Weekly Newsletter | November 17, 2015

Jeff McNamee enjoying a beautiful Oregon ride.

The Salem Area Trail Alliance (SATA) will be the recipient of our Good Works major grant this year. If you aren’t familiar with their work, let me give you a bit of background about their organization.
SATA was founded in 2010 by two civic-minded individuals: Jeff McNamee, faculty member at Linfield College in the Department of Health and Human Performance; and Mike Petersen, attorney with Heltzel Williams law firm. They shared a love of mountain biking, and wanted to find a way to build bike trails close to the City for residents to use.
“I’m a BMX kid from the 80’s,” said Jeff in a phone conversation with me last week. He grew up racing dirt bikes and building jumps to test his skills. He said that not all kids are a good fit – or can afford to participate – in team sports. Fellow SATA Board member Beth Dayton, M.D., agrees, telling a story about her own son’s difficulties and how he was helped by trail riding…
At this week’s meeting, we will receive a status report and update of where the Oregon Garden is and where it is headed. Mark Hunter, a new club member will present. “The Oregon Garden has become a significant visitor stop in the Mid-Willamette Valley and it is important the club members know what’s happening there.”
See you at the Salem Convention Center at 12pm on Wednesday!
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