Ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Take a Kid Hunting? You Betcha!

“I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.”
--Whitney Houston

If you plan on heading into the mountains, prairies or to the nearest marsh to hunt, here’s one simple suggestion: take a kid with you. A recent survey by Southwick Associates and HunterSurvey.com shows that nearly 46 percent of surveyed sportsmen and women took at least one boy or girl into the field with them in the past year.

“We remain committed to ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat, and our hunting heritage. And who holds the keys to that future if not our sons and daughters and grandchildren?” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. 

Passing on our hunting traditions to the generations that follow is a key component of RMEF’s mission. That’s just one reason why RMEF recently launched the new RMEF Youth Membership. The membership targets youth under the age of 18 and offers members online access to Bugle magazine, a hat and some other benefits. RMEF also sponsors youth camps, hunting and fishing clinics, and educational programs such as the SAFE Challenge and Elk Trunks, kits containing lessons plans and hands-on activities for educators to teach kids about elk and the outdoors. 

Survey results indicate most children that hunted within the last year did so with a parent. In fact, 59 percent did exactly that but outdoorsmen and women also reach out to other relatives and friends. Twenty-seven percent of respondents accompanied a girl or boy that was not related to them while 20 percent took a nephew or niece and 17 percent took a grandchild. Nearly four percent took a child as part of an organized activity such as scouting or part of a church group event.

“Sportsmen have long sought to share their love for the outdoors with the people in their lives, particularly young people, and when it comes to hunting, introducing kids to the outdoors isn’t limited to just immediate family members,” says Rob Southwick, president of Southwick Associates.

When asked how many children they took hunting within the past 12 months, 21 percent of those surveyed reported one, 15 percent took two, five percent took three, two percent took four and a little more than two percent took five or more. 

Madison Sergent, RMEF member and volunteer
from Delmarva Chapter in Delaware
“Right now, we’re busy passing on our hopes and dreams and the things we love most to our youth. Before we know it, though, we’ll be passing on the reins to this next generation of hunters and conservationists. We need to make sure their ranks are strong,” added Allen.

And what better way to do so than to take a young hunter into the field with you?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Got Great Recipes? Reality TV Wants YOU!

Pulled elk sandwich
Smoky elk mac & cheese
 It’s no secret that Americans love good food. It’s also no secret that outdoorsmen and women are some of the best cooks anywhere. Surfing the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation website offers many examples of that. After all, RMEF’s Carnivore’s Kitchen currently features such delectable dishes as pulled elk sandwiches, smoky elk macaroni and cheese, elk burgers with roasted jalapeno jelly and even pickled elk tongue tacos. The list currently features nearly three dozen mouth-watering big game recipes. It even offers a Wild Game 101 breakdown of various cuts of big game, where to find them and how to prepare them.

Maybe that, in part, is why the supervising casting producer of the Fox TV hit show MasterChef recently reached out to the RMEF. In her words, “We are looking for amateur home cooks, foodies, hunters, fresh personalities and people who are passionate about food. We really want to spread the word to pre-register on our website www.masterchefcasting.com.” 

Elk burger & roasted
jalapeno jelly
Pickled elk tongue tacos
So we thought we would pass along this note to our 203,000 RMEF member friends. The deadline to submit completed applications and video submissions is October 25, 2014, but the sooner you enter the better. 

Happy hunting in the field this fall and good luck to any and all seeking to become the next MasterChef. And remember, elk does a body good!

(By the way, if you do enter and win, make sure to send a couple of your winning recipes our way.)

Call to Action: California Considers Anti-Sportsmen Legislation

(Note: the bill died on the Assembly floor after falling shy of the 41 votes needed to pass on three different occasions.)

RMEF Members,

California lawmakers are scheduled to vote at any time on a bill, undergoing multiple amendments as we speak, that would establish a new government-run permit system to regulate the purchase and sale of ammunition. 

As originally written, SB 53 required anyone, including hunters and target shooters, seeking to get ammunition to undergo a background check and obtain approval from the state of California. A subsequent amendment since exempted validly licensed hunters however it remains a bad bill on many fronts. It would create a state-run database of individuals approved to purchase ammo and authorize the California Department of Justice to create an ammunition purchase permit program requiring law abiding citizens to register and pay a fee every two years for acquiring shotgun shells or rifle ammo. It would also harm small businesses and limit consumer choice by banning mail-order and Internet ammunition transactions in California. 

