Columbia Gorge Chapter

Columbia Gorge Spring Update

Posted on: April 14th, 2018

by Jessica Jansen

The Columbia Gorge chapter had five members attend the annual convention in Astoria, and all enjoyed learning about forestry and fishery topics.  One of the reasons many of us like our membership in OWA is the socialization aspect of the group, especially at state convention where everyone treats you like friends.  Our chapter has about 20 members and “interested” participants, and we meet about every other month at a restaurant in The Dalles for a meal and our business meeting, another wonderful opportunity to enjoy each others’ company.  We look forward to bringing our auction items to Albany for the annual auction and dinner!

Locally, our chapter helps sponsor the annual Bull Tour of livestock production operations in the region, and offers a scholarship to local high school graduates.  We also offer a scholarship to a teacher in the gorge to attend Summer Agriculture Institute.  Several members will be presenting the Ag in the Classroom Apples to Oregon literacy project in local classrooms this spring.  We will launch a new fundraiser for our chapter by hosting an ice-cream-and-fruit-cobbler stand at Dufur Vintage Days Saturday, August 11.

Cindy Brown, President

Columbia Gorge Chapter Winter Update

Posted on: January 15th, 2018

by Jessica Jansen

The Columbia Gorge chapter meet for a fall social on Wednesday, November 15 at Freebridge Brewery in The Dalles with 10 participants.


The fun started with everyone identifying the agricultural products in our pizza, beer, wine and water and noting that local grain is used in the pizza crust and beer!


Chapter members greeted potential new members and gave an overview of all the activities our chapter does and what OWA does at the state level, as well as an invitation for everyone to attend state convention in Astoria in February.


Our local newspaper, The Dalles Chronicle, recently interviewed chapter President Cindy Brown and Vice President Deanna Sudan for an upcoming feature on Oregon Women in Agricutlure in a Farm & Ranch Special Edition.


In August 2018, our chapter will take over the steak feed at Dufur Vintage Days (formerly the Dufur Threshing Bee).


Our next meeting will be in January 2018.


Cindy Brown, President


Columbia Gorge Chapter Fall Update

Posted on: November 22nd, 2017

by Jessica Jansen

Fall is here and that means the Columbia Gorge chapter is back to holding meetings after the summer harvest break.  Our fall meeting was held Tuesday, September 12 in The Dalles, with 5 members and 2 guests present.  Our chapter’s college scholarship winner, Emily Gallegos of Hood River, has registered for classes at Linn-Benton Community College so a check is headed her way.  Sherman teacher Piper Jones attended Summer Ag Institute on a scholarship from the chapter, and gave a great presentation about how much she learned during the week.  Our chapter had exhibits at the Sherman and Gilliam County Fairs. We are discussing adding an annual fundraiser by doing a steak feed at the Dufur Vintage Days each August.  Next meeting will be a fall social to “bring a friend” and invite potential new members to check out OWA.

Cindy Brown, President

Columbia Gorge Chapter Summer Update

Posted on: July 14th, 2017

by Jessica Jansen

  • Chapter members attended the annual Bull Tour in Wasco County in April, chapter helped sponsor it.
  • Chapter hosted the state board meeting in May with a wonderful lunch afterward at Bent River Restaurant.
  • Ag in the Classroom literacy project done in Sherman, Arlington, Condon and Dufur schools.
  • $500 scholarship won by Emily Gallegos, a senior at Hood River Valley High School.
  • $600 Summer Ag Institute scholarship won by Piper Jones, elementary teacher and new resident of Sherman County.
  • Deanna and Loren Sudan announce the birth of son Leo in early June.
  • No meetings held during summer months, see everyone again Sept. 12.

Cindy Brown, President

Columbia Gorge Chapter Spring Update

Posted on: April 5th, 2017

by Jessica Jansen

Columbia Gorge

Babies abound in the leadership of our Columbia Gorge chapter!  Founded and first President Josie Miles (who now belongs to the Eastern Oregon chapter) started the trend with her little guy Joe over a year ago.  Treasurer Dani Annala had son Aatto on her due date, Valentine’s Day 2017.  And switching from President to VP/Membership Chair, Deanna Sudan is due the first part of June.  As new President and age 54, if this happens to me, it will be a very Biblical “Sarah” moment, indeed!


Five chapter members attended Convention, learning lots and enjoying being around so many great gals who love Oregon agriculture.   In February and March, the chapter donated almost 60 “Get Oregonized” textbooks and teacher guides to the 3rd and 4th grades at Sherman County School, and have a homeschooling family interested in the materials as well.  New crop ID signs have been ordered and will be placed by chapter members, including titles like “Winter Wheat”, “Dryland Wheat”, and “Wheat Storage”.


The chapter has solicited donations for the annual auction, including a wonderful basket of a winery tour and goodies from Phelps Vineyard in Hood River for the oral auction; a Dufur basket of local products; and the chapter decided to spend funds purchasing a variety of locally crafted items as well.


We will be a financial sponsor for the annual  “Bull Tour” sponsored by the North Central Livestock Association (NCLA), which will be touring livestock operations in south Wasco County on Friday, April 7.  Several of our chapter members are also involved with the NCLA so we small town volunteers wear many hats!


Our chapter will be sponsoring a local teacher to attend the Summer Ag Institute, and are also direction applicants to our Wasco and Sherman Soil & Water Conservation Districts who award educational grants as well.  We will also sponsor a college scholarship for local graduating seniors or current college students, with a preference for a student pursuing a major in agricultural studies, with a 3.0 GPA or higher, and female.  Last year’s scholarship winner never claimed her funds, so we may be able to award several scholarships this year.

New leadership for our chapter:  President Cindy Brown of OSU Sherman County Extension; VP/Membership Deanna Sudan, local farmer;  Secretary Susan Brown, local farmer; Treasurer Dani Annala of NW Farm Credit Services.  We look forward to hosting the state meeting in May, and have enjoyed having new members join our chapter.


Cindy Brown, Columbia Gorge President

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Upcoming Events
  1. Linn-Benton Chapter Meeting

    January 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
  2. Auction Committee Meeting

    January 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  3. Auction Committee Meeting

    February 11, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm