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From Susan

I was sorry I missed our 15th Annual OTD Picnic but I heard it was fun and well attended.  Special thanks to Walt Trandum and Sue Hein for coordinating everything, Karen Trandum and her daughter Tracy Triplett for doing the beautiful flowers again and EVERYONE who worked hard and made it happen.  And also thanks to OTD Vice Chair Linda Malone for very ably covering in my absence.  

Don’t forget our meeting this month is Tues., Oct. 24th at 7:00 (6:30 social time) in the Sunset Room of the Clackamas Bank.  More information coming on agenda to be covered.  

 Have a good weekend,       

 Susan H. Gates

21891 SE Cottontail Dr.

Sandy, OR 97055

(503) 668-9628

 

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Sept Meeting and Minutes

Oregon Trail Democrats & Friends,

I was so grateful to Linda and Sue and others for their great job running this month’s OTD meeting.  I returned from a trip with a bug and it put me out of commission for a while (better but still a little drippy).  I had already missed the picnic due to my trip and heard it was a big success (and raised some money!).  So, I hated to miss the meeting as well, but did not want to “share” my germs.  So another thank you to everyone who did all the work for the meeting too!

Anyway, we have a wonderful group of dedicated activists and I am just proud to be a part of it.  Click here to read Mary’s always excellent minutes to see what you missed.  And a good reminder of what we are up to.

And, don’t forget to check our OTD website for information and pictures.  That is at:  www.oregontraildemocrats.org

Thanks again for your continued support,

Susan H. Gates

21891 SE Cottontail Dr.

Sandy, OR 97055

(503) 668-9628

August Minutes and Picnic reminder

Oregon Trail Democrats & Friends,

Once again we had a productive meeting and our Secretary Mary Anderson has provided excellent minutes to remind those of you that were there what we are doing, and inform those that were unable to attend too.

Our main focus (to get your minds off the White House chaos) is our upcoming 15th Annual Oregon Trail Democrats Picnic.  It is happening on Sat., Sept. 10th (1 to 4) in the big Meinig Park gazebo.  Information is on our website:www.oregontraildemocrats.org

I must plead with you to come and also to help.  This year, for the first time, I, as well as several of our other “heavy lifters”, will not be able to attend.  And that leaves major gaps in the set up and clean up that is necessary for this event.  But, as they say, “more hands make light work” and it is true.  So PLEASE come but also if you can pitch in and help, let our co-chairs know.  Their contact information is: Sue Hein –suemhein@aol.com  or phone: 503-329-7092 and Walt Trandum: walt.trandum@wavecable.com or phone: 503-668-7618.

I will miss you but have fun!

Susan H. Gates

21891 SE Cottontail Dr.

Sandy, OR 97055

(503) 668-9628

Save the date – Nov.11 Roosevelt dinner

Oregon Trail Democrats & Friends,

I know this is early but it is also THE big annual event for the Clackamas County Democratic Party.  It is always fun, good food, and for a VERY good cause.  Oregon Trail Democrats has been having 2-3 tables every year and I hope you will put it on your calendar and join us this year.  PCPs probably are getting this from the county but I am including everyone on my list, just in case.  We will also being collecting items for donation of a silent auction basket and if you have anything to donate, please let me know.  And YES, I will be reminding you closer to the date but this is just to get it (hopefully) on your agenda.  Also, it is support for our own OTD member, and now Chair of the Clackamas County Democratic Party, Peter Nordbye!  He is working hard for us all.

 Have a great weekend,    

Susan H. Gates

21891 SE Cottontail Dr.

Sandy, OR 97055

(503) 668-9628

 

 

Peace Vigil needs Help

Oregon Trail Democrats & Friends,

Below is the wonderful weekly notice from OTD Secretary and Sandy Peace Vigil Leader Mary Anderson.  It occurred to me that as our activists numbers have increased locally many may not realize that the vigil could sure use some new people to stand with us.  Brief history – we started the vigil a little over 10 years ago.  At the time the main reason for our doing it was our strong opposition to this country’s involvement in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars started by President GW Bush.  So, we stood every Friday for 2 hours.  Over the years, as the numbers of us dwindled, it got harder to do that so we cut it down to 1 hour every Friday.  Then, under President Obama, we got out of both countries and “technically” those wars ended, so we changed to the first Friday every month.  Of course, as we all know, peace in this world remains elusive.

Well, last Friday, the 5 of us had a rough time with the awful weather.  And yet, there were not one, but two people who pulled their cars over.  First was a lovely young woman with children in her car and tears in her eyes who gave us hot tea and thanked us for being out there standing for peace for so long, and often in bad weather.  And later a man brought us hot chocolate, also thanked us, and said he hoped it helped deal with the weather a little.  It really hit home that people did appreciate our effort reminding people that wars are still going on, our military is still facing danger, wounded and killed. And that war should NOT be an option unless absolutely necessary.

So, if you would like to help and join us, please let Mary know and she will add you to her email list.  sandypeacevigil@gmail.com  We meet out on Hwy 26 at the light in front of Fred Meyers (across the street), the FIRST Friday every month, 4:00 to 5:00.  We visit each other and hold our signs.  You are very welcome to join us when you can.

Susan H. Gates

21891 SE Cottontail Dr.

Sandy, OR 97055

(503) 668-9628

From Mary…

This is your reminder that our Sandy Peace Vigil continues —  We gather on the FirstFriday of each month and our next vigil will be held Friday afternoon May 5th ,  4 PM until 5 p.m. on the shoulder of HWY 26 at 362nd Ave (in Sandy).

We had 5 beautiful stalwart supporters for peace turn out at our April 7th  vigil– Thank you to Karen Trandum, Tom Riddering, Susan Gates, Susan Drew and Mary Anderson for coming.
We welcome anyone to come and join us on May 5th.  We began this vigil 10 years ago on Feb. 2nd of 2007.

Thanks to those who are just joining in, and thank you all who live in a peaceful manner, to bring about a more peaceful world.

It’s advisable to wear a light colored vest–we need to be visible to motorists. 

Minutes and CCDP committee list

Oregon Trail Democrats & Friends,

I apologize for the delay in getting this information out but I have been out of town.  I heard from several people what a great meeting and turnout it was.  Sorry I missed it.  But, we are very grateful to Roger Fantz for filling in and running the show.

Click here for, as always, excellent minutes from Mary on the meeting.  If you are like me and missed it, they cover what went on so well.  Also Click here for CCDP Committe Proposal 2017  This is a proposed list of the Clackamas County Democratic Party’s Standing Committees.  These show what needs to be done and how you can get involved and help the party work and grow.  Many hands make light work and if ever there was a need to do some “real work” for the Democratic Party locally it is now.  Without your help none of these will done.  If you want to work on a committee let me know and I will pass along that information to our House District Leaders.

My hope is that we spend at least part of our time not just watching the debacle the Republicans are creating in our county but doing the “work” that will make our party stronger and more effective.

Susan H. Gates

21891 SE Cottontail Dr.

Sandy, OR 97055

(503) 668-9628

 

Road Clean up 2016 Pictures

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Holiday Party Pictures are here

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Great Party and Wonderful Hosts! Paper & Leftovers?

Oregon Trail Democrats & Friends,

We had a wonderful turnout at our annual OTD Holiday Party on Saturday!  We
were even lucky to have former HD 52 State Rep. Suzanne VanOrman come all
the way from Corvallis to be with us.  We miss her but she is still one of
us!  Also, there was some delicious food and even more delicious company.
And as, always, our fabulous hosts, Bev and Mike Persons letting us
celebrate together in their lovely home.  I hope everyone had as good a time
as I did.

Just a couple of notes.  There were some serving items left behind.  So,
attached is a picture I took of them and if you will just let me know I can
be sure you get yours back.  Also, as I mentioned at the party I have 8
reams of paper that I need to find homes for.  I bought a case at Costco for
the Reynolds campaign when I bought a case for myself.  Unfortunately, it
was never picked up by their campaign and I don’t need 2 cases!  So, Mike
Persons bought 2 reams and others said they were interested but somehow in
the chaos of cleaning up and packing up we didn’t follow through.

Anyway, Mike has the remaining 8 reams in that case and I will get it from
him.  Please let me know if you are interested and we can hook up.  Just $2
or $3 will cover it and help reimburse me for my expense.  Otherwise, I will
donate the remaining reams to the AntFarm or Sandy Action Center.

Have a wonderful Holiday!!

Susan H. Gates
21891 SE Cottontail Dr.
Sandy, OR 97055
(503) 668-9628