February 2021

  • NEIGHBORS - The stories and goings on in McNary Estates neighborhood
  • HUMOR ME - A lighter side of life perspective
  • IN THE COMMUNITY - What we may have in common
  • TECH HINTS - A couple of hints how to unplug from the internet and Facebook
  • YOUTH OF MCNARY - Read about the our next generation strengths 
  • ON THE GREENS - McNary Golf Club is the central hub of activities on the course and beyond 
  • MC NARY HOA - Valentines Cookie Exchange planned  

Featured Supporter

Troy Renshaw with Homesmart Realty Group has been a faithful supporter of The McNary Newsletter for decades. We appreciate his monthly commitment allowing that allows The McNary Newsletter to be in your inbox. 

Joining Troy this month are fellow advertising supporters: Roof Rite, The Swancutt, Perkins & Cygrymus Group, Lindsay Hair, Gysin Realty Group-Shaughn Tupper, John's Waterproofing Company, Thomas Painting, Rick & Ande Hoffman-HomeSmart, Valley Roofing, Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community, Boucher Jewelers, Tom Hempel Testing, R Bauer Insurance Inc, and Budget Blinds

Making it Possible

Yes, that is us, Tom & Christine Dieker. We produce The McNary Newsletter which is separate but supported by the McNary Home Owners Association. Our goals are community and neighborhood driven. Contact Tom for your advertising interest at 503.949.0891 ( or Christine for news and content suggestions at 503-949-6099 (

Contributing articles and photos by Mark Percy, Erik Jespersen, Jim Varner, Susan May, and Mary Smith are very much appreciated. 

The McNary Newsletter has shared with you many stories of our human neighbors in past issues. In this publication we would like to acknowledge again our feathered friends (Last month there was a story about hummingbirds). In Keizer and the Willamette Valley it is common to hear the sounds and look up to see the numerous geese passing overhead. Enjoy the video clip below of our temporary neighbors soon to head north. 

In the classic migration pattern, flocks that wintered in our community fly north in the spring, returning to the same spots in the high and sub-Arctic to breed and nest. In September and October, these flocks head south again—with a new generation in tow. Enjoy this clip (CLICK ABOVE IMAGE), taken by Kelly Walther, who captured a flock taking off from Staatz Lake. 

Written By Mary A Smith

Mary (Alice) Smith has been a resident at McNary Estates for quite a few years.  She and her husband, Curt, moved to Cambridge Greens over 5 years ago.  Sadly, Curt passed in 2017. 

Mary came to Oregon via New York, Ohio, Washington, California, Michigan, and finally, to Oregon in 1981 (her father was a minister, which accounts for all those moves!) Mary’s mother gave her a journal for her 13th birthday and she’s been writing ever since.  Journaling led to writing stories, many based on tales of her youth.  Mary’s interests include Book Club in Cambridge Greens, where great friendships have been formed.  She also plays the piano and is madly in love with “Kitty”, aka Gracie Rose.  She is the mother of two beautiful daughters (Michele lives with Mary), grandmother to Jordan Bishop and great-grandmother to Zuri, who lives in Nevada. McNary is just the best place to be at this stage of Mary’s life!


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I don’t know why my father couldn’t drive NORMAL cars.  While the rest of the neighbor kids were ferried about in Chryslers, Fords or Chevrolets, MY dad regularly brought home “off-beat” models—and you never knew WHEN that might happen.  A new car could appear in our driveway at any given moment.

I could have died.  There was the Hudson Jet (a boring, two-toned brown and cream-colored sedan); an impossibly small Austin Healy (for the six in our family)!  In fact, Daddy once transported 9 kids-stuffed in like sardines—to a church event in that tiny car.

Sadly, as the years passed, his choices did not improve.  There was the Kaiser Frasier, Henry J, Nash Rambler and even an (orange) Renault!  But his worst purchase, by far, was the blue and white 1952 Studebaker, dubbed a “Stupid-baker” by our bratty next door neighbor, David Miller.

I wouldn’t exactly accuse David of harassing us (that word wasn’t in my vocabulary at age 11).  It was more like he TORMENTED us with his chants of “The Edwards have a Stupid-baker!” in his sing-song voice.  Oh, how I hated that car (and him).  Why couldn’t I be driven around in a plain, non-descript, maroon Ford with suede upholstery, like the one the Millers drove? 

Of course, I once witnessed the time David spilled a gallon of homemade ice cream all over those beautiful seats, but that’s another story…

Anyway, it’s time for a little REVENGE, to “get back” at my friend for all those times he made our lives miserable.  And here it is:  David’s middle name is FOSTER, a secret he carefully guarded throughout childhood.  Oh, how he hated that name!

You see, David’s mother had chosen another middle name; she planned to call him David Al Miller, but lying in her hospital bed, she visualized his initials on a door….D.A.M.  Horrified, Mrs. Miller quickly replaced AL with FOSTER, the only name she could think of.