Land and wildlife conservation could also suffer consequences by making it more difficult and expensive for California sportsmen and women to enjoy hunting and recreational shooting, thereby representing a direct threat to the American System of Conservation Funding which uses revenue generated from taxes on ammunition to support state wildlife conservation agencies. 

To voice your opposition to SB 53, contact your representatives in Sacramento by clicking HERE

Thank you for your needed attention. 

David Allen 
RMEF President/CEO

Call to Action: Protect Hunting and Conservation in Michigan

(Note: The Michigan House voted 65-43 in favor of the act on August 27. The measure becomes law 90 days after the session ends, which rules out a wolf hunt until 2015 at the earliest.)

RMEF Members:

The Michigan Senate voted two weeks ago in favor of the Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act to retain the state’s power to allow wolf hunts. Now a vote could come as soon as Wednesday (8/27) in the Michigan House. If passed, the measure becomes law and overrides two referendums on the November ballot backed by anti-hunting groups that would overturn the hunt. 

The Act ensures that decisions affecting the taking of fish and game are made using principles of sound scientific fish and wildlife management. It provides for free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for active members of the military. It also provides appropriations for fisheries management activities within Michigan necessary for rapid response, prevention, control and/or elimination of aquatic invasive species, including Asian carp.

The Humane Society of the United States reportedly spent nearly $1.1 million in efforts seeking to ban science-based wolf hunting as a management tool. 

Call your state representative to urge them to vote in favor of this Act. Go HERE to find your Michigan House member.

RMEF previously worked closely with our hunter-conservationist partners in Michigan via the Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management to obtain more than 374,000 signatures in support of conservation, management and hunting. 

Thank you for supporting this worthy effort.

David Allen
RMEF President/CEO

Friday, August 22, 2014

Back to the Future: RMEF Returns to Its Roots

Tour members arrive at RMEF headquarters
It was only fitting. In the same year marking its 30th anniversary of conserving some of America’s finest elk country, two of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s co-founders hosted a two-day bus tour that traced the conservation organization’s humble beginnings through the scenic mountains of northwest Montana.

It began at RMEF national headquarters on a beautiful late July evening in Missoula. A cross-section of RMEF volunteers and members around the nation gathered to join staffers for an opening night welcome reception. 

Charlie Decker
Bob Munson
“When you see where we started you will know it’s a miracle that we made it where we are today,” said Charlie Decker who shared the tour spotlight with fellow co-founder Bob Munson.

“It was truly miraculous and we appreciate so many people. I believe God had his hand on this thing. It’s his landscape and it’s pretty awesome to be involved in that,” added Munson.

Approximately 50 people boarded the bus bright and early on a Friday morning to begin the trek north. The tour covered a total of 454 miles (see map below) and featured 11 different nearby highlighted RMEF projects (see bottom of post) ranging from conservation easements, land donations and elk research sites to prescribed burns, noxious weed treatments, forest thinning, aspen restoration and other habitat enhancement work.

You can ask anyone who took part in the tour and they'll tell you, without a doubt, that the trip's true highlight was the non-stop, back and forth, finger pointing, story swapping, tongue in cheek bickering, and yes, even some truthful tales provided by Munson and Decker. They each took turns behind the on-board microphone to share story after story about how they came up with the idea to form an organization dedicated to elk and how they severely struggled to keep it afloat.

“All four of us attended the same church. Our pastor (Dan Bull) picked up a copy of a magazine about wild sheep,” related Munson. He said ‘This is simple. Nobody is helping elk right now. This has to happen!’ 

“I was in real estate. Charlie was a logger and an avid elk hunter. My brother Bill owned a little drive-in in Troy. Dan said ‘There’s potential here.’ We started thinking about it, talking about it and then pretty soon it got serious. We talked with an attorney. 

“We love the country, the landscape and the critters so why not? That’s exactly how we took off. Charlie later robbed his oldest son’s college fund of eight grand. Several of us did the same. Vicki (Bob’s wife) said the only reason we became a non-profit instead of a for-profit was because the cost of stamps was cheaper. And that’s the story of how the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation got started.”

