Congratulations to 2019 Evergreen District Hall of Fame Inductee, Don Thorn. 

Evergreen Hall of Fame Inductee

He’s been one of us for 39 years. He is a past chapter President .If you need anything he will see to it, if it’s doable. He stays out of our mainstream visibility as far as the limelight goes, but he has his own special aura. He is a giver and a fine guy you would want to do your taxes. He worked for the state of Oregon in their revenue department before retiring and still does taxes for people and for folks need it as a licensed tax consultant.  He still works the food booths gratis at the University of Oregon football games and track meets.

He is a long time Treasurer of both the Evergreen District AND Harmony College NorthWest and a better man you couldn’t meet! He does an excellent job with our money and keeps us in the black. He is quite a guy, but doesn’t seek the reward he heartily deserves for what he accomplishes. Well now - he got his 15 minutes of fame, and he probably would say it was way too much, but to quote him - “Drop in anytime, we are here to serve”. 

Response by Don Thorn:

My thanks to all for the honor of being inducted into the Evergreen District Hall of Fame at this year’s District convention. I was amazed that so many people would stop and congratulate me. I didn’t figure most folk had a clue who I was. I know, I was wearing the green jacket and a grin from ear to ear. Maybe that was what they noticed.

39 years ago, I was dragged to a Eugene chapter show by one of my students (part of my dark past—I taught school for 12 years). We both liked it and joined the chapter.

There I met Dan Whedon (I was singing baritone at the time) and enjoyed what he did for the chapter so helped him with money things (I taught math and accounting). About two years later he moved north, I became treasurer, and life changed forever.  I found I had something to give others and doing so felt good, so I continued and expanded. I played the treasurer card at multiple non-profits and have enjoyed every minute. My current non-barbershop service goes to AARP as a tax preparer.

Successorship is an issue that concerns all administrative teams. Time moves on and being social now means a bowl of chips and a night with the TV to many. Finding the next person to help with the administration of Evergreen becomes a challenge.

Evergreen management encourages us to find our successor, if possible. To that end I have given names of financial folk I trust for Evergreen to assign to parts of my duties, so they can see what is involved and determine whether they would consider moving into the treasurer’s job.

The good news is that activity is happening inside the Evergreen board, and the Operations teams.   But we, the individuals in the jobs, do not always know who you are. Until I got a call from Kendall Williams (2006 inviting me to serve as Director of Finance), I thought I was unknown at the Evergreen level. Go figure.

So yes, this is a pitch. There are many jobs for every skill right here inside the Evergreen administrative team. Want to dip your toes into the pool slowly? There are jobs like that. Talk to Ed Gentz, Membership Team. There are jobs that might fit you. Or try Peter McBride and the Education Team. Check in with Don Cain and the Events team, Bobby Huber and the Support Team, talk to Nancy Kurth or Glenn Hayes with the HCNW Team, chat with Bob Robson of the Communications Team, and yea, there are even opportunities inside the Finance Team. Feel free to talk to me.

WARNING—You may find that giving up the chips and the TV is rewarding. You should not want to go back. Welcome to the Evergreen Administrative Team.

Make Evergreen Better


 

2019 - Don Thorn

2018 - Carl VanHoff

2017 - Gerry Borden (Abbotsford, BC)

2016 - Ken Galloway

2015 - Kendall Williams (Bellevue, WA)

2014 - Steve Morin (Salem, OR)

2013 - Randy Peters (Calgary, AB)

2012 - Bobby Huber (Bellevue, WA)

2012 - Bob Thomas (posthumously)

2011 - Realtime (Vancouver, BC)

2010 - Bob Cox (Salem, WA)

2009 - Bruce Foreman (Puyallup, WA)

2008 - Denny Stiers (Mt. Baker, WA)

2007 - Mike Lanctot (Bellevue, WA)

2006 - Ed Hartley (Quilcene, WA)

2005 - Marty Lovick (Vancouver, BC)

2004 - Ken Jones (Salem, OR)

2003 - Alan Gowans (Frank Thorne)

2002 - Charlie Metzger (Greater Vancouver, BC)

2001 - B.R.A.S.S. Quartet (Don Craig, Terry Crowe, Len Lang & Doug Marwood) (Frank Thorne)

2000 - Four-Do-Matics (Jim Iddings, Clayt Lacey, Merv Clements, Del Green) (Seattle, WA)

