United Community Partners P.O. BOX 545 Halfway, Oregon 97834 [email protected] 541-540-1411

Third Annual Pinefest – September 11 and 12th

This will be the third annual music festival at the Pine Valley Fairgrounds in Halfway Oregon, featuring great music from  bands based in the Pacific Northwest. An eclectic mix of genres, including, bluegrass, rock’n roll, country, blues, funk, and original singer-songwriters!  PLUS food,  arts and crafts, beer and wine.

Friday, September 11th, 2015          4 p.m.  to  10 p.m.

Saturday, September 12th, 2015        2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission $10 at the gate each day, children under 12 admitted free.

Tickets now for sale online at  BROWNPAPERTICKETS

Chairs will be available for rent on site on Saturday.
For more information go to pinefest.org

New Grant Application Process at UCP

For the last two years at United Community Partners we’ve been working steadily at improving our processes, record keeping and strategies for inclusion and engagement with our community around our mission as an organization.  A large part of this project has been getting clear on our granting and services process and ways to encourge community members to make use of the resources available at United Community Partners.

To that end we recently updated our grant application process so that everyone in the community and on the board has a structure to work within and to plan around. We’ve added four regular application periods and information on our turn-around timeframes for decision making by the board.

We’ve also enlarged the board to seven members which will allow us to function effectively even when one or two board members need to be absent from a meeting.

Please take a look! We hope this will make it easier for everyone to make good things happen in our beloved valleys.

We’re all looking forward to being more available, more efficient and more effective together.

Liz McLellan
President, UCP Board

Being our Best Board

I recently asked our board members to recommend links and resources they found useful in honing their skills as board members and as community members participating in organizations. If you have suggestions to add – please post them in the comments section.

Here’s a few that we came up with:

From Mindtools.com

Running Effective Meetings:

Non-Violent Communication

What does a good meeting feel like?
How do you know it went really well?
What makes you want to leave a meeting?
What makes you want to participate in a meeting?
What makes you feel you can’t participate?

Do you have favorite resources to share?

UCP Meeting Norms

A few years ago we came up with these working together in order to improve how people felt and participated at our meetings.

Welcome to Our New Board Members

We are very pleased to announce that Julie Zaccone and Chad Bilbrey have joined the United Community Partners Board. We now have a total of seven board members which should mean that we can accomplish more in short order.

We are all looking forward to a productive year ahead!

Recently we’ve revamped our bylaws to operate in a more effective manner. We’ve also revised our Project Selection Process and will shortly post our updated documents. It is our hope this process of streamlining will make it easier for community members to access our grants and services – and make use of United Community Partners more effectively.

If you are interested in coming to meetings please know all are welcome.

Agenda – June 6th 2015

United Community Partners

April , 2015 Meeting
Fellowship Hall – 1:30 -3:30 PM

Members: Liz McLellan, Julie Zaccone,  Kat Davis, Rev. Bill Sheilds, Steve White, Chad Bilberry, Milicent Simpson

Please bring your own copies of all relevant documents.

Facilitator: Liz McLellan

1. Check ins (Liz) (5 minutes)

2. Open Discussion (Community Welcome!) 10 minutes

3. Adoption of minutes from last meeting Kat (5 min)

4. Treasurer Report (5 Minutes) Steve

5. Approve the Board appointments (5 Minutes) Kat

6. Finalize the grant app discussion (with the new time line ( 15 Minutes) Kat

7. Discuss the efficacy and ability to provide a meeting leadership course for local leaders  (10 Minutes) Steve

8. Recreation District (5 Minutes) Kat

9. Chamber Membership Update (3 Minutes) Rev. Bill

10. Lion’s Club Update (5 minutes) Steve

11. Facebook co-admins (3 min) Liz

12. Check outs Liz (5 minutes)

All Pine Valley residents are welcome to come to our meetings. We have an open segment in the beginning of each for community members to raise concerns, ideas, suggestions or talk about projects they would like to partner with us to accomplish.

Agenda April 6th, 2015 Meeting

All community members are welcome and encouraged to come. We’ve recently adjusted how we do things. Every monthly meeting there will be an open community session at the beginning of the meeting (so you don’t need to stick around for the less interesting stuff – though you are certainly welcome.)

We are looking at how we evaluate projects for support at this meeting.
Your input would be most welcome.

Please come by – 1:30 PM April 6th – Presbyterian Fellowship Annex

1. Check ins (Liz) (5 minutes)

2. Open Discussion (Community Welcome!) 20 minutes

2. Adoption of minutes from last meeting Kat (5 min)

3. Treasurer Report (2 Minutes) Liz

4. Project Selection Criteria Update – Applications (20 Minutes) Liz and Kat

5. Project Evaluation Ranking Methods (20 Minutes) Bill?

6. Community Training Offerings (10 Minutes) Kat?

7. Chamber Membership (3 Minutes) Liz

8. Nominating Committee Discussion (5 minutes) Kat

8. Check outs Liz (5 minutes)


Partner with Panhandle Chamber on an annual meeting with community non-profits to

discuss priorities, projects and opportunities for collaboration – T-Bill (and possibly R-Bill) will

attend January Chamber meeting to extend UCP’s offer to assist with such a venture.

Ford Family Foundation and NEOEDD collaboration – Liz to continue overtures. Board is

asked to review NEOEDD planning document, attached to email January 21st.

Distinguish between projects of UCP and work conducted by individual board members

Agenda PDF for March 2, 2015 Meeting

Download (PDF, 145KB)

See you at 1:30 at the Fellowship Hall Annex . Everyone is welcome!

Minutes February 2nd, 2015

Minutes in PDF format for download

United Community Partners
Board Meeting
February 2, 2015

Board of Directors: Liz McLellan, President; Kat Davis, Secretary, Steve
White, Treasurer;
Celinda Miller, at-large; Bill Shields, at-large.
Absent: Milicent Simpson, at-large.

[NOTE: To avoid confusion caused by the use of black and white printers,
action and decision items are now indicated in bold italics. – Download the PDF for this formatting – link at top of page.]

1. “Check-ins” indicated all present were in fine fettle.

2.Minutes: The minutes were approved as submitted. Kat will bring hard copies of meeting materials to each meeting that can be copied as needed on-site for those without home printers.

3. Treasurer Nominations:Liz nominated Steve White as Treasurer. Second, Kat. There were no other nominations.

4.Treasurer Vote: Unanimous for Steve White as Treasurer.

5. Treasurer’s Report:Steve passed around an amended version of the January Treasurer’s Report, indicating that the amount being held for the Shade Sail project had been distributed, leaving a balance of $13,482.50 in assets.

  • Steve will send a PDF version of the reports to all Board members for their files.
  • Liz and Steve will discuss accounting program options and bring info to the March meeting.

6. Voting Process Discussion and vote:Three variations on UCP By-laws; Article III, Section 10 and Article III, Section 11, relating to the topics of voting, membership and quorum were discussed. The first version was submitted by Liz and based on the work of Bill and Celinda; the second was an update from Celinda; the third was submitted by Steve.

Following discussion, Kat was instructed to synthesize the results into a single document.

  • Kat will incorporate the changes into a single document and send out to the Board for review prior to the March 2 meeting.
  • Revision will be discussed and voted on at the March meeting.
  • Part of the compromise surrounding this discussion included modifying the Board members from the current “5” to a range of “5 – 7”.  This will require a formal vote in March.

7. Mission/Vision/Services Proposal: Using the original, four-page document as a base, Liz and Kat crafted a shorted version for the Board’s review.With changes
that included expanding the area served from Pine Valley to all communities in the Baker County Panhandle, the Vision and Mission statements were unanimously approved. The revised, approved versions are:

Vision: United Community Parters is dedicated to the success of Pine Valley and the Baker County Panhandle as home to vibrant communities informed by our rural heritage, nurtured by our natural wonders, guided by shared principles and sustained by the creative energy of people leading healthy,productive, rewarding lives.
APPROVED by unanimous vote, 2/2/15.

Mission: United Community Partners facilitates access to organizational assistance for citizen-led initiatives which stimulate economic activity, foster goodwill and fellowship, and enhance Pine Valley and Panhandle communities as rural places to live and work.
APPROVED by unanimous vote, 2/2/15.

Services to Support the Mission:

[Note: To clarify the connection between the Mission and Services, there was agreement to move this section so it immediately
follows the Mission.]

There was discussion but no vote on this section. Celinda recommended adding the words “local” and “business” to the list of entities served. She also suggested some formatting options. Additional suggestions included substitution of more commonly recognized phrasing (“organizational assistance” instead of “technical assistance”) elimination of non-profit terminology (capacity building) and less esoteric verbiage (“post and share” instead of “disseminate”). These and other changes will be incorporated into a new draft and sent to Board members for review.

There was consensus that UCP would continue to offer small grants. After considerable discussion, four of five present agreed that these grants should be made
following some standardized process and timeline that would be applied to all applicants. This will be discussed further at the March meeting.

•Kat will redraft the List of Services to incorporate recommended changes.
Celinda will review and provide suggestions for reformatting. The revised
document will be sent to the Board for review.

•The amended Services document will be discussed and voted on in March.
Due to the length of the meeting, discussion of “Our Values” was tabled
until March.

8. Project Selection Criteria:The Board reasserted it’s desire to make small direct grants. There was also consensus for establishing and following a selection process (see above). However, due to time constraints, discussion on project selection criteria was tabled until March.

