Hello, Oregon friends! (And Southwest Washington friends…and really, any friend game to hop a plane and spend a half hour+ driving south from Portland to come and join the fun.)
Next Tuesday night, I’ll be speaking (!! — come listen and help me not be so nervous) along with D.L. Mayfield. We’re helping build a scholarship fund for local high school girls pursuing higher education. Come participate in a worthy fundraiser, sip Pacific Northwest wines, and hang out with other big-hearted people. Let’s make the world better together. ♡
I’ve been combing through stories and reflections in preparation for sharing a bit about my travels and the impacts they’ve had on me…and I found myself down a rabbit hole of old photos. Enjoy the trip down memory lane (and the evolution of my traveler’s haircut over the course of one year and two trims).
PEO International is a philanthropic educational organization supporting the education and advancement of women. PEO operates an all-women’s university, Cottey College, in the Midwest and provides scholarships to women throughout the educational spectrum–university, community college and accredited training programs.
The local Woodburn, Oregon Chapter J is over 100 years old, and scholarships mostly support local high school graduates with a small contribution to state and national funds.
Woodburn is a primarily agrarian, economically challenged, diverse community with a history of blended cultures including Anglo, Hispanic, and Russian. The school district is multilingual from K-12, and due to low SES, faces considerable challenges academically as well as socially. The area is home to many students who are first generation high school graduates let alone first to go to college. Helping these deserving young women helps send significant ripples of hope and encouragement throughout our community and state.
I’m honored to be able to support this effort to raise funds for a worthy cause. Hope to see some of you there! If you haven’t had a chance to grab D.L. Mayfield’s book, Assimilate or Go Home: Notes From a a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith, I highly recommend the read.