To fully serve the community, the Mid-county MEMO offers this section to showcase upcoming special events, celebrations of milestones in our readers lives, those seemingly small accomplishments that often do not receive the recognition they deserve, and everyday events that should be shared with friends and neighbors.
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Ashley Lohmeier, Elks Teenager of the month
The Gateway Elks Lodge is proud to announce the teenager of the month for August. It is Ashley Lohmeier of David Douglas High School. She has just completed her junior year and has earned a GPA of 4.00.
Ashley is an active and enthusiastic student whose positive energy spreads to others. She takes an energetic role in planning and organizing school activities and constantly works with others to initiate and complete projects.
Ashley has been part of the Junior and National Honor Societies and served for three years on the student council of the high school.
She has been involved with the Link Crew program, a national program that trains junior and seniors as leaders.
This student athlete takes part in volleyball, basketball and softball. Softball is her favorite sport. She has played since the age of six.
She was selected as the 2002 Scholar Athlete for the Multnomah Athletic Club. Ashley has a demonstrated interest in community projects, including involvement with the Toy Drive, Relief Fund, work with the homeless and the Alert Red Cross Program. She has been a counselor at summer camps and is active in her church.
One of Ashleys teachers has written, Ashley is a diverse and well rounded individual who will be very successful in college and in her career.
Ashley plans to attend college with teaching as her career goal.
Ashleys parents are Chris and Sherrie Lohmeier of Portland. The Gateway Elks Lodge congratulates Ashley and her parents.
Thousands need food boxes just to get by in this recession
SnowCap Community Charities is one of a coalition of frontline agencies known as The Network of Emergency Service Teams (NEST). NEST is touching the lives of the Metro areas most vulnerable people. They are a collaborative group of direct service providers who engage the local community in meeting the most urgent needs of our neighbors.
NEST agencies would like to collectively thank all in our Mid-County communities who have committed to supporting these organizations through volunteer time, food donations or cash gifts. As a result of this community support they were able to:
Collectively meet the emergency food needs of over 28,248 people in April, May, and June of this year, over 40% of who were children and successfully engage the community in donating over 17,241 hours of volunteer time.
Due to this areas high unemployment rate, lack of affordable housing, spiraling health care costs, and high child care expense, these agencies are meeting the emergency food needs of more families than ever before.
The mission of each NEST partner agency is to help neighbors move from poverty to self-sufficiency. NEST hopes to raise public awareness of agencies working day-to-day with families in need and to encourage people to volunteer with them to build a safety net for the vulnerable.
NEST agencies include: FISH Emergency Services, EMOs Northeast Emergency Food Program, Portland Police Sunshine Division, SnowCap Community Charities, St. Vincent de Paul, The Salvation Army, LIFE Center and William Temple House. Together, these agencies and you are making a difference in the lives of others.
For more information contact Judy Alley at 503-674-8785 ext 17
Opportunity knocks to host workshops
Heres the chance for your group to host a Naturescaping for Clean Rivers workshop. Naturescaping brings a bit of wild nature back into the increasingly artificial urban environment. It creates natural landscapes and attracts wildlife to your yard. Its also a beautiful way for you to reduce pollution in our rivers, streams and neighborhoods.
Host a free workshop in your neighborhood. Is there a group in your neighborhood that is planning a community Naturescaping project? Is a nearby school creating an outdoor environmental learning lab? Or, perhaps neighbors in your neighborhood association are interested in gardening for wildlife or protecting the environment? By hosting a Naturescaping for Clean Rivers workshop, your group can bring your friends and neighbors the information they need to take action and improve your neighborhood.
Naturescaping benefits gardeners by saving valuable time, effort and money. It benefits watersheds by conserving water, reducing stormwater runoff and improving water quality. Naturescaping increases food, water and habitat for wildlife.
Your community group or neighborhood association can help get the word out about community projects or concerns and attract new members and volunteers by becoming involved.
The Naturescaping for Clean Rivers Program will provide experienced facilitators, a free 4-hour workshop, free workbooks, and a free native plant for each participant, bonus information and reference materials, as well as follow-up opportunities available such as site planning workshops.
Each hosting group will be asked to provide refreshments for the workshop, cover any costs for the room (rental, security, clean-up), cover promotional costs, if any and get the word out to your community through fliers, newsletters, community calendars and announcements.
Available Fall 2003 dates are Sunday, October 5; Saturday, October 18; Sunday, October 19; Saturday, November 15; Sunday, November 16; Saturday, November 22; Sunday, November 23. Workshops are held either Saturday or Sunday. Saturday workshops are 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Sunday workshop are 1:00-5:00 p.m. Please call Betty McArdle, workshop facilitator, 503-823-4592, or 503-823-2862 if your group is interested in hosting a Naturescaping for Clean Rivers workshop.
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