A Message from our President
It is our time. Our time to shape the chapter in our interests and vision. Our time to continue to build our chapter not only in membership, but in member involvement.
This chapter was formed in 1992 and was started by men who were motivated and persistent in pursuing a goal of success for the Lewis & Clark Chapter and we are the largest in the state, with over 70 members. We have the Oregon Continental Color Guard, a community outreach program which includes our Learning Trunk, Oregon Revolutionary War Memorial, Wreaths across America, a traveling booth, Boy Scout program and a new Mentoring program.
Our communications and community outreach programs are second to none in the state and some Washington chapters are looking to us for help in these areas.
These next two years becomes a challenge for your new officers as we start a Mentoring program that will focus on teaching and encouraging our new members and ultimately our current members to become more involved. Involved in not only the chapter business’, but also to engage in comradery, which is the very soul of our chapter. We are excited about the opportunities of this program as it becomes a way to give back to the membership.
The Oregon Revolutionary War Memorial is another project that the officers are passionate about. With the new design and concept recently approved by the Beaverton City, Tualatin Parks and Rec. board and the American Legion we are ready to start raising funds again to make this Memorial happen within the next few years.
Several opportunities will be available throughout the next few years for education as well as networking within our community through our Partnership programs. Networking and education is a part of our future and this organization has a wealth of knowledge ready to be passed on.
Social Media is the wave of the future in keeping in touch with our community and each other, and I am proud to say we have been on the leading edge of that wave for over a year now.
The new year will bring a few new customs to better remember and honor our patriots. At the door when you come in there will be a ledger book for you to sign, and a Patriot’s Muster Book where you can add your Patriot’s name. We will open each chapter meeting by lighting a Liberty Tree Lantern as a reminder of the service and sacrifice of our Patriots. At the close of each meeting we will present one of our Patriot’s biography in more detail.
For our current members and perspective members, I want to assure you that the intention of the new officers is to grow the chapter in numbers and grow in the participation of the members in the Lewis & Clark Chapter.
I look forward to a productive and successful term and invite each of you to participate in our many programs, and most important become involved in the Lewis & Clark Chapter.
Compatriot Michael Tieman