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News from the fencepost: Doanes and cool cars, in education and seeking Quinn Leonard Doane

January 15, 2014 Blog Comments

From Wrestling Inc, we hear that Former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star Ken Doane is taking bookings for weddings. In addition to making his fame in wrestling, he is now an ordained minister from The Universal Life Church and has been officiating weddings since 2009.

This Ken Doane in no way should be confused with Kenneth M. Doane who does not officiate at weddings, but is the President of the Doane Family Association.

We keep seeing automobile photos by Chris Doane, here’s one for the BMW 320i that comes with a sticker price of $32,750 which is more than what half of what the Doanes in the Northwest paid for their first homes.

If you’re more of a Lexus fan see Chris Doane’s picture of the ES350 with all the ice of an early January day nicely cleaned off. And for a humbler, more compact approach the Mazda 2 Touring would look nice in the driveway of that Doane house that cost less than the BMW.

Paul Doane, SPTRFA.

Paul Doane

In education we hear the voice of Paul Doane, Executive Director of the St. Paul Teachers’ Retirement Fund Association, who is lobbying against merging the teacher’s pension funds of St. Paul and Duluth into the statewide Teachers Retirement Association, saying that remaining independent would be a more “economically viable approach.” Kudos to Paul Doane for speaking out against the mergers $61 million cost to the taxpayers of Minnesota.

And a request from Jim Mueller to locate any relatives of Quinn Leonard Doane, who appears to have een born in Washington State in 1910 and passed away 1985 in San Pedro, Calif. Mueller has his yearbook and is looking to make a connection.

Anyone related to Quinn?

Clean up, clean out and donate now

December 27, 2013 Blog Comments
SlideShare presentation by Carol Doane

Great ideas for making the most of the end of the year. Here’s some quick considerations:

Pack it up and cart it out.

Find a charity close to home and deliver a donation. The Salvation Army, Goodwill or a local ministry are good choices where your gently used goods can have a second life. In on Doane neighborhood there is Divine Consign, Habitat for Humanity Restores, Second Hands Thrift Shop and Open House Ministries. You’ll find just as many choices within a few miles of where you live.

Give cash where it makes sense.

Find a charity far away from home and make a cash donation where your dollars both go far and truly go far. If you don’t know where to look consider Dining for Women. They investigate their featured organizations thoroughly and monitor the results. Another great noprofit is the Doane Family Association Foundation’s Scholarship Fund which provides college scholarships to qualified Doanes attending any college and for any qualified student attending Doane College.

Consider the pay of the charity’s CEO.

Would reasonable people consider the administrator’s pay reasonable? Check the local newspaper or do a search online and review CEO compensation. Some is very reasonable and others may boggle the mind.

Consider the charity’s reputation.

Have they been plagued by scandal or praised in the media? A search online will bring up any relevant news stories.

Consider the charity’s work.

Does the work align with your values? It has to do more than tug at your heart strings, it should makes sense to you, and if it does, support them.

And while your thinking of donating, go to the Red Cross and make a very personal donation. Before the year starts you may save up to three lives.

What other tips we can add to this list?

Transcript of the SlideShare

  1. Tips for your end of year donations by Carol Doane
  2. Find a charity close to home and deliver a donation. Pack it up. Cart if out. If no one can use it throw it out.
  3. Find a charity far from home and donate cash. Charities across the globe truly stretch dollars and touch more lives. Consider Dining for Women.
  4. Consider the CEO’s pay. Would reasonable people consider the pay of the charity’s CEO within reason?
  5. Consider their reputation. Has the charity been plagued by scandal or praised for good stewardship?
  6. Consider the charity’s work Does the work align with your values? If it makes sense to you, it makes sense to give.
  7. Give from the heart, and finish well.

Doane spies 2015 Corvette and snaps picture

September 23, 2013 Blog, Media, National, Photo Comments
Spy photos

According to AutoWeek, spy photos captured by Chris Doane of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette give us a hint at what to expect when the sports car is released next year.

“From the look of it, the next Z06, which some sources suggest may be called the Z07, will be even meaner looking than the base Stingray. Despite the heavy black camouflage wrapper at the front and rear of the car, it looks like the front fascia is getting reworked — and covering up the new vent just ahead of the rear wheel well would have defeated its purpose, so we get a good look at it.”

