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Miss Oregon Winter Newsletter 2016

Ali Wallace, Miss Oregon 2015, to Represent Kombucha Wonder Drink in Japan

In February, our Miss Oregon, Ali Wallace, will serve as an international ambassador in Japan on behalf of our generous sponsor, Kombucha Wonder Drink. Ali will travel with the partner of Kombucha Wonder Drink, Paula Phillips, to a variety of promotional events in Japan, representing the state of Oregon, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the city of Portland, and of course, Kombucha Wonder Drink. Ali will also have the opportunity to visit Portland’s sister city, Sapporo, Japan, while she is overseas. 

Ali’s first appearance will be with the Hankyu/Hanshin Department Store in Osaka, Japan from February 6-7, 2016.  She will travel from there to the USDA Agricultural Trade Office who will hold the Taste of America Chef competition. Chefs from across Japan will compete in an iron chef-inspired competition using U.S. food ingredients. Our Miss Oregon will have the opportunity to make a guest appearance on this show and will also attend Feast Portland 2016 as an International Culinary Ambassador.  Finally, Ali will meet the Japanese Consul General at the Japanese Consulate while in Toyko.

(Promotional flyer for Portland Fair in Osaka, Japan)

Thank you, Paula Phillips, for providing this unparalleled opportunity for Miss Oregon to represent Kombucha Wonder Drink!  We would also like to recognize and thank Theresa Yoshioka, the International Trade Manager for the Oregon Department of Agriculture, for coordinating this incredible opportunity for Miss Oregon and the Miss Oregon Scholarship Program.

To learn more about Kombucha Wonder Drink, visit www.wonderdrink.com.

Program & Production Updates

The new year is off to a fantastic start, and we are gearing up for this year’s production and the crowning of Miss Oregon 2016! We have new and exciting ideas in the works including electronic ticketing for the pageant, a new hotel sponsor in Astoria (the Astoria Riverwalk Inn), a potential new sponsor for Teen active wear, the continued partnership with Kandice Pelletier Swimwear, production choreography that is less dance-centered, and an ad sales incentive program for contestants that will provide them a means to cover the costs of their production wardrobe - just to name a few!   

From a business standpoint, we have also been working diligently on behind-the-scenes updates including our bylaws, development of fundraising programs, contestant development events (including Fall Forum), developing our bookkeeping and tax records system, and planning new pageant week festivities.  We are bursting with excitement about this season and cannot wait to see everyone at this year’s crowning. Is it June yet?!

The most important production adjustment we need to announce is the addition of a new on-site Production Assistant, Bryant Henderson. Bryant has a long and impressive resume and has worked in the Miss Alabama Organization as a performer, choreographer, and production assistant. He also has an extensive background in dance and will act as our contestant choreographer. He has served previously as a counselor for the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive at UA, interned at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, and served as a guest artist at several studios and colleges. Currently, Bryant is a Graduate Teaching Fellow and MFA candidate at the University of Oregon. We are thrilled to have his experience and energy on our production team. Welcome, Bryant! And, thank you, Zonnie Borg, for facilitating this new relationship!

The need for an additional Production Assistant arose because of a scheduling conflict with our Producer, Kent Parham. Kent, however, is still serving as the Producer and is already working feverishly on the show flows, production music, voice-overs, script, and staging. Once the production foundation is complete, Kent will work personally with Bryant to ensure the implementation of the production plan meets the high production standards to which we are accustomed. We are also excited to announce that Sharon Cochran is staying on in her role as a backstage manager (thank you, Sharon!), and we have other volunteers who will join the backstage crew, as well!  Executive Producer, April Robinson, will maintain a constant presence during the production process and rehearsals to ensure that the transition to a new on-site producer is seamless.

Miss Oregon Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in taking on a more involved role with the Miss Oregon Scholarship Program, we are bursting with opportunities for you! If you are interested in one (or more!) of these roles and would like more information, please email April and Nichole at directors.missoregon@gmail.com

1. Women’s Director
The Women’s Director will be the liaison between state contestants and the Executive Board. She will ensure contestants have what they need during pageant week, answer questions, or direct their questions to the appropriate individual. The Women’s Director will manage the Judge’s Interview logistics and will help develop, and then implement, the Clatsop County contestant media tour schedule.  The person fulfilling this role must be female because dressing room access may be necessary.  

2. Volunteer Coordinator
Our beloved Volunteer Coordinator, Marilyn Halbrook, is in the midst of a personal health battle and cannot serve as the Volunteer Coordinator this year. We pray for her daily and hope that you will do the same! We know that while she will be able to join us in a more limited capacity this year, serving as Volunteer Coordinator just isn’t possible at this time. So, if you live in the Seaside area and enjoy working with people, this opportunity is for you! The VC would be responsible for developing and implementing the pageant week “to-do list” which includes assigning volunteers to a wide variety of tasks including ensuring drink stations are full for contestants, answering ticket questions, overseeing the availability of program books for purchase, and numbering the seating in the Convention Center in accordance with the seating chart, etc.

3. Portland-Area Field Director
The Portland-Area Field Director will work with our existing rock-star Field Director Team consisting of Teri Taylor and Maureen Everetts. Field Directors are liaisons to the state program and assist local programs from every angle including performing the Judge’s Orientation at local competitions, sitting in on the Judge’s Interviews at local competitions, and answering any administrative questions local organizations may have. 

4. Assistant Business Manager
The Assistant Business Manager will work with Caroline McGowan to develop and manage Miss Oregon 2015’s busy appearance schedule. When a new Miss Oregon is selected in 2016, the Assistant Business Manager will transition into the role of Business Manager.

5. Marketing & Communications Coordinator
The Marketing & Communications Coordinator will manage the Miss Oregon Scholarship Program’s social media accounts, website, and media communications. The Coordinator will also work with our current titleholder to development an online presence consistent with the Miss Oregon brand.

6. Alumni Relations Coordinator
The Alumni Relations Coordinator will organize and plan events for the Miss Oregon Sisterhood during Miss Oregon week. Last year, we launched our first “Minks and Drinks” party for our former Miss Oregons, which was a huge success! Oregon is proud to have one of the strongest sisterhoods in the union, and to keep it thriving, we would love for one of our former Miss Oregons to take on this special role!  

Thank you so much for your support of the Miss Oregon Scholarship Program. 2016 is shaping up to be a banner year, and we are so glad to have you on the team! Please, feel free to reach out to us with any questions, comments, or concerns that you may have. 


April Robinson and Nichole Zahner
Co-Executive Directors
Miss Oregon Scholarship Program