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  • NEIGHBORS - Golf Cart Christmas Parade on Dec 18th
  • REMEMBERING MOLLY - By Ann Trombley
  • IN THE COMMUNITY - Homeless Conversation & Keizer Library Vote Continued 
  • ON THE GREENS - What's happening at McNary Golf Club
  • A FRESH OUTLOOK - "The Beauty of Fall" By Cameron Shackelton
  • MCNARY HOA - Dogs & Lawns Feedback & HOA  Annual Meeting Information
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Golf Cart Christmas Parade "Save the Date"
The 3rd Annual Holiday Golf Cart Parade at McNary Estates & Golf Club is on schedule for December 18, 2022. Decorate your golf carts and join in the fun OR see route map below to watch as the golf cart parade travels past your home around the neighborhood. Parade participants should arrive by 4pm to check-in at the McNary Golf Club parking lot. Contest judging will be between 4pm and 4:30pm, so get creative – there will be prizes!
Parade leaves promptly at 4:30pm and will arrive back at the clubhouse
around 5:30pm. Come Jingle & Mingle at the Clubhouse after the Golf Cart Parade.
Everyone (participants and observers) is
encouraged to gather at “The View” after the parade where the contest winners will be announced. A
great time for dinner, drinks, and socializing! (no host). The restaurant
will have some great dinner specials that are sure to please.

RSVP by December 14 to if you plan to participate with your golf cart or have questions. If you need to speak to someone directly, please don't hesitate to contact Carol Windsor (541- 680-1635) or Debbie Martinez (925-890-3454).
By Ann Trombley
I had my book review in my head but decided to tell you about a true “book lover” who we lost this weekend.   A former McNary resident left this world.  

If you didn’t know Molly McVey, let me tell you a little bit about her.   She and her husband, George, lived on
Snead.   From the golf course, their home was to the left of the 16th green.   Lovely green lawn with gorgeous plants and flowers.   She was caring and kind, taking care of older neighbors, especially Don and Blanche Conat, who lived across the street.   Don and Blanche put out the McNary newsletter for years.   

And Molly joined our book discussion group.   A welcome addition with interesting books to suggest and discuss with deeper pertinent points about the books during our discussions.   I would stop and think “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Several years ago, the decision was made for them, as they got older, to move to South Salem to be closer to family.    She continued with the book group, and we enjoyed visiting her new “digs”.  But health problems showed up.    Frequent doctor visits were not producing a diagnosis.   The ideas at our discussions were still there in her head, but her voice was failing, taking her longer to express her ideas.    
Finally, the diagnosis that we didn’t want to hear:   ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).   The brain still works, but the body fails.    As I said, she left us this weekend, but I’m sure she is in heaven organizing a book discussion group.   Rest in peace, my friend.   

Condolences can be sent to: 
George McVey
6790 Huntington Circle SE
Salem, OR 97306
In the Community
Homeless Conversation Continued
Mayor Cathy Clark - "Mid Willamette Valley Homeless Alliance is that multipronged approach partnering service providers, shelter management and safety &security for effectively helping people leave homelessness for good. The needs for each person are complex and our Built for Zero approach helps us with data and best practices to invest properly to meet those needs."

Mid Willamette Valley Homeless Alliance Admin Post on 10/31/2022
Chronic Homelessness

A person experiencing chronic homelessness is generally defined as an unaccompanied homeless individual with a disabling condition, who has been homeless for more than one year. It’s more common for people experiencing chronic homelessness to also deal with a certain disability, mental health condition, addiction or other debilitating conditions that restrict their ability to escape homelessness. Many chronically unhoused people live on the streets, in parks, in cars, or in other places that are not suitable or safe for living.

People experiencing chronic homelessness are the hardest individuals to house and the hardest for agencies to serve. They require the most intensive services to get them off the streets and out of shelters. Continuums of Care (COCs) aim to identify people living in unsheltered situations, including encampments, and connect these individuals with health and housing resources.

Rural areas like ours in the Marion-Polk region can often lack the resources and infrastructure for providing homeless services and permanent housing. Rural areas also require unique strategies to solve challenges specific to their geography.

Who are the Chronically Homeless?

The Marion-Polk region has a disproportionately large population of chronically homeless adults. Assessments of Marion-Polk unsheltered adults without children in the past year found 62 percent were chronically homeless. By comparison, a 2020 snapshot identified 45 percent of unsheltered individuals in Oregon households without children, and 35 percent across the nation, were chronically homeless.

