Trusteeship Board member, Susan Rose, along with members Ruth Galanter and Sara Miller McCune, were fortunate enough to attend the IWF Oregon and Western Region Retreat hosted by the Oregon IWF chapter. This was the second time Oregon organized a regional retreat and approximately fifty women participated from six states and Canada including Arizona, California, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
The focal point of the weekend was the Willamette Valley Wine Country where all stayed and participated in various events. Several of the Oregon members own vineyards or are involved in some aspect of the industry. On both Friday and Saturday night, dinner was held in a winery. Friday night all were feted at the Sokol Blosser Winery owned by Susan Sokol Blosser, a pioneer in the Oregon wine industry. On Saturday night all dined at the Red Ridge Nursery that grows grapes and olives. Penny Durant, the owner, created the first commercial olive oil mill in Oregon where all walked the vineyards and tasted both wine and olive oil.
During the weekend the group toured historic McMinnville and learned about their restoration efforts; listened to a panel discussion of the wine industry; and, spent time in a beautiful art gallery, Art Elements, where members created their own art projects. Throughout the weekend the group learned a great deal about Oregon’s premier wine – pinot noir.
The weather in the Willamette Valley was gorgeous and not too far off Mt Hood could be seen. The Oregon women were great hosts and The Trusteeship group met several women from Sun Valley, Idaho. All and all it was a glorious weekend.
At the farewell brunch on Sunday at the beautiful Allison Inn and Spa suggestions were made for the next retreat. Southern California was high on everyone’s list!