Sneak preview of 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06. Photo Chris Doane.

Photographer Chris Doane shared this photo and more which can be seen on the original AutoWeek post found here: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 spied.

Flowers, family, cocktails and cousins: Dorothy Doan Baker’s 101st birthday celebration

September 2, 2013 Blog, Celebrities, Events, National Comments
Birthday candles

Dorothy Doan Baker’s son, Jack Baker, snapped some pictures of Dorothy enjoying her 101st birthday including flowers sent by the National Association.

Jack Baker writes,

“Dorothy loved the flowers and the recognition from all her Doan Family Cousins and family.

“Here, Dorothy has dressed for cocktails to be followed by a birthday dinner and then….. we’ll have to see if she wants to party all night. Thank you all. Jack Baker”

Dorothy Doan Baker on 101st birthday

Dorothy dressed for cocktails and ready to celebrate her 101st birthday.

Dorothy Doan Baker 101st birthday flowers

Dorothy Doan Baker admiring flowers sent by her Doan(e) cousins

Well, Jack. How late did your mom stay up to celebrate her 101st birthday?

Spotted in a Doane home: vintage toilet seat cover

August 31, 2013 Blog, Local Comments

Incredibly someone bought this toilet seat cover. The more astounding fact is that someone actually conceived it and put it into production.

This vintage piece of bathroom history features a poor fellow who looks much like an R. Crumb illustration, but upon deeper inspection it is likely Mr. Toilet Man is just a flattering imitation.

That, however, is just the beginning of his deep issues.

Once the toilet lid is lifted – in the open position, serious issues of the man sitting in the can come to light.

Instructions are given to clarify the upcoming situation for anyone about to settle in. The observant participant reads (punctation added for clarity:

“Don’t throw butts in this toilet. It makes them soggy and hard to light.”

toilet seat cover

Toilet seat cover in open position

“Gentlemen, stand close. it may be shorter than you think.”

“Ladies, please remain seated during the entire performance.”

It is reminiscent of the sort of article you would find in the guest bath right off the garage, or the restroom at the opposite end of a dark, dank basement.

The article is actually in good condition and could be useful again in a home, today.

If you think that should be your home, it is available at the Estate Store in Portland, Oreg.

Find it here: R. Crumb by your Bum.

After cake, Kailynn Doane heads off to Linfield College

August 21, 2013 Blog, Local Comments
Kailynn's College Shower

The sweet pause of summer tumbles away as books, paper and pens are herded into backpacks and moms look with longing after toddlers who stretch to their highest and march solemnly, if not a little hesitantly, into kindergarten. School year folds into year and suddenly a high school graduate stands in front of a gymnasium crowd with hand outstretched to grasp a well sought after diploma.

One big cheer and a chapter of life closes.

Summer expands before the graduate and he or she clamors to compete and capture a job to build a store of cash for the next adventure: college.


Good luck, Kailynn!

One of our lifetime members, Kailynn Doane, raced through childhood unexpectedly fast and just recently headed off to Linfield College to study math and communications. Before she left the haven of home, a group of admiring friends celebrated her passage to adulthood with what they fondly called a Dorm Shower.

The gift pile included laughter and advice. The afternoon was captured by authors  Carolyn J. Rose and her husband Mike Nettleton, in their blog post titled, One Foot Out of the Nest.

Read the entire post on their blog called: Deadly Duo Duh Blog.

BIO: Kenneth M. Doane, President of the Doane Family Association of America, Inc.

Kenneth M. Doane

Kenneth M. Doane, of Vancouver, WA has spent all but seven years of his life in Washington State, a far cry from Plymouth where his ancestor Deacon John Doane landed in 1630.

Kenneth was the second child of Kenneth Irving and Nora O. Doane and grew up on Whiskey Ridge on the outskirts of Marysville, Washington.

“My interest in genealogy began at a very young age when I first attended grade school,” says Kenneth M. Doane. “The teacher asked the question, ‘where did your ancestors come from?’ My fellow first graders answered the question with England or Norway or Sweden (never a combination of the two), and a couple other places that I cannot remember. For me the answer was, ‘I do not know, but I will ask and tell you tomorrow.’”

That evening he got an answer, but it didn’t necessarily assuage his full curiosity.

