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  • NEIGHBORS -McNary Holiday Golf Cart Parade and Wonderful Lights
  • FEATURED SUPPORTER - Boucher Jewelers
  • ON THE GREENS - McNary Men's Golf Club Elects 2022 Board and McNary Ladies Golf Association Holiday Luncheon
  • OFF THE GREENS - Ladies Social Club wrapping up 2021
  • IN THE COMMUNITY - Give the Gift of Rotary Christmas
  • HAVE YOU READ....? - Book reviews by Ann Trombley
  • A CHRISTMAS MEMORY - By Mary Smith
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NEIGHBORS  See the decorative homes this season and watch McNary Holiday Golf Cart Parade on Sunday, Dec 19th
There is still time to join in the fun on December 19th by decorating your golf cart with holiday cheer and parading through the neighborhood. 
See the flyer below for more information on what to expect as a participant and as a viewer. Sign up by December 15th by emailing: 
The second annual McNary Wonderful Lights Christmas Lights Display Contest selection committee will announce special winners on December 11th. The neighborhood houses have been showing their brightness since before the Thanksgiving meals were finished. This year's entries will be a sight to see. Plan your walk or cruise through the streets to see and choose your own winners. The following three categories will be judged:
Boucher Jewelers

Ray and Louise Boucher started our store in 1953 and became a central part of the Keizer community. Now in the third generation, everyone in the store is family (plus two), and we love what we do. Our family has well over 100 years of combined expertise in Jewelry and more than 60 years of relationships in the Keizer community.

We sell hand-picked, high-quality jewelry, watches, and giftware; recently bringing in a new, fabulous locally-made line of clean-burning candles. We think about what our customers want and strive to cater to all ages, styles, and budgets. We have an extensive selection of jewelry inventory out in stock including some Boucher-custom one-of-a-kind items, engagement rings, wedding bands, diamond and gemstone pendants, bracelets, and earrings, pearls, watches, and more.

From finding the perfect item to designing a custom piece that brings to life a one-of-a-kind work of art, we will be with you every step of the way. We also currently have 2 full-time, in-house jewelers who can help you with any jewelry repairs you need.

Come for a visit to experience the friendly, personable service of the Boucher Family. We carry a full selection of hand-picked, unique, high quality, on-trend styles. We are located here in Keizer, Oregon right on the corner of River Road and Chemawa.


Men’s Club Elects 2022 Board
By Mark Piercy, Men’s Club Secretary

     The McNary Men’s Golf Club held its annual meeting December 1. The primary purpose of the meeting was to elect the board positions of President, Vice President and Tournament Director, Treasurer, and Secretary. Only 2021 Secretary Erik Kjall was not running again. Taking his place on the ballot was Mark Piercy. Unanimously, the Members in attendance elected Chris Morrison as President, James “Mac” Martin as VP and Tournament Director, David Zahradnik as Treasurer, and Mark Piercy as Secretary for 2022.
     President Morrison recognized and thanked the many Men’s Club members who donated time and effort toward organizing the daily games, repairing the cart path approaching the #3 tee box, repairing the roof on the #7 bathroom, and the cleanup of the entire course following the ice storm. Member Jerry Splonski, MGC Greens Committee Chairman, added that Course Superintendent Dave Bashaw was very appreciative and amazed at all the help members of the Men’s Club contributed. He also led a discussion on the Year-End awards Banquet which will probably occur in January. The banquet may be modified a little. He led a discussion on introducing more formats into the daily ball-in-hat to keep shake things up a little and keep it fun. A Master Scorecard will still be required and turned in. Adherence to this policy fell off toward the end of the season. He led a discussion on planning three Home and Home Events, probably one each in June, July, and August; and tossed out 5 or 6 potential courses. He also mentioned that Michelbook Golf Club plans on resuming their jamboree in 2022 after a Covid-19 hiatus. Lost Track (Bend) was eliminated due to the distance. He added that the “Hairy McNary” No-Shave November fundraiser for cancer awareness and research spearheaded by the Men’s Club raised $1,000.
     VP and Tournament Director Martin said the tournament schedule would remain about the same, one event per month from March through October. He will work with the pro shop to secure our event dates. McNary Golf Club has several Member events and there are outside events that factor in. He asked the floor for input on the Member Guest. Several Members made comments. Most feedback was positive. The format may be changed slightly in 2022 but remain a 2-day event in July. The event should be one of the Men’s Club’s marque events as it showcases and promotes both the Men’s Club and McNary Golf Club. VP Martin also led discussion on requiring Members to obtain a GHIN through MGC. This policy will probably continue, one reason being the Handicap Committee has better access to review scoring.
     Treasurer Zahradnik presented a financial report. The Club is in good shape and carries a fair balance into 2022. Some of the money is dedicated to paying off the Hole-in-One program winners, the 2022 Member/Guest event, the March Madness breakfast, and entry fees of Members who qualified for OGA Championships. The list of qualified Hole-in-One winners includes Jesse Hall, Jessie Rodriguez, Steve Ostrin, Michael Hampton, and Shane Hart. The pot will be split between the winners.
     An open forum followed with discussions concerning posting match play scores, flighting events based on handicaps, and a weekday evening 9-hole league.

