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Take a Celtic Pilgrimage with John Doan’s music

March 2, 2014 Celebrities, Events Comments
John Doan, harp guitarist.

Master harp guitarist, storyteller, and historian John Doan performs on his renowned harp guitar this month in select venues near Portland and Salem, Oregon.

Doan’s new program, Celtic Pilgrimage, carries the listener visually and musically back to the time to the year 433 when St. Patrick began his missionary work in Ireland. This was a period when arts and literature flourished and the Emerald Isle experienced spiritual renewal,  relative peace – the dawning of the Golden Era.

Through Doan’s music, his stories and video displays, concert goers will transcend time and experience their own Celtic pilgramage, even if ephemeral.

“I hope to see you at one of the upcoming concerts,” John Doan.

Two John Doan Concert Dates March 2014:

Friday, March 7th, 2014 – 7:30 p.m. John Doan Concert

Living Way Fellowship Church
39300 Dubarko Rd, Sandy OR 97055
Just 28 miles southeast of Portland, Oregon.

Admissions $15 at door.

For more information, call Living Way Fellowship at 503-668-8088.

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Sunday, March 16th, 2014 – 7:30 p.m. John Doan Concert

Gateway Foursquare Church
525 Idylwood Dr. SE, Salem OR 97302

Suggested donation $15 at door, children and seniors $10

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Purchase John Doan DVDs and CDs

For those not able to attend either March 2014 program, the DVD, A Celtic Pilgrimage, is available for purchase.

NEW release: A Celtic Pilgrimage.

Celtic Pilgrimage

The recording, A Celtic Pilgrimage, transcends time and travels to the sacred sites of the Celtic Isles where John Doan wrote the music to his award winning recordings Eire – Isle of the Saints. Eire was voted #1 Celtic Album of the Year. In addition, his recording Wayfarer – Ancient Paths to Sacred Places was nominated for the same #1 spot.

All of John Doan’s DVDs and CD’s are available on his website, www.johndoane.com.

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?

Happy 101st Birthday Dorothy Doan Baker

September 1, 2013 Celebrities, National Comments

There are significant factors that research suggests lead to longevity. According to A Topical Approach to Life-Span Development by John W. Santrock, heredity, family history, health, weight, diet, not smoking, exercise, education level, personality and lifestyle play major parts in living a long life in the United States.

On the other side of the globe, the Japanese attribute a diet that is heavy on grains, fish, vegetables while being light on meat, eggs, and dairy products contribute to long life.

In any region, a low-stress lifestyle, a caring community, where older adults are not isolated, and a high level of activity like walking and gardening contributes to leading longer lives.

Centenarian Dorothy Doan Baker

Dorothy Doan Baker celebrates her 101st birthday.

As a member of the Doane Family Association, Dorothy Doan Baker has experienced the extended Doane caring community and today, she celebrates her 101st birthday. Last year, reaching 100 was a major milestone, and 101 is worth another festive celebration.

There is a comment section below for you to share your birthday wishes and ask Dorothy what she attributes her centenarian “plus one” status.

Happy Birthday, Dorothy!

Pro football players include Erling ‘Dinger’ Doane

October 16, 2012 Celebrities, History Comments
Erling Dinger Doane is featured on the website, Oldest Living Pro Football Players.

Dinger Doane is featured on the website, Oldest Living Pro Football players.

His story takes a strange twist after a 1928 jaunt in a car. Apparently, heavy drinking led to a car accident which sustained Doane minor injuries. His friend, however, landed in the hospital with a broken leg.

The friend had a further unfortunate incident when he attempted to get a peek at his leg by lighting a match. The match lit up the whole room when his leg splints caught fire.

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

We’d like to tell your family’s story. Contact us to set up an interview, doanefamilyassociation@gmail.com.

Government relations manager Danielle Doane educates Congress

October 2, 2012 Celebrities Comments
Danielle Doane works at the Heritage Foundation.

Danielle Doane, Director of Government Studies and a David L. Coffey Fellow in Government Studies is the principal organizer of The Heritage Foundation’s Conservative Members Retreat, an annual gathering on policy issues attended by some of the top thinkers in the country as well as dozens of conservative members of Congress. She also organizes the bi-annual “new member orientation” for newly elected U.S. representatives and senators.

Danielle Doane holds a master’s degree in international management from the University of Maryland and received her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.

Her husband, Adam Thierer, is a senior research fellow at Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Arlington, Va and blogs for Forbes.com. They have two children and reside in McLean, Va.

Read Danielle Doane’s commentary on the bill Congress passed aimed at reducing energy consumption: Illuminating incident

Beth Doane featured on TedX and Mother Nature Network

September 18, 2012 Celebrities, Media, Video Comments
Beth Doane's story is told by Mother Nature Network.

Beth Doane, speaker, author, activist, fashion designer and writer fights for the places and people who can’t fight for themselves according to the article on Mother Nature Network. She founded RainTees, which currently works in over thirty countries. She also launched a pen-pal program connecting fans with at-risk youth around the world in need of support.

Read the article about Beth Doane:

Get inspired: Passionate rain forest activist Beth Doane


Beth Doane also made a TedX talk on creating a sustainable future:

Our consumer culture often exploits impoverished countries while perpetuating mass destruction of our natural resources. In this powerful and incredibly informative speech Beth shares the life changing challenges she faced creating an ethical product and her time working on the largest environmental court case in history occurring in the Ecuadorian Amazon.


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