

Newcomers Club of Bend Contact: 541-610-5003 Website: Thisorganizationisasourcefornewfriends,fun activities and a way of becoming familiar with the vibrant Bend community. Membership is open to women in Bend and the surrounding areas. We have monthly Hospitality coffees, luncheons (with informative speakers/ programs) as well as more than 30 interest group activities including book clubs, Wine Downs, potlucks, card/game groups, walking, skiing, snow-shoeing and hiking.

Quota International of Central Oregon Contact: Delta Bjerk, 541-389-2193 E-mail: Website: Members: 30 Dues: $142 annually For more than 30 years, Quota International of Central Oregon has been committed to volunteering and offering service through handson activities and financial support of programs for people who have speech and hearing impairments, and disadvantaged women and children. Quota International is an international organization that links its members to share their time, talents, resources and desire to make the world and their communities a better place.

Soroptimist International of Bend E-mail: Website: Soroptimist International of Bend is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls throughout the community and the world. Local service projects include providing financial assistance to help women rebuild their lives by achieving financial independence, education forums to help stop human trafficking and domestic violence, and hands-on projects for those in need. International projects include support of women caring for children in extreme poverty, and helping women and children recover from human slavery.

Sunriver Women’s Club Co-presidents: Pam Morris-Stendal, , 541-5931606 and Nancy Farnham, nfarnham@gmx. com, 541-593-9132

Members: 300 Dues: $20 for active members, $30 for associate members Maintains a club for fellowship and recreation, to engage in charitable fundraising and educational activities and to promote the social welfare of residents of South Deschutes County.

United Methodist Women First United Methodist Church, 541-382-1672 Contact: Chris Mitchell, 541-389-9787 E-mail: Website: Members: 110 Dues: Personal financial pledge each year United Methodist Women (UMW) is a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus, to develop a creative, supportive fellowship and expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries. Locally, the group holds the Fall Boutique, with proceeds going to local charities for women, youth and children. UMW currently has five circles which meet monthly and appeal to a variety of interests. New members are always welcome.

Women’s Council of Realtors, Central Oregon Chapter President: Myra Girod, 541-323-4822 E-mail: Website: Membership: 40 Dues: $170 Women’s Council of Realtors is a network of successfulRealtorsempoweringwomentoexercise their potential as entrepreneurs and industry

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Women in Tech (WoTech) Contact: Jen Floyd, 541-480-6492 E-mail: WoTech is a group for and about women who work in technology. It is a place for networking, educating, mentoring, building community, and sharing ideas. WoTech’s goals include bringing together innovative people and actively supporting initiatives to encourage and support women and girls in technical careers. They also offer informal monthly networking opportunities.

Women’s Resource Center of Central Oregon Board President: Robyn Lopez Melton, 541-385-0750 E-mail: Website: The Women’s Resource Center of Central Oregon (WRCCO) creates opportunities for all women to increase their personal and professional growth through skills training, personal counseling and Life Transitions workshops. Since 2003, the nonprofit organization offers referrals to community services/referrals to effect positive change. Private counseling for women and men is available on a slliding scale fee basis, making counseling affordable for those with or without insurance.

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