NW District is excited to present the first club chartered in 14 years!
Building the Aumsville, Oregon Club
Last summer, Jim Beukelman and John Hammill made contact with Ron Harding, City Administrator of Aumsville and discussed the possibility of building an Exchange Club in Aumsville. Ron was very receptive as he said he would like to see a service club for his city. Aumsville enjoys several activities that require volunteer assistance and has several volunteers, but many are not particularly reliable. Ron said he would like to see an organized group with dependable volunteers and said he had approached other service clubs in the area to see if they would start one of their clubs in Aumsville. Due to the city’s size, they declined to consider it, so when we approached him, he was very enthusiastic. Ron has a city-wide newsletter that he publishes and as we set a date for an informational meeting, he publicized it in this newsletter.
At our first meeting in September about a dozen local residents attended. Lynn Boge and Jerry Thompson joined the club-building effort and began meeting monthly. Our building effort was going nowhere so in February the team began meeting weekly. This allowed the team to more closely track our success and the team kept this up through March. The last meeting in March it was decided to set a Permanent Organization Meeting (POM) for April 24th. This set a goal to achieve. As April began our weekly meetings opened with twelve committed members. During the month, two dropped out and members worked on finding additional members. Jim Beukelman and John Hammill signed up to be members of the club and in the last week before the POM, we reached fifteen members.
On April 24th we held the POM for the Aumsville club. Jerry Thompson, National Volunteer Field Representative, presided and Barbara Lockard, District President, from Spokane, Washington, attended and spoke during the program. Eleven of the fifteen members were inducted and the officers installed at this meeting. This club will be meeting bi monthly (second and fourth Wednesdays) at 6:00 P. M. at the Aumsville Community Center, 555 Main St.