The meaning of your Memorial day

Since we are primarily Veterans serving Veterans, we really take the time to acknowledge the sacrifices our fellow servicemembers have made and truly believe in honoring those that have given the ultimate sacrifice. We also feel those souls should have a name and be honored in a way that would bring joy to those that still remember them today. Even though Memorial day origins began as “Decoration Day” following the end of the Civil war in the spring of 1865 it still pays homage to the fact that our country has always set aside a day dedicated for pausing in reflection for our fallen.

All of us here at Warfighter Outfitters have individuals on our minds that we once fought alongside or lost to suicide over the years. These individuals need to be remembered and honored not only for our own selfish reasons but for the sake of their families and loved ones.

Although a good portion of America will see Memorial day as a federal holiday and take advantage of the time off while grilling on the beach or road tripping with the family and never really recognize the true meaning of the day. Some will even say things like “Thank you for your service” or “Happy memorial day” in random passings. For most Veterans, these words and phrases are very misguided ramblings that tend to further aggravate their own path and meaning during memorial day.

Memorial Day is a day when we as the country come together to honor and remember our servicemen and women who answered America’s call to service and paid the ultimate price. Memorial Day is the time for Americans as one body and voice to stand up and say, “Thank you. We remember you.”

If you are wondering how to spend some time this Memorial day honoring those that have fallen you don’t have to go far or dedicate your whole weekend doing it.

We suggest you simply take the time to find and learn the story behind a fallen hometown hero or dedicate your holiday to a single individual. For some, it is too difficult to think about the vast amount of sacrifices that those have laid down over the years or comprehend the sheer multitude of families that have a very hard time coping this specific week of May.

You can buy and raise a new flag in front of your home.

You can visit a local battlefield and walk where those have fallen.

You can visit your War Memorial or local Cemetery with your kids and seek out the veteran headstones. Maybe lay some flowers for those that don’t have any.

You can attend a local parade or Memorial day function.

You can google a specific person, long lost relative or even ask a veteran you know about someone they lost and enjoy the stories they have to tell about that Servicemember.

You can flood your social media feeds with photos and stories of the fallen ones you cherish.

You can wear a red poppy from your local VFW to show your day of remembrance as they traditionally were among the first flowers to spring up in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium of WW1.

For most of the country at 3 p.m. local time, wherever you are on Memorial Day, we will all pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute for the national day of remembrance.

However you spend your memorial day weekend you should do it with at least one thing in mind, Nobody ever intended to be impacted by Memorial Day.

 

 

Here are some of the fallen that our team personally recognizes and will always Remember and Honor

 

PFC Thomas Tucker ARMY

SSG Kevin Davis ARMY

SGT David Evans ARMY

SSG Faoa Apineru USMC

SGT Frank Sandoval ARMY

SSG Timothy Hunt ARMY

LCPL Shaun Hefner USMC

CPL William Pullen USMC

CPL Steven Jorgensen USMC

CPT Frank Wesson USAF

Richard Olsen NAVY

1SGT Vaughn Army

  CPT Peak Army

  SPC Nevell Army

If you would like to dedicate a donation in the name of a fallen servicemember you can do so here, We will carry the names of the dedicated on our trips for the year.

 

 

 

 

 

New and improved online Donation platform!

As any Nonprofit grows and expands to meet the needs of its beneficiaries and its donors we have listened and acted on the feedback we receive from donors to make giving easier and simpler for you when choosing to support us and our mission.

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That is why we have partnered with GiveWP to offer a nonprofit-specific online donation platform that will enable each donor to personalize and keep track of their own contributions.

Here are some of the features available to each individual donor.

  • Instant personalized PDF Tax deductible receipts per donation sent via your email
  • Annual personalized tax deduction breakdown sent via your email every year
  • Monthly recurring donation subscriptions
  • Personalized tribute donations such as “In memory of” or “In honor of”
  • Instant E-Card delivery to an email for Tribute donations
  • Secure Stripe SSL gateway
  • Secure HTTPS transactions
  • Donor-specific newsletters and updates
  •  Zero commission charges

 

Here is an example of how you can personalize and memorialize your tax-deductible donation and send an instant E-Card to any email address you choose while helping us getting Veterans on trips.