As such, our region has prioritized chronic homelessness in the Alliance’s Strategic Plan and in the recently adopted Comprehensive Plan for Serving Individuals and Families Experiencing Homelessness with Severe Service Needs.

How is the Alliance Helping?

The Alliance board of directors recently approved an in-depth plan to address unsheltered chronic homelessness for people with severe service needs in our region. This plan includes expansion of shelter and permanent supportive housing and enhanced social support services for unsheltered community members. We also applied for special U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) grant funds to further support this initiative.

If funded, this initiative will add on-the-ground outreach to ensure that some of the more vulnerable and harder-to-house community members are able to successfully access housing opportunities, social services, and healthcare resources by making direct connections and referrals to partner organizations.

Even without grant funding, our new plan addresses local needs by promoting partnerships with health care organizations, public housing authorities and housing providers, and people with lived experience with homelessness. Plan objectives include:

  • Increase affordable housing options through development of new housing units and landlord recruitment.
  • Leverage substantial health care resources and connect people with severe service needs to healthcare resources; designate staff to coordinate initial connections.
  • Reduce barriers to people with severe service needs moving from unsheltered homelessness to low barrier, culturally appropriate shelter and temporary housing to permanent housing.
  • Use data, performance, and best practices to improve and expand street outreach access to low barrier shelters and temporary accommodations, and rapid placement in permanent housing.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive method to identify and provide street outreach services to individuals and families experiencing unsheltered homelessness and prioritize these individuals and families for permanent housing.
  • Demonstrate that the CoC meaningfully includes individuals with lived experience of homelessness in decision making and service delivery activities.
  • Support and serve underserved communities in the geographic area and offer equitable housing interventions to address their needs.

Over the past two years, our partners in the Marion-Polk region added 392 emergency shelter beds through Project Turnkey and other repurposed hotel/motel facilities, expanded Union Gospel Mission’s Men’s Mission, and developed micro-shelter villages.

What Can I Do to Help?

Every time we speak to the community, we include these four calls to action: Contribute, Volunteer, Join a Committee, Inform Others. Programs that are working to address homelessness need our community’s support, either through money or volunteers (as we will need soon in January for the annual PIT Count). We also welcome community members to join one of our committees.

If these options aren’t viable for you, we hope you can at least learn more about homelessness issues and share your learnings with others. There is too much misinformation out there about homelessness. A good start in correcting misconceptions is informing other community members about the facts of homelessness.

In general, we recommend giving your time or donations to the homeless through an existing nonprofit organization. Sometimes sharing items or food with the homeless can lead to extra trash or food-borne illnesses. Contributing to local nonprofits with experience in the field is a great solution.

Another Local Resource
Soaring Heights Recovery Homes will be hosting a luncheon event at "The View" on November 18th.  We are trying to get people to join us and hear about our program.  Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated. Scan QR code and follow the prompts to RSVP this event.   
In the Community
Invest in a brighter future for Keizer. Vote Yes for Keizer Public Library.
By John Goodyear, CCRLS Executive Director, 2009-2020
I am the retired Executive Director of Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service (CCRLS).  I was part of the Oregon Library Association (OLA) committee that rewrote public library standards for Oregon, put in place in 2018. Once these standards became official, I led the effort to update the membership standards for CCRLS, also completed in 2018. Both of these sets of standards were simplified and became easier to achieve.

If Keizer voters approve ballot measure 24-468, the funding it provides will be the last piece of the puzzle and the Keizer Community Library will be able to meet the standards for both public library status and then CCRLS membership. My successor at CCRLS said as much in writing and in recorded testimony before the Keizer City Council.

In spite of cell phones and the internet, libraries are still a critical community resource. In fact, because of the internet, libraries are more important than ever. They provide guidance, expensive digital resources, facilitate digital literacy with accurate information and trustworthy resources, and provide access to all who need it.

This funding will allow the Keizer Library to provide much improved library services in its current location and the ability to expand into a storefront rental if more space is needed down the road without requiring additional funding. When part of CCRLS, Keizer residents will have access to 1.4 million items, making it part of the 3rd or 4th largest library system in Oregon.

