Community Organizer

Community Organizer: Sacred Reciprocity with Beth Walden

In this special episode of Community Organizer, host Scott Clapson talks with Dr. Beth Walden about what inspired here to dedicate her life to helping others, the path that brought her here to Brookings, and the role of faith, and the importance of both giving and receiving in personal fulfillment.

Beth Walden

Beth Walden

During her teenage years, Dr. Walden’s father would accuse her of being, “good for nothing.”  But now, that is exactly what she aspires to be by volunteering for multiple organizations and activities. She moved to the Brookings area just this last July after several years of research and two scouting trips. In her short time here she has become deeply involved in the community.

Beth currently volunteers for the Chetco Activity Center and Coastal Home Health and Hospice, and is a member of the local CERT Emergency Communications team.

In her conversation with Scott they discuss how volunteering feeds their souls and how “Ayni“– sacred reciprocity – serves to lift a whole community.

Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Scott Clapson


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Community Organizer: What’s New in Disc Golf

Shane Stephens and Ian Hannum join community organizer Scott Clapson in this Disc Golf  update. They talk about the progress at Curry County’s new Azalea Park and McVay Rock disc golf courses.

Azalea Park Disc Golf Course Hole 1

Azalea Park Disc Golf Course Hole 1 (click to enlarge)

The Azalea Park disc golf course is now open and a huge success! The McVay Rock State Park course – Curry County’s oldest disc golf course – is continuing to be developed.

The Southern Oregon Disc Golf Association is currently gathering community support and fundraising to complete the course at McVay Rock State Park.

They’re hosting their first in a series of disc golf tournaments at McVay Rock Disc Golf Course:

McVey Rock State Park
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Player sign ups at 9:00 AM
Game starts at 10:00 AM
$15 Entry
18 Hole random flip doubles

See you on the disc golf course!

Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Scott Clapson


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Community Organizer: Medicare Open Enrollment and SHIBA

SHIBAIn this episode of Community Organizer, Vicky McGuinness and Scott Clapson talk about the Senior Health Benefits Assistance Program (SHIBA) and Medicare Open Enrollment. Medicare can be a confusing program, and figuring out your benefits can be a challenge. You don’t have to do it alone. SHIBA offers free volunteer help to navigate and understand Medicare Open Enrollment.

SHIBA has an office in Gold Beach, and Vicky McGuinness and their volunteers take appointments in Brookings twice a month at the Chetco Activity Center. Appointments can be made by calling 541-247-3280. There is help available for you. The State of Oregon SHIBA office can be reached at 800-722-4134 or use their on-line contact form at http://goo.gl/1Sn7gR.

Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Scott Clapson


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Community Organizer: Project Semicolon

Project Semicolon

Project Semicolon (click to enlarge)

Suicide is preventable. There is help and you are not alone. People around the world have adopted the symbol of a semicolon in their clothing, imagery, and tattoos to signify they too have struggled with thoughts of ending their life. We want to remove the stigma so that people who are struggling with thoughts of suicide can understand they are not alone and there is help available.

In this special episode of Community Organizer Gordon Clay and Scott Clapson talk about Project Semicolon, suicide awareness, and efforts in our community to remove the stigma around suicidal ideation. You are not alone and there are people who can help and ready to listen.

If you are in crisis right now in Curry County you can call 24 hours a day 1-877-519-9322. You are not alone.

Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Scott Clapson


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Community Organizer: Homeschooling Conference in Brookings

Community Organizer Scott Clapson sits down with Linda Schreiber to talk about her family’s choice to homeschool their children and how everything in life can be used as a learning experience.

Homeschooling Conference Flyer

Homeschooling Conference Flyer (click to enlarge)

Homeschool parents face unique challenges, and many areas – including the southern Oregon Coast – have homeschool networks to connect families. These support networks allow homeschool students and families to share ideas, curriculum, and even go on field trips together.

On October 10 members of OCEANetwork, a state-wide homeschool network, will come to Brookings for a homeschool conference at the Brookings Church of the Nazarene from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. The cost is $10 for the first member of the family and the rest of the family gets in free. Children are welcome with their families.

Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Scott Clapson


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Community Organizer: Oregon Healthcare Perspectives

Learn about what’s happening with public health in Curry County and the vital role that Curry Community Health, Curry County’s public health authority, plays in Curry County health care.