About McNary Men’s Golf Club:
The Men’s Club (MMGC) was established in 1962 when the golf course was opened. Our goal is to promote friendship and camaraderie through friendly competition within the fraternity of golf. Membership is open to men 21 years of age and older. All skill levels and walkers are welcome. Joining costs $35 per year plus an optional $5 hole-in-one fund. Joining is as easy as filling out a form located in the pro shop with your name, address, phone number, and email. Then pay the club dues to the pro shop staff. Participation also requires establishing a handicap through the United States Golf Association (USGA) and Golf Handicap Information Network (GHIN). This must be obtained through the McNary Golf Club pro shop. The current cost of the handicap program through McNary Golf Club is $40 per year. If you already have one you are good to jump in. If not...the pro shop can help you get started. A membership at McNary Golf Club (MGC) is not required to join the Men’s Club; however, the Golf Club is always working to boost membership and offers a variety of affordable membership options. Call the business office at 503-393-4653 for current membership information. Of course, you will have to pay greens/cart fees if you are not a McNary Golf Club member. Currently we have over 100 Men's Club members. The Men’s Club meets every day but Tuesday for “ball-in-hat” blind draw team handicapped competitions with $5 buy ins. We play year-round, rain or shine. The Men's Club is granted a reserved block of tee times 6 days a week. April through October the Men's Club tees off at 8:00am on weekends; 9:00am Mon, Wed, and Fri; and 8:00 am on Thursday. These times may vary slightly whenever the Golf Club hosts outside events or due to course maintenance or occasional frost delays. In the off-season of November through March tee times change to 9:00am on weekends and 10:00am on weekdays. The Men's Club organizes and supports 12 tournaments of varying formats during the year, awarding both net and gross scores. Entry fees are nominal with 100% of fees collected awarded in the prize pool in the form of sweeps, a credit toward Pro Shop merchandise. Included in the tourney schedule are three 2-day 36-hole events, and the summer long Match Play Tournament. In addition, the Men’s Club plays in several 'Home and Home' events with other Men's Clubs and represents McNary Golf Club in the Michelbook Men's Club Jamboree, a multi club competition held at Michelbook Golf Club in McMinnville. The Club pays entry fees for state competitions for qualifying members. The Club holds an annual awards and recognition banquet. Applications for joining are in the Pro Shop. For additional information inquire with our friendly Pro Shop staff or email
Ladies Golf Groups Conclude the Season
2021 McNary Ladies Golf Association President Marlena Standley shared that she was looking forward to seeing members at the Christmas Luncheon on Tuesday, December 7th.  There were 48 attendees at The View who were treated to a delicious Chicken Cordon Blue, Sauté Vegetables, and Garlic Mash potatoes lunch and an ice cream dessert. Marlena reminded everyone," it takes a village of volunteers for our club to function as we have come to expect."
She announced the volunteer officers for 2022 are as follows:
President - Mary Ann Zielinski
Vice President - Sandy Guess
Secretary - Christine Dieker
Treasurer - Karen Such
Past President - Marlena Standley
Below is a Christmas Luncheon photo recap beginning with a picture of Past President Marlena and New President Mary Ann Zielinski.
In addition to the officers, there are many other volunteers who help and opportunities to get involved. 
9 and 18 Hole Captains: The captains schedule weekly activities and are responsible for the weekly sign- up sheets, and the merry mixer events.
Annual Events: The committee volunteers Jeanie White and Marlene Wellin are responsible for planning and organizing the opening breakfast, closing and Christmas luncheons. This includes working with the restaurant, decorating, providing notice, such as a flyer for distribution and scheduling guests.
Guest Day Committee: Bev Davidson, Barb Eggiman, Jodi King, Becky Davidson, Susan Weathers, and Charlotte Splonski will be responsible for planning the tournament, food, purchasing and awarding prizes.
Tournaments and Awards Chairpersons: Determines types of
tournaments to be played, dates, class division of play, entry fees (if any) rules and regulations. The club championship tournaments shall be played on consecutive weeks for the18 hole group and the 9 hole group. Rules for each tournament will be discussed with the handicap and rules chairperson and posted before play begins.
Reports results of tournaments, purchases and presents all golf awards for tournament  play.  Arranges to have the club champion, most improved player, hole in one recipient(s) and hole in one prizes awarded.
Carole Prall, Linda Stevens, and Bette Dempsey have volunteered to assist the 18 Hole group. Mary Hanson will chair the 9 Hole group.
9 and 18 Hole Scoring Chairpersons: Maintaining records of golf scores posted for each day’s play for the 18 Hole Group will be Joanie Leaton and Nancy Boyer. Doris Jackson will chair the 9 Hole Group. These volunteers also report results of day’s play plus purchases and presents awards for day’s play. 
