Documentary on Randy Couture wins film award

'Fighter,' a documentary featuring Gresham resident Randy Couture, received the Best Documentary award at the 2006 Foundation for the Advancement of Independent Films International Film Festival awards gala.

The film premiered Friday, Oct. 6, at the world famous Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, Calif.

The documentary looks back to capture a slice of sports history as Randy 'The Natural' Couture chases his first Ultimate Fighting World Championship Belt. The film travels deep into Couture's world and focuses on the man who is now considered the personification of everything good about this sport.

Shot by award-winning filmmaker Pericles Lewnes, 'Fighter' provides myriad perspectives while taking an honest look inside the minds of mixed martial arts fighters.

Officials honored as advocates for elderly

Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson accepted an award Tuesday, Oct. 17, as one of the 'Best Friends of Oregon's Elders' at a luncheon sponsored by the Oregon Alliance of Senior and Health Services.

Rep. Karen Minnis of Wood Village will also receive the award.

Oregon Alliance honored 11 legislators from across the state that have demonstrated exemplary leadership on behalf of older citizens, said Cathleen Sullivan, Oregon Alliance president.

'We want to salute elected leaders who have shown that they care deeply about the issues impacting older Oregonians,' Sullivan said. 'These outstanding legislators actively work to champion public policy that is in the best interest of our state's elders.'

'Oregon has faced some tough challenges, and we want to let these leaders know how much their commitment has meant to the welfare of Oregon's elders,' said Ruth Gulyas, Alliance executive director. 'Alliance members are mission-driven to provide the highest quality care and services to some of Oregon's most vulnerable citizens, and these legislative leaders truly are our elders' best friends.'

Johnson named to financial hall of fame

Charles Johnson of Gresham is one of nine financial representatives recently inducted into the prestigious Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Hall of Fame. Johnson is a financial associate with the Sierra Northwest Regional Financial Office of Thrivent Financial.

Johnson was inducted into the hall of fame during a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, Lost Pines, Texas.

'Over the years, I've learned that it's the little things that sometimes matter most,' said Johnson. 'Even if it's just by holding someone's hand and listening to them, I have a great opportunity to make a difference.'

The hall of fame is the highest honor the fraternal benefit society pays to members of its field force. Those inducted have at least 20 years of service to the organization, share a commitment to helping others and have a passion for providing outstanding customer service.

Among approximately 2,500 financial representatives, only 59 active members are in the hall of fame. The nine financial representatives inducted in the 2006 class represent a collective 211 years of service.

Johnson has been with Thrivent Financial for 27 years, building upon his work as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician to help people in critical ways through the financial services industry.

He has consistently qualified for various award conferences exclusively reserved for representatives who demonstrate outstanding sales and service to members and is a mentor to many new representatives.

Bruce Nicholson, Thrivent Financial's chairman, president and CEO said their financial representatives help clients achieve goals, prepare for life's unexpected events and plan for the future.

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