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Cascade Region event status due to COVID-19 concerns

17 November 2020

The new Coronavirus restrictions for Oregon that take effect tomorrow have caused us to cancel events for the rest of 2020. The rules state that social gatherings – both indoor or out – be limited to no more than 6 people from no more than 2 households. In addition, restaurants are again limited to take-out and delivery, no indoor dining.

These rules obviously prohibit the normal 4th Saturday Cars & Coffee in the Southern Chapter this month. And while Central Chapter’s 1st Saturday gathering falls a few days after the announced 2 week freeze, there is a good possibility that the restrictions will be extended beyond 2 weeks in Lane County, based on the current and projected positivity rate here. So it doesn’t seem prudent to plan and schedule an event like that so soon after the earliest date the rules might be eased.

This past year has been difficult for all of us, and I’m not just thinking about the club. Pandemic, wildfires and more have stressed us all over the past year. I know that many of us have looked to the limited club events that we have had as a release from it all, so cancelling the remaining events this year is not something that we undertook lightly. But it is probably the right thing to do.

There are some indications that 2021 might be better, with the recent encouraging news on possible vaccines. And so while we probably won’t be able to have traditional in-person planning meetings next year, we encourage all of you to start sending event suggestions to the chapter representatives to consider for next year. Even better than just suggestions would be if members help out by actually planning, organizing and leading events. The chapter reps will be happy to advise you on this. Here are email links for the two chapters:

• Central Chapter –
• Southern Chapter –

Next year is our club’s 60th anniversary year. While I suspect the first half of the year may still be slow due to the virus restrictions, let’s all hope that we can have some fun together in the second half of the year.

– Arne Berglund
Cascade Region President

This calendar shows 4 different event categories. They are:

  • Cascade Region, Central Chapter
  • Cascade Region, Southern Chapter
  • Events in nearby PCA regions
  • Non-PCA events of possible interest
Start of New Year Dinner (Southern Chapter) @ Jacksonville Inn
Jan 11 @ 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Start of the new year dinner.  Come celebrate the start of another year with the Southern Chapter at Jacksonville Inn, in Jacksonville Oregon.  Hors D’oeuvres start at 5:30 pm.  Meal selections and prices along with RSVP requirements will be distributed in an Eblast message to members ahead of the dinner.

2020 Planning Meeting (Southern Chapter) @ Larks Restaurant
Feb 8 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Annual Planning Meeting Southern Chapter will be held at Larks Restaurant, 200 N Riverside Ave, Medford.  Bring your ideas for dinners and drives, or other events for 2020.  Brunch will be served.  Meeting will begin at 11:00 am.

Short drive,Tour Wildlife Images followed by early dinner, Grants Pass
Mar 15 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

A Sunday in March – Tour Wildlife Images followed by early dinner at Bohemian Restaurant in Grants Pass.  More information will be provided in email message.  RSVP will be needed for head count.

Hyatt Lake Drive and Lunch
Jun 13 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Event start at European Cars and Coffee followed by Hyatt Lake Drive and lunch

Back road drive to Roseburg and Back
Jul 11 @ 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

A scenic drive along the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway and return on Oregon Hwy 227.  Scenic stops and a picnic.  Bring your own lunch and blanket.

CANCELLED – Drive to Dorena Lake for Picnic
Sep 19 @ 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM