John Doan performs his harp guitart in Southeast Asia

In August former chapter President and musician John Doan traveled to Southeast Asia to perform on his Harp Guitar. Besides exploring exotic places and meeting new friends, he captured the experience in a series of photo journal posts on his website. Experience John Doan’s unique and quirky sense of humor …

Historian Katherine K. Blair leaves a legacy of Doane family research

Katherine K. Blair died Monday, March 11, 2014 at her home in Sterling, VA at the age of 83. She served as the Doane Family Association national historian/genealogist for several years. A virtual encyclopedia of knowledge, Blair had phenomenal insight regarding all branches of the Doane/Doan family who are descendants of …

How to have an enduring and happy marriage

Marriage is the commitment of joining two vastly different people who have their own personalities, traditions, values and expectations. Melding those into an acceptable compromise is a formidable task and isn’t always successful. This is when love pokes its head into the mix. That early attraction and passion that brought …

Centenarian Dorothy Doan Baker celebrated for her many “firsts”

Dorothy Doan Baker was born September 1, 1912, in Jersey City, NJ and died May 25, 2014 in New York at age 101. Baker graduated in 1934 from Barnard College with a B.A. She completed her M.S degree from the University of Rochester where she met her husband John H. Baker, Sr. …

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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.

Northwest writer Melanie Sherman meets a hog riding Doane

September 11, 2012 Blog Comments
Bike travel

It is surprising how very little I know.

With every page written in my current manuscript, more research is necessary. And it is a contemporary romance, so what is there not to know? I mean, really, I didn’t get to be my age — with a daughter — without learning the mechanics of romance, right? But every moment of one’s life is not necessarily involved with romance, in real life or within a novel. It is those pesky little interludes of non-romance that are forcing me to research.

Now that I’ve learned about the “I’m a writer…” opening line, I’m getting better at snagging the little details I may, or may not, include in the book.

For instance, I walked into the local Harley Davidson store recently and cornered a salesman.

“I’m a writer,” I said, and paused to let the enormity of those three stunning words sink into the consciousness of the salesman. He sprouted an orange name tag bearing the name Chris Doane. “And my character is 71 years old, rich, and he wants a Harley Davidson. So, think of me as being that man. I want to buy a Harley. What will be your response?”

Chris Doane, a young man in his thirties, with short brown hair and no noticeable tattoos, hesitated a moment before jumping into the land of ‘what if.’ “Do you have a motorcycle endorsement?” he asked.


“Do you ride motorcycles?”


“Then I suggest you take this motorcycle safety class.” He pointed to an advertisement on the counter for Southwest Washington Motorcycle Safety. “Once you pass that, you don’t have to take the driver’s test for the endorsement. You just hand your ‘pass’ slip from the class over to the DMV.”

I folded my arms across my chest. “I don’t want to do that. I just want to buy the motorcycle.”

Chris Doane, a young man in his thirties, hesitated a moment before jumping into the land of “what if.”

Chris lowered his voice, and cocked an eyebrow. “How do you plan to get it home? Did you want someone here to drive it?”

I jutted my chin. “I can’t ride it home?”

He ignored the question. “Would you like me to put it in my trailer and drive it to your house?”

I smiled. “Yes, that would be very nice. Thank you.” I walked over to a row of smaller machines. “Which one of these would you recommend, and money is no object.”

Now both eyebrows shot up. “Money is no object?” he asked.

I narrowed my eyes. “It is fiction.”

“Oh, that’s right. Okay, well, how tall are you?”

“Does it matter?” I figured if I could touch the ground while astride the bike, everything would be gravy.

“Yes. You have to reach the pegs for your feet.”

“Oh,” I said. I ran my gaze up and down the salesman. “How tall are you?”

He shot me a grin. “I’m 5’11” but I’d tell you six feet.”

I nodded. If asked my weight, I’d shave off twenty-five pounds — if I were female, but right now I was a male. “Yeah, okay, I’m six feet. Really.”

“Okay, then.” Chris patted the handle bar of one of the motorcycles. “This one here…” He squinted at me. “Are you planning to ride this on the road, or off-road?”

How would I know what the character in my book planned? I hadn’t written it yet. But not wanting to limit the potential, I hauled in a breath and gave the salesman a smirk. “Maybe I’ll want to do both.”

“Then get a Kawasaki.”