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Our promise to you:

Every single donor dollar you give to Warfighter outfitters will go directly into our basic operating costs such as fuel and food. We have zero salaries, Zero employees and Zero compensated personnel. We are all Veteran Volunteers and nobody takes a single penny for what we do. All of our equipment and major overhead is paid for directly with Grant money and our insurance is paid for by corporate sponsors leaving your specific donor dollars just for the actual cost of what we do.

Our average cost per head to operate is $15 dollars per Veteran. Yes, that’s right only $15. One of our typical jet sled fishing day trips runs 6 Veterans up and down the river for roughly $90 a day.

We look forward to earning and keeping your support as an all-volunteer Veterans nonprofit because, without you, our donor family, we are powerless.

 

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2019 Yellowstone and San Juan NM participants selected!

Congratulations to all the folks below that were selected to join Warfighter Outfitters on our two highlight trips of the year.

 

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The Yellowstone Warfighter roster will be filled with

C.Turner of Idaho

E.Koppel of Mississippi

D.Koppel of Mississippi

K.Dishong of Arizona

B.Manfre of South Carolina

D.Valentine of Oregon

M.Hergenroeder of Oregon

J.Slater of Texas

C.Gassert of Pennsylvania

J.Doughtery of Texas

 

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And the Oregon Warfighters chosen for the San Juan Invitational fly fishing tournament will be filled with

S.Nickell
J.Spano
E.Tanguy
J.Frazier

 

Congratulations to all those who were selected for these showcase trips.

If you were not selected for a spot don’t let this discourage you from applying to future trips, We try to get new folks out on all of our trips every year so it will be unlikely these folks will get to come along on another showcase trip like this.

We will be offering Deschute jet sled fly fishing trips soon so stay tuned for your chance!

 

 

Accepting applications for a board Secretary.

Warfighter Outfitters is now accepting applications for a Secretary position on the board of directors. As life changes come and go and our organization grows so do our positions and we don’t want to add any additional burden on our volunteers. This is a volunteer position on our board of directors and requires at least attendance of 4 board meetings a year. We are looking for someone in central Oregon that is willing to offer their expertise in the position to help us foster and aid in the service of veterans while being part of a kick-ass team of fellow veterans.

 

If you are a Veteran in the Central Oregon area and would like to apply for the position please send your resume and DD-214 to info@warfighteroutfitters.org

 

Below is a rough outline of the duties of a Non-profit Board secretary, Don’t worry, its not all work and no play, as a board member you will have inside access to trips and functions in a managerial role on all trips and events for Warfighter Outfitter and Team Overland offerings. We all love what we do and it shows on our trips and offerings.

 

The secretary position of Warfighter Outfitters plays a critical role in fostering communication and diligence through proper management and utilization of important records such as meeting minutes and the organization’s bylaws. The secretary position has wide-ranging responsibilities, requiring much more than simply being present at all board meetings. He or she is an active conduit for communication by giving proper notice of any meetings and timely distribution of materials such as agendas and meeting minutes. Additionally, the secretary should be knowledgeable of the organization’s records and related materials, providing advice and resources to the board on topics such as governance issues, amendments to the state laws, and the like, that will assist them in fulfilling their fiduciary duties. As the custodian of the organization’s records, the secretary is responsible for maintaining accurate documentation and meeting any legal requirements such as annual filing deadlines. The secretary is responsible for reviewing and updating documents as necessary and ensuring all documents are safely stored and readily accessible.

A secretary will be most useful to Warfighter Outfitters when his or her role is catered to meet the unique structure and specific veterans needs of the organization, rather than filling a “one-fits-all” job description.

