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Has it been 32 years already?

Solar Oregon Board President Ron "Mac" McDowell recaps the Community Dinner and 32nd Annual Meeting and Celebration

By Ron “Mac” McDowell, Solar Oregon Board President

Some of my friends jokingly call Solar Oregon “the little non-profit environmental engine that could.” And boy, could we. This month we hosted our first fundraising dinner, celebrated our 32nd year as an organization, held our annual meeting, showed off our electric cars, and then added three new people to our board of directors. Whew … no wonder we’re tired. 


I may be biased, but I think the Solar Oregon staff, under the leadership of Executive Director Claire Carlson, is doing a remarkable job.  They’re a relatively new team and are just starting to gel, but they’re getting the job done and our members are expecting big things from them this year. They are the foundation for all that is possible.  


Solar Oregon Community Dinner


Kudos to staffer Adam Sage, Director of Development, for dreaming up this fundraising dinner and getting the board to go along with it. He then went forward and made it the successful event it was! Indeed a memorable night of fabulous food and great company – as advertised. 


A Cena Ristorante owner Chris Custer and Chef Gabe Gabreski served a five-course dinner of traditional Sicilian pastas, secondi, and sweets, paired with local wine. So thanks to Chris and his staff for a tremendous evening. 


Thanks to everyone who joined us in support for Solar Oregon. We were humbled by your generosity.


Solar Oregon 32nd Annual Celebration


Thank You Solar Oregon Professional Members for participating and supporting the work we do for solar in our beautiful state. Thanks also to the Oregon Electric Vehicle Association and our friends and members for bringing their electric vehicles to share with others.  


I was impressed by the standing-room-only presentation provided by Kacia Brockman. Her topic was Solar: The ABC’s of Residential Solar Financing and she talked about the differences between leasing a solar system and owning it.


We had several past board members stop by our meeting to say hello and show support – thanks guys, it was great to meet you!  Claire presented the highlights of this past year, and we celebrated our successes, and acknowledged our solar ambassadors and dedicated volunteers.


Kathy Bash announced she is leaving the board of directors. Kathy was the President of Solar Oregon when I first became involved with the organization. Her dedication, passion and leadership compelled me to join the board and I will miss her terribly. She tells us she’ll still be involved with the Goal Net Zero Interest Group to teach others about net zero energy design and construction … and that’s a blessing. 


Kathy is a LEED accredited professional with a Master of Architecture Degree and a Certificate for Teaching Technology in Architecture from the University of Oregon.


You may recognize her from the movie “Deep Green” written and directed by Oregon’s Matt Briggs. Kathy was interviewed for this documentary and I’d like to honor her by sharing a part of it. Here is a clip from the movie, to give you an idea of how important Kathy is to the sustainability community in our region.


We hope to see you next year at our 33rd Annual Celebration! 
Go Solar! Go Oregon!
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