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Need Trump Diversions? 3 Ways!

Oregon Trail Democrats & Friends,

 # 1  Please don’t forget to come and make our OTD Road Clean up Easy Breezy.  It is THIS Sat., June 24 at 10:00 AM at the home of Greg and Marcia Brown, 13651 SE Orient Drive in Boring.  Walt, our Road Clean Up Boss needs a head count so if you plan to come and help, and haven’t done so, please do let Walt know the good news of your pitching in.  Phone: 503-668-7618 or email: walt.trandum@wavecable.com

Yes, you can “discuss” Trump while you do something good.   

 #2  Don’t miss hearing our new Clackamas County Commissioner Sonya Fischer.  She has confirmed that she WILL be at our meeting next Tues., June 27 at 7:00 (6:30 social time).  Her appointment to fill Jim Bernard’s seat as he was “promoted” to Chair make us lucky to have 4 Democrats out of the 5 on the commission.  And Paul is pretty moderate too.  With all the population growth in our county that is going to be a very good thing.  Please come and meet Commissioner Fischer.

 #3  And, last but not least, we will once again be participating in the Sandy Mountain Festival Parade this year and I hope you will join us.  That is on Thurs., July 6 at 7:00 PM.  More details to follow.  BUT, we need to have some decorations for our entry.  Our entry theme is “Snowflakes” and Christie Moore has some creative suggestions for us, so come help get them ready.  The work needed will be covered at the meeting (maybe even some fun work to take home).  We have paid for 25 to walk in our entry and I hope we have a full house.  Since we are not doing a float this year there will be less work than usual, but we still want to do OTD proud.

 I have already heard from several of you that cannot make our meeting but plan to walk in the parade.  Let’s fill all our slots and get the decorations all done.  Then we can have some FUN!

 And as always, check our website for this and other information at www.oregontraildemocrats.org

Thanks so much,           

Susan H. Gates

21891 SE Cottontail Dr.

Sandy, OR 97055

(503) 668-9628

June 27 meeting and Sandy Mountain Festival

OTD Monthly Meeting – Tuesday, June 27 at 7:00 (6:30 social time) in the Sunset Room of the Clackamas Bank, 38935 Proctor Blvd.  This month Dennis Ghelfi will chair the meeting in my absence.  Tentatively scheduled to speak is our newly elected “Democratic” County Commission Sonya Fischer.  We now have elected 4 out of 5 Democrats on the Commission, so please come and welcome Sonya!

Also, we will be doing planning and work for our upcoming participation in the Sandy Mountain Festival Parade on Thurs., July 6th at 7:00.  This is always fun and we hope to have 25 to walk with us and proudly stand with Democrats again this year.  Some easy “snowflake” decorations need to be done and ideas and help would be appreciated.  We have won prizes for our entry in the past so come help us keep up our reputation!

I’m sorry for this long email but these “action items” really could use your help.  And don’t forget to check our website for updates and information @ www.oregontraildemocrats.org

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

 

 

May Meeting minutes

Oregon Trail Democrats & Friends,

OTD Secretary Mary Anderson got these minutes to me the day after our Tuesday meeting (she is so good!).  I apologize for being tardy on their delivery to you.  Please do check them out to see what is going on, or if you attended, be reminded of information you want to remember.  I do that all the time.  And you can also access them, and other information and pictures from events, on our excellent website: www.oregontraildemocrats.org   Our thanks to OTD Webmaster Doug Saldivar.

I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  Please remember why we honor the men and women who died serving this country.

Susan H. Gates

21891 SE Cottontail Dr.

Sandy, OR 97055

(503) 668-9628

OTD Road Clean Up for Sat. June 24th

A plea for help!  We scheduled our OTD Road Clean Up for Sat. June 24th at 10:00. Now it looks like some of our regulars, including yours truly, Peggy Bromley, Marcia Brown, and Cathy and Roger Fantz, will be out of town.  It was wonderful that at our last clean-up we had so many NEW people helping.  Walt Trandum (our road clean up boss) hopes that trend continues.  Take out your Trump trauma on the trash!  Do let Walt know if you will be there.  His email is: walt.trandum@wavecable.com

 

Please note: if you have not done this before Walt does need to fill out a form for the county for any first timers so contact him and he can your information. You can also call Walt at: 503-668-7618.  If you have not helped before, our OTD stretch is on Orient Drive in Boring. It is flat, easy and we do it in pairs, visiting while we walk. And, obviously, the more people the quicker the process. I am sorry to miss it.

Meeting May 23rd

Oregon Trail Democrats & Friends,

 

First, I want to apologize for not doing an email reminder to vote.  Hopefully, you got those ballots in.  Results were good news, bad news.  Annette Mattson was elected to the Mt. Hood Community College Board of Directors by a large margin. Congratulations Annette!  But, the very important ballot measure to increase funding for the school went down (again!).  I wonder what it will take to make people support this very important local educational resource.  But more good news was that two OTD members, Ron Partlow and Cliff Fortune, were re-elected to the Hoodland Fire District Board.  Good work gentlemen.

Now a reminder that OTD will be meeting next Tuesday, May 23, at 7:00 (6:30 social time) in the Sunset Room of the Clackamas Bank.  We have several important issue to discuss, recaps of the election, suggestions on speakers/topics for future meetings, and if OTD will have an entry in this year’s Sandy Mountain Festival Parade.  Please come and give us your input.

Enjoy this SUN and I hope to see you next Tuesday!

 Susan H. Gates

21891 SE Cottontail Dr.

Sandy, OR 97055

(503) 668-9628

April Mtg Minutes

Oregon Trail Democrats & Friends.

Once again our OTD meeting was well covered by our Secretary Mary Anderson.  Her minutes are here for your information and referral.  As the primary deadline is May 16 and you have probably already gotten your ballots, please be sure to VOTE!  And let me know you if have any questions or need more information.

Also, a very big THANK YOU to all those of you that have helped us do outreach for Annette Mattson’s campaign and also on the Neighbor Leader letters and slate cards informing people and encouraging them to vote.  You DO make a difference!

Thanks so much,

 

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. 

March Meeting Minutes and Oregon Legislature Bills

Oregon Trail Democrats & Friends,

We had another very good turnout at our meeting last Tuesday with two excellent speakers.  Also our own Peter Nordbye, Chair of the Clackamas County Democratic Party gave us a good overview of current committees and ways to get involved with our county party.  Once again I thank our excellent secretary, Mary Anderson, for providing the attached comprehensive minutes with lots of good information you need to know.

Also,Clackamas County Election Related Bills  is a file you can use to  watch  the current Oregon legislative session.  This was put together to help us get an overview of the most important bills by our House District 52 Leader Jan Lee.  In addition to the list and descriptions she also provided contact information you can use to find out more about them and also where to file your comments on the bills to the appropriate committees.  If you have any questions about this please email Jan at: H20KW@aol.com

And a reminder that OTD webmaster Doug Saldivar posts this and other helpful information on our website: www.oregontraildemocrats.org .

THANK YOU for your support,

Susan H. Gates

21891 SE Cottontail Dr.

Sandy, OR 97055

(503) 668-9628

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