My mouth dropped open. “I want a Harley,” I demanded.

“You don’t know how to ride, you don’t want to take the safety course, and you might ride off-road. You need to get an entry level Kawasaki, or some small bike, about 250cc, and ride it for six months. If you still want a Harley after that, come back.”

I couldn’t believe how rude he was being to my character. How would my character handle this? “But I want a Harley, and I want it now, and I’ll pay cash.”

He placed his hands on his hips. “Look, you lay a Kawasaki down and you can pick it up and keep going. You lay one of these bikes down and it’ll be fifteen hundred to three thousand bucks to repair it. These are not dirt bikes. They are Harleys,” he said, as if this explained everything. He pointed to a shiny chromed plate on the side. “This right here is going to cost bucks if you lay it down.”

I thought about telling him I had the money to repair it, but then I realized it wasn’t about the money. It was about the horror of someone being callus enough to allow a Hog to get injured. “Look,” my character stood his ground, “I want to get a bike today. I’ll worry about driving it later. What one are you going to sell me?”

He sighed, and scrutinized me. “Are you pretty buff?”

Dear Lord. “Um…no.” I could feel the heat wash over my face. “I’m seventy-one, and have spent my life running a very large company.”

He snorted. “Fine. I’d recommend this little bike here. It is about 500 pounds. Probably be okay for you.” He pointed to a Sportster.

A huge man, whose sleeveless t-shirt exposed multiple tattoos down both arms, shook his head and sent his long hair flying. “Center of gravity is too high on that bike. You want the Road King,” he interjected.

Chris showed me the Road King, but it was 800 pounds and my character worried he might not be able to pick it up if he put it down. I pointed to the Sportster. “Okay, I’ll take it. What about helmets and jackets and stuff.”

He led me over to some helmets and expounded upon all the safety features. I decided on a full, wrap-around helmet. After all, my character is obnoxious, but not stupid. Then he lead me over to the women’s’ jackets. He pulled out a pink leather one.

“Now, this jacket is cute, but it shouldn’t be worn for riding. There is no protection.” He pulled out another jacket with some colorful leather trim. “This one is still cute, but has protection–”

“Why are you showing me women’s jackets?”

He laughed. “Oh yeah. Forgot.” We strolled over to the men’s section and I picked out a top-of-the-line jacket before he turned to the boots section. “If you do end up going to the safety class, which I really recommend, then you can’t wear shoes like this.” He held up his foot sporting a gray running shoe. “You have to have a boot that covers at least the ankle.”

“Hmmm, I don’t know. I don’t want those big ones that go to the knee. I wear expensive Italian leather loafers.”

Melanie Sherman is an award winning writer from Vancouver, WA. She is not a Doane, but claims to have met one.

“Follow me. I’ll show you what I wear.”

I had to jog to keep up with his “six foot” frame as we rushed through the store, and down a hall past an “Employees only” sign. He unlocked a door and we stepped inside an office. He showed me his gear, all very nice, but my character wasn’t really interested in boots with a metal strip on the side for scraping on the pavement when leaning into a curve. My character didn’t think he’d be going that fast.

Chris also showed me a few antique Harleys in the back of the store. In all, I was there over an hour. How much of the info he gave me will end up in my book? I don’t know. Maybe only a line or two, but at least I know something about the subject now.

They say you should write what you know, after all.

Editors note: Melanie Sherman is an award winning writer. This article is republished with permission and was originally published on her blog, Meanderings of Melanie, under the title Things a writer learns at a hog farm.

Carol Doane featured in Innovator documentary

September 4, 2012 Celebrities, Local, Media, Video Comments

The program Innovators of Vancouver is an online documentary video series capturing and honoring leaders of vision, passion and action living and working in the Vancouver, WA area.

Based on her dynamic role in the community, Regional Vice-President Carol Doane was chosen in 2011 as an Innovator of Vancouver. Her career has been spent in management and media sales and she has held leadership positions in two of the media companies where she has worked. Doane’s additional expertise lies in social media marketing, public relations and outreach.

Carol Doane is a sought after small business consultant and regular speaker on social media, marketing, and writing for digital media. Her public service includes volunteering on the boards of several non-profits related to education and community events including the Doane Family Association of America, Inc.

Currently, Carol Doane is an Interactive Account Executive for KGW Media Group, in Portland, OR.

