January Pointman Message

Hello Leaders,

Executive Summary: Please save the date – 1 Mar 18 – and plan to attend Rob Greene and John Falk’s visit.  If you know of a facility in the PDX region for the meeting please call me!
Special Event:
John Falk called to inform me that Rob Greene (Trail Life National Director of Field Operations) and John Falk (Regional Team Leader) will be in Portland 1 March, a Friday evening to meet with all the leaders, parents, and supporters of Trail Life.  We still have not found a location to hold the event, but it has to be in the Portland area due to their subsequent plans.
The current plan is to have a potluck at 6 pm with the opportunity to chat and meet other leaders.  At 7 pm Rob Greene will give a keynote address where he will talk about the latest developments within Trail Life.  After a Q and A session we will break at around 8 pm, but many of us may stay later to brainstorm and discuss the future of Trail Life in our area.  Please encourage all of your leaders and parents to attend the event.
Troop Update:
I have receive responses from OR-315 (North Plains), OR-1046 (Central Point), OR-1531 (Salem), OR-1910 (Grants Pass), OR-2018 (Albany), and our precharters out of Newberg, McMinville, La Grande, and St. Helens.  I still haven’t heard from OR-0001 (Troutdale), OR-0226 (Hillsboro), and our Vancouver, Washington Troops WA-0360 and WA-9400.  If you are a member of these Troops please let me know how things are going.
The Troops in Hermiston and Bandon closed.  I think there is an opportunity in Hermiston to start with a new charter.  There was some institutional drift where the main volunteers did not belong to the charter organization.  Of course, there was also not enough volunteers to sustain the complete program in Hermiston, which resulted in burn-out.  Still, the dad I spoke with was open to starting a new troop in 2019 and was excited to hear about another Troop in Eastern Oregon.
I haven’t received any response from the leadership of the Bandon Troop.  Coincidentally, I have a new experienced  dad in Bandon who wants to start a Trail Life Troop.
Leadership Update:
I would like to thank Todd Bushman from OR-1910 and Caleb Veach from OR-2018 for their willingness to speak to people interested in their area about starting Trail Life, as well as inviting them to attend a meeting!  I am still looking for some leaders who are willing to be available to help with Advancement and Freedom awards!
Training Update:
OR-1046 (Central Point) and OR-1910 (Grants Pass)  have expressed interest in conducting joint Peak One and Peak Two Training.  I am just waiting from them to give me dates!
OR-2018 (Albany) is also planning on having me conduct peak one training (which can be done in one evening) once they have some dates.
There is still Scheduled Peak One and Peak Two Training in Salem 29-30 March.
I have attached a few items.
(1) The new AHG/TLUSA Co-Ed camping policy.
(2) A Sample Volunteer Form
Please let me know how I can help you!


David Wendell
Oregon and SW Washington Point Man


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