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The National League of Young Men recently honored their many hours of volunteerism, and their graduating seniors.

COURTESY PHOTO  - The Lake Oswego chapter of National League of Young Men gathered recently for its annual Compass Dinner, which is an occassion to honor the 105 young men for their hours of service to the community.

The Lake Oswego chapter of National League of Young Men (NLYM) recently held its annual Compass Dinner at Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland.

The 105 young men were honored for their service to more than 55 different nonprofit organizations throughout the Portland metro area. Following the theme of "Step Up, Step Out and Make a Difference," the young men contributed more than 3,000 hours in volunteer projects for groups such as SOLVE Oregon, Habitat for Humanity, Oregon Food Bank, Portland Rescue Mission, Oregon Humane Society and the City of Lake Oswego.

The members of the Class of 2019 received compasses signifying their achievements and growth over the past four years.

"NYLM has made an impact on my life and my future," said senior class president Kellen Rice. "Tools I have gained and experiences I've shared over the last four years have helped me become more confident and compassionate. I am looking forward to volunteering in college."

Keynote speaker at the event was Kelly Peterson, Oregon's Senior State Director of the Humane Society of the United States, and co-founder of the nonprofit Fences for Fido.

NLYM is a nonprofit organization for young men in grades 9 through 12. There are currently 14 chapters on the West Coast, one in Oregon, three in Washington and 10 in southern California. The structured program for sons and mothers promotes the development of young men into community leaders through leadership involvement, charitable and community service, cultural experiences and protocol education.

The Lake Oswego chapter was established in 2015 with 60 young men and their mothers. The chapter has grown to 105 young men committed to their personal growth and making a difference in the community.

To learn more contact Lisa Abbot, president of the Lake Oswego chapter at 707-280-0630.

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