March 22, 2015 – For Immediate Release
Stan Steele, Chairman of the Board – (541)752-8350
Dominic Aiello, President – (503)484-6292
(Portland, OR) – Oregon’s bipartisan Sportsmen’s Caucus, boasting 40 members of the House and Senate, hosted their 3rd annual banquet this month in Salem. The newly announced Co-Chairs for the caucus, Representatives Val Hoyle (D) and Wayne Krieger (R), and Senators Herman Baertschiger (R) and Betsy Johnson (D) opened the evening by welcoming Oregon Legislators, Oregon state agencies, and conservation groups such as the Oregon Outdoor Council (OOC), Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), Hunting Works for Oregon (HWO), Mule Deer Foundation (MDF), B.A.S.S., and several others to the nearly 200 attendees.
After a brief introduction, Dominic Aiello, OOC President, announced the OOC’s Annual “Legislator of the Year” award recipients:
“House Majority Leader Hoyle & Rep. Sprenger continue to be pillars in the Oregon legislature for conservation, sportsmen’s & sportswomen’s rights, and our lifestyle,” said Stan Steele, Chairman of the Board for OOC.
The award recognizes the legislators “for their commitment and dedication on behalf of Oregon’s sportsmen & sportswomen.” Each legislator received a personalized plaque and engraved knife donated by Benchmade Knife Company of Oregon City, OR.
The focus of this year’s caucus banquet was the economic impact that sportsmen and women have in Oregon. Approximately 700,000 Oregonians participate in hunting, fishing, trapping, or other heritage lifestyle activities, creating a $1.6 billion economic ripple effect annually.
Also recognized at the banquet was Stan Steele, Chairman of the Board for OOC. He was awarded a “Lifetime Achievement” for his lifelong “commitment and dedication to Oregon’s sportsmen & sportswomen” by the OOC board of directors.
To learn more about the Oregon Outdoor Council visit their website at www.oregonoutdoorcouncil.org