Columbia Gorge Chapter

Columbia Gorge Chapter Winter Update

Posted on: January 15th, 2018

by Jessica Jansen

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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

Columbia Gorge Winter Update

Posted on: January 3rd, 2017

by Jessica Jansen

The Columbia Gorge Chapter has had an enjoyable fall and beginning of winter! In October we had a business meeting to make plans for 2017 and review our projects from 2016. We decided to change our meeting schedule for 2017. Meetings will be held at Casa El Mirador, a fun Mexican resturant in The Dalles on the second Tuesday of the month. We will meet in the months of January, March, May, September, and November. Join us at 5pm for dinner with our meeting starting at 5:30pm.

November is when our annual social is held. This year we gathered at the Historic Balch Hotel in Dufur, OR to enjoy a night of relaxation and great company! The evening started with drinks by the firepit, followed by dinner, door prizes and we made fun essential oil mixes to take home. It was great having 6 new guests join us for the evening too!

We are excited to share that we have ordered 60 more Get Oregonized  textbooks to be placed in the Dry Hollow School 4th grade classrooms. Teachers and students will no longer have to share textbooks between classrooms!

No meeting was held in December. Columbia Gorge Chapter will be electing new officers in early 2017!

Deanna Sudan

Columbia Gorge OWA President

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