Oregon Chapter LCTHF

  Oregon Chapter of the  
  Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation  

  Report on the 31st Annual Meeting  
  August 1 - 4, 1999 in Bismarck, ND  

31st Annual Meeting , Bismarck, ND -
By all counts the annual meeting hosted by the North Dakota Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Foundation was a grand success, complete with beautiful weather, bountiful historic sites and excellent speakers.

The business meeting began with a discussion of the $2 million "trip and fall" liability insurance coverage for all foundation members. No watercraft coverage, however, is included. Executive Director Sammye Meadows stressed the need to obtain our E-mail addresses, up-dated rosters and the posting of newsletters on web-sites. The Foundation has a new "800" number - 888-701-3434. Use of the Foundation's IRS number must be cleared by the Foundation. Volunteer time sheets for cost share grants are available. A new GIS (landownership biodiversity, history, etc.) web-site for the Lewis & Clark Trail is being created with help of the US Geological Survey as well as 30 second PSA spots about Lewis & Clark bicentennial events. She suggested each chapter develop a "resource list" of chapter members knowledgeable in various areas of Lewis & Clark history and involve youth activities in chapter programs. Lewis amp;& Clark, she stressed, is about the next 200 years.

David Borlaug, outgoing president of the Foundation discussed implementation of the Lewis & Clark Trail Stewardship Project - "step lightly in the footsteps of Lewis & Clark." Official kickoff for the bicentennial will be January 18, 2003. Foundation membership is now 2600 members. Current assets are $600,000 with $500,000 in an asset management account. Current annual revenue is $200,000 with a projected Y2K budget of $440,000. An official bicentennial logo has been designed and will be released soon.

OR Chapter members present (about 20) held a meeting Sunday evening (August 1). Topic's included:
Orlando Presentation
Keith Hay presents a bouquet of flowers to Cindy Orlando, Oregon Chapter member and Superintendent of Fort Clatsop National Memorial on behalf of the Oregon Chapter for her contributions toward improving L&C cultural sites in Oregon.

Other News from the Foundation included: Interesting field trips included visits to the Knife River Indian Villages, Fort Mandan, On-A-Slant Villages, Fort Abraham Lincoln and General Custer's house, and the N.D. Historical Museum. Fascinating lectures were presented on Elliott Coues and his editing of the journals; the lost letters of William Clark; the archeology of the Lewis & Clark Expedition; President Thomas Jefferson; and the life and travels of Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau. It was a very busy, fun-filled conference in the beautiful and historic Missouri River Valley.

   Submitted by Keith Hay

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Posted: August 8, 1999
Updated: August 10, 1999

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