Clackamas County Named 2010 "Chapter of the Year"
SUBLIMITY – AFP-Oregon State Director Jeff Kropf named the organization’s Clackamas County Chapter the “Chapter of the Year” for 2010 at the group’s Chapter Leader Summit in Bend last weekend. More than 40 grassroots leaders from across Oregon met to reflect on last year’s successes and plan 2011 activities. The Clackamas County Chapter grew into a leading role among the group’s 22 local Chapters in Oregon.
“Our Clackamas County Chapter is deserving of the 2010 Chapter of the Year honor,” Kropf said. “The Chapter has stopped efforts by the out-of-touch Clackamas County Commission to impose private property rights restrictions, and has fought against efforts to raise taxes and fees and curtail freedom. AFP Clackamas Members are currently among the leaders in the effort to refer the new Vehicle Registration Fee to the ballot, an effort we expect to be successful. The Chapter held a very successful Tax Day Tea Party with over a thousand partcipants, and held numerous candidate forums in 2010 where all candidates for office could share their views on issues. Not only did the Chapter show tremendous growth in Members, but also in the number of activists who are attending regular monthly meetings. The leadership of Dale and Sarah Seale has been invaluable in making Clackamas County our top Chapter in 2010.”
Among other accomplishments during 2010, the Clackamas County Chapter stopped a Happy Valley utility fee, assisted in the repeal of an Estacada gas tax, and exposed the partisan “Bus Project” for recruiting public school students to campaign on behalf of Democrats. Members of the Chapter were elected to various offices in November, including County Commissioner, Mayor and State Representative. Communications Director Bill McKee has also created one of the most robust on-line efforts among AFP-Oregon local Chapters.
In other actions at the Chapter Leader Summit, Rich Raynor of Roseburg was named 2010 Chapter Leader of the Year, and Harney County was awarded 2010 New Chapter Leader of the Year. Special recognitions for outstanding service were awarded to retiring Chapter Leaders Bob Amy of Yamhill County and Jerry McCauley of Jackson County.