 9 and 18 hole Ringer Chairpersons: Establishes ringer cards for the season’s play will be Patti Lee and Susie Rea for the 9 Hole Group with Bette Dempsey and Pat Jackson for the 18 Hole Group. These volunteers review ringer cards to determine winners for reporting and awarding of prizes. 
9 and 18 Hole Birdies and Milestones Chairpersons: Responsible for the birdie and milestone records. Purchases birdie and milestone awards (breaking 100, 90, 80, 60, 55, 50, and 45 for the first time). Presents birdie and milestone awards at the closing luncheon. Ann Trombley and Diane Mckillop chair the 9 Hole Group. Volunteers are needed for the 18 Hole Group.
New Member Hostess: Welcoming and providing orientation to new 9 Hole Group members are Jackie Tennant and Cindy Marion with Brenda Rodriquez, Glenda Klein, Gayle Smith, and Becky Davidson volunteering for the 18 Hole Group
Away Tournaments Chairpersons: Post notices and sign-up sheets of away tournaments on bulletin board and notify president of upcoming tournaments to announce to membership. Brenda Rodriquez and Christine Dieker will be the Chairpersons.
Handbook: Gather information for upcoming season (days play, tournament dates, standing committee members, etc.) and update the handbook for the upcoming year. Ensuring the handbook is printed and ready for distribution at the opening breakfast will be Karen Such, Joanie Leaton, and Bette Dempsey.
Handicap and Rules Chairperson: Handicap chairperson, Carole Prall is handicap certified by the OGA or USGA. She ensures handicaps are posted as received from USGA recommended handicapping system and must understand and be able to interpret the rules of golf and be available as a resource to the tournament chairpersons in planning and conducting competitions. She will conduct a meeting of the golf playing membership at least once a year for rules discussion and instruction.
Filly Races: Becky Davidson and Susan Weathers will coordinate with the pro shop to schedule filly races and send out announcements. Plus, coordinate events and races and award prizes.
 Constitution and by-law review: (required every two years) Review and update the constitution and by- laws and submit to the executive committee and standing am committees for review and to the general membership for voting. Bette Dempsey, Malena Standley, and Nancy Boyer have volunteered to serve here.
Social Membership: Scheduling and coordinating monthly events and activities of the non-golfing social group will be Jan Strombeck, Jean Porter, Pam Getty, and Gayle George
Historian: Karen Such will maintain the scrapbook of activities of the association.
Locker Room Liaison:
Positions open for the 9 & 18 Hole Groups
Flower Helpers: Plant and maintain flowers at the club house as needed. Bev Davidson will Chair this committee that includes Mary Ann Zielinski, Jodi King, and Cindy Marion.
OFF THE GREENS Ladies Social Club
For the 2021 year, the McNary Ladies Golf Association Social Group selected Simonka Place for Women and Children as their Charity. On November 18, they met to celebrate friendship and giving and to present several stuffed holiday gift bags to representatives of Simonka Place. Currently, about 75 women reside at Simonka Place, and the McNary ladies hope their gifts will help enrich their holiday season
Simonka Place for Women and Children, a branch of the Union Gospel Mission located on River Road in Keizer, serves over 800 guests per year providing:
~Guest Services, including nourishing meals, warm/safe shelter, a hot shower, clean clothing, and personal care items.
~Education and Employment Support Services such as preparation for the GED and
improved academic skills, as well as individual learning plans; help with preparing resumes, interview coaching, appropriate apparel for interviews and work, and
employment referrals.
~Support for Guests with Special Needs  which includes comprehensive care and meeting  critical needs such as food, shelter, clothing, showers, intensive case management, permanent supportive housing, and government program assistance and counseling.
~Transitional Services for assistance with gaining stable employment and housing.
Throughout this year the ladies of McNary have donated personal care items, including full- and travel-size: shampoo, conditioner, bar or hand soap, hand sanitizer, and lotion; toothpaste, toothbrushes, and other dental care items; hairbrushes and combs; feminine hygiene products; individual tissue packages; bras and undies; socks; flip flops; and wrapped, healthy snack bars.
The MLGA Social Group’s joyful and informative gathering was held at the McNary Golf Club with dessert and apple cider mimosas served. Kathy Smith, Simonka Place Director, and Brenda Newey, Resources and Volunteer Coordinator, both spoke. Kathy shared information about the Simonka Place mission and programs and responded to audience questions. Brenda shared her story of overcoming addiction and homelessness as a “graduate” of the Simonka program, and her many years of giving back and helping other women as an employee of the nonprofit. In addition to several bags of donated items, $200 was also collected and donated the day of the event.
Give the gift of Rotary Christmas