Curry Community HealthCommunity Organizer Scott Clapson talks with Hollie Strahm, Public Health Director for Curry Community Health, about changes that are coming to public health in Curry County, the Oregon Health Plan, Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs), healthcare transformation, the new Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), the upcoming tobacco cessation program, and much more.

Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Scott Clapson


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Community Organizer: The Curry County Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Retired senior citizens are among our community’s greatest assets. Many generously volunteer their time to support the numerous local programs that make life better for everyone in our community.

RSVPIn this edition of Community Organizer, Scott Clapson talks with Vicky McGuniness about Curry County’s participation in a national program to encourage and facilitate senior community volunteers. The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is a national volunteer registry created by the Older Americans Act of 1965 to support volunteer work for community service organizations. This awesome federal program tracks volunteer hours and helps build volunteer capacity with local organizations. Any person in the United States who is over 55 years old can register with a simple one page form.

Many of our local community service organizations benefit from the vitality and energy brought by RSVP volunteers.

Thank you to all seniors who have registered with RSVP. If you’re over 55 and haven’t registered, please consider doing so. Our community needs you.

For more information, contact Vicky McGuiness at 541-247-3280, mcguinessv@co.curry.or.us.

Community Organizer: ChariTree

In this edition of Community Organizer, Scott Clapson talks with Linda Schreiber about ChariTree, an innovative local family friendly nonprofit fundraising collaboration.

ChariTree 2015

ChariTree 2015 Flyer (click to enlarge)

ChariTree is a unique collaboration between local nonprofit organization, businesses, and the public to raise money and visibility for the many of the great local nonprofits serving our community. Last year was the first year after a hiatus and the first year it was organized entirely by community volunteers.

With the support of business sponsors, trees and wreaths are decorated by nonptofits and displayed for silent auction at the Chetco Grange on the first weekend of December. There’s music and entertainment, lots of great nonprofits to support, and abundant holiday community spirit!

If your group or nonprofit is interested in decorating a tree, contact Linda Schreiber at Brookings.ChariTree@gmail.com or call 541-469-9850.

Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Scott Clapson


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Community Organizer: 4-H Commotion by the Ocean

Margie House from the Curry County 4-H and Oregon State University Extension in Gold Beach talks with The Community Organizer host Scott Clapson about the 4-H Commotion by the Ocean event on Saturday, July 25, at the Curry County Fairgrounds.

4-H Commotion by the Ocean Flyer

(click to enlarge)

In this program Margie and Scott discuss this years 4-H exhibits, current 4-H programs, and plans for next year.

This community event is a fun filled day in which organizations from around Curry County host booths with hands-on activities for kids both old and young! There will be everything from chalk art to learning how to build raised beds and make your own gummy worms. Entrance is free and activities will take place between 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Saturday, July 25.

The Junior Livestock Auction will be taking place on Saturday, July 25 as well. This year the auction will feature sheep, swine, and steer, all raised by local Curry County 4-H Members. The event will kick off with a BBQ at 12:00 PM sponsored by the Junior Livestock Auction Committee. BBQ is free for bidders. The auction will begin promptly at 1:00 PM.

4-H makes a difference in the lives of the youth in Curry County, and the program operates because of generous volunteers.

For more information, call at 541-247-6672 or check out the Curry County 4-H’s website at oregonstate.edu/curry/4h or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/curryoregon4h.


Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Scott Clapson


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Community Organizer: The Curry County Medical Reserve Corps

Curry County Medical Reserve CorpsAndy Stubbs, the volunteer Fire Captain at the Brookings Fire Department, talks with Scott Clapson, The Community Organizer, about The Curry County Medical Reserve Corps. During a natural disaster or other catastrophes medical facilities and healthcare professionals become overwhelmed in the area where the catastrophe occurs. The Medical Reserve Corps is a national registry of healthcare and emergency service professionals that was implemented after 9-11 to prepare and register these professionals so that in the event of a disaster it is easier to identify and organize people that can help.

Curry Community HealthAndy and Scott talk about the future Cascasdia Subduction Zone earthquake and the huge tsunami that will follow, and how we can prepare for this and other events.

As Andy points out during the interview, it’s one step at a time. Taking on disaster preparedness can be a daunting and scary process for some people. It doesn’t have to be. There are a lot of resources and people who are willing to help you prepare to protect yourself and your family. It all starts with education and being open to learning what we each can do to prepare. By everyone doing their part we will all better prepared.

Thank you to Andy Stubbs, The Medical Reserve Corps, and Curry Community Health for helping provide this excellent necessary program.


Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Scott Clapson


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