It doesn’t matter that, after all these years, FOSTER seems quite dignified, even fitting, for a College President.  Only a select few of us knew about his funny middle name and were bound with carrying his secret.

But, no more!  Yoo-Hoo, David:  You’ve been “outed”!

Mary A. Smith

The Attraction of Rotary
Written By Jim Varner, McNary Estate resident and Rotary Member
I have been involved in a rotary club since 1975. My first experience was at the Peral Harbor Rotary Club as member, then becoming the President, and later being District 5000 Governor in Hawaii. My wife Nancy also joined a new start up Rotary Club in 2007. Both of us regularly visited the the Keizer Rotary as we made plans to move to the area. We  purchased our house in McNary Estates in 2003 then permanently moved here in 2011 and became members of the Keizer Club of Keizer.

Some people have asked us what is the attraction of being a rotary member. I came up with twenty reasons but I am sure there are more. Here's my list:
  1. Friendship:  In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship.  It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.
  2. Business Development:  The second original reason for Rotary’s beginning is business development.  Everyone needs to network.  Rotary consists of a cross section of every business community.  Its members come from all walks of life.  Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.
  3. Personal Growth and Development:  Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth and education in human relations and personal development.
  4. Leadership Development:  Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people.  Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education.  Leadership: - learning how to motivate, influence and lead leaders.
  5. Citizenship in the Community:  Membership in a Rotary club makes on a better community citizen.  The average Rotary club consists of the most active citizens of any community.
  6. Continuing Education:  Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to keep one informed about what is going on in the community, nation, and world.  Each meeting provides an opportunity to listen to different speakers and a variety of timely topics.
  7. Fun:  Rotary is fun, a lot of fun.  Each meeting is fun.  The club projects are fun.  Social activities are fun.  Serving others is fun.
  8. Public Speaking Skills:  Many individuals who joined Rotary were afraid to speak in public.  Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication and the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.
  9. Citizenship in the World:  Every Rotarian wears a pin that says “Rotary International.”  There are few places on the globe that do not have a Rotary club.  Every Rotarian is welcome – even encouraged – to attend any of the 33,000 clubs in over 200 nations and geographical regions.  This means instant friends in both one’s own community and in the world community.
  10.   Assistance when Traveling:  Because there are Rotary clubs everywhere, many a Rotarian in need of a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice, etc., while traveling has found assistance through Rotary.
  11.   Entertainment:  Every Rotary club and district has parties and activities that provide diversion in one’s business life.  Rotary holds conferences, conventions, assemblies, and institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education, and service.
  12.   The Development of Social Skills:  Every week and at various events and functions, Rotary develops one’s personality, social skills and people skills.  Rotary is for people who like people.
  13.   Family Programs:  Rotary provides one of the world’s largest youth exchange programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians; opportunities for spouse involvement; and a host of activities designed to help family members in growth and the development of family values.
  14.   Vocational Skills:  Every Rotarian is expected to take part in the growth and development of his or her own profession or vocation: to serve on committees and to teach youth about one’s job or vocation.  Rotary helps to make one a better doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc.
  15.   The Development of Ethics:  Rotarians practice the 4-Way Test that governs one’s ethical standards.  Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.
  16.   Cultural Awareness:  Around the world, practically every religion, country, culture, race, creed, political persuasion, language, color, and ethnic identity is found in Rotary. It is a cross section of the world’s most prominent citizens from every background.  Rotarians become aware of their cultures and learn to love and work with people everywhere.  They become better citizens of their countries in the process.
  17.   Prestige:  Rotary members are prominent people:  Leaders of business, the professions, are, government, sports, military, religion, and all disciplines.  Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world.  Its ranks include executives, managers, professional – people who make decision an
  18.   Nice People:  Rotarians above all are nice people – the nicest people on the face of the earth.  They are important people who follow the policy of “it is nice to be important but it is more important to be nice.”
  19.   The Absence of an “Official Creed”:  Rotary has no secret handshake, so secret policy, no official creed, no secret meetings or rituals.  It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.
  20.    The Opportunity to Serve:  Rotary is a service club.  Its product is serving.  Rotarians provide community service to both local and international communities.  This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian:  The chance to do something for somebody else and to sense the self-fulfillment that comes in the process and return of that satisfaction to one’s own life.  It is richly rewarding.
If you find any of these reasons attracting or would like to attend our weekly Zoom meetings (or luncheons when allowed) visit the Keizer Rotary Club website to get in touch.
Written By Christine Dieker
Have you watched the movie Social Dilemma and feel you are being watched? Do you wonder why ads pop up in our Facebook feed with products or services your morning conversation was about? Or, are you fed up with the social media policies or negative rants. You are not alone.

One hint is that you can place your smart phone in Airplane Mode, which will cut off any internet surveillance. Of course you will need to plan for and communicate that you are only available to those loved ones and friends the certain times you are not in Airplane Mode.