You can make a difference in this world by helping people in need. Your gift can do some great things, from supplying filters that clean people’s drinking water to supplying a vaccine to protect a child from polio to training peacebuilders in conflict resolution to help build a more peaceful future to many local projects here in the Willamette Valley and Keizer area.

Locally through the Rotary Club of Keizer funds are raised through an annual benefit dinner and Go for the Gold Raffle. $50 tickets can be purchased in advance and are great Give the Gift of Rotary Christmas helping local and national projects. Below is a list of last year's projects that were possible because of this fundraiser:

Note, Keizer Rotary Foundation used $35,000 help to fund the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief last year. As you travel down highway 22 you can now see the devastation improving. But we need help from people like you who will take action and give the gift of Rotary to make more projects like these possible for next year.
Buy your Raffle Ticket Here
The Raffle Drawing and Party is scheduled for Saturday, April 2nd at the Keizer Civic Center. The theme Celebrate Good Times 70's/80's encourages attendees to dress the part and enjoy a great meal, entertainment, and be there for the drawing of the lucky tickets One for $1,200 in cash and one for $10,000 in approximately Gold & Silver. Only 1050 tickets are sold, however seating for the dinner is limited and an RSVP when you purchase your ticket is needed. You do not have to be present to win.
Buy your Raffle Ticket Here
By Ann Trombley
Have you read....? Plus I hope you are reading and have some good ones lined up for the Christmas season.   My son and wife have given up hard copies and now read on their tablets.   I cannot give up a hard copy so still enjoy a book.   Old-fashioned (and old), I guess!   Picking up a “real book” at the renovated library, I walked by the current best sellers and there sat Ken Follett’s new book, Never.  Snapped that one up really fast, but have to check it in 3 weeks since it is a best seller.  This book takes place in current times, in the Middle East.   Has started well – and is long.

Two books to recommend to you – both a similar topic.  Both fiction and published in 2019.   The Pack Horse Library Project began in 1935 and ran until 1943; it was part of Roosevelt’s WPA, to create jobs for women and bring books and reading materials into the poorest and most isolated areas of Appalachia.   These “book women” (and some men) rode out to these isolated areas on mules, horses, and even on foot.    In one week they would ride 100 or more miles in rain, sleet, or snow.   These brave folks were paid and collected donated items from various organizations around the area.  
I first read The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.  One of the traveling librarians, Cussy Mary Carter, had a skin condition a shade of blue, a genetic condition known as methemoglobinemia.    She is also faced with the “race factor” and is denied entry into various areas because of her blue skin.    Her taking the books to these isolated areas provides added income for her and her miner father but also self-importance despite her blue skin. 

