Oregon Chapter LCTHF

  Oregon Chapter of the  
  Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation  

  Minutes of Fall Council Meeting  
  September 18, 1999, Bonneville Lock and Dam  

Fall Council Meeting, Bonneville Lock and Dam -
The Fall Council Meeting of the Oregon Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation was called to order, in military fashion, at 1:00 p.m. sharp in the third floor auditorium of the Bradford Island Visitor Center at Bonneville Lock and Dam. Chapter President Keith Hay welcomed the small group of 38 persons and then introduced Project Manager, Debby Chenoweth, who provided an introduction and welcome. Keith next introduced our host and chapter member, Don Dinsmore of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who provided a quick and interesting history of the Corps of Engineers and the Bonneville Dam project.

Keith opened the business portion of the meeting by providing a small report on the Foundation's annual meeting in Bismarck, ND. He showed our chapter's official charter document that was presented to him at the Bismarck meeting. Chapter Secretary Jay Rasmussen provided a quick membership report stating that we currently had 144 members. Keith next provided some information about the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial in Oregon (LCBO) meeting held in Pendleton, OR on September 14th. Further information on this meeting was also provided by chapter member Chet Orloff.

Keith next presented information about Passages 2000, a WA, OR, ID and MT program mainly focused on tourism and economy. Don Eppenbach, John Montague and Dwight Garrison provided additional information and comments. The general consensus was that our chapter involvement should, at least initially, be at the board level.

A short synopsis of the July 17th Bicentennial Symposium held in Stevenson, WA was given by Keith Hay, including a mention of the "Lewis and Clark Beyond the Continental Divide" project which is discussed further below. The elections of 1999 - 2000 term Officers and Directors was held next. An error in the September newsletter led to some confusion regarding the selection of Directors. However, the slate proposed by the Nominating Committee was elected unanimously. No proxy votes were submitted. The approved Officers and Directors for the 1999 - 2000 term are:

President Keith Hay
Vice-President Jay Rasmussen
Secretary Mike Carrick
Treasurer Dick Hohnbaum

Donald Eppenbach H. John Montague
Doug Erickson Roger Wendlick
Larry McClure  

Larry McClure requested volunteers to staff a table on October 8th & 9th at Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego to present the Foundation's L&C Curriculum Guide during the Teacher In-Service Workshop being held there that weekend.

Mike Carrick . spoke about the meeting that he and Keith Hay had with Dr. Albert Furtwangler. They approached Dr. Furtwangler about authoring a booklet on the subject of the impact that Lewis and Clark have had on the Northwest. Dr. Furtwangler agreed in principle pending resolution of issues with his current publisher.

On the subject of books, Chet Orloff noted that Daniel Botkin, author of the recent book (Passage of Discovery) about the Missouri River, is starting work on another book, this time about the Columbia River.

We next discussed the upcoming October 10th meeting in Philomath at the Benton County Historical Museum. A main topic of this meeting will be our Chapter's interest in improving the Jean Baptiste Charbonneau gravesite. This work could also be done as a tribute to Irving Anderson, who recently passed away and who made a lifelong study of the Charbonneau family. Keith Hay mentioned that Roy Reynolds, a local Malheur county artist was interested in painting a mural for an interpretive display and in designing a new grave marker. Keith also mentioned that Malheur County already has $500.00 earmarked towards such a project. Don Eppenbach mentioned that he had been in touch with Rose Ann Abrahmson, a member of the Shoshone tribe and that there is some Native American interest in seeing that Jean Baptiste receives a proper burial.

Don also talked a bit about the October 19! event in Morrow County and the Heritage Recreation Path project.

The meeting was then opened up to the floor regarding projects, ideas or concerns of other members. Four items were discussed. The first item was a request to check into refurbishing the highway signs along I-84 and I-30. A second item was a suggestion to organize, in conjunction with LCBO, one or more media events to dedicate the new interpretive signs and kiosks that will soon be installed along the L&C trail in Oregon. A third suggestion was to have an outing to find and cook some wappato roots, perhaps in conjunction with a pot-luck picnic style meeting. The fourth item was a request to research and clarify the extent of William Clark's excursion up the Willamette River. This latter effort might include cataloging the plaques and statues that commemorate this event as well as attempting to determine how the mouth of the Willamette has changed over the years.

Next, Roger Wendlick gave a synopsis of the dream vacation he recently returned from, 6 weeks, 12,500 miles, from coast to coast, following in the footsteps of Lewis from Washington D.C. and visiting many of the archival institutions that hold original journal, cartographic and botanic artifacts.

The tentative plans for a future chapter meeting were next discussed. This was originally planned for January 22, 2000 in Oregon City, but another possibility of having the meeting in conjunction with the Portland 2005 group at Lewis & Clark College on January 29th was also mentioned. Information about this upcoming meeting will appear in the next Chapter Newsletter.

Finally, two audio CDs, containing the sound track from the Burns / Duncan / PBS special, were raffled off. Jennifer Rasmussen sold tickets and drew the two winning numbers. A total of $44.00 was raised for Chapter projects.

The business meeting was adjourned at 2:34 p.m.

Following the business meeting, our host Don Dinsmore, showed an audio-visual presentation of a trip he took along the Lewis and Clark trail with a small group of people. This was followed by a fun, musical demonstration by Don on his jaw harp. Members next headed for their cars and followed Don, driving across Bonneville Dam to the Washington side for a tour of the power plant and the fish viewing area. Then Don led us back across the dam, ending the meeting proper. However, most members headed down to the fish hatchery area and stopped in to see Herman, the 400 pound white sturgeon.

The weather was beautiful and the day was very fullfilling. Thanks again to Don Dinsmore, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bonneville Lock and Dam for hosting the Oregon Chapter's 1999 Fall Council Meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

Jay Rasmussen
October 4, 1999

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Posted: October 4, 1999
Updated: October 10, 1999

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