About this video series, film maker Chris Martin says,

Whether serving local communities in Southwest Washington, or running global corporations or non-profit organizations, the Innovators of Vancouver are using their creativity, energy and ambition to make the world a better place.

Innovators of Vancouver episodes air for five to ten minutes and are delivered exclusively in an online format. Martin strives for a handful of videos per years, but as his project develops there may be the possibility for more.

Chris Martin.

In 2006, Chris Martin founded Chris Martin Studios as a way to tell compelling stories of people doing interesting things in Vancouver, WA. The company combines his love of documentary video with the immediacy of online video distribution.

If you would like to learn more about Chris Martin or the Innovators of Vancouver series, email

Carol Doane also serves as the Doane Family Association Chapter President for the Oregon, Washington, Idaho region.

Doane Falls, a quiet country stream turns turbulent

August 31, 2012 Media, Photo Comments
Photo: Doane Falls by Dana, aka acheron0 on Flickr, October 23, 2010.

A beautiful description of Doane Falls is found on The Trustees of Reservations’ website. This organization searches out Massachusetts properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value and preserves them for public use and enjoyment.

The Trustees of Reservations describes what makes Doane’s Falls a special place:

“We think it’s the pastoral quality of a reservation that showcases a quiet country stream as it turns turbulent. The waterfalls on Lawrence Brook just before it enters Tully Lake indeed grab one’s attention, both visually and audibly. The falls treat visitors to a bit of nature’s frothy frenzy, if not fury…” Read more here.

In the meantime, enjoy this picture graciously shared by Dana via Flickr. When we asked if we could use the photo she looked us up and found a family connection.

“I actually read a little about your association and came across Deacon John Doane…. small world, but John Dunham and Governor Bradford were both my ancestors, so our families once knew each other pretty well.

“Happy to share the picture.”

Thanks, Dana!

Photo: Doane Falls by Dana, aka acheron0 on Flickr, October 23, 2010.

Kelly Doane featured in the Fort Collins Coloradoan

August 28, 2012 Celebrities, National Comments
Kelly Doane featured as a Young Professional in a Colorado newspaper.
Doanes in the News

Kelly Doane was featured by the Coloradoan, a newspaper in Fort Collins Colorado, in their series “Young Professional.”

She works as a personal banker for Adams Bank & Trust, a privatedly held financial institution with locations in Colorado and Nebraska. According to Kelly Doane’s LinkedIn profile she’s held this position for 11 years.

Read the full story: Young Professional: Banking a longtime aspiration for Doane

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Doane truck rests in a Sumner Wash. field

August 24, 2012 History, Media, Photo Comments
Doane truck resting in Sumner, Washington. Photo: Ray Elliott, June 18, 2010.

Doane Trucks were manufactured in San Francisco from 1916 to 1933. This relic Doane truck is resting in Sumner, WA.

Photographer Ray Elliott took a picture after driving past the rusty vehicle for years. He posted it on Flickr which is how we discovered it.

Elliot writes, “The truck is no longer easily visible from the road having been pushed back under some trees.”

Thank you Ray Elliott for sharing your Flickr photo with the Doane Family.

Doane truck resting in Sumner, Washington. Photo: Ray Elliott, June 18, 2010.

Photo: Ray Elliott, Optical Reflex
Hometown: Pueblo
Currently: Puyallup (pyoo AL up), USA
Website: Optical Reflex on Facebook

$3.5 million will buy you 3 bedrooms on Doane Road

August 21, 2012 Blog Comments
2238 Doane Road
Queensville, Ontario

A prime two acre corner location in Ontario Canada, situated yards from a future 404 Highway interchange currently under construction, is available on Doane Road.

The listing agent Roy Richards calls the corner location a “future development opportunity!”

The two acres are located at 2238 Doane Road, Queensville, Ontario L0G 1R0

Here’s what you can expect for your $3.5 million: 

  • Two level, block foundation 40-year-old house
  • Three bedrooms, two baths
  • Brick, vinyl exterior
  • Ceramic tile, laminate flooring and granite countertops
  • Forced air oil heat
  • Finished basement
  • Asphalt driveway
  • Well and septic field
  • 87,600 sq. ft. lot (2.01 acres), zoned rural residential

Interior extras: kitchen Island, pantry, aid condition, central vacuum

Exterior extras: Patio, hot tub, decorative lighting, fenced yard, mature trees

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