Another excellent conference this year held in beautiful Redmond, Oregon at the Eagle Crest Resort. This year’s theme was “Charting the Course….It Starts With Us!” The Conference Committee led by Jamie Vohs and Julie Spor did a super job……..thank you, ladies. All your hard work and dedication in making this such a successful conference did not go unnoticed!
Wednesday morning started off with Tim Dietz, CEO of Behavioral Wellness Resources. Tim’s exuberant personality suited his topic “Dealing with Stress in the Ever-Changing Workplace” to a tee. He had us on our feet (literally) practicing exercises to help us deal with everyday stress. The point he drove home more than once is that we are the only ones responsible for whether we have a good day or not. I especially loved all his wonderful, personal stories he shared with us.
After lunch, our speaker was Michael McClory from Bullard Law whose topic was “Disability, the Interactive Process & Reasonable Accommodation”. Michael addressed disability issues and all it entails. It was very interesting to understand what actually constitutes a disability and the accommodations that are required.
Chief Kevin Henson wrapped up Wednesday’s conference giving us all an update on the Fire Chief’s Volunteer 360 Committee report. He is Chairman of this task force and had a lot of valuable information to share. He presented the newest report.
On Thursday, Jason Jantzi from Special Districts spoke on “OSHA 300 Reporting”. He went over the 300 Log Forms that tracks injuries and illnesses. He also gave great examples with quizzes on what’s reportable and what isn’t.
After Jason, Ken Jones, law attorney for Speer Hoyt, spoke on two topics: “Government Ethics/Conflicts of Interest”, and then “Civil Service Systems”. Both his classes were very informative and pertinent to our membership.
Thursday afternoon consisted of two breakout sessions where one could choose from: “QuickBooks - Beginning and Intermediate” OR “Health & Wellness” and “How Cooperative Purchasing Works”.
Our conference was wrapped up on Friday morning with Rob and Mary Hambleton from Soul Canyon Training. Their session “Maximizing Your Work Relationships”. Their workshop was a lot of fun with a number of interactive exercises. Great way to end our conference!
Thursday night was our annual Awards Banquet. Congratulations to the following members:
• President – Susan Shepard, Polk Co. Fire District No.1
• Secretary – Julie Spor, Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District
• Region 1 Rep. - Jennifer Fox, City of La Grande Fire Dept.
• Region 2 Rep. - Lois Smith, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue
• Region 3 Rep. - Robin Paulson, Illinois Valley Fire District
• Level 1 – Lois Smith, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue
• Level 1 – Kim Summers, TVF&R
• Level 3 – Jamie Vohs, Black Butte Ranch Fire District
• Level 3 – Phyllis Palmer, Depoe Bay Fire District
• Level 3 – Sammy Smith, TVF&R
• Level 3 – Paula Landrus, Crook County Fire & Rescue
• Level 3 – Vickey Dosier, Keizer Fire District
20 Year Length of Service Awards:
• Roberta McConkey, Jefferson County Fire District #1
• Cheryl Miles, Silverton Fire District
• Rhonda Grant, Stayton Fire District
• Jill Dorrell, Newberg Fire Dept.
• Marcia Gilson, Philomath Fire & Rescue
• Rebecca Hollenbeck, Eugene-Springfield Fire
• Julie Ratoza, Lake Oswego Fire Dept.
• David Crawford, Mist-Birkenfeld RFPD
• Mary Lou Busch, Mist-Birkenfeld RFPD
• Judi Norris, Bend Fire Dept.
• Peggy Kirkpatrick, Bend Fire Dept.
15 Year Length of Service Awards:
• Mary Hardenbrook, Adair Fire & Rescue
• Susan Houck, Sister-Camp Sherman Fire Dist.
• Cheryl Hunter, Lane Fire Authority
• Frances Harris, Adair Fire & Rescue
• Ronda Melton, Scappoose Fire District
• Diane Nave, Newberg Fire Dept.
Life Membership Awards:
• Susan Boyle, TVF&R
President’s Award – Laureal Williams, OFDDA and Elaine Parrott, ESCI, Life Member.
Special Recognition Award was presented by Past President Rhonda Grant to President Susan Shepard.
Thanks to all of you for your years of service and dedication to OFSOA.
~submitted by Deb Keehn, Vice President