Crooked River Ranch Roundup

by: JOHN BOWLER - Earleen Arthur, president of the Ranch Seniors, displays the plaques to be awarded at the 50 Car Show Sept. 21.The Crooked River Ranch Seniors are hosting their first 50 Car Show Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at their clubhouse on the north end of the Ranch at 6710 Ranch House Place

The car show is a new fundraiser for the Seniors, who had to discontinue their other major fundraiser, which was a yard sale, due to the physical limitations of their membership. The yard sale required a lot of manhandling and arrangement of heavy items, which is now beyond the Seniors' physical capability.

The new car show has drawn a lot of support from Ranch organizations with donations of items that can be raffled off at the show. Contributors include: the CRR Club and Maintenance Association, Mercy Dental, CRR Ministorage, CRR Realty, Juniper Realty, the Trading Post, Big Dog Saloon, Dexter Design, CRR Golf Course, Sunview Motel, Desert Oasis Beauty Salon, CRR Coffee, Tim’s Auto Care, Bigfoot Floors, CR Sanitary, Cleane Wise, CRR Lions, George Johnson Walking Sticks, Kevin Mitchell Birdhouses and they are still coming in. Raffle tickets will be sold at the show for $1 each or six tickets for $5.

Also to be raffled is a handmade crocheted bed throw by Beth Kidwell, handmade quilt by Jane Fisher and a Wing Ming tree from Seniors President Earleen Arthur, all of which is documented in the forthcoming September Telegraph newsletter.

There will be grand prizes for best in show and show favorite plaques awarded for the best car in six 10-year age categories from pre-1930s to 1970s and newer. The registration fee for a car is $10 and preshow registration is encouraged.

The Ranch Seniors are one of the oldest organizations among many in the community — both in years established on the Ranch and age of its members. To join the Seniors, one has to be at least 50 years old or the partner of a member that age. The Seniors are also one of the more active groups in terms of annual events they put on.

The current number of members is slightly over 100, with a ratio of roughly 60/40 female to male. That ratio is a subject which apparently is not batted around in public, at least not by Arthur, who said she didn’t know the ratio of males to females in the total membership and didn’t care what it was.

In the early '90s the Ranch had a manager named Ginger Morrison, who was a big fan of the Seniors, whom she admired with gusto. She also made sure that the Seniors received what support they needed. Morrison mostly cajoled it out of either the Ranch homeowners association or some benevolent-minded business which did business here or aspired to. She wasn’t averse to going off the Ranch for help either.

During a recent interview, Arthur displayed a check from Don Hays, an active Senior for many years.

The check resulted from Hays and his son digging up a series of unsightly iron pipes leftover from earlier days that lined the entrance to the Seniors clubhouse. The two men dug them up and carted them off to a salvage buyer, which netted $100 after Hays deducted his costs.

Arthur also pointed out a cobblestoned rear entrance to the Seniors clubhouse, which Hays put in recently to replace the dirt one which became muddy and messy during rains.

She also said Hays, over the years, had contributed work on many other Seniors projects, like organizing a Tom Sawyer type task force of 14, which refreshed the paint job on the fence in the Seniors' front yard. He and Mike Rea also installed air conditioning in the clubhouse last year. She added Hays was one of the most productive and highly appreciated Seniors male members.

While touring the Seniors clubhouse grounds, Arthur pointed out a drip watering system in the surrounding flower beds that was donated and installed by Shirley and Dick Hanken last year. Arthur also credited both Ranch Boy and Girl Scout groups with doing yard cleanup each year.

In addition to the new car show, the Seniors also host a weekly potluck luncheon, bingo games in winter, Thanksgiving dinner at the chapel, free to Ranch residents, a Christmas sale of decorations and house plants, and give away free baked goods weekly collected from Fred Meyer by Babs Weber.

They also rent out the Senior center for the day at $245, plus a refundable $150 cleaning deposit if the clubhouse is left as neat and clean as it was at the beginning of the rental period.

No wonder Ginger Morrison held a soft spot for the enterprising, active Ranch Seniors. For more information, and to register a car for the upcoming show, call the Seniors clubhouse at 541-504-8113, and leave your name, message and phone number.

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