(As a side note, Bull later moved to Alaska with his family. He made an appearance at RMEF’s 10th anniversary but since tended to his own family and business matters. Bill Munson left Montana to go into business in San Diego and now lives in Seattle. Both remain supportive of RMEF, but neither is currently actively involved.)

Lunch at Bighorn Lodge

After lunch in Noxon, the tour continued north alongside the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness. Charlie took the mic and talked about RMEF’s first-ever habitat enhancement endeavor located in the Kootenai National Forest (see #5 at the bottom of page). 

“Elk Creek is where we did our first project—1,100 acres—a prescribed burn. There’s no way to get a bus up there. We had about $30 in the bank and we cut this deal. The Forest Service put in about 90 percent of the money.” (RMEF contributed $4,000 toward the project.)

The bus eventually rolled into Troy and stopped at Roosevelt Park along the banks of the Kootenai River for a community celebration and key ceremony. Troy Mayor Darren Coldwell welcomed Munson, Decker and the tour attendees.

Roosevelt Park in Troy
“Thirty years ago four men –Charlie Decker, Bob and Bill Munson and Dan Bull– came together to form the RMEF,” said Coldwell. “They had a passion for hunting, a passion for hiking and the Northwest and for one of the largest game animals—that being elk. Thanks to hard work, borrowed money and volunteered time, they created the RMEF. 

“Through the years RMEF basically outgrew Troy. From a small little doublewide here in Troy, they now have more than 200,000 members. To say they have been a success is an understatement. They have one of the largest foundations in the country and it all began here. 

“I’d like to say to these two. What a great idea they had and I’d like to thank them for coming back to where they began and not forgetting the roots that helped them start. To you I say, thank you and I welcome you and I give you the keys to the city of Troy.”

Coldwell then presented Munson and Decker with keys—two very LARGE keys.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had a key bigger than this,” Munson chuckled. “Troy is a special place to us. We had two of our children grow up here. It was home from 1977 to about 1988 when we did move to Missoula. Why did we move? We rented three different buildings in Troy. We had a dozen employees and probably another dozen volunteers and people that were part-timers so we were a big employer at the time but most importantly we had volunteers that were part of this community. 

“I agree with your mayor, Darren. This community knows how to give. We appreciate that so much. That volunteer involvement and the way you give is so important because it created the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation—the largest non-profit in the state of Montana. We’ve been blessed with the ability to travel to many of the more than 500 RMEF chapters throughout this great country and not one of them do I leave without telling them about Troy, Montana."

“Troy really is the birthplace of the RMEF,” echoed Decker. “It’s something the community can be very proud of. I don’t think a lot of the folks that live in the Libby-Troy area realize how big this outfit has gotten and what kind of credibility we have across this state and nationwide. 

 “Last night we had a little deal at headquarters in Missoula and it boggled my mind as people introduced themselves and the states they’re from. We have a spectrum of folks from the East Coast, the West Coast and the middle part of the country. To travel to see where this thing started shows a lot of character in our people but I always say as we go to banquets, Bob and I mention Troy. 

“We thank you so much. We’re so proud of the Libby-Troy area and the folks that were there in the beginning. Thank you again so much for recognizing this organization because I guarantee we recognize the town of Troy. Thanks!”

Mayor Darren Coldwell, Decker, Councilwoman Kimberly
Rowse, Munson, Councilman Dallas Carr
(left to right)
Bob and Charlie then reciprocated by presenting smaller keys to Mayor Coldwell and two members of the Troy City Council.

“I’d like to begin by thanking the RMEF for their ingenuity to even think of something so wonderful and it takes wonderful people to come up with great ideas and make it come to fruition,” said Kimberly Rowse, Troy City Council member. “Secondly, I’d like to thank them for their continued support especially in this particular area. I personally own some property in the Yaak. I know they’ve been very supportive in helping with the elk population in that area. To look out every spring and see the beautiful area where we live and see the elk coming down to calf. It’s just a gift. We do live in the last best place. I just thank all of you who support and I thank all of you who continue this wonderful foundation.”

