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  • FEATURED SUPPORTER - Valley Roofing
  • IN THE COMMUNITY - City of Keizer and Keizer Chamber current events
  • NEIGHBORS - Wine Crawl and Now you Know
  • ON THE GREENS - McNary Golf Club is the central hub of activities on the course and beyond
  • OFF THE GREENS - Ladies Social Club
  • HUMOR ME - By Mary Smith
  • MCNARY HOA - Information for home owners
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City of Keizer
Did you know....? Conserving water from October through March can help you save money on your sewer bill. Customers who are billed in the even numbered months should conserve water from October through the middle of February. Customers who are billed in odd numbered months should conserve water from November through the middle of March. Conserving water during these periods can save you money on your sewer bill over the next year. You may call the Keizer Utility Billing office at 503-390-8280 to discuss this

The City of Keizer is soliciting applications for volunteers to be considered to serve on the following committees:

  • Parks Advisory Board - This Board reviews and studies issues that involve development and maintenance of city parks and makes recommendations to the Council.   The Board meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. (Three vacancies) 
  • Traffic Safety/Bikeways Pedestrian Committee - This committee is responsible for reviewing traffic safety issues in Keizer and making recommendations to the City Council for improvements. Members also make recommendations for future locations of bike lanes in the City and work to promote bicycle safety and use throughout the community. In addition to the monthly Committee meeting, there may be other events which require extra volunteer hours. The committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6 pm at City Hall. (Two vacancies)
  • Youth Committee Liaisons – Opportunities are currently available to high school students for service as Youth Committee Liaison on various city committees. Please click here for more information and to apply. 

Anyone interested in applying for a position can pick up an application at Keizer City Hall at 930 Chemawa Road NE, access an electronic version by clicking here, or call/email Deputy City Recorder Debbie Lockhart at 503-856-3418 /

Keizer Chamber Events and Community Activities
There are a few events happening over the next couple months and the Chamber wants YOU! We would love for you to participate in any way you see fit!

October Food Drive: October 23rd, 2021 9am-3pm at Faith Lutheran Church 4505 River Rd N, Keizer OR 97303.

  • Food Collected will go right back into the Keizer Community and support the Keizer Chamber Holiday Giving Basket Program. Food and Cash donations accepted.
  • We are partnering with McNary Grad Party who is selling Krispy Kremes during the Food Drive! $12 a box!
Turkey Dash Pajama Party: November 25th, 2021 Keizer Station Lowes 8am Keizer Christmas Tree Lighting: December 7th, 2021 @ 6pm
  • Come join the Keizer Chamber and the Keizer Community for our Annual Christmas Tree lighting! More information to come!
Holiday Giving Basket Program: Gift Basket will be delivered morning of December 11th, 2021 9-12pm
  • Giving Tree tags for folks in our community to purchase gifts for our kids in the program! Starting November 8th, 2021 look for these trees at local businesses
2021 Holiday Lights Parade: December 11th, 2021 starting @ 7pm

McNary Wine Crawl

Open to McNary Golf Club Members and McNary Estates Residents

Join your neighbors on October 16th for a "Wine Crawl" around the neighborhood hosted by Barrel & Keg! Spend the day leisurely sipping on wine and mingling with your neighbors and fellow club members. Below are the details of hosts and wines that will be poured!

The event will wrap up at The View Restaurant where you'll find food specials to pair with your discounted wine purchases. 