            The second book is The Giver of Stars  by Jojo Moyes.   Her novel also deals with the “Pack Horse” library in the Appalachian area.   But no blue skin is mentioned in her book and the characters were not similar.     I had read some speculation that author Moyes had plagiarized some of her book from the Richardson book which I read first.   I read the Moyes book about a year later – then re-read the Richardson book.   And yes, I did find some similarities, but both were worth reading.       Happy Holidays.   See you 2022.   Ann Trombley
By Mary Smith

Christmas trees were banished from our house when I was 10 years old.  My father, a minister, and a few of his peers, were determined to stand up for “Truth”, and weren’t the least bit hesitant to vocalize their views.  Somehow, this came to include Christmas trees.

For my father, Christmas was an especially visible way by which he (and other ultra conservative pastors) could demonstrate their belief in a “Biblically correct” way of life, although no Scripture was ever cited to substantiate their view.  
And, so it was, while we were still children, our home was systematically rid of glitz, Christmas lights and…the Christmas tree!  We still exchanged  presents, but that, too, ended by the time I was 14.  (Luckily, my birthday fell on December 22, assuring me of a present or two).

So, in 1950, aka “That Fateful Year”, Daddy announced that WE were no longer going to participate in a commercialized, “worldly” celebration of Christmas.  WE were going to be different. 

Thus, THE TREE HAD TO GO!  Whatever negative feelings we four sisters had about this new tradition, were squelched out of love and loyalty to our father.  If he was standing up for Truth, so would we!  

Our (so-called) new/improved approach to Christmas included a drive to Wenatchee’s Deaconess Hospital on Christmas morning, where we handed out baskets of goodies and sang to sick patients; later, we went to nursing homes where we were welcomed with joy by elderly people.  Amazingly, we felt surprisingly fulfilled by our family’s new way of celebrating Christmas!

The first year of the “tree banishment, however, was hard for our little sister, Barbara.  At 3 years old, the word “theology” didn’t exist for her, nor could she grasp the reasons behind our “more excellent way” of celebrating the birth of Jesus.  Going into our back yard, Barbara found a twig (yes, TWIG), brought it into the house and placed her version of a “Christmas tree” into a metal can next to the fireplace! 

Startled and caught off-guard, Daddy “folded”.  Driving quickly to a nearby Christmas tree lot on Christmas Eve, he managed to locate a “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree for a DOLLAR!  We girls (including our mother) were secretly glad.

The long-term effect of our father’s decision was mixed.  See, we were devoted to HIM.  He was a great dad, who loved to have fun.  He regaled us with bedtime stories—introducing characters he invented.  His imagination knew no bounds.  
Also, he often stopped to pick up ice cream after Sunday evening services.  And his love for humor, a good book, beautiful music and drives in the country on Sunday afternoons can’t be overstated.  All traits he passed on to my sisters and me.

His ability to preach, teach and tell a story in church so that everybody understood, is the stuff of legends.  There was no doubt about it, in our eyes, he was THE BEST.  We knew he loved God—and us!

Still, looking back, I think the “Edwards Christmas Tree Banishment” (as it came to be known) went a little too far.  Couldn’t Daddy have emphasized the real meaning of Christmas in a less dramatic manner?  How about singing “The Light of the World is Jesus” as we strung lights on our tree, reminding us that the more lights we put up, the more we honor Jesus!  Isn’t the Birth of Jesus a time to celebrate, BIG-TIME?  Wouldn’t it have made more sense to explain that gift-giving represents GOD’S GREATEST GIFT—HIS SON—to us?

It took years to sort through some of Daddy’s ideas.  My sisters and I eventually concluded there was a place for trees, lights and decorations.  We learned to not be so somber, so rigid in our beliefs that people missed the real message of Christmas:  LOVE.

Personally, I can’t say I resented the “tree banishment” Daddy imposed back in 1950.  Come to think of it, his example of reaching out to others may have been the best gift Daddy ever gave me.

The McNary Newsletter is separate but supported by the McNary Home Owners Association. Our goals are community and neighborhood driven. Contact Tom Dieker for your advertising interest at 503.949.0891 ( ( ) or Christine Dieker for news and content suggestions at 503-949-6099 ( ( Contributing writers and photographers:

Mary Smith
Susan May
Mark Piercy
Ann Trombley

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