”What I see is a miracle of sorts in the development of the organization and where we’re at today,” said Lee Swanson, RMEF chairman of the board. “Charlie showed me the balance sheet and said ‘Look at where we used to be and where we’re at today.’ For two men, well four actually but these two shouldered this organization and when you hear the stories about how it developed and how it got to where it is today it’s nothing short of a miracle. Again thank you guys for coming from Troy and always being from Troy.”

“We have found a vintage 1970s doublewide trailer in case you want to move back,” Coldwell quipped. “We are more than happy to donate it to you.”

After a bit of mingling under the welcoming Montana sunshine, folks again boarded the bus for a more intimate tour through town. Munson and Decker pointed out two of the buildings that once housed RMEF offices. One of them was an old medical building that actually had stirrups still attached to the work desks. The other was the left portion of a mini-mall of small businesses.

From there, the bus stopped at a vacant lot on the edge of town and everyone got out. The site marked the old address of Route 3 Wilderness Plateau, site of RMEF’s first world headquarters.

RMEF's original home as seen in 2014
“We were tighter than bark on a tree in there. One of our workers needed an office so we ripped the door off a closet and put his desk in it even though his chair was outside of it,” said Munson. “We got to the point that we were operating out of three different buildings and I was traveling a lot, which was treacherous in the winter because of the bad roads. It soon became evident that we needed to move. Charlie was a real proponent of keeping us in Montana. Missoula offered us $10,000 so that tipped the scales.”

Standing on the spot where RMEF first sprouted its roots brought back a flood of memories for the co-founders. It also brought back recollections about the reality of how difficult it really was to survive.

RMEF's original home as seen in 1984
“We had 233 members after a few months—those were some dark days in Troy. We did a lot of praying in those early days and a lot of deep thinking” added Munson. “We had commitments from those 233 people and said ‘We gotta go on!’ We didn’t have any money and nobody wanted to loan us any.

“Without our wives we would not have made it. Vicki handled all the membership services, finances, and many other duties. We hired 12 people in Troy because we were growing so fast. Vicki was in charge of administration. She deserves a great amount of credit. Charlie and Yvonne were incredibly supportive. We met as couples every weekend to determine what to do going forward.”

Munson and Decker also promised those early members who faithfully paid membership dues to the fledgling organization that they would deliver a magazine that focused on elk and elk hunting. That in itself was a monumental effort.

“The Bugle was Bob’s idea. It was expensive but also the right idea,” said Decker. “The people we had with us to start this organization were absolutely critical. Bob and I travel today and 99 percent of the people credit Bugle magazine with solidifying their commitment to RMEF."

“Talk about something that came together miraculously,” Munson chimed in. “We didn’t get our loan to start Bugle until the middle of August in 1984 and we had to put out the magazine before the hunting season. We begged and borrowed and sold a few ads for a 52-page issue. Getting whatever ad revenue we could get was like manna from heaven. We assembled the magazine and laid it out. The $25,000 loan got us 32,000 copies. 

“We picked up five pallets of magazines in Missoula, then sat down on a box of them and busted one open to look it over. Nobody said anything for the longest time until one of our friends who was helping us said ‘Holy crap. That’ll never sell!’ 

“We distributed the first Bugle at the Town Pump in Thompson Falls. I said ‘If you sell these, we’ll send you more.’ He sold every one of them and called us. We sold about 5,000 to locations that distributed hunting licenses. 

“Then we got a call from Colorado asking ‘Is this Bugle? How fast can you get me (another) 2,000 copies? Denver News just took 2,000 copies and they’re selling like hotcakes.’ 

“It was a landmark decision to build a magazine. By the end of ‘84 we had about 2,000 members. We also had a lot of outfitters. We contacted every outfitter from British Columbia and Alberta to across the West. They were quick to jump on this. We would give them a free magazine and they’d give us their lists of clients.” 

As the bus rolled out of Troy, Charlie took over the lion’s share of microphone duties by relating tale after tale about northwest Montana, his youth and many, many “war stories” from his past. (Some of which may be true.)

Kootenia Falls and the swinging bridge

The next stop offered breathtaking views at Kootenai Falls. Marking the largest undammed falls in Montana, the Kootenai River loses 300 feet in elevation over just a few hundred yards. In addition to providing some great fishing, the immediate area is home to bighorn sheep, mule deer, whitetail deer, black bear and other critters. A swinging bridge located downstream from the falls offers access to the other side of the river.

