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||Early in 1983, Bill Leavell, OR-WA State Director,
suggested to Bob Hostetter,
Chief of the Public Affairs Staff, that forming an organization of BLM
retirees might have several benefits. It would provide:
second luncheon was held at the same place on September 27,
1983, at which time the first officers were elected: Dick Bauman,
president; Bill Cowan,
president-elect; Phyllis Easton,
secretary-treasurer; and Herb Haglund
and Murl Storms,
of the Executive Committee. Dues were establish at $5.00/year.
A tour was conducted for BLM Retirees & Friends by the Salem District on November 10, 1983 with 20 participants. Since that time, there have been many tours and luncheons.
|Rhea Demers, a member of the State
Office Public Affairs staff, served
as the registrar for the three events in 1983, as she did for most of
the events scheduled in the 1980's and early 1990's. Upon her
retirement, Rhea continued to serve on the Executive Committee as
historian until 2005, and continued to coordinate our spring luncheons
at Heidi's until 2010.
A special thanks to all of you who have made our organization successful by participating in our luncheons, summer tours, and serving as officers and members of the Executive Committee. Of recent note, Kathy Eaton was recognized for her long-term commitment at the 2014 Spring Luncheon (see picture to the right with Dana Shuford, outgoing president).
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