Meeting and Event Notices

Upcoming Meetings and Events:

Chapter Meeting:  Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 6 to 9 pm Location: Newport High School Library, 322 NE Eads St, Newport, OR 97365 (main high school entrance).

In recognition of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, Dr. Bob Zybach and Jan Meranda will share the story of Letitia Carson. Letitia was a former slave who moved to Oregon with her white husband, Dave in 1845.

After Dave died in 1852, their land was taken from her by Greenberry Smith, a wealthy white landowner.

Letitia’s story is significant because she fought for years to regain her property, and eventually won, becoming the first black woman to make a successful homestead claim in the Pacific Northwest.

Her story was the inspiration for Jane Kirkpatrick’s novel A Light in the Wilderness, and Jan Meranda’s recent book, Freedom’s Light: The Letitia Carson Story Begins.

Bob Zybach is a forest scientist with a Ph.D. in environmental sciences.  He and Janet Meranda, a writer and genealogist from Salem, have collaborated on researching Letitia Carson’s history for nearly thirty years.

To date, their research has resulted in the novels by Kirkpatrick and Meranda, Zybach’s recent article in the Oregon State Bar Bulletin, “Strangely Absent from History: Carson vs. Smith, 1852-1857,” and nearly a dozen genealogical society publications.  A record of their findings can be found at

Day of Action in support of Reproductive Health Equity Act:  Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 9 to 3 in Salem.  Central Oregon Coast NOW will be carpooling to event.  If you want to go email:  Must register in advance:

Ladies, This is How You Run For Office:  Viewing Party, Monday, March 13, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.  Location:  OSU Extension Office 1211 SE Bay Blvd, Newport.  Register by email:  In this two hour intensive, VRL walk you through the “Who, What, When, Where, and Why” of running for elected office. The Session kicks off with “real talk” from 3 VRL alumna who RAN and WON in November and is followed by tips and tools to help you make the decision to run, map a plan and get started!

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