McNary Men’s Golf Club Results
By Mark Piercy, Men’s Club Secretary
Memorial Tournament
The Men’s Club held the Memorial Tournament on Saturday, October 8, in remembrance of those Members who have passed away. This past year’s inductees to Golf Heaven were Royce Norris on June 18 at age 86 and Ed Bybee on July 16 at age 77. Royce and Ed are no longer paying green’s fees with some 86 other past Members on some of the finest courses ever played, where every drive finds the fairway, every green is reached in regulation, and every hole is a one-putt. That’s right…no need to think about whether to grant that gimmie or not. And, yes, that’s a lot of birdies! This year’s Memorial was played at McNary Golf Club. Twenty-two 2-man teams competed for low net $$.  The team of Tim Bowman and Adam Vasas came out on top of a strong field and took home the grand prize of $150 apiece. Tim Kessel and Greg Pedersen each took home a dozen Titleist Pro V1 golf balls for the individual low gross and individual low net scores respectively. Many thanks to Charlie Davidson for setting up the Memorial Tournament. Farewell, Royce, and Ed!
Fall Classic
The Fall Classic was contested Saturday, October 15. The Fall Classic is a pick your partner, 2-Man, with 9 holes each of Best Ball and Chapman format. There were 24 2-Man teams. Prize $ went to the top 4 teams in gross and top 4 teams in net. Both divisions ended in a tie for top prize. Team Grant Kessel and Jonathan Stong wound up knotted with Team Fernando Martinez and Derek Dunmyer at 69 gross. Each team received $165. Team Don Croy and Dan Hedges finished in a dead heat with Team Mac Martin and Ryan Smith for top net honors at 63, also good for $165 per team. Third gross and $120 went to Team Doug Bedell and Joey Ziogas with a 72. Fourth gross and $90 went to Team Todd Petzel and Tim Kessel who carded a 73. There was a tie for third net, just one shot back of the top prize, between Team Chris Morrison and Adam Vasas and Team Jerry Splonski and Charlie Davidson. Each team took home $105.
The Fall Classic is the last official tournament on the Men’s Club calendar; however, there is one last unofficial event remaining on the calendar, The Civil War. You may notice a lot more green/yellow and orange/black apparel on the course Saturday, November 5. The Civil War, the annual golf skirmish between the Beavers and the Ducks, takes place that day, rain or shine. General Glen Zielinski leads the Beavers and General Jerry Splonski leads the Ducks. Two-man teams will be assigned by Zielinski and Splonski who will also determine which 2-man teams will compete against each other. In the past the format has been low net ball match play. But this year’s format had not been determined as of press time. It’s best not to have a thin skin in this competition as there could be a lot of smack talk. Recent years have seen a few more W’s on the Beavers’ side of the ledger than on the Ducks’ side. Maybe this is the year the Ducks reverse that trend. Who will be bragging?
Hello from President Mary Ann Zielinski
We have celebrated our past, swung into our future…
… and closed out our 2022 Season in great style, thanks to the creative work of Jeanie White and her crew, Jackie Tenant and Susie Raes. The tables were beautiful with hydrangea filled pumpkins and the lunch was wonderful thanks to the chefs of The View. Many thanks to them and our servers, Rosa and Zoey!
Our winter tournament is now officially under way. The sign up sheet was filling up quickly and Nancy and Joanie will be sending out texts to all who are participating with tee times as weather permits. Contact them if you would like to play and didn’t get a chance to sign up.

