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Beardsley native Roger Rook Bellingham bloodmobile honored by college board falls short (Edi. note: Roger Rook graduated from Beardsley High School in 1945. Now a retired attorney, he married the former Audrey Falkingham of Browns Valley. they now live in Milwaukie, Oregon and spend part of their winters in Lake Havasu, Arizona. The following story on Roger is submitted by one of his classmates. Dick Jorgenson, formerly of Ortonviile. Dick and his wife Barbara Lehrer, a former Browns Valley school teacher, have lived in Marshall since 1951 and they spend part of this summers at their cabin on Big Stone Lake and part of winter at Navarre Beach, Florida. Humor..Diligence.. Integrity..Meno r..Intelligence..Loyalty..Glue Glue? How does glue fit this list of outstand- ing characteristics? Dr. John Keyser, president of Clackamas Community College, uses all of these words to describe Roger Rook, the most senior community col- lege board member in Oregon, with service since July of 1970. "Roger is the one who over the years enabled the board to work well together," Dr. Keyser said. "He is the glue, keeping communications together and the key gatekeeper to ensure that the Board operates effec- tively and legally." Roger's length of service and model behavior have contributed to a strong local Board. For this reason, and the following examples, he is being nominated for the 1998 Howard Cherry Award for Outstanding Community College Board Member. It's no secret the board was dys- functional when Roger was elected. President Emeritus Dr. John Hakanson said, "When he came on the Board it made a world of differ- ence." Dr. Hakanson writes: Roger Rook came on the Clackamas Community College Board early in the college his- tory. The Board members at that time had not reached a consensus on what a community college could and should be about; nor had they attained any understanding of their appropriate relationship with the college adminis- tration. Roger saw what had to hap- pen and took the lead in making it happen. He quietly assumed a strong and active leadership position on these issues, joined by new members Bill Gregory and George Van Bergen, with the result that over a relatively short period of time there emerged a workable coalition of Board members who did understanding what the mis- sion of the college should be and what their relationship with the administra- tion staff must be if progress toward achieving that mission was to occur. This development was truly crucial to the growth of Clackamas Community College. Without an understanding and supportive coali- tion of Board members in its early years, the college clearly would not have survived and grown to its pre- sent eminence. Roger Rook provided vital Board leadership in an effective fashion at a critical juncture in its history. Roger himself tells the same story. "When I came on the Board it was in trouble," he said. "it was con- tentious and they had very long meet- ings." Change started with Roger, but his influence in asking responsible people to run for the Board made an even bigger difference. "I consider negotiating some Board candidate nominations as the most important thing I've done on the Board," Roger reported. Dr. Key ser wouldn't disagree, but he's quick to point out the attributes Roger brings'to the table on a month- ly basis. Most important are the respect and esteem he received from the other board members. He's very regular in his attendance and sets a standard for others to model. "Roger has an unusual capacity to absorb information, and he always asks the right questions," Dr. Keyser said. "He is soft-spoken, easy going and very bright. When he talks, everyone listens. A sense of humor is sometimes used to diffuse tense situa- Girl born Sept. lOth to Bruce Hoernemanns A girl was born to the Hoernemanns, Bruce and Sheila, of Ortonville are the proud parents of Rachel Ann, born on Sept. 10th. She weighed 8 lbs., 14 oz. and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Art and Ruth Hoememarm of Ortonville and Roger - es nandatv. :  .... ...... Baby shower set for Cody Swezey An open house baby shower will be held in honor of Cody Lee, infant son of Travis and Tonya Swezey of Watertown on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 2-4 p.m. The shower will be at the Collis "and Brenda DaMe farm home, 2 miles north of Milbank. All friends and relatives are invited. tions, but that element is part of what makes Roger such an effective mem- ber of the Board." Dr. Keyser contin- ued. Roger subscribes, to the notion that you give yourself, having recently started an endowment for the Clackamas Community College Criminal Justice Program, and has diligently worked with the college to identify donors and appropriate part- nerships. Roger started his "educational career" in a one-room country school in Roberts County, South Dakota, and has always been interested in education He participated in the Concord School PTA in Oak Grove, Oregon, as his family of 5 children were in grade school. "I received a notice that some community leaders were wanting to start a community college in the coun- ty in 1966, but I didn't get involved at first," Roger remembered. In fact, in compiling information for a book he's written, he discovered he had the orig- inal letter asking him for involvement. But Roger was already heavily involved in community service for the county. He served as Clackamas County District Attorney from 1965 1976. Roger served as president of both the state and national associa- tion of district attorneys. "By the time the second round of elections came up, I had the impres- sion that the community college was having an impact on the county, and I thought I ought to get involved," Roger said. Roger's presence on the Board for nearly 30 years, and his professional attitude, have been a guide for the other Board members. His dedication and years of service are a true inspira- tion. A graduate of Willamette University College of Law, Roger started his education at Hemline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He transferred to the University of Oregon his sophomore year. Now retired, he has spent most of his pro- fessional life in a private law prac- tice in Milwaukie. PRINTING Is Our Business THE ORTONVILLE INDEPENDENT We tCdve ta@ ltnng to chOose-from, just give'uya tall. 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Topped with nacho cheese sauce, beans, our specially-seasoned beef, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, guacamole, sour cream, olives and onions. Cape not included. A WllOIJI lX3R' OF  219 West 4th Avenue * Milbank, 51) 5752 * Phone 005-432-4900 Owed and oma by lan a Unda Trautman OlgN TacQ JQM'IVlmNO4, u*c TJiOe A total of 66 donors reported with four deferrals making 62 pints of blood donated with a goal of 70 pints at the Bellingham Bloodmobile. There was one two gallon donor Arlen, e Karels of Bellingham, one three a,lon donor, Jovce Norbv of Bellingha'rnone five'gallon donor Harold Kittel'son of Louisburg, one seven gallon donor Julie Trojan of Nassau and one eight gallon donor, Merlyn (Matthies) of Bellingham. The Red Cross Bloodmobile Chapter and the city coordinators commend all the volunteers, donors, those who helped unload the truck, the media and the Bellingham Auxiliary for serving their delicious lunch. Mark your calendar for Jan. 4, 1999 for our next Bloodmobile. Bloodmobile Coordinators in Bel!ingham are Dorothy Adelman and Arlene Hoffman. Movies Oct. 7th Area Senior Citizens are invited to spend part of the afternoon of Oct. 7th at the Center to enjoy a movie and treats. "Bill," a classic Mickey Rooney movie, will be shown, starting at 1:15 p.m. This "Video Venture" at the Senior Center is a new, joint offering of the Senior Center and Minnwest Bank, who will provide the treats during the movie. Movies will be shown at the Senior Center once or twice a month. Watch the Independent or the Community Calendar for the dates and times of upcoming videos to be shown. Boy born Sept. 21 to Travis Swezeys A baby boy was born Sept. 21st, 1998 to Travis and Tanya Swezey of Watertown, SD. They have named him Cody Lee Swezey. Cody weighed 8 pounds, 3 oz. and was 19-1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Wade and Bonnie Swezey of Ortonville, Collis and Brenda Dahle of Milbank, SD. Grand grandparents are Roscoe and Helen Dahle, Merlyn and LaVergne Hedman all of Milbank, SD, Beth Swezey of Ortonville, Deloris Bengtson of Big Stone City, SD. TROJANS ON THE MOVE AGAINST E MINNWEST BANK On The Move To Its New Location SATURDAY, OCT. OLD LOCATION HOURS, OCT. 3: DRIVE-UP OPEN 9-12 LOBBY CLOSED NEW LOCATION HOURS BEGINNING ocT. OPEN REGULAR HOURS NMINNWEST B00,IK ORTONVILLE MJNNVVEST BANK GROUP Influenza vaccinations be held in October Northside Medical Center will be having a flu vaccination clinic in October, but staff are unsure of the date, as the clinic has not yet received its vaccine shipment. According to Liz Sorenson from Northside, this is due to the flu epi- demic now in Alaska, which is taking up a good supply of the nation's flu vaccine. Vaccinations are important for the disease, which is caused by a virus that spreads from person to person in the nose and throat. 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