PROPOSALS FOR MEMBERSHIP
Hall Report –
Hall Projects (in priority order):
Interior ramp resurfacing – complete
Some grading and additional gravel needed on parking areas.
Front ramp needing paint again.
Repainting under eves of hall –
Northeast side roof needs additional screws
Kitchen needs exhaust hood and fan
Kitchen and dining hall floors need refinished
Five party rentals on the books. Chaps, Gamers and Zumba still have long term contracts.
Nothing further on the northerly property line issue.
Lawn has been mowed. Mower will be returned to the shed for next mowing (in April).
AGRICULTURE - A proposed off-road equipment tax, intended to pay for Portland-area diesel truck upgrades, has died in committee, to the relief of Oregon farm advocates.
The House Climate, Energy and Environment Committee didn’t schedule a vote on House Bill 3158 by the March 17 deadline, killing the tax hikes that critics said disproportionately targeted agriculture.
Also, a suitcase of African giant snails was intercepted last week in __. If traveling please be careful not to import another pest farmers have to put up with. Once a bug or even a snail gets loose it is almost impossible to eliminate them short of using a so called gene drive, a genetically engineered poison gene that destroys all members of a species and maybe related species. Problem here is that there is currently no way to guarantee the destruction is restricted to one area and no way to predict the consequences of destroying an entire species world wide.
EDUCATION - Starting the week of March 6, The Oregonian/OregonLive will publish stories from high school reporters writing about education and teen life. The segment, which the paper is calling Youth Voices, is an outgrowth of the annual High School Journalism Institute, an eight-day summer camp during which reporters mentor students through writing stories, taking photos and putting together a newspaper.
Several 2022 program graduates were interested in continuing their professional reporting — and Youth Voices was born.
Requests have come into the Beaverton School District from around the country. to see and use Beaverton’s nationally recognized, free-for-the-taking fentanyl poisoning prevention curriculum, which includes informational slides and videos, online quizzes, suggested discussion questions and primary source reading. The Louisiana Department of Health was interested, too. Oregon’s third-largest district has also fielded requests from school districts in Kansas, California and Washington.
LEGISLATIVE - Gov. Tina Kotek urged lawmakers Monday to support her $80 million plan to expand the state’s behavioral healthcare system. The state has a higher rate of mental health and addiction care needs than other states yet less care to access, according to the Oregon Health Authority.
Her plan, contained Senate Bill 1044, aims to bolster the behavioral health care workforce while making care more accessible to all, including some of the state’s most vulnerable individuals such as those at risk of experiencing homelessness, youth and Medicaid members.
COMMUNITY SERVICE –
POMONA REPORT - The upcoming meeting (April 22 at Sandy) will be the last opportunity to submit resolutions for this year. Have not been many so far. Cookie booth preparations are proceeding. Sign ups available in a couple months.
Next visitation will be to Beavercreek on April 1. Lunch at noon, meeting at 1 PM. Car pooling available if you want to attend.
COMMUNICATIONS – Betty
TREASURERS REPORT - Vicki - Do we want to have a second person with ready access to the account?
Bills – Dan
Fire Extinguisher Servicing - $32
TABLED BUSINESS - Bike rodeo idea
NEW BUSINESS: Spring cleaning day
PA system in dance hall cost estimates
MEMBERS SICK OR IN DISTRESS:
GOOD OF THE ORDER:
If you are not consciously building your habits, they are unconsciously building you. Anika J. Green, American Author