Spring is trying to spring here in Oregon, and for us, that meant several gatherings with our community friends, partners and client families. Between their Fine Art Auction, annual luncheon and Cinco de Micro Brewfest, we had fun supporting the Boys and Girls Club over the last few months.
We also enjoyed sponsoring the Liberty House Celebrate Spring dinner and auction, along with the Oregon Symphony Spring Serenade (picture above). It was our pleasure to serve as gold sponsors at the Chemeketa Community College STARS event, a unique opportunity for scholarship recipients and donors to gather in one room and celebrate one another.
Larry has presented to the folks of NEDCO twice since our last newsletter, the Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation. These individuals are highly motivated to improve their financial wellbeing and these workshops aim to support in that endeavor. Personally, Larry and his wife Laurie have been playing quite a bit of golf. They are even using the excuse of getting their floors refinished to plan a golf trip to Bend. Laurie has 3 or 4 Pro-Ams lined up for summer and Larry has also been using his free time to get used to his new BBQ.
Brenna spent a few hours volunteering with the Chamber of Commerce Career Connections this spring, helping with mock interviews for high school students, and again enjoyed co-hosting and co-sponsoring the 4th version of Women’s Worth, a financial and estate planning seminar designed by and for women. She also added a few things to her community service roster this spring. She was invited to join the Salem Health Community Benefit committee. In addition, she is volunteering to lead high school students through a financial literacy program. Personally, she and her husband buttoned up an enormous backyard renovation project while their daughter Mika just got her very first pet, a tuxedo kitten which she named “Yesterday.”
Katherine has a new member in her family, Qullian Sel et Poivre. Quillan is Irish/Gaelic for “cub.” Sel et Poivre is French for “salt and pepper.” So, “cub that is salt and pepper.” He dad is an Old English Sheepdog and his mum is a Standard Poodle. It was only during Katherine’s later research that she realized that Standard Poodles are more German than French. Perhaps it should be Quillan Salz und Pfeffer.
Ever-amazed at how fast time can fly by, Michelle has been busy in her continued volunteer work with NAMI and has now become an official volunteer with Salem Hospital. She looks forward to her travels this summer: California to see her youngest cousin get married; Colorado to see family, friends (at her high school reunion) & to celebrate a former athletic coach’s jersey retirement.
Over the past weeks, Sarah learned more of the ins-and-outs of tax season in our office. Meanwhile, personal highlights include hosting a college friend who visited, going on her first hike of the season, traveling to Seattle for a three-day trip with Peter’s Concert Choir (he is the choir teacher at McKay High School in Salem), and cheering Peter and his students on as they competed in the OSAA Choir State Championships.