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August 6, 2006 Local Comments
Fort Vancouver

On a beautiful day with a comfortably warm breeze, the Doan(e) family held their August 2005 reunion where trappers, traders, Indians and pioneers once tramped. The early arrivals toured Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and heard from volunteers in full period costume about life when the fort was founded. The picture shows Fort Vancouver with Mount Hood in the distance. The buildings are (left to right) the blacksmith shop and the Indian trading house.

The present day Doanes gathered under the large, covered, handicapped-accessible pavilion – located right next to the parking lot – which pleased many. When the munching ended, President John Doan called the official meeting to order by performing on his world-renowned harp guitar. He expressed regrets that his wife, Deirdra Doan, could not attend, and shared that she was in Denmark. After the reunion he planned to jet off to  join her.

Kenneth M. Doane read the minutes from the last gathering, which were approved, and announced that the group has been newly recognized as the: “Oregon-Washington-Idaho Chapter.”

The group of 25 introduced themselves. Four new people came from Idaho, Harold and JoAnn Doan, and David and Ruth Doane. Three attended from San Jose, Shelley Doan, Shelly’s son Ian Innes, and Sophie Doan. Many arrived from Oregon including Shelley’s sister, Kirstie Fournier of Lake Oswego. Kirstie and Shelley commented how wonderful it was to look at John Doan, as well as some of the other family members, and see such resemblances to the face of their beloved grandmother, who died some twenty years ago.

June Roberts, chapter historian, noted that she hadn’t brought anything history related because all of her books currently reside at her home on N. Castle Ave, and she is now living at West Hills Convalescent Center. The center has been the source of some surprising family connections.


Updates on work at the national level came from Kenneth M. Doane. He explained the ongoing DNA project and how the process begins — mouth swabs to collect the DNA. “The 1620’s saw great upheaval in world, and it is very difficult to connect families back through that period. Thus, to date the project has led to dead ends,” said Doane. The association has picked specific representatives to participate, but if anyone else is interested, the test costs $95.


Chapter President John Doan asked who had experience setting up websites, and whether they might do one for our chapter. Tim Doane and Nancy Thornton said they would get together and work on it.


Treasurer Carolyn Niemeyer noted there were 29 paid chapter members for calendar year 2004. Members were also encouraged to join and support the national Doane association. It will meet July 23, 2006 at Del Norte, CA.


The only open position was that of secretary. Nancy Thornton was elected. The bylaws committee, consisting of Kenneth M. Doane, John Doan, and Mollie Loving, recommended revisions to bring the bylaws up to national standards. This includes job descriptions, tasks, methods for proposals, committees, etc. Draft copies were passed around, discussed, and unanimously approved.


The chapter likes to have reunions at sites with some historical significance. John Doan thanked Debbie Doane for securing the picnic site at the national reserve. It was a no-fee, first come, site and she arrived at 8:00 a.m. to reserve it for the group.

Harold & JoAnne Doan asked if the group might come to Idaho one year. It was decided that it wouldn’t be a good idea to do so next year, because of the 2006 biennial reunion in California, but it would be an interesting proposal for 2007.

Debbie Doane suggested a new park near the Astoria Bridge for next year (WA). Also, sites like the Willamette Mission Park in Salem, or the Doan Truck exhibit in Brooks were discussed. It was decided by mutual consent that next year (2006) the reunion should take place the second week in August.

In closing, Wilma Doane urged everyone to consider going to the national 2006 reunion. She related the story of a attendee who had grown up without interaction with his father’s side of the family, the Doanes. When his father was 14, he had run away from home and all family ties were lost. Through the reunion the attendee renewed the lost family connections.

Meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m. and closed with a Benediction by Charles Zupsic.

Date: August 6, 2005

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