Questions? Feel free to reach out to Minaz Chauthani or Cheryl Ousey

Now you Know
By Mark Piercy, McNary Estates Resident

Her odyssey begins in 1943, amid WWII, in Rupert, a small town only a scant five miles from the Snake and I-84 in far south-central Idaho. Her mother and father met in Rupert while both were employed by the state welfare department. Back then it was home to about 3,100. Founded in 1906, Rupert sprang forth upon completion of the Minidoka Dam, which holds back Lake Walcott, providing irrigation for agriculture and electricity for the townspeople. Her father ran the nearby farm labor camp. In 1944 the family moved to Fort Lupton, Colorado, near Denver, where he ran a bigger farm labor camp as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At age 5 her family moved to Buhl, Idaho, where her father ran her grandfather’s coal business. With an older brother and younger sister in tow the family next landed in Boise where she lived the remainder of her childhood through two years attending Boise Junior College.
       On the junior college campus, she enjoyed her first dabble into politics. While President of the Association of Women Students she met U.S. Senator Frank Church who was running for reelection. She accepted his invitation to represent the college on a statewide Q&A of Idaho college students. This granted her a front row seat in the political and legislative arena and gave her access to his staff. She parlayed that connection into a position on his D.C. staff. She now owned a backstage pass. She moved to D.C., spending 2 years there and saving money to help pay for finishing college back in Idaho. A twenty-something in the 60’s, she experienced up-close arguably the most tumultuous decade in American political history, as the American political conscious awakened. It started with President John F. Kennedy’s election in 1960 and ended in a fatal confrontation between Kent State students and National Guardsmen in 1970. Between were the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, JFK’s assassination in 1963, Robert Kennedy’s and Martin Luther King Jr’s assassinations in 1968, and the Chicago riots during the Democratic National Convention, also in 1968. She arrived in D.C. just 3 weeks before MLK led 250,000 marchers right to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
With a bursting bag of political experience and the inspiration of Senator Church she returned to Idaho State University and earned a degree in Business and Economics. Wedded the day after graduation in 1967, and with degree in hand, she and her husband struck out for Oregon where he attended Willamette University College of Law in Salem. A few weeks later she was back in the political spotlight working in the press office of newly elected Governor Tom McCall. McCall had a well-documented history of fighting for environmental cleanup as a journalist and he continued that fight as Governor. He was diligent in advancing the Bottle Bill which became law in 1971, the first such law in the U.S. This year she celebrates the 50th Anniversary of that bill, which along with her other environmental work with McCall, inspired and fed into her own interest in preserving and enhancing our environment. However, it was not her university education that thrust her into playing a major role in one of the most memorable (if not notorious) events of McCall’s two terms. It was her shorthand and typing skills learned in high school.
       Saturday, March 9, 1968, 4:25 p.m. Simmering for some time, the State Penitentiary boils over.  Rioting inmates gain control of cell blocks, set fires, and take some forty odd hostages…far from an insignificant insurrection. Ironically, just a day before, Governor McCall led a tour of the prison purporting how smoothly the institution and penal system were managed. The inmates make demands. McCall, with business on the east coast, is fogged in in New York. As a rule of law, Senate President E.D. Potts assumes command in McCall’s absence aided by Secretary of State Clay Myers, and McCall’s Chief of Staff, Ed Westerdahl. Westerdahl summons a young 25-year-old press office staffer and, due to her shorthand and typing skills, tells her “You are coming with me. We need you to take notes and record the negotiations.” Fires burning and smoke billowing from the stark structures standing alongside State Street, she and a few others are escorted behind the prison walls into a cell block under heavy Oregon State Police security, where hostage negotiations will be conducted. Despite the robust police presence, she was instructed, in a worst-case scenario of inmates breaking into their location, to “hide under a desk.” Those thoughts and visions were not comforting. The negotiations were tenuous, lasting throughout the night. Many innocent lives were in the balance. Groups of hostages were released periodically as promises to demands were made. Finally, around 7:15 a.m. a deal was struck to gain release of the final four hostages. No one was killed but many were injured. Her notes covered 7 hours of negotiations. Her detailed report, now saved in the state archives, was instrumental in bringing Governor McCall up to speed when his plane landed.
Those early years working on Senator Church’s and Governor McCall’s staffs provided the foundation for her future work in government; but, more importantly, the lessons she gleaned from each of them had a major influence in setting her own legislative compass and political conscious.  “They were exemplary individuals and great representatives of the people.” She moved onto developing and shaping government policy and law as a professional lobbyist. To some lobbying may have negative connotations; but lobbying is a powerful and necessary tool that works behind the scenes of the legislative process. A good lobbyist must not only write and propose new legislation for her own clients; but keep abreast of all other proposed legislation and know its content and potential impact on her client better than the lawmakers themselves. She collaborated with the legislative committee to get bills heard, and some bills defeated. Sometimes you are the proponent…sometimes you are the opponent. She has lobbied and advocated for the Workers’ Compensation Department, the Oregon Economic Development Department, and the Association of Oregon Counties. Attitudes and needs differ in every corner of the state. So, it is not always simple and straightforward because what may be good for one county may not be good for another. What works for a big city may not work for a village. Rural needs differ from metropolitan needs. Most of her work involved nonpartisan issues…requiring fixes palatable on both sides of the aisle. Regardless, the best results are obtained not only through knowing the issue inside and out and presenting facts, but also by being able to articulate that, and by joining forces with other like-minded groups. This was her life’s work. She retired only 3 years ago, her most recent work centered around “community infrastructure, business incentives, and renewable energy policy.” Post retirement she continues her public service as a board member of the Oregon Environmental Council, a 50-year-old volunteer organization that tackles serious issues impacting our health and recreation. Besides the Bottle Bill, other achievements include the 1967 Oregon Beach Bill, guaranteeing free and uninterrupted access to Oregon beaches; the 1973 Oregon Land Use Bill, binding local land development to a state-wide standard; and the 1971 Oregon Bike Bill, requiring inclusion of bicycle and pedestrian ways alongside new and reconstructed highways through state grants to local communities. She worked behind the scenes to bring all of these and other environmental improvements to our lives.
       Today her volunteer work includes an active membership in the Salem Chapter DM of the international philanthropic educational organization PEO, which was founded by seven female student friends at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt Pleasant, Iowa, in 1869. PEO provides women in need support through educational grants, $338 million to 116,000 women to date. Residing in Salem for 37 years, she woke one day and thought McNary Estates is the place to be and moved here in 2004. She serves on the HOA’s architectural and annual garage sale committees. At a moment’s notice she volunteered to help with the 5K race run on McNary’s streets. She pays monthly for an equity Membership in McNary Golf Club even though she seldom plays. Acknowledging the golf club’s positive impact on the homes’ values and park like setting, she states, “I think everyone at McNary Estates should pay something to the club to live here.”  A frequent traveler within and outside the U.S. and an avid reader, she splits her time between her homes on Snead Dr and in coastal Gleneden Beach. She and her husband, Cleighton, have one daughter, Courtenay, and 10-year-old granddaughter, Teagan, who live close by in Keizer. Cleighton passed away in 1988 from Alzheimer’s disease. She says she plans to play more golf once her travel and other volunteer activities subside. Ha! Do not believe it! There is doubt this woman will ever slow down and find time for golf. Now you know…Doris Penwell!