 

1999 - Chuck Olsen (Forest Grove, OR)

1998 - Fatherly Advice (Dick Bek, Burt Staffen, Dan Tangarone, Bill Thurmon) (Bellevue, WA)

1997 - Stephen Kyes (Gold Beach, OR)

1996 - Jim DeBusman (Eugene, OR)

1996 - Close Harmony Tradition (Dick Merritt, Mitch Mitchell, Bob Mahony, Chuck Benson) (Seattle, WA)

1993 - Al Knight (Calgary, AB)

1992 - Paul Extrom (Portland, OR)

1991 - Elmer Burke (Seattle, WA)

1991 - Frank Graham (Eugene, OR)

1991 - G.C."Milly" Millington (Portland, OR)

1991 - E.C. Murphy (Eugene, OR)

1991 - George Cotton (N. Vancouver, BC)

1990 - Mel Knight (Eugene, OR)

1989 - The Most Happy Fellows (Bob Hodge, Larry Hassler, Jack Lyon, Ken Hawkinson) (Washington)

1987 - Ken Fletcher (Seattle, WA)

1987 - Ray Greaves (Coquille, OR)

1987 - Burt Huish (Twin Falls, ID)

1987 - Don Robison (Springfield, OR)

1983 - Al Fraser (Calgary, AB)

1982 - L.H. "Hub" Stone (Klamath Falls, OR)

1982 - J.H. "Bud" Leabo (Creswell, OR)

 

 

Conflict Dates

Convention Dates and Conflicts

Update November 20, 2020 Rob Macdonald, Evergreen Director of Events

           

Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on our Conventions and Contests for 2020 and 2021. Here are the updated “assigned” dates for the Division and District conventions 2021-2025. * denotes a shared convention and Pre-lims with Div I and II in 2022.

 

Convention

2021

2022

2023

2024

2025

Division I 

Cancelled

April 22-23*

March 24-25

April 5-6

April 4-5

Division II

Cancelled

April 22-23*

April 21-22*

April 12-13*

April 11-12*

Division III

Cancelled

May 27-28

May 26-27

May 24-25

May 23-24

Division IV

Cancelled

April 29-30

April 28-29

May 3-4

May 2-3

Division V

Cancelled

May 6-7

May 12-13

May 10-11

May 9-10

District

Oct 22-24

Oct 21-23

Oct 20-22

Oct 25-26

Oct 17-19

 

Here are the dates to avoid:

Passover

Mar 27-Apr 4

April 15-23

April 5-13

April 22-30

April 12-20

Easter

April 2-4

April 15-17

April 7-9

March 29-31

April 18-20

SAI Region 13

Cancelled

May 12-15

May 18-21

April 18-21

April 25-27

SAI Region 26

Cancelled

May 5-8

May 11-14

May 9-12

May 2-4

SAI Intl

Oct 11-16

Sept 26-Oct 1

Not posted

Not posted

Not posted

FWD Prelims

March 11-14

March 10-13

Not posted

Not posted

Not posted

FWD District

Oct 7-10

Oct 13-16

Oct 12-15

Oct 17-20

Not posted

CAN Thxgiv

Oct 9-11

Oct 8-10

Oct 7-9

Oct 12-14

Oct 11-13

CAN Victoria

May 21-24

May 20-23

May 19-22

May 17-20

May 16-19

Mem Day

May 28-31

May 27-30

May 26-29

May 24-27

May 23-26

 

 

There are some exceptions in the assigned dates:

SAI Region 26 (Western Canada) has conflicts, but they are with all the US Divisions II, IV or V.

Division III (Alberta) conflicts with Memorial Day, but that has been no problem in the past.

 

Flexibility:

There is some flexibility in the assigned Convention dates, should the host chapter have issues with venue and hotel, for example. They may be able to swap a weekend with another Division convention.

These are other dates available that do not create conflicts:

2022: March 4-5, March 11-12 and March 25-26, April 8-9, June 3-4

2023: March 3-4, March 10-11, March 17-18, March 24-25, March 31-April 1, May 5-6, June 2-3

2024: March 1-2, March 8-9, March 15-16, March 22-23, April 12-13, May 31-June 1, June 7-8

2025: Feb 28-March 1, March 7-8, March 14-15, March 21-22, March 28-29, April 11-12,

May 30-31, June 6-7