John Doan performs his harp guitart in Southeast Asia

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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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Audio interview with Wilma Doane on reading good books

Wilma Doane chats with author Harlan Coben at the Poisoned Pen bookstore. Photo: Ken Doane.

Pictured at left: Wilma Doane and author Harlan Coben at the Poisoned Pen bookstore in Arizona. (Photo: Ken Doane)

Avid reader Wilma Doane is warming up to Kindle but still finding hardback bargain books

Wilma Doane, a resident of Ridgefield, WA is an avid book lover. She reads two to three books a week and makes a point to indulge in “cheap entertainment,” buying a hardback book when it includes an event with the author.

CLICK Play to listen to the audio interview of Wilma Doane.

Last year, she received a Kindle for Christmas. She hasn’t is slowly warming up to the concept of electronic books. She says that it’s not “easy to share books in the same way it is when you can hand off a paperbook or a hardback.” She also laments the difficulty of knowing how close you are to the end of a good book. But she laughs at her transition between the paper and electronic world.

“When I first started using it (the Kindle), I found myself getting my hand ready to turn the page.”

After reading all those books, Doane noticed a trend in authors that she appreciates, combining research of current events to create suspense novels. One of her recent favorites underscored the unsupervised, yet federally funded, wind farms in Wyoming.

“The mystery was woven around all this very relevant, current information, which makes those kind of books interesting to read, besides the mystery [and] wondering what will happen at the end.”

Doane wouldn’t call herself a writer, but during her career as an escrow officer in the title insurance industry she had plenty of opportunity to write. Her development of the company’s first escrow manual became an important training resource.

“When I worked, a lot of my writing was technical writing – writing something so somebody else could understand about something.”

Outside of work, her writing was more inward focused. “When you have something that’s troubling you, if you can write it out, it’s very therapeutic.”

Wilma Doane’s memoire. Photo: Kailynn Doane.

While Doane says she never thought about writing a book, she did compile a spiral-bound notebook of her life’s journey and shared her memoir with family members as a holiday present.

Today, Wilma Doane is retired and loves the freedom of not having deadlines, she says, “Except the ones I create for myself.”

If you would like to share a story about someone in your family email it to us: DoaneFamilyAssociation@gmail.com

Doane picnic reunion, Saturday, August 18

August 1, 2012 Events Comments
Families and Relatives 2001

Greetings Oregon, Washington, Idaho Doane cousins!

The Doane Family Association of Oregon Washington and Idaho would like to invite you to our annual family gathering and picnic.

Our last gathering was very lively and we hope by returning to Vancouver, Saturday, August 18 we can continue the great time had by all.

We will have a picnic – not necessarily a potluck as we don’t know how many to anticipate – followed by an informal meeting, election of officers, and then you are free to visit the city or stay and enjoy Hazel Dell Park.

What: Doane Family Picnic Reunion

When: Saturday, August 18, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: Hazel Dell Park, 2300 NE 68th St in Vancouver Washington, 98665

Hazel Dell Park is a 20-acre community park and was one of the first built in Clark County. It is located at 2300 NE 68th St in Vancouver Washington just off I-5. Take the 78th St Exit and go East to Hwy 99. Turn south on Hwy 99. Turn East on 68th St. The park will be on your left.

Hazel Dell Park

Doane Family Reunion at Hazel Dell Park on Saturday, August 18 at 11 a.m.

Park facilities include: playground (upgraded in 2006), covered picnic shelter with tables, electricity & water (not reservable), uncovered picnic areas, BBQ grills, trails, sports field, restrooms. Free Parking.

Park fees: none

HEAR THE NEWS!: Members of the chapter who attended the National Reunion in Plymouth MA will share their reports on the national association and ideas on how we can build a stronger local chapter.

Bring your picnic and something to share — items to share can be food, beverage or stories.

Registration is helpful but not mandatory. Visit our eventbrite page at doanefamilyreunion2012.eventbrite.com for more information and to register, or click the orange button above.

Carol Doane elected regional vice-president of national Doane association

Carol Doane to serve as Regional Vice-President of national association.

Carol Doane, of Vancouver, Washington was elected Regional Vice-President of The Doane Family Association of America, Inc. with oversight over three states Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The 965 member nonprofit, with members on three continents, was organized to create interest in the history and welfare of the descendants of English born Deacon John Doane.

The election was held the end of July during the association’s national session in Plymouth Massachusetts, a historic site for the Doane Family. In 1630 family founder Deacon John Doane landed in Plymouth to join Miles Standish and other pilgrims in the pursuit of new opportunities. Deacon John Doane became one of the principal men in the affairs of the Plymouth Colony.

The national association also manages the family’s foundation which funds college scholarships for descendants of Deacon John Doane. Scholarships are also available for students attending Doane College in Crete, Nebraska – one of the top 50 Midwestern colleges as ranked by Forbes.com.

“Education is highly valued by the Doane family,” said Carol Doane, a cum laude graduate of Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. “In the Midwest and Eastern United States Doanes have built colleges, college libraries, administration buildings and funded countless college educations. I’d like to see that same spirit on the West Coast.”

Carol Doane has had leadership roles in two media companies, and is currently a business and social media consultant. She was featured in a short documentary by Chris Martin Studios as a 2012 Innovator of Vancouver, and was a 2010 top finalist in the Pacific Northwest Social Media Awards (SoMe) for a campaign she created and implemented for Southwest Washington nonprofit.

The Doane Family Association of America, Inc. has met biennially for the past 104 years. 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.

The next national reunion, which will feature historic tours, research and history presentations, will be held July 2014 in Michigan. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend.