The Committee Sign Up Sheet was passed from table to table, and I’m pleased to report that all Committees, except the 9 Hole Captains, have been filled! This is so wonderful to be ahead of the game for 2023! If you are a 9 hole member, please consider this important position. In the words of Mother Theresa, “ I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” What can YOU do?
MLGA 2022 Season Results for the Ringers, Birdies, Milestones, Most Improved, the Presidents Cup and Club Champions
9 Hole Group: Mary Hanson, Breaking 45; Carol Dornfeld, Breaking 55.
18 Hole Group: Charlotte Splonski and Pam Morrison, Breaking 90
Birdies 9 Holes:
2-Heather Howard
Birdies 18 Holes:
8 -Carole Prall
3-Bev Davidson, Charlotte Splonski, Barb Eggiman
2-Nancy Boyer, Sheryl McDonnell, Gayle Smith, Linda Stevens, Mary Ann Zielinski
1-Glenda Klein, Shelia Levy, Pam Morrison, Brenda Rodriquez, Marlena Stanley, Karen Such, Diane Wheeler            
The Presidents Cup
1st:Karen Such, 2nd: Mary Ann Zielinski
Most Improved:
Jackie Tenant, 9 hole group; Atha Brown 18 hole group
Club Champion
Mary Hanson, 9 holes, Linda Stevens, 18 Holes
Ringers: 18 Holes
A flight 1st Gross: Carole Prall, 1st Net: Charlotte Splonski, 2nd Net: Sheryl McDonnell
B Flight 1st Gross: Mary Ann Zielinski, 1st Net: Karen Such, 2nd Net:Trish Hibbler
C Flight 1st Gross: Bette Dempsey, 1st Net: Sandi Guess, 2nd, Cindy Marion
Click here to view an areal view of McNary Golf Club 
MLGA Winter Tournament October 26, 2022 - March 31, 2023
It’s that time of year again - the Winter Tournament for those of us who don’t escape to sunnier places!! This year - if we have enough interest, we have an option for the 9-hole members.  To qualify for the tournament, you need to complete four 9-hole rounds from the yellow tees.  These need to be played on the FRONT. The sign up sheet for the Winter Tournament is in the pro shop and completed scorecards should also be turned into the pro shop. Cost: $10.

Sign-ups are accepted at any time between the beginning of the Tournament and
the end date. The fee must be paid prior to playing the first round. Once you have signed up in the pro-shop, please let either Joanie Leaton or Nancy Boyer know if you would like  to be notified by text of scheduled tee times during the tournament season. Please also use this text group to notify others of tee times you make and would welcome additional players. Tee times will normally be on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays - weather permitting.

To complete the tournament, each player must play two (2) complete rounds from the Combo tees and two (2) complete rounds from the Yellow tees. PLEASE BE SURE TO INDICATE WHICH TEES YOU ARE PLAYING FROM ON THE SCORECARD - OTHERWISE WE WILL BE UNABLE TO USE THOSE SCORES TO DETERMINE WINNERS.
Nine hole players, to complete this tournament, you must complete four 9-hole rounds from the yellow tees ON THE FRONT. As above, please indicate on your card that you are playing from the yellow tees. In order for the round to qualify, you must play with another MLGA member, but that person doesn’t need to be participating in the Winter Tournament. The scorecard must be signed by at least one other MLGA member and be dated.
Scoring: Since many times during the winter a round of 18 holes isn’t always played on a single day, scoring is done by 9s. Each 9 is tracked separately, even if the round is completed on the same day. The front and back will be tracked separately.
-Gross: Scoring is done by adding the best 2 front 9s and the best 2 back 9s from each tee for a total gross.
-Net: Similarly, the handicap is used to calculate the best rounds to get the net scores. Handicaps from November 1st will be used to calculate net scores.
-Presented at the Opening Breakfast
-In 2022, prizes were awarded to 1st and 2nd places for both best low gross and best
low net.
-A person can only win one (1) prize.
If you have any questions, please contact either Joanie Leaton or Nancy Boyer.
Written By Cameron Shackelton
The Beauty of Fall

Last night I laid in bed and fell asleep to the sound of heavy rain drops hitting my rooftop and bedroom window. Although I do love the warmth of summer’s sun kissing my skin and looking tan for several months, there are several charming aspects about the fall season.
For starters, Autumn seems to be the coziest season of them all. You can wrap yourself up with a wool sweater and throw on your favorite jacket as well as pair of boots. There’s something enchanting about drinking a warm mug of apple cider as the crisp fall breeze embraces your chilled cheeks.

As I walk through my work’s parking lot, I observe the amber colored, leaf-strewn pavement while trying to avoid fresh puddles created from the night prior. It ironically floods back childhood memories when I would purposely seek out said puddles and make a big splash without any worry of soggy jean bottoms and cold toes. Which then reminds me of my adolescent weekends spent at the apple orchard with my grandparents where we would ride on wagons and collect our favorite crisp apples and plump pumpkins. Now senses are enlightened, and I recall the scent of Sunday’s homemade baked blueberry pies and beef stews for supper. Not to mention the warmth of a hot cocoa mug meeting your frosty fingertips. There may be no better feeling than that.

