Situation Report – Sept. 30, 2018
Where to start since the last Sit-Rep???? Many major gains in readying the campus for our Vets as well as further outreach to many Veteran related groups. Here goes the highlights!!!
Vice-President Dan Buckwald and Dan Swanson recently went to Salem to bring back a large reach in freezer and reach in refrigerator. For any of you who’ve toured the kitchen, the old walk in freezer is unsalvageable and will be reconfigured to better utilize space. These were used/refurbished units and with their acquisition the major appliances in the kitchen are in place!
The University of Oregon continues to be a major supporter! We now have a piano donated to Camp Alma. Even bigger was the donation of 50 wardrobe closets for the bunk cubicles – which match the beds previously donated. We now have all cubicles outfitted and ready to set up sequentially as the census ramps up. A big shout out to Crosstown Movers on both of these projects – it was a huge gift to the cause to have professional movers helping on these two gigs. Thanks to Mike Somerville for arranging the crews and the trucks and Tim Carroll from U of O for coordinating!
We’ve been blessed with the efforts of Doug Murkley, a local architect, who has graciously donated his time to helping design and create the visual/structural plans for the campus going forward. Another architect blessing is Rebecca Cruze, a third year landscape architect at U of O, assisting on this aspect of future planning at Camp Alma. Rebecca made a presentation to the BOD in August which was enthusiastically received. A primary project is to redesign the entryway driveway with an eye-catching wood structure/metal sign which we hope to have done for the formal dedication in November! Many changes to the Ceremonial/Memorial plaza in front are on the drawing boards as well.
Dan Buckwald, Bud Fitzgerald and crew got the greenhouse skinned -great job guys!!! Let’s get growing!!!
Dan has been a busy guy – he haunted the Lane County Surplus equipment sale in early September and some of the personnel as well trying to get some deals for Veterans Legacy and he struck gold! Sooo… here’s his list of goodies: 14 passenger van with handicap lift(used from Willamalane), tractor with bucket attachment (the irony here is that this is the original tractor purchased for the Camp in 1990), an industrial meat slicer for the kitchen, wood chipper, scissors lift, heavy duty edger, and small welder. All of this was at a nominal cost – thanks Dan for your efforts!
Dan was one of Senator Manning’s panel guests at the Town-hall meeting at the Vet Center and spoke about Camp Alma.
Amongst many meetings attended, Dr. John LeBow spoke at the Veterans Summitt in Brookings, OR. on Sept. 21 and attended the Veterans Suicide Summit in Eugene on Sept. 29th. Many fruitful connections were made that will help develop the treatment program. Along this line, VL will be applying for grant funding from Trillium and their Innovation fund. If selected for funding, this would be directed towards hiring of the therapeutic team that will allow us to actually open and begin serving our Vets. A quick reminder – due to the extraordinary generosity of the estate of Marlene Johnsen, any contributions to Veterans Legacy are matched dollar for dollar until the end of the year!
Lastly, amongst all these blessings comes the biggest. On August 28, 2018, the Lane County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to transfer Camp Alma to Veterans Legacy at no charge. It’s difficult to explain how much this means to pursuing our vision and mission to help Vets. The show of support is indeed humbling and I wish there were more ways to say thank you to all involved!! This transfer of ownership/command will be the primary theme at the formal dedication on November 9, 2018.
John LeBow, President of the Board of Directors
Call to Action: November 3, 2018 – 9:00 to 3:00 – Camp Cleanup/Prep for Dedication Day
Formal Camp Alma Dedication/Transfer of Command – November 9, 2018