Duties may additionally change from time to time as may be assigned to him or her by the board. General Responsibilities Organizations are required by law and by custom to maintain certain records for several purposes, including:

• the accurate recollection of decisions;

• determination of eligibility to vote;

• continuity of policies and practices; and

• accountability of directors and officers.

The Secretary is responsible for ensuring that accurate and sufficient documentation exists to meet legal requirements and to enable authorized persons to determine when, how, and by whom the board’s business was conducted. In order to fulfill these responsibilities, and subject to the organization’s bylaws, the Secretary records minutes of meetings, ensures their accuracy, and availability, proposes policies and practices, submits various reports to the board, maintains membership records, fulfills any other requirements of a Director and Officer, and performs other duties as the need arises and/or as defined in the bylaws.

The Secretary is accountable to the Board of Directors. Through the Board of Directors, certain duties of the Secretary may be delegated to the Executive Director, Board members and/or committees as appropriate; however, the accountability for them remains with the Secretary.

The secretary is responsible for ensuring that accurate minutes of meetings are taken and approved. Requirements of minutes may vary with the jurisdiction but should include at a minimum:

• date, time, location of the meeting;

• list of those present and absent;

• list of items discussed;

• list of reports presented;

• text of motions presented and description of their disposition.

The Secretary signs a copy of the final, approved minutes and ensures that this copy is maintained in the corporate records.  The secretary ensures that the records of the organization are maintained as required by law and made available when required by authorized persons. These records may include founding documents, (eg. letters patent, articles of incorporation), lists of directors, board and committee meeting minutes financial reports, and other official records. Membership Records The Secretary ensures that official records are maintained of members of the organization and Board. He/She ensures that these records are available when required for reports, elections, referenda, other votes, etc.

Bylaws

The Secretary ensures that an up-to-date copy of the bylaws is available at all meetings. Communication The Secretary ensures that proper notification is given of directors’ and members’ meetings as specified in the bylaws. The Secretary manages the general correspondence of the Board of Directors except for such correspondence assigned to others. Meetings The Secretary participates in Board meetings as a voting member. The Secretary provides items for the agenda as appropriate. In the absence of the President (and Vice-President, if the position exists), the Secretary calls the meeting to order, presiding until a temporary chairperson is elected. The secretary records meeting minutes as described above Depending upon the bylaws and practices of the organization, the Secretary may perform these duties for Member meetings (eg. Annual General Meeting) and/or for an executive committee.

Signing Officer

The Secretary may be designated by the Board of Directors and/or bylaws as one of the signing officers for certain documents. In this capacity, the Secretary may be authorized or required to sign or countersign checks, correspondence, applications, reports, contracts or other documents on behalf of the organization.

Filing of Documents

The Secretary may be the registered agent with respect to the laws of the jurisdiction.; the person upon whom legal notice to the corporation is served, and responsible for ensuring that documents necessary to maintain the corporation are filed.

 

 

 

Gompers distillery casino night and speakeasy party!

Looking for something fun to do Saturday, April 27th from 6-9 pm? Then put together your best 1920’s attire (not required) and come down to Gompers Distillery at 611 NE Jackpine Court in Redmond. Gompers Distillery will be celebrating their 1920’s speakeasy tasting room and distillery. There will be a 6 piece jazz band, passed appetizers, buffet, “Gomptails” served by the tipsy lemon, performances by the bend Burlesque company, cake from foxtail bakery and table games with proceeds going to Warfighter Outfitters.

You can RSVP here 

Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM PDT

Gompers Distillery
611 NE Jackpine Court
Building D, #7-8
Redmond, OR 97756

For more info, you can contact the crew

Jessica, Michael, and Jerry
Gompers Distillery
541-588-2825
info@gompersdistillery.com

 

Use the Eventbrite app on your mobile and follow our profile. Much easier to apply for trips!

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Make things simpler by downloading the Eventbrite app on your mobile device to apply for trips and offerings.

You can get the app here https://www.eventbrite.com/eventbriteapp/

Once you create a profile and fill in all of your data it will make your application process much easier for every trip offering.