As I pondered eliminating by Facebook account, I was sad to think I would loose the photos and videos of my life events since using this platform since 2007. Then I came across an article by Kim Komando on how to transfer your Facebook photos, videos before you ditch your account. In short, here are the steps and a second hint she described:
  • Start with assuring you have a Drop Box or Google Drive account to transfer the photos and videos to
  • Make sure you have your Facebook password and open or login
  • Click the downward arrow in the top-right corner (web) or the three-line menu at the bottom of the screen (mobile)
  • Select Settings & Privacy
  • Click Settings
  • Scroll down to the Your Facebook Information section
  • Click Transfer a Copy of Your Photos or Videos. You might need to reenter your password
  • Click the arrow next to Choose Destination and select Dropbox or Google Drive from the menu
  •  Choose whether you want to export your photos or your videos and click Next.
  • Sign in to your Dropbox or Google Drive account and allow Facebook Data Transfer to access your account
  • Click Confirm Transfer
Kim says all the photos or videos you have uploaded to Facebook will be transferred. I plan to back up my photos and videos soon and be one step closer to saying goodbye. 


Youth of McNary

Letter from
Erik Jespersen, Principal of McNary High School
Dear Keizer Neighbors,
McNary enjoyed yet another bump in our overall four-year graduation rate this year.  I’m happy to report that 91.21% of our seniors graduated with a diploma.  This number represents six years of consistent improvement in graduation rates over a six-year period of time. 
And while we are excited that our school once again is doing very well overall, there are a few specific metrics that we are most proud of.
In the 2014-15 school year, our Latino students which represent approximately 1/3 of our student body had a 73% graduation rate as compared to our white students that were 13% higher at 86%.  This past school year that achievement gap completely closed.  In fact, for the first time in school history, our Latino students had a higher graduation rate 91.48% than our white students at 91.25%.  Additionally, over the same span of six years, our students receiving special education services improved from a 52.2% graduation rate to 82.5%.
At McNary, our pledge to the community is that we will continue to work tirelessly to keep those numbers heading in the right direction.  We appreciate your encouragement in the neighborhood, the support of our middle and elementary school partners within Keizer, and of all the parents and community members that have put our kids at the center of this important work.    
Erik Jespersen
Principal, McNary High School
What’s the average golfer’s drive?
In the Rough website has a question and answer column for golfers, Here is the answer, based on Arccos data, for (What is the average golfer's driving distances?).  For a male golfer it is 225 yards, with the average length of a women’s drive being 167 yards. 

The average driving distance by age comes out as the following for the past years of 2017 to 2019:

By setting a maximum score on each hole for handicap purposes, the new Rules of Handicapping will ensure that the occasional bad hole does not impact a Handicap Index too severely or prevent otherwise good scores from being used in the Handicap Index calculation. This, in turn, will help to ensure that a player’s Handicap Index should always reflect their demonstrated ability. 

The maximum score for each hole played is limited to a net double bogey – which is equal to Par of the hole + 2 strokes (double bogey) + any handicap strokes the player is entitled to receive on that hole based on their Course Handicap.

For example, a player with a Course Handicap of 12 is entitled to one additional stroke on holes allocated with stroke index 1 through 12 on the scorecard. On a par 4 hole, with a Stroke Index of 10, the player’s maximum score would be 4 (par) + 2 (double bogey) + 1 (stroke received) = 7.

When the format of play allows, players are encouraged to pick up at their maximum hole score to keep up a good pace. For competitions, the adjustment is applied after the round. This means that the score posted for the competition and the score submitted for handicap purposes could be different.

The Net Double Bogey adjustment prevents high individual hole scores from inflating a player’s Handicap Index and promotes fair play when golfers of various abilities enjoy a round of golf together.

For more information, please contact your National Association. Contact details can be found here:

McNary HOA Social Committee Cookie Exchange
​Before Wednesday, February 10th, Call Amber Wilcox at (503) 990-1960 or Cheryl Ousey at (541) 840-2852.

HOW: ​Make 3 dozen of your favorite cookies and deliver to Cheryl Ousey’s house at 459 Palmer Dr. N.

 DATE: ​Drop off your 3 dozen baked cookies by Friday, February 12th—before 5:00pm.

 RECEIVE: ​We will deliver your neighbors favorite cookies to you February 13th before 6:00pm

***While repackaging cookies we will adhere to the CDC guidelines by washing our kitchen counter with soap and hot water and washing our hands before, during and after repackaging cookies.
According to the CDC​:​ Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that handling food or consuming food is associated with COVID-19.
If you or someone in your family begin to feel unwell or have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, please call Amber or Cheryl and drop out of the cookie exchange.
Do you have any suggestions or ideas for future Social events, or would you like to volunteer to be on, or assist with the Social Committee events, please contact: Amber Wilcox at (503) 990-1960 or Cheryl Ousey at (541) 840-2852.
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