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Two local students appointed to West Point military academy
Brooke Parker attended 2019 Oregon Girls State and was sponsored by Ray Johnson Unit #44 in Redmond,
Two graduating seniors from Central Oregon high schools were accepted into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with scholarships this year. Brooke Parker and Ethan Reed, seniors at Redmond and Summit high schools, respectively, received notice of their appointments to the Military Academy on May 29. It is unusual for the Military Academy, located in upstate New York, to accept two students from Deschutes County in the same year, according to a press release.
Both Parker and Reed received $250,000 scholarships from the academy, which covers their room, board, tuition and books for four years, the release stated. The students are expected to report to West Point in mid-July, pending COVID-19’s spread in New York.
Out of 25 applicants from Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District — which covers all of Oregon east of the Cascades, plus the Hood River, Medford and Grants Pass areas — Parker and Reed were the only students accepted to West Point this year, said local academy admissions representative Gerry Smith. To get accepted to the Military Academy, the applicants also had to ask either U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, or one of Oregon’s two U.S. Senators, Greg Merkley or Ron Wyden, to nominate them, Smith added.
Welcome to a New Year and Happy 4th of July!
For everyone who attended our DEC Saturday June 27th via Zoom, thank you for joining in and getting business taken care of for the New Year. As you all know, COVID-19 has changed everything we had planned for the year and then some. Convention was cancelled when Seven Feathers said they could not host us. We then had a plan to have our convention on Zoom and make it as close as possible to the real thing. All was planned and moving forward when at the last minute, we found out we could not have ANY kind of convention unless The Legion did (a lesson in – we all make mistakes). That made us go in another direction. Our Department then had to retain all officers and chairmen (like National) and that is where resignations came in. Some had already made plans based on personal lives, not knowing what COVID-19 was or the affects it would have. We do not need to explain our individual reasons but all of you deserve transparency from Department as to what took place and why. Department abides by the same Constitution & By-Laws as units so be aware of what you are doing and yes, we all have rules to follow.
President Gea Clausier started our DEC and when it came time for her President’s report, she read her letter of resignation. As the Vice President, I moved to fill her vacancy, per our constitution. We will be coming out with a new Department Roster soon that will have all the officers and chairmen. Thank you so much President Gea for your hard work last year! Welcome Debra Godwin as our new Department Vice President / Membership Chairman, units will be hearing from her a lot this year. We are here to help units and members in any way we can.
We accomplished passing the new budget for next year as well as the updated policy for Treasurer. It was stated again that units will get their roster and membership cards sent to them when they have turned in their list of officers for the coming year. You can pick up in person, we may deliver and some will be mailed. Even if you keep the same officers, we still need it or at least, call Cindy at Department and tell her they are the same. Units will not get any blank membership cards for new members so when you transmit them to Department, Cindy will fill out their card and send them to the membership chairman, to include with whatever packet or welcome letter they send out. We are giving this a one-year trial to see how it works, as members were given cards & access to posts, not being processed through Department.
New officers and chairmen were ratified by the DEC, so we are already working on this coming year. Always feel free to call, text or email myself or any officer, chairman or Department who can help you get the job done. We are all working for the same reason, our Veteran’s.
Sincerely and with respect,
Kathi Karnowski , Department of Oregon President 2020-2021
Missing a DD-214? Click the link to Order DD-214 https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records
New 2020-21 Forms are available under Forms & Business Documents in the Info Library link above (poppy report, installation & caucus, etc).
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