9. Debit Card Request: Removed from the agenda by Liz who stated it could be revisited at a future meeting.

10. Open Discussion:Eliminated due to time.

11. Check outs:Eliminated due to time.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:00 PM
Submitted by Kat Davis, Secretary

Minutes – January 5th, 2015

Minutes in PDF format for download.


Board of Directors: Liz McLellan, President; Kat Davis, Secretary; Bill Schuhle (aka T-Bill), outgoing Treasurer; Steve White, Treasurer; Celinda Miller, at large; Bill Shields (aka R-Bill), at large.

Absent: Ruai Gregory, at large; Milicent Simpson, at large.

General Membership: Larry Miller.


The minutes were approved as submitted by Bill Schuhle, outgoing Secretary.

Treasurer’s Report

Outgoing Treasurer

Bill Schuhle presented the Financial Report for January. There was general discussion on the contribution received for the Shade Sail Project. Additional funds are expected to be raised before this amount is paid out. Liz and Bill provided an explanatory overview on UCP funds for the benefit of new members.

New Treasurer

Several individuals have declined the opportunity to serve as UCP Treasurer. Board member at large, Steve White has volunteered to serve in this capacity. T-Bill noted that Quickbooks training would be useful. Noting the difficulty in filling this position, Liz suggested that, should she be interested, Board member at large, Milicent Simpson may be willing to train for the Treasurer’s position in an “understudy” capacity.

Oregon Non-Profit Handbook

Following online discussion, Liz will purchase one copy of this resource book. Kat suggested she contact Baker County Library Director, Perry Stokes, to see if the public library would a) consider purchasing the book for the collection and b) make the copy available for the Halfway Branch Library. Another option would be for UCP to purchase the book, donate it, but have it cataloged for use at the Halfway Branch Library only. Barring this, UCP will purchase a copy and it will be housed in the Fellowship Hall with other documents. Liz will contact Mr. Stokes.

New Board Members

New Member at Large, Milicent Simpson and Secretary, Kat Davis were formally welcomed to the board.

Review of the Mission Statement

The discussion began with an overview of the history of UCP, the origin of funds and the relationship with other organizations and the City of Halfway. The emphasis and “energy” of UCP has evolved through time. Recently, there have been some problems with decision- making due to the lack of an up-to-date, relevant mission. Additionally, the bylaws need reworking to address issues caused by obscure phrasing and actual practice. Celinda and R-

Bill completed some initial work on this in 2014. They provided a brief overview of their efforts which focused on the need for definitions, especially for the meaning of “consensus” and what would constitute a quorum. The draft versions of their work will be sent to Liz. Celinda provided a hard copy of the current mission/vision statement. Liz shared this with the group, noting it is an unwieldy list more than a statement. Kat asked if the current activities of UCP have “strayed” from the original intent, or if the original intent was determined to be overreaching and therefor needs to be modified to match reality. Following discussion that included various models including project funder, community skill-building, “infrastructure” for community development and organizational facilitation, it was agreed that all these aspects of service could be incorporated into a mission as “strategies”. The discussion also challenged us to be mindful of “place” – that Pine

Valley has a deep heritage that may see UCP’s efforts in community development through a different lens. Liz will craft a draft version of the Vision, Mission, Strategies and Bylaws building on work already completed by other board members. This will be sent out for board review. Kat offered assistance with this project. Board members are asked to read the draft versions, submit suggestions and come to the February meeting ready to approve the documents or make any final changes needed. The new, complete documents are to be approved and posted by March so as to aid in addressing funding and project requests.

Previously Agreed Goals

  • Vision, Mission, Bylaws – to be reviewed and updated by March 2015 (see above)
  • Partner with Panhandle Chamber on an annual meeting with community non-profits to discuss priorities, projects and opportunities for collaboration – T-Bill (and possibly R-Bill) will attend January Chamber meeting to extend UCP’s offer to assist with such a venture.
  • Ford Family Foundation and NEOEDD collaboration – Liz to continue overtures. Board is asked to review NEOEDD planning document, sent out by prior email.
  • Distinguish between projects of UCP and work conducted by individual board members.
  • Establish and follow a formal process utilizing the existing selection criteria for all future activities.


The Board expressed appreciation to Bill Schuhle for his work as Secretary and Treasurer.

There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:40 PM.

Next Meeting: Monday, February 2. 1:30 PM at the Presbyterian Fellowship Hall

Respectfully submitted,

Kat Davis, UCP Secretary

Minutes – December 1, 2014

Annual Meeting

Home of Larry & Celinda Miller, approximately 7:00-8:30pm

Present: Liz McLellan (President)*; Bill Schuhle (T-Bill) (Secretary/Treasurer)*; Celinda Miller*; Steve White*, Bill Shields (R-Bill)*  (* Board Member), Ruai Gregory, Milicent Simpson.

