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

Oregon and SW Washington Area Facebook Page

December Pointman Message

Hello Oregon/SW Washington Trail Life Leadership and Supporters,
I am the new Trail Life Point Man for Oregon and SW Washington, and I thought I should formally introduce myself.  I have met many of you at previous Roundups, and may have sent you an email or two about upcoming training or a new Troop forming in your area.
I attend St. Joseph Church in Salem, OR with Lili, my wife of 19 years, and our four children; Evangelyn (11), Davy (10), Joan (6), and Louis (4).  We live on a ten acre farm and homeschool our children.  I work full-time as a judge advocate for the Oregon National Guard in Salem.  I have a total of 19 years in the military, first as an enlisted Marine, and now as an officer in the guard.  I love to spend time with my family, homestead, read, and live my faith.
I became aware/involved in Trail Life in 2014 when I was looking for the right program for my son.  It was a long process getting my charter, but since 2016 I have served as the Troopmaster for OR-1531.  I do not have significant experience in “the former organization”, but over these past three years have benefitted from the mentorship of OR-315 and every interaction I’ve had with John Herring, John Falk, and a few others.
This last year, John asked if I would serve as the New Troop Coordinator for Oregon, and I said yes.  It has been a blessing to work and pray with Christian men and women throughout the area: Albany, Dallas, McMinnville, Newberg, La Grande, Eugene, and Clackamas immediately come to mind.  Last month, I flew down to San Jose to a Train the Trainer course with Oregon and SW Washington in mind.  New Troops need training!
Last week, John Falk asked if I would serve as the Point Man for Oregon and SW Washington.  I was hesitant due to my lack of scouting experience, but I trust John’s judgment, God’s grace (1 Peter 4:10), and I do have a few items I want to accomplish.
Here are my goals for Trail Life in Oregon and SW Washington:
1. Continue to add New Troops.
2. Support new and existing Troops with training, immediate responses to questions, and regular communication/information sharing.
3. Increase inter-Troop cooperation.
In order for this to happen, I do need help.  Paul Eskeldson is out Direct Service advisor, and we are going to meet sometime when we can manage it with our busy schedules.  We am looking for three “types” of people.
New Troop Support.  I am looking for people who would be willing to meet others in your local area interested in starting their own Troop.  Sometimes, all they want is to attend one of your meetings and ask a few questions afterwards.
Trainers.  I am looking for people who are open to completing the 3 Peaks Training and eventually attending a Train the Trainer course.
Advancement.  We need to make sure we have a team in place to assist Trailmen with their Advancement and Freedom Award.
Let me know if you are willing to assist as able in one or more of these areas.  Please forward this email to other adults in your Troop, and let me know how things are going.  Most importantly, let us continue to pray for one another!
I will be pushing out some additional information shortly to Troop leadership.  In the meantime, if you have a Facebook account join the Oregon/SW Washington group (link below).
All Honor and Glory to God Forever!
Walk Worthy,
David Wendell
Oregon and SW Washington Point Man