Dear Valued Members,
From the June 2016 OMA Newsletter
I am pleased to report that the past year for your Association and its Foundation has been one of solid advancement with several key elements in our program reaching fruition. Over the past year we have been telling you about our exciting and uniquely “Oregon-ized” end-of-life advance planning workshops that we’ve named “All’s Well That Ends Well.” That program is now underway in the Portland area with numerous workshops already having been conducted, eliciting eager and enthusiastic response from participants.
When additional volunteers step up to assist we are anxious to expand this helpful educational program further in the Portland area plus around the state. So far donations from participants are paying the workshop costs. Board Secretary and Past President RCA Moore has developed and
launched this amazing program for us.
Speaking of finances, OMA’s financial picture is steadily improving, albeit slowly. Over the year we have kept spending and income balanced thanks to generous gifts from some of our wonderful members. We run a very tight ship and I have to stress that donations are vitally necessary
because our modest lifetime membership dues do not come near paying for expenses, yet alone programs to spur growth or services statewide.
It's easy to donate to OMA, why not make a contribution today? Remember, the security of your OMA funeral contracts depends upon a healthy OMA organization. We appreciate your involvement. An additional way you can help at no cost to you is to designate our allied Foundation as recipient for rewards when you shop at Fred Meyer. Here's how to do that.
I am also happy to announce the gift over the past year of one cemetery plot at Portland’s Skyline Memorial Park Cemetery and two exclusive mausoleum crypts at Lincoln Memorial Park Funeral Home, also in Portland. These are currently for sale by our Funeral Consumers Education Foundation at bargain prices; see the advertisement on page 2 of our newsletter about these opportunities. We are grateful for these gifts.
If you have not looked at our website lately, please do so. Prowl around in it for awhile; you will find a lot there that is of interest.
Besides the need for ongoing financial help, we could desperately use more volunteers. Your primary OMA and Foundation volunteers sit on the Board of Trustees but we are a very small group. In order to expand and strengthen our organization as well as provide necessary services to members statewide, we rely upon volunteers. Our greatest need is volunteers in the Portland metro area but some members have expressed interest in forming OMA discussion or support groups in other cities as well. If you think you could help in any way, please let us know! You can easily register your interest via email, a quick phone call or via our website. (contact info below)
Regardless of where you live, you can help both your friends and family members as well as OMA by spreading the word about our organization and its services. Many, many Oregonians could benefit from OMA membership if someone would only introduce our services to them. Membership application forms are available here on our website ‒ print a couple out and encourage someone close to you to join with us. They will thank you for it!
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