Members & Guests Pumpkin Open!

Happy Sunday Boys and Ghouls! Get your creative hats on and start thinking about how you're going to win our Pumpkin Open costume and cart decorating contest! That's right, this year we have a little twist. Join us on October 30th for a halloween themed 4-person scamble event. Come in costume, decorate your cart, or come as you are, just be sure to have fun! 

We ask that contest participants (costume and/or cart decorations) arrive at 9am and park in a designated area by the roundabout for all to admire. The tournament will commence at 9:30am and contest winners will be announced following the round! 
Entry includes on course contests, gross and net prizes, and lunch served by the View. 
You can sign up in the pro shop or register electronically using Golf Genius by following this link:
Look who volunteered to fix the cart path on the way to Tee Box Three. Left to right, Greg Pedersen, Charlie Davidson, and Jerry Splonski are working hard (note the bottle at the lower corner of photo) at improving the course in a fun fashion.
Attention All Men’s Club Members and McNary Golf Club Men! Let’s get McNary Hairy!
You may recall back in October 2020; Member Chris Morrison threw out a Challenge to some of us to participate in the No-Shave November Challenge. Well, we are at it again! No-Shave November is a national campaign directed at raising cancer awareness and donations for the American Cancer Society. Cancer has touched many of us, either directly or the lives of our loved ones. It is insidious and does not discriminate. See for the interesting history behind No-Shave November.
Our version of No-Shave November began with Chris Morrison challenging some of his golf buddies. From there it evolved to include the Men’s Club. Our version will again be known as the “Hairy McNary No-Shave November Challenge.” As suggested in the name the donation period begins November 1 and ends November 30. This is a strictly voluntary effort with no pressure to participate. The premise here is those accepting the “Challenge” will forego their facial and head hair grooming for the entire month of November. That means no shaving or haircuts…none, nada, zip! The grooming costs you save as a result of your neglect will allow for your donation to the campaign. Even if you already sport a beard or choose to remain clean-shaven you may donate. This year someone threw out “why not invite all the Men of McNary Golf Club.” Well, that’s a pretty good idea. Voila…the rest of you are hereby challenged! Repeat…this is strictly voluntary…no pressure to participate.