After rolling into Charlie’s hometown of Libby, the tour again returned to the banks of the Kootenai River and stopped at Fred Brown Pavilion. RMEF volunteers from the local Lincoln County Chapter greeted attendees who all sat down to dinner. Afterwards, everyone pulled their chairs together and took part in a testimonial meeting of sorts. One by one, members explained what drew them to RMEF and what the organizations means to them.

Saturday was a day split on land and at “sea.” The return trip to Missoula was broken up by a stop in Lakeside. With the theme from “Gilligan’s Island” blaring over the loudspeakers, tour members boarded a boat on Flathead Lake for a lunch cruise on the largest freshwater body of water west of the Mississippi. Several sun-drenched hours later, it was back on the bus for a return trip to Missoula.

A guided tour of RMEF headquarters that evening was followed by a farewell dinner to cap things off. As folks sat down to eat they found Troy, Montana, souvenir keys by their plates—a perfect memento of a trip into RMEF’s past. Decker and Munson led the group in singing “Amazing Grace,” shared more laughs, thanked all who organized and took part in the tour, and especially expressed sincere gratitude for RMEF volunteers, members and other supporters from one end of the country to the other for helping what began as a Herculean effort in the small Montana of Troy transform RMEF into the conservation powerhouse it is today.

Yep, the RMEF Montana Founders Tour was quite a ride!

The Founders Tour trek began in Missoula (1), headed north, turned west at
the National Bison Range, continued north to Troy, east to Kalispell and then
south past Flathead Lake before returning to Missoula

See the map above to find the corresponding numbered projects

The RMEF Is Our Life

From an onlooker’s perspective, it looked like any other gathering on the banks of the Kootenai River in Libby, Montana. However, it was much more than that. Approximately 50 members, volunteers and a few staffers of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation sat down to dinner in the Fred Brown Pavilion in Libby, Montana. From as far away as New York to as close as just down the street, they gathered on a beautiful July evening as part of the RMEF Montana Founders Tour.

After dinner, the group pulled their chairs together near the pavilion’s center pillar. They were asked if they could share their thoughts answering two simple questions: “What drew you to the RMEF?” and “What does the RMEF mean to you?” Many of their heartfelt answers are listed below.

“We love what the Elk Foundation stands for—the people, the passion, the mission.”

“I am not a hunter but wildlife has always been important to me. We have an obligation to conserve what we have.”

“I’m impressed with Bob (Munson), Charlie (Decker), the staff and what has been accomplished.”

“I loved the pictures in that first Bugle magazine. One thing led to another and then I organized a chapter in Colorado.”

“I’d never seen a non-profit that gave 90 percent of its fundraising to its mission.”

“I’m really interested in conserving and getting in the game for our younger people. We need to focus on tomorrow and where we go from here. I do what I do because of my grandkids.”

“There’s nothing better than sitting on top of that mountain and hearing an elk bugle.”

“I appreciate so much what this organization has done to protect the land and protect the elk.”

“Years ago, there was a Bugle magazine and I picked it up. I thought ‘Man, where did these people come from? Why haven’t I heard about them before?’”

“I took a picture of that first elk that hit the ground in Tennessee (after being transplanted from Canada) and framed it and called it ‘One giant step for elk-kind,’ and then auctioned it off to raise funds for RMEF.”

“I got the vision that God’s not making any more land. We’ve got great grandchildren and I want them to see this land.”

“Our family hunts. Our kids hunt. We have seven life members in our family.”

“You’ve opened your arms to us and we truly appreciate it.”

“Access is big to me. Habitat is big to me. Hunting heritage is big to me. I am 100 percent committed.”

“We’re both accountants so 90 percent to the bottom line is HUGE to us.”

“We really want to thank Bob and Charlie for starting this—really—so thank you!”

“We went to 30 different chapter banquets one year. You walk in not knowing a soul and you walk out with more friends than you’ve ever had.”

“It’s awesome. Really it is. I appreciate the opportunity. I’m grateful and I’m happy.”

“I saw the good work this organization does and I got hooked for life.”

