Oregon Chapter of the
This will be my last column as President of the Oregon Chapter. Needless to say, from our initial organizing efforts in April of 1996 at Skamania Lodge, it has been an exciting and rewarding experience to work with so many wonderful, talented people. It is now time to turn the reins over to a new and very able slate of officers and board members now being recommended by a nominating committee.
Our membership now stands at about 170 and our treasurer reports we have a hearty bank balance of nearly $1,800. I believe a healthy chapter must be an active chapter enlisting its members in a wide variety of interesting, beneficial and fun projects. We conducted a survey in 1997 to determine the membership's priority of interests and found them to be: (1) learning more about all phases of the Expedition, (2) participating in activities and field trips and sharing personal knowledge and research and (3) participating in L & C Bicentennial planning activities and exploring opportunities for L&C education in our schools and communities.
To address these priorities we established at least a dozen projects to involve our membership. Some projects are in great shape while others need your help.
1. We have developed a superb newsletter and one of the nation's finest Lewis and Clark web sites.
2. The inventory of Oregon's principal Expedition sites is nearing completion, but needs additional information. When completed it will be on our web site as well as becoming a chapter in a regional (OR,WA, ID) tourist guide for the bicentennial.
3. Oregon Lewis and Clark scholar's lecture series has been on hold to prevent conflict with similar efforts by other organizations. This project will also produce a regional publication embracing scholarly lectures from WA and ID.
4. The Jean Baptiste Charbonneau gravesite near Jordan Valley has been beautifully restored and the site donated to the county by caring landowners.
5. The extent of Captain Clark's exploration up the Willamette River was professionally researched resulting in an excellent article published in We Proceeded On.
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7. The membership has enjoyed a number of excellent speakers, field trips and social functions. The resumption of an annual Christmas Party at Fort Clatsop is scheduled for December 16, with the Clatsop County L&C group, the WA State Chapter and the Chinook Tribal Council as guests.
8. Efforts are still underway to obtain official recognition of "Bird Point" in Ecola State Park as the true location of "Clark's Point of View".
9. The chapter has worked closely with LCBO, the state-wide coordinating body for L&C Bicentennial activities, since its inception and recently contributed to the 2000 Bicentennial inventory for Federal funding of selected projects.
10. The L&C Columbia River Water Trail Guide Book, a WA and OR chapter project, is slated for publication this fall.
11. A chapter logo contest resulted in one fine submission, but we need a choice of logo designs. WA and ID chapters both have developed attractive logos. Send us your creative ideas.
12. Arrangements are being made to design a chapter membership badge, but our logo should be a part of its design.
I have refrained from naming the many individuals that have made the above record possible to avoid over-looking someone. You know who you are and we are deeply grateful
for your generous and varied contributions. This is not a farewell message. I will remain an active member of our outstanding chapter whose future will be busy and bright as we have a long way to "proceed on."
Thank you for the privilege of serving as your president.
People join the Oregon Chapter for different reasons; one is the desire to learn more about Lewis & Clark or the upcoming bicentennial commemoration, others just want to receive the newsletter or to attend an occasional meeting. This is fine, as all are welcome. However, it is also true that perpetuation of the chapter requires active participation by some. There are many ways to contribute, with your time, talent or monetary support. If you have any inkling of desire to help out, please make yourself known. Participation includes submission of an article for the chapter newsletter or website, submitting a logo design or chapter motto suggestion, helping with a chapter project (see our web site at www.lcarchive.org\or_lcthf.html for a list of these), providing membership forms to acquaintances or taking a few to your local library, chairing an existing project, organizing a new project, serving on a committee or as an officer or board member. The Oregon Chapter is what its members are - please help it to be the chapter you want it to be. The officers and directors welcome your suggestions and input.
|Carol Ann Buss||William E. German||Leslie Labbe|
|Jim and Nancy Sellers|
Sunday, October 15, 2000
St. Paul / Champoeg
|10:00 am||Meet at the St. Paul Historical Museum. Driving instructions are shown below and a map is on page 5. Local historian George Brown will provide a lecture and tour of the museum and graveyard. Secretary Mike Carrick will provide further information on Francois Rivet.|
|11:30 am||Drive to Oak Grove #4 (covered picnic area) in Champoeg State Park. Driving instructions and a map are shown on page 6. Note: Unless you have a State Park Annual Pass, be sure to bring some $1.00 bills or an old style $5.00 bill to purchase a $3.00 day use permit from the machine at the park entrance.|
|12:00 pm||Lunch and business meeting. You can bring your own lunch or RSVP to partake in a catered lunch (details below). The business meeting will include election of officers and board members for the year 2001. A tentative meeting agenda is shown on page 6 and the proposed slate of officers is noted on page 7.|
|2:00 pm||Meet in the parking lot of the St. Paul Rodeo Grounds for a blackpowder demonstration and the opportunity to shoot (wads only) a Model 1803 Harpers Ferry replica (Thanks Mike, Roger & Glen). Driving instructions and a map are shown on page 6.|
Driving instructions to St. Paul
e-mail to: email@example.com
postal mail to: Glen Kirkpatrick, 15100 SE Gladstone Dr., Portland, OR 97236
phone at: (503) 761-3492
|President||Jay Rasmussen||Vice President||Michael Carrick||Secretary||Glen Kirkpatrick||Treasurer||Dick Hohnbaum||
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