A Summer Celebration at the Richmond's Star Mooring Farm

Russ Hoeflich
Mon, 07/30/2018 (All day)

Under the shade of the oldest tree in Yamhill County, past and present board members of 1000 Friends of Oregon gathered last Saturday for a heartfelt Summer Celebration in honor of 45 years of defending the state’s unique and powerful land use laws.  In 1974, our first Board of Directors convened to support the shared vision of our co-founders, Governor Tom McCall and attorney Henry Richmond, to protect Oregon’s working lands, iconic landscapes, and livable cities by implementing legislation that would cement a bright future for our glorious state.

On July 14th, 2018 Henry and Ruth Richmond graciously hosted eighty-five of our past and present board members and land use leaders in celebration of what 1000 Friends has achieved, and in excitement for what lies ahead.  The group enjoyed a tour of the Richmond’s filbert orchards (led by Henry and Ruth’s son, Christian Richmond, who is now our Board Vice President, and co-Vice Chair of our Farmers Advisory Committee).  After the tour, the group walked to the base of the Richmond’s vineyard and took in an enlightening talk about viticulture by vineyard manager, Mike Etzel of Beaux Freres Winery.  Dinner featured fabulous wines from Eyrie Vineyards, generously provided by board member Jason Lett, and fresh local fare all sourced from farms in the Willamette Valley.  It was truly a celebration of Oregon’s thriving agricultural lands, thanks in great part to the land use system we exalt and defend.

The camaraderie that was fostered, rekindled, or grown anew over the evening sparked a revival of commitment to continue our critical work over the next 45 years and beyond.  The threats to the land use system are persistent; and there will always be those who wish to trade away our state’s livability for personal gain.  But if this Summer Celebration taught me anything, it is that those who have carried the flag for our land use system are prepared and excited to carry on and carry forward, encouraging new members to join our efforts; educating our legislators and their electorates about SB 100; and building 1000 Friends of Oregon into a robust, well-staffed champion for the land use system that will ensure its permanence for future generations.

Leading 1000 Friends of Oregon is not for the faint of heart, and I feel truly honored to be at the helm of this great organization.  I am proud of our ambitious and vital plans for the future of 1000 Friends, including growing our membership to 10,000 Friends of Oregon by 2023.  Please help our efforts by becoming a member today.  If you are already a member, please consider increasing your membership.  Thank you so much for your consideration, and here is to the next 45 years!

Russ Hoeflich
Executive Director