“My parents laughed when I asked them where we came from. They told me, ‘Well, let us see, there is English, Scottish, Irish, Canadian, maybe Dutch, Italian, and there could be others also, so you should just tell them you are an American.’ So from then on, I was just an American.”

Doane is educated, married and raises family in Washington State

President Kenneth M. Doane and First Lady Wilma,  Lummi Island, Whatcom County, 2011.

In 1952 Doane graduated from Marysville High School in Marysville, Wash., enrolled in Everett Community College in Everett Wash.,and met an elegant red-head in chemistry class – Wilma Armstrong, a graduate of Battle Ground High School, Battle Ground, Wash. Kenneth earned his A.A. degree, married Wilma in 1954, went on to study civil engineering at the University of Washington. After their first child was born, the couple moved to Vancouver, Wash. and two more children would follow. Doane was highly involved in his community participating in Jay-Cees and other volunteer groups and in 1968 he was awarded Vancouver Junior First Citizen of the Year for his many civic and church volunteer activities.

A few twists and turns took the family north to Bellingham, Wash., south into Oregon where they lived in Grants Pass, McMinnville, Warrenton and eventually Portland. In 1975, Kenneth M. Doane’s career brought him back to Vancouver where he became President and Manager of Land Title Company of Clark County, Washington. He was an avid member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver and served as President of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. In 1999, he retired as the Clark County branch manager for Transnation Title Insurance Company.

That interest about where his family came from, however, never waned and he decided to pursue it wholeheartedlly. Doane’s research proved he was related to a 163- Plymouth Colony immigrant Deacon John Doane.

The Deacon has been a source of first class sleuthing and some head scratching for almost 150 years as many in the Doane family have sought to discover the origins of the man who established the present day family.

Non-profit started to formalize genealogy research

In fact, the Doane family is so serious about their research efforts that they began meeting as early as the mid-1800s, and although it was a friendly family picnic, of which pictures exist in the archives of Doane College, their mission has been a straight drive down a bumpy road of incredible discovery and dashed hopes as the family has, so far unsuccessfully, attempted to jump their genealogy over the Atlantic Ocean to England, where the Deacon is believed to have been born.

In July of this year, the family met for the 52nd time. Their biennial reunions are officially organized by a nonprofit, the Doane Family Association of Amercia, Inc., and usually occur in a venue that is of some significance to the Doane Family. Those venues are easily located as Doanes have had an impact on many places.

Doanes have established Doane College, Doane Academy, built Doane Trucks, invented Doan’s pills, created Doane Paper, held positions in government, news, entertainment, manufacturing, et. al., and always gathered around the family table – a picnic table in the summer for joyous – all across the country.

The picnic reunions grew into a nonprofit and today 965 members belong and contribute to the 501(c)(3) which administers two college scholarship funds. One fund awards educational dollars to descendants of Deacon John Doane, and the other is open to general students attending Doane College in Crete Nebraska – one of the top 50 Midwestern colleges as ranked by Forbes.com.

Doane Family Association chooses new leader

This year the ultimate historic reunion event took place in Plymouth, MA. The association provided historic tours of New England. Attendees visited Doane Rock – the largest ice-carried boulder on Cape Cod, wandered through the brush at the Deacon’s homestead, ate chowder, and elected a new president – Kenneth M. Doane.

What will Kenneth M. Doane do now that he’s running a national organization? Well, he’ll raise money to grow the college scholarship fund, publish a third volume in the family’s history, and administer the family’s DNA project, a joint program with Family Tree DNA.

“Through the DNA project, and other research that has become available online, we want to pursue the identification of Deacon John Doane’s parents who we believe came from England,” said President Kenneth M. Doane, still pursuing that first-grader’s interest in his family’s origins.

The Doane Family Association of America, Inc. is very inclusive, says Kenneth M. Doane. It welcomes those with surnames of Doane, Doan, Done, Donne, variations thereof, their spouses and descendants – as well as anyone interested in the family’s history which encompasses the notorious Doan Outlaws of Bucks County Pennsylvania which were featured on a segment of PBS’s History Detectives.

And that’s a (Saran™) wrap

The next national reunion will feature more historic tours, the latest on their genetic research, history presentations, family updates and lots of pictures. It will be held July 2014 in Michigan where the family will visit Dow Chemical and learn how a Doan brought Saran™ Wrap to life to keep our food fresh.

More information
National organization www.doanefamilyassociation.org

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