On the side and just for fun, Member Mark Piercy will again post your voluntary no-shave selfie photos as you get “scruffy” on the McNary Men’s Golf Club Facebook page. These selfies may be mercilessly cropped and appear in the form of a quiz. That is, if you are brave enough to face the ensuing insulting commentary and ridicule. We understand a few of you are barely out of puberty and can only come up with a little peach fuzz. That’s okay…put your pride aside! Please send your Hairy McNary No-Shave mug shots to Remember once on the internet…forever on the internet!
Check: Make out to “American Cancer Society” and drop it off at the McNary pro shop. Do not leave cash. The pro shop will not handle cash donations. They have graciously offered to collect our checks. All checks will be tallied and mailed together to the ACS. If you wish to remain anonymous put your check in an envelope addressed to Chris Morrison or Mark Piercy.
Credit Card: Go to to make a Hairy McNary 2021 team donation. There is an anonymous feature if you prefer that. If you prefer donating directly to the American Cancer Society, go to and make an online donation. Please email with the amount donated through the American Cancer Society so that donation can be added to our team total. I will keep your donation anonymous if you wish.
We will announce the total $ collected in checks and online at the end of our endeavor. And don’t forget to send Mark those “hairy” selfies for the Facebook page. You can email your photo to or text message the photo to 815-761-0826.
Last year we raised $1750. Let’s itch together, stare down cancer, have a little fun, and do a little something good for our community while we are at it.
Your Hairy McNary No-Shave November Friends

McNary Ladies 9-Hole Club Championships
Overall Champion - Mary Hanson
Gross score:  94

A:  June Link - Net:  72
B:  Ilene Kemper - Net:  75
C:  Jackie Tennant - Net:  66
Janet Walz (left), Maureen Renner (center) and Sue Scully (right) are McNary Ladies Golf Association members of the Nine Hole Group. They have been playing every Tuesday on either the front or the back nine under the direction of Captain Maureen Renner. Final Days Play will be Oct 12 (Back Nine) at 8:32 AM and Oct 19 (Front Nine) at 9:04 AM. A Closing Luncheon for all members (18 Hole Group, 9 Hole Group, and the Social Group) is scheduled for October 26 at 12:00 PM at The View. 
OFF THE GREENS Ladies Social Club

By: Mary A Smith


Webster’s Dictionary describes “elderly” as: “approaching old age; rather old”.  But, hey, what does Daniel know?  How about this description—from people who haven’t even experienced such a milestone: 

*Over the hill
*Out of touch
Well, now, just because I’m 80 (for another couple of months) I’m not ready to wave a white flag—you know—give up!  We “elderly” are completely misunderstood.  So misunderstood.

I prefer to think of myself as an 18 year old with 62 years of experience!  A person who has gained wisdom over the years (along with a few—or a lot of—pounds).  Listen up: attaining “elderly status” is a bit like fine wine…we all know wine is best when aged.

By the way, I’m sick and tired of watching commercials featuring young women (girls!) applying “wrinkle cream” on smooth, UN-wrinkled faces!  It’s downright insulting.  We all know there’s no cure for crow’s feet and facial lines (outside of plastic surgery).  Out of reach for most of us, of course.
And, why, oh why, can’t we ever find trendy clothes that actually fit? Still, so what if some of us choose to purchase those elastic-waisted pants….or anything stretchy?!  Give us a break, folks.  


And, don’t get me started on the shoes now gracing our closet shelves—I know; we no longer strut about in those beautiful 3-inch heels we once wore almost daily (they’re still in my closet and I look at them longingly, picturing myself a svelte age 40 again), but must our only choices be practical, brown shoes?  Brown and tan are NOT good colors for our increasingly colorless skin tones.   

The worst part of aging, though, is being stereotyped….as though we have nothing left to offer, that our ideas are all “old/out of date”…that we’re invisible.  But, not all older adults are dependent on others or in need of help (yet).  Not all of us are retired, either.  

What about those older/“activist” types who serve in a variety of ways?  It could be at Walmart…or in hospital settings, or even ushering at church.  Don’t dismiss us because we move more slowly.  We want to feel useful!  See. Us. Please.

But, enough complaining; it’s time to look on the bright side (there’s a “bright side”?)  Well, yes, I think so….umm, give me a minute.

So, here’s my take:  We can’t change how our bodies look as we age, so we can (must):

*Keep learning…growing
*Be open to change—yes, really
*Be less critical
*Smile more (in spite of pain in our hips…or… everywhere!)
*Be grateful for having reached this stage of life
*Reach out to others more…and more
*Write notes, make phone calls
*Listen to music
*Accept that we’re never going to turn back the clock
*Embrace relationships, especially with God
*Be satisfied with what we have, not what we don’t have

Remember the words of Maya Angelou: “People will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

And, don’t forget Shirley McClain’s bawdy rendition of a not-to-be-forgotten song, asserting that: “I’m Still Here!”
Yeah, we are.

Wise words.
Mary A. Smith
Fall 2021


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:

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