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

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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


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