“Everyone we have met…the spirit has permeated our lives!”

“What we see ourselves doing in the future is becoming more active…joining the Habitat Council.”

“Along with the RMEF, the habitat and everything else together…it becomes a whole.”

“We just love the spirit that’s within this organization.”

“It’s friendship. It’s love. It’s family. It’s a blessing.”

“In my opinion it’s by far the greatest conservation organization in the world. I just see it going forward from here. My kids are fully invested and are all life members.”

“There’s a culture in this organization and it comes from God, country, family. It’s save what we’ve got.”

“We fell in love with what you people fell in love with—it’s the culture of this organization.”

“The foundation is our life.”

For more information about joining the RMEF, go here.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This Partnership Is All Heart

Jacob Rhoad, a 13-year-old at the time with muscular dystrophy, killed his dream bull last fall thanks to the Outdoor Dream Foundation, Go West Outfitters and Oregon volunteers from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

The Outdoor Dream Foundation (ODF) is a nonprofit organization based out of South Carolina that grants outdoor adventures to children who have been diagnosed with terminal or life-threatening illnesses. For the past nine years, RMEF chapters in Oregon—including the Central Oregon, Hillsboro, McMinnville, Newport and Tillamook chapters—have proudly teamed up with ODF to provide elk hunts in the Beaver State for children who dream of pursuing the wily wapiti. 

During the first four years of the partnership, Oregon volunteers supported one young hunter per year. Over the past five years, we’ve supported two to four children per year. In 2014, we will support three young hunters. The grapevine is obviously working in terms of getting the word out that RMEF volunteers and the citizens of Oregon provide a wonderful experience for these kids, many of whom are traveling out West for the first time. 

Last year we supported three children from the East Coast, all of whom shot a bull. Jacob Rhoad, a 13-year-old from South Carolina with muscular dystrophy and not a lot of muscle strength, stood out in particular. He had to be carried on the hunt by his dad or one of the guides. He didn’t have enough finger strength to pull a trigger, so he used an air trigger, which fires the gun when he blows into a tube. One shot at 417 yards, and Jake dropped a six-point bull scoring 347 Boone & Crockett. To top the week off, he landed a 14-pound rainbow trout on one of the high mountain lakes in the Ochoco Mountains. He also enjoyed a tour of the U.S. Forest Service Air Center in Redmond that included wildland fire-fighting demonstrations by smoke jumpers.

Getting these kids out on these hunts is truly a team effort. Many wonderful RMEF volunteers and people in our local Oregon communities give generously of their time and resources to make this program successful.

ODF makes arrangements for the transportation for the youth and a parent or guardian. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife provides the tag that is good for any elk between September 1 and November 30. Local ranchers and timber companies offer access to their land and expertise on locating elk.

Cabela’s and Mossy Oak provide the clothing; Columbia River Knives & Tools gives each child a top-of-the-line hunting knife. Thompson/Center and CVA donate rifles, while Leupold provides the scope and Nosler the ammunition. Local merchants donate food and hunting equipment. Local taxidermists donate full head mounts, and local butchers cut, wrap and prepare the meat for shipment at no charge. They’ve been busy, as our hunter success rate over the past nine years has been 95 percent. 

RMEF, through its state grant program, provides funds to fill in the gaps, covering expenses such as food, shipping the head mounts, lodging before the flight home and other incidentals. Our chapter volunteers may provide the transportation from the airport to the hunting camp, or help out with the cooking. Sometimes they provide fishing trips, crabbing trips and tours of the local area if the young hunter kills his or her elk early. Each year, Morna and Jerry Bastian from the Klamath Falls Chapter hand craft and donate a personalized comforter for each child.

While we all give to this program, we’ve gotten so much more in return. Sadly, some of the kids we’ve supported are no longer with us. But they’ve definitely left their mark. It’s quite humbling to watch terminally ill children work so hard to kill an elk, partly because it’s their dream, but also because they don’t want to let us down. These kids are all heart.

If you know a terminally ill child with an outdoor dream, visit www.outdoordream.org or call (864) 226-8775.

If you’re local RMEF chapter wants to get involved with ODF, call Swede French, RMEF Board of Directors, at 503-637-5163.