And then follow our organizer profile so you can see all of our offerings in one easy place.  https://www.eventbrite.com/o/warfighter-outfitters-13245041797

 

And as always be sure to sign up at the bottom of the website to get instant email notifications for future trips and offerings. www.warfighteroutfitters.org

Do it Meow!

Applications for the 2019 San Juan Invitational Fly fishing tournament are open!

Can you present a dry fly to a rising monster and get it to the boat?

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Can you nymph a size 22 with 6x on the smallest indicator ever?

 

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Ever want to put your cast and craft to the true test?

 

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Well, This is your chance! We are taking 3 teams of Veterans to compete in the 2019 San Juan invitational fly fishing tournament on the San Juan river in New Mexico fishing the quality waters.

Each team will be comprised of 2 veterans and a professional guide per drift boat. We start at the Texas hole and drift our way down each day.

There are trophies for the top 3 teams as well as Big fish, little fish, and cash!

 

Head over to Eventbrite to apply for this once in a lifetime chance!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-san-juan-invitational-fly-fishing-tournament-application-tickets-59670599369

 

 

 

 

 

Applications for Yellowstone are open!

Yellowstone this year will be June 16th through June 22nd

 

Everything is covered! Your flight, your ground transportation, and meals. Just sit back, rolls up your sleeves and enjoy the week of fellowship with like-minded veterans in gods country.

 

This year we will be working on the snake river district corrals near the south entrance of the park.

 

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Out with the old wooden corrals and in with the new steel post and steel panel fencing that you will get to help construct with arc welders, plasma cutters and sweat equity that you will be able to show your grandkids one day. Oh, and of course, you will get some time to see the park and play!

Lodging this year will be at the beautiful Headwaters lodge and cabins at Flagg ranch in Wyoming.

 

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If you are handy with a welder, plasma cutter and know a bit about pipe fitting and general construction you will fit in great. If you don’t, we can teach you! It’s never too late to learn some new skills.

Veterans with honorable discharges and any disability rating are able to apply.

We will handpick half of the trip recipients and randomly pick the other half to give everyone a chance. We will notify you if you are chosen or not.

 

Good luck and hope to see you this year!

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Click the link below for detailed information and to apply!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yellowstone-july-2019-trip-application-tickets-59669983527

Warfighters on the Lars Larson show

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Today was one of those days when you really get a chance to break things down to the basic aspect of serving veterans but doing on a syndicated platform that not only airs locally but nationally. Lars Larson invited Warfighter Outfitters in the studio to chat about our mission which is something Lars cares about deeply himself.

Larson is an avid outdoors sportsman so naturally, the conversation was easy and relatable. Lars even has his own coin made by veterans in Georgia.

 

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Thank you to the Lars Larson show for allowing us to get on the air and help spread our mission over the airwaves. You can listen to the segment here 

 

Warfighter check presentation

This week Representatives from Bigfoot beverages and Three creeks brewing gathered at the Three creeks pub in sisters to present a check to Warfighter outfitters for proceeds of the Warfighter pale ale sales.

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This particular check was for $3,725 and will serve roughly 248 veterans on day trips. 100% of our donor dollars and contributions go directly into operating costs. No salaries, no wages, all volunteers. Warfighter Outfitters board members also presented Three creeks brewing and Bigfoot beverages with Key supporter awards for their dedication to the cause of serving veterans in Central Oregon.

Pictured from left to right: Gary Conner (WFO Board member) Wade Underwood (Three creeks brewing CEO) John Hartney (Bigfoot Beverages GM) Nicole Harbert (WFO Board member) Travis Widdifield (Bigfoot Beverages) Bob Buckman (WFO Board member) Greg Edwards (WFO Board member) Brett Miller (WFO Founder)

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to get more veterans on the waters and in the woods, you can mail a check to Warfighter Outfitters 160 S. Oak St, Sisters Oregon 97759. or drop a line at info@warfighteroutfitters.org