Oregon’s fall season may seem bleak at times and carry never ending rainstorms, but there always seems to be a hidden charm behind it all. Going through the “spooky” season is also a reminder of how close we are to Christmas and another calendar year in the books. So go ahead and dress up for Halloween, put those pumpkins out on your front porch, and find many things to be thankful for; after all, Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away!
McNary Dogs & Lawns
Submitted by: Al Coven

Regarding last month’s articles on dogs doing their business on neighbor’s lawns. Let me suggest, consider you are taking your dog on an EXERCISE walk NOT a BATHROOM walk. Fifteen to twenty minutes before you plan to leave put your dog in its normal bathroom, your back yard.  They know what to do there. Now start your EXERCISE walk. Keep yourself between your dog and its normal sniff spots (lawns, bushes, posts). If you must, walk in the street with you and the curb between your dog and its sniff spots. Do not let your dog pass in front or behind you.  Shorten the leash and keep your dog at your side.  When your dog tries to get to sniff spots KEEP A SHORT LEASH AND KEEP WALKING!  Soon your dog will get the idea and your walk be more pleasant because you and your dog will be getting more EXERCISE and you will not have to pick up their poop and carry it home!  YUCK!!!!

October 10, 2022
All owners are hereby advised that the 2022 Annual Meeting of the McNary Estates Homeowners’ Association is called as follows:
SPECIAL NOTE: Please sign and return the enclosed ballot to CMI. This is in order to establish a quorum and to count votes. Two (2) directorships are open for election at this year’s meeting. The terms of Cheryl Ousey and Troy Sanders will expire at the annual meeting. 

2022 Board Candidates
Cheryl Ousey

I am the current President of McNary Estates HOA and it has been my honor to serve this community. I am running for 1 of the 2 open positions on the McNary Estates HOA Board. I have served a little over 2 years, first, for a few months as interim Secretary when the then Secretary, Molly McVey, moved from the community. I served a year as an HOA Board Member at Large and for the past year President of the Board. I have enjoyed working for our community as President and Board member and would like to be considered for a 2nd term.

I have lived in McNary Estates for over 5 years with my husband, Roger. We come from Medford, Oregon where we resided for over 35 years. We have one son who is the IT Manager for the City of Corvallis. For more than 30 years Roger owned a Law Practice with two partners. After the last partner retired, I stepped in as Office Manager and paralegal for 8 years where it was my responsibility to manage 4 to 6 employees.

The office specialized in Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability law. Roger handled the Workers’ Compensation and legal aspect of the office, I specialized in Social Security Disability in which I interviewed clients, filed claims, interacted with the Social Security Department staff and read through files in order to help Roger more efficiently brief his cases.

As Office Manager I handled the staff and took care of all financial matters including, but not limited to; advertising, budgets, purchases, income, expenditures, payroll, Workers’ Compensation insurance, 401Ks and the monthly and yearly taxes.

I graduated from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminology. I worked for four years at the White City Veterans Rehabilitation Center in the Psychology department serving the Veterans who have served our country.

In 1978 I joined Lockheed Ocean Systems as a Temp aboard the Hughes Glomar Explorer. After 4 months I was offered a full-time position. A year later I was granted a Top-Secret Clearance and was placed in charge of the Document Control Center for the next 10 years. I was then given a second Top Secret Clearance and began working on another Close Door Program.

In the 90s, after moving to Oregon, I worked for the City of Central Point as the Administrative Assistant to the City Manager. I interacted with the Mayor, City Board Members, the public, the Police and Fire Department. I attended all public meetings taking detailed notes and answering questions to Board Members and general public. Now retired, I would like to continue to serve our beautiful community as a member on the McNary Estates Homeowners Association Board.

I would appreciate your vote.

Troy Sanders
Troy is currently serving the interim position on the McNary Estates Architectural Review Committee. For the past 11 years he has worked for the Oregon Youth Authority as an IT Manager. He manages 11 staff with a budget of approximately $7.5 million. Before that he worked at a software development company for seven years as a Sr. IT Manager managing 24 staff with a budget of over $10 million.

Troy served 6 years in the United States Marine Corps as an administrative clerk and 2 years for a non-profit organization working with leaders around the world with a focus on the United Nations.

Over the past 30 years he has volunteered for organizations such as the Naval Sea Cadet Corps in Virginia and supporter of local school booster clubs, serving on the board of trustees for a non-profit organization and serving as the secretary and administrative volunteer for a global speaker.

Troy attributes his success to practice leadership skills through communication, team collaborative problem solving and proven ability to innovate, adapt and to overcome challenges presented by complex environments, threats and conditions.

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