February Pointman Message

Hello Area Leaders,

I hope you are all doing well.  Although life is busy, there are several events and developments I would like to share with you all.  Please read my email and forward it on to whoever is involved or interested in the success of Trail Life is Oregon and SW Washington.

1. Updates on our Area Event

IMPORTANT – Area Event details.  Troop OR-0001 is hosting our Area Event.  Rob Greene (Trail Life National Director of Field Operations) and John Falk (Regional Team Leader) will be sharing with us developments within Trail Life and answering your questions!  It’s a great time to network and enjoy some Trail Life Fellowship.  Harvest Christian Church, OR-0001’s charter, is located at 123 SW 21st St, Troutdale, OR 97060.
Friday – 1 March
6:00 – Doors open (You can bring your dinner)
6:30 – Event Begins, Introductions, Rob Greene talk, Q & A Session
8:30 – Closing Prayer
9:00 – Lights out
Please let me know how many people you expect from your Troop.  Also, I bought a box of Standards, so if you want to buy one bring $35 cash.  Please let me know if you need any other materials, and I will see what I can do.
2.  Area Team Update

Paul Eskeldson (Area Direct Service Advisor) and I are pleased to be adding a few members to the area team.

Christina Malae from McMinville has agreed to serve as our Area Activity Chairman.  As the Area Activity Chairman she will work on identifying and promoting events in the area that may be of interest to multiple Troops.  If you are aware of such an event, please let her know about it, and she can add it to our area calendar.

Louise Mohr from Mt. Angel, OR has agreed to serve as the Area PR/Marketing Chairman.  She is going to help manage the facebook and twitter accounts, collect “content” from the area troops (please send her pictures), and try to get as much free media as possible.

I REALLY need two adults to serve as our New Troop Coordinator(NTC) and Area Advancement Chairman.  The NTC needs to proactively seek churches and groups that need Trail Life as a part of their ministry and proactively help people with the chartering process.  This is admittedly a lot of work, but I will share the burden. 
 
The most important responsibility of the Area Advancement Chairman is to run the Troop Freedom Award Board of Review.  This needs to be ready BEFORE Trailmen are seeking the freedom award.
 
3. Three Peaks Training
 
On 31 Jan 19, we conducted our first Peak One training event in the area.  I believe Troop OR-7412 got something out of it during the evening, and I appreciated them being my guinea pigs.  Please let me know when you would like me to come to your Troop.
 
We have Peak One and Peak Two training scheduled in Salem, OR on 29-30 March.  All are invited.  Contact me for details.
4.  Calendar
There is an area calendar.  The link to the calendar is below my signature.
Some “save the date” events with details forthcoming…
Jun 21-24 –  A 4 day summer adventure near La Grande at Catherine Creek State Park
Jul 19-21 – Woodland Camporee in the St. Paul, OR Area
5. Final Thoughts
Since our last monthly update we have one new Troop added to our ranks, OR-7412 out of McMinville, OR.  They have a lot of boys coming from the “other organization.” Speaking of which, we are now not only the best, but the largest, scouting organization for boys!  The weather will soon be warming up, so get ready to take those boys outside!
Please contact me directly with any questions or concerns you may have.

Walk Worthy,

David Wendell
Oregon and SW Washington Point Man
971-678-9796

Oregon and SW Washington Area Facebook Page

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