In a few short weeks we'll be kicking off our statewide Listening Tour. I am beyond excited to cram the whole Foundation team into my Gram's 1987 Southwind Motorhome (a glamorous tour bus, if ever there was one) and hit the road. You can check out all the details in this month's Investment Update -- but here's the short story: our Listening Tour will help us amplify the voices of hundreds of Oregon's women and girls, and their voices matter. So let's get ready to Listen To Her, Oregon!
Warmly, Emily Evans Executive Director, Women’s Foundation of Oregon
Our twelve stop Listening Tour, aptly named "Listen to Her," will take us all over Oregon. Our goal is to hear from hundreds of women and girls, and to lift up their stories, priorities, and voices in our upcoming report. We'll be asking about issues like childcare, economic opportunity, safety, leadership, and much more. Please mark your calendars and help spread the word!
LISTEN TO HER March 31: Portland (Downtown) April 6: Bend April 7: Newport April 12: Salem April 14: Medford April 16: Eugene April 20: Washington Co. (in Spanish) April 23: North Portland April 26: Umatilla Reservation April 27: Pendleton April 28: Ontario April 30: Burns
In each community we will host a public town hall event that's designed to be warm, welcoming, engaging, and fun. Each town hall will be centrally located and easily accessible -- and we'll be providing food and on-site child care. Stay tuned for exact venues, times, and further details.
Meet Nancy Campbell Mead, retired judge and proud Women’s Foundation member living in Depoe Bay on the Oregon coast.
Name: Nancy Campbell Mead Age: 69 Occupation: Retired Circuit Court Judge – Washington County Member of the Women's Foundation since: January 2016
What’s your favorite spot in Oregon? Truthfully, right where I live, overlooking the ocean on the beautiful Oregon Coast, I feel so lucky!
What quality do you most admire in others? The first one that comes to my mind is “empathy.” I think the ability to put yourself into somebody else’s shoes, feel where that person is coming from, then act accordingly is a great gift. If we all had more empathy the world would be a better place.
Which talent would you most like to have? I would love to be able to paint. We have wonderful artists on the coast, and taking a painting class from one of them is a “bucket list” item that I’d love to do!
What was your first volunteer experience? When I was in high school I volunteered in a summer program for kids with Downs Syndrome. I loved the experience, and afterwards I considered becoming a special education teacher.
What’s the best place to eat in our great state? My favorite restaurants near our home are Tidal Raves in Depoe Bay, Side Door in Gleneden Beach, Tables of Content Restaurant at the Sylvia Beach Hotel and Saffron Salmon on the Bayfront - both in Newport.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Riding my bike across the United States from Bandon, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia when I was 64 years old – a great way to see the country and meet people from all walks of life. Prior to training for the ride (I trained hard for about 6 months), I had ridden very little (only about 100 miles a year); being able to ride 60 to 100 miles each day and over mountain passes was a big accomplishment for me.
Which woman (living or dead) do you most admire? My mother. She was the first feminist I knew and a terrific role model. She was born in 1903 on a farm in rural Kentucky - and was truly exceptional, especially given the difficult path life handed her. Because of her I've never missed voting in an election, I went to Law School in an era when that was uncommon for women, and I am a longtime member of many women's organizations, both local and national. Read the whole story of Nancy's mother on our blog.
What’s your most treasured possession? Photos of my kids and granddaughters.
What’s your idea of perfect happiness? Being all together with my kids and my granddaughters. They live in New York and Colorado, so though we all see each other throughout the year, it never seems to happen that we're all together at once.
What makes you laugh uncontrollably? Our Labradoodle who is 3 years old. He has lots of annoying habits that are also very funny. I really can’t get mad at him, so I laugh.
Why are you a member of the Women’s Foundation? I am helping the Foundation with the Oregon coast portion of the upcoming Listening Tour. I am executive director of the newly formed Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women Foundation, and have been thrilled about what we are able to do for women and girls locally. Learning that there is a similar statewide foundation really excited me - and I was delighted to join!
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Congrats to Foundation Member, Gerry O'Scannlain -- winner of our social media contest. Gerry will receive a goodie bag of Women's Foundation swag! Stay tuned on social media for more contests, foundation updates and news to know!
Volunteer Carissa Galloway shows off swag at the Holiday Happy Hour!
Your support makes all this exciting work possible. If you joined the Foundation last spring, be on the lookout for your renewal letter in the mail on your 1-year anniversary as a member. We can't wait to have you with us for 2016!
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