Note: UCP has been on hiatus since May of this year in part due to President Liz’s unavailability because of family matters requiring her attention. She thanked the group for their forbearance during that time.

Finance Report. T-Bill distributed copies of the finance report and read through it with the group. Ruai wondered about the amount paid to Bluehost for a year of hosting for our web site. Liz said she might be able to bring that down a bit by hosting it herself, but wasn’t sure. She and T-Bill agreed the amount paid to Bluehost was pretty typical.

Since UCP is sponsoring the Outdoor Women of Halfway calendar project and some of the report included figures for that, Milicent (who is involved in that project) was asked what the proceeds were to go for. She said possibly “homesteader”-type skills classes for women and possibly upgrading of local shooting ranges.

One item in the report was the annual CT-12 filing with the State and Liz requested of T-Bill that, as an aid to the incoming new treasurer, he make up a listing of all recurring payments UCP makes during the year. Bill agreed to this.

The Brokerage Account isn’t doing much, so Liz suggested our taking a look at that at some point.

Minutes: The minutes from the May meeting had been distributed by email for changes or corrections. No needed corrections were noted, so the minutes will stand as distributed.

2014 Recap: Liz reviewed the year’s accomplishments per her agenda outline emailed prior to the meeting and incorporated as part of these minutes as additional pages. T-Bill mentioned that the book “Bookkeeping for Non-Profits”, available at no cost from the Ford Family Foundation’s Select Books program, would be a good one to have in the organization. Milicent said she would order a copy.

Liz asked that folks let artists in the community know about her featuring of local artists’ work on the UCP web site.

In order to bring Milicent Simpson on as a new board member without first having attended three meetings, R-Bill moved to suspend the By-Laws. This was seconded by Steve White and the vote was unanimous in favor. With the By-Laws duly suspended, and the three-meeting requirement waived, it was agreed that Milicent, along with Kat Davis (not present), are now officially Board members. Liz enthusiastically welcomed Milicent to UCP and the Board with praise for her abilities and enthusiasm she had witnessed in the recent Ford Cohort training.

Liz asked for ideas for a possible new treasurer to replace T-Bill who is stepping down. Ruai suggested Zella Sly who is now back at U.S. Bank in Halfway and was UCP Treasurer for many years. Unfortunately, per T-Bill, she doesn’t do QuickBooks. She might still be a good resource. R-Bill suggested Deb Lowe who has done work for non-profits in the valley. Ruai suggested Eileen Monti, now retired from her IT position with the school system and a former member of UCP.

Open Discussion on Possibilities for 2015: Celinda said that, due to stipulations imposed by the Rodale Institute on the use of their materials, she would like to withdraw from our organization any materials that we’ve accumulated as well as any intention to pursue that community regeneration model as a possible UCP project and instead look into the possibility of the Ford Family Foundation providing guidance along those lines. She felt that keeping it as a UCP project would mean her being the point person for the project and she is otherwise occupied now. T-Bill said he would return to Celinda any materials he has on file.

Celinda wondered about how we make it known that UCP is available to assist with worthwhile projects. Ruai said the newspaper used to cover UCP meetings regularly and thought it would serve us well to have that happen again.

R-Bill reiterated the importance of an annual meeting of all the non-profit groups in the valley and it was agreed that planning for such a meeting in October, in partnership with the Hells Canyon Chamber which organized such a meeting last year, would now be on the UCP agenda, with the idea of possibly expanding it beyond non-profits as well.

R-Bill commented on the sorry state of the Chamber web site and hoped that UCP might be able to assist in putting that right. Liz said she’d be happy to work on it. It was agreed that, not speaking as UCP members but simply as individuals, we would encourage the Chamber to up their game with the web site in order to make it a real resource for the community rather than a frustration.

Liz reiterated our intention to work more closely with NEOEDD and the Ford Family Foundation during the next year.

There was discussion about UCP’s involvement in crowdfunding, particularly when the beneficiary is a private business, and Liz promised that we would explore and clarify any gray areas when it came to a possible UCP role in that. R-Bill suggested that, even though the by-laws give quite a bit of latitude in this regard, we would only rarely directly assist a private business and be more likely to fund an effort that benefited a number of businesses.

Steve reiterated the need to get something in the paper regarding UCP’s existence and offerings and agreed to write an article for submission. Liz suggested he post a draft to our Google Group for others’ contributions and also asked that he make sure the paper once again starts listing our meetings in the Community Calendar.

Meeting adjourned at approximately 8:30pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Bill Schuhle, Secretary/Treasurer