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Hello, Doris Wehler; For the oldest established church in Wilsonville ... a new chapter

Hello, Doris Wehler

We just read the Wilsonville spokesman and we are astonished at such accusations.

If you need anyone to write a letter or make a statement about you and your qualities we are willing to do so.

Throughout the entirety of our friendship, we have witnessed the great number of years you have freely donated your time to improve our community. Through the starting of the TACE program (Through A Child's Eyes), running the Rotary banquets and donating so much of your time and effort to the community. We feel proud and lucky to know you.

We, the Durigs are a proud mixed race family and we know that you were essential and extremely helpful for my daughter, a person of color, in many ways including her adventure to Argentina. Though your actions, with our family, we know this whole approach is a massive overreaction.

We do believe and will always believe in you, and Walt, who both have provided Wilsonville with a very high ethical model of character, and we only hope we could one day aspire to do as much for our community as you have.

We believe that the Wilsonville-West Linn School Board and Wilsonville Rotary, in an effort to make things better, have committed a very large injustice. I would question for political gain.

There are very few that have treated our entire family with more respect than you Doris Wehler.

Please share this letter with any and everyone you wish.

The Durig Family

Wilsonville

For the oldest established church in Wilsonville ... a new chapter

My family and I are 31-year members of Wilsonville's 142-year-old Frog Pond Church. There's been a lot of chatter about Frog Pond recently, so it's high time to write this note......

As with many churches and businesses, COVID-19 has financially clobbered Frog Pond. To pay the bills we recently passed a gut-wrenching congregational vote to sell all or part of the church property on Boeckman Road. On that same ballot, we voted to stay together as a church body, because we believe that our values of diversity, inclusion, and progressive action are needed more now in our world than ever before.

We don't meet in person now (yup, we Zoom) but our commitment to outreach and community service will continue; with Coffee Creek Correctional Facility where we provide survival backpacks to graduating inmates, with the Start Right school supplies for students in need, in rekindling our annual "Diversity Award," in marching every year in Portland's Gay Pride (or whatever that looks like now), reestablish our projects with Habitat For Humanity, and other progressive, diverse, educational, and inclusive programs that keep our world moving toward peace.

It's our dearest hope that through this change, our very cool and historic 142-year-old chapel will remain standing as a true Wilsonville landmark.

So yah, something's up with Frog Pond — a new chapter.

Pat Wolfram

Aurora


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