More information
Email the Oregon Washington Idaho Chapter: doanefamilyassociation@gmail.com
National organization: www.doanefamilyassociation.org/
Local Chapter August Reunion: doanefamilyreunion2012.eventbrite.com/
Doane College: www.doane.edu

Kenneth M. Doane elected president of national Doane association

Kenneth M. Doane elected President of national DFA.

Kenneth M. Doane, 78, of Vancouver, Washington was elected President of The Doane Family Association of America, Inc. The 965 member nonprofit, with members on three continents, was organized to create interest in the history and welfare of the descendants Deacon John Doane who arrived in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1630. Deacon John Doane became one of the principal men in the affairs of the Plymouth Colony along with Miles Standish.

The election was held Friday, July 27, 2012 during the association’s national session in Plymouth, a historic site for the family. Kenneth M. Doane will oversee the publication of the third book in the Doane Family genealogy series, the Deacon John Doane Research Committee, and the partnership 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.

He will also manage the family’s foundation, an auxiliary asset of the national organization. The Foundation funds college scholarships for Deacon John Doane descendants. Scholarships are also available for students attending Doane College in Crete, Nebraska – one of the top 50 Midwestern colleges as ranked by Forbes.com.

“We are exploring ideas with Doane College to create a partnership for an archival quality storage facility, and the other thing I’d really like to see is growth in the college scholarship fund,” said Kenneth M. Doane.

Doane retired in 1999 as the Clark County branch manager of Transnation Title Insurance Co. He also served as President of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, and was one of the first Junior First Citizens of Vancouver.

The Doane Family Association of America, Inc. has met biennially for the past 104 years. 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.

The next national reunion, which will feature historic tours, research updates and history presentations, will be held July 2014 in Michigan. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend.

More information
National organization www.doanefamilyassociation.org/
Local Chapter August Reunion http://doanefamilyreunion2012.eventbrite.com/
Doane College http://www.doane.edu

Gallery of Oregon

July 3, 2012 Local, Media, Photo Comments
Sea stacks, surf, and sun. Ripples and reflections in the late afternoon. The remnants of a continent march into the sea. Oregon Coast.

“Oregon (ORR-ə-gən) is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is located on the Pacific coast, with Washington to the north, California to the south, Nevada on the southeast and Idaho to the east.

“The Columbia and Snake rivers delineate much of Oregon’s northern and eastern boundaries, respectively. The area was inhabited by many indigenous tribes before the arrival of traders, explorers, and settlers who formed an autonomous government in Oregon Country in 1843. The Oregon Territory was created in 1848, and Oregon became the 33rd state on February 14, 1859.” ~ Wikipedia

“It features rugged rocky coastlines, dense forests, fun cities, mountains, deep canyons, and desert in the southeastern part of the state.” ~ Wikitravel

Columbia River Gorge east of Portland, OR.

Mount Hood as seen from an airplane.

Sea stacks, surf, and sun. Ripples and reflections in the late afternoon. The remnants of a continent march into the sea. Oregon Coast.

A stitched panorama of downtown Portland, OR at night, 2007.

New chapter members sought in Oregon

July 2, 2012 Local Comments
HawthorneBridge-OR

We would love to have you join our chapter of the Doane Family Association of America, Inc. Most of our meetings and reunions occur in Southwest Washington and Northern Oregon. If you are interested in starting a Doane chapter perhaps closer to where you live in Oregon, here is what will help you get started:

Have an active interest in the descendants of Deacon John Doane and the Doane Family Association of Amercia, Inc.

Be willing to organize a chapter reunion once a year.

Be willing to follow the regional bylaws and seek advice from the regional vice-president should you desire to update, change or alter your bylaws.

Be committed to sending an annual report of your chapter activities to the regional vice-president.

Be willing to collect dues to pay for services to advance the chapter and help promote chapter activities.

Consider preparing a short history of your branch of the Doane Family, sharing it with your chapter members and sending it to the regional website so we can help promote your chapter

Consider attending a national reunion at some time in your life.

It’s our hope that we can partner with those who enjoy family, tracing their own history and meeting others with like interests. The association is full of dedicated people across the U.S., in England and Austrailia who are genealogy enthusiasts, first class history dectectives, love to travel, value education, and are very interested in the descendants of Deacon John Doane.

We are glad to provide you with information, expertise and encouragement while starting your own chapter. Email us for more information doanefamilyassociation@gmail.com.

Panorama of Crater Lake, Oregon.

Gallery of Washington

June 3, 2012 Local, Media, Photo Comments
Space Needle and skyline from Kinnear Park, 2000.

Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States located north of Oregon, west of Idaho and south of the Canadian province of British Columbia, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean.

Washington was carved out of the western part of Washington Territory which had been ceded by Britain in 1846 by the Oregon Treaty as settlement of the Oregon Boundary Dispute.

It was admitted to the Union as the 42nd state in 1889. ~ Wikipedia

Often referred to by its full title, Washington State, to distinguish it from Washington, D.C., Washington offers rugged coastline, deserts, forests, mountains, volcanoes, and hundreds of coastal islands to explore.

The Cascade Mountains bisect the state, with the damp forested coastal areas to the west, and pineforests, deserts and irrigated farmland of the Columbia River Plateau to the east. ~ Wikitravel

Downtown at Main and 6th Street in Vancouver, WA.

Trading house inside Fort Vancouver with Mount Hood in the background Vancouver Washington.

The skyline of Seattle, Washington at dusk. Interstate 5 is the freeway that cuts through downtown and Puget Sound is visible to the left.

     

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