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Cruise Oregon "See The 'S Car Go!" June Newsletter   


The Cruise Oregon Committee stuffed the goodie bags over the weekend and held our final meeting before we head out!  Whether you will be joining the group on Friday night July 12th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Mt Hood Community College located at 26000 SE Stark Street Gresham for our informal Meet & Greet or seeing everyone at registration on Saturday morning July 13th from 8 – 10 am at Champion Collision located at 16639 SE Champion Way Sandy or down the road there are a few reminders I want to remind you of…

If you want to join us after all at the Meet & Greet at Mt Hood Community College I need to know by July 1st.

REMEMBER on Saturday at registration ONLY we are having a canned food drive to benefit the Sandy Action Center, any canned food item is gladly accepted.

You should be hearing from your group leader either by email (so be sure to check your junk email folder) or mail if you don’t have email, some may even get a telephone call to check in.

Don’t forget to confirm your hotel reservations prior to departing, remember to bring your sheet with all your confirmation numbers, read over the “Special Edition Cruise Oregon Newsletter” it has helpful and informative information in it.  If you still have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

We will see you all soon, have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

Karen Strand

Cruise Oregon Director




Cruise Oregon "See The 'S Car Go!" May Newsletter


Registration has now closed for this year's cruise, and you should have received your pre-pay form and newsletter from the cruise director and Mayor. Please remember to get those pre-pay forms filled out and mailed back in by May 31st.

There are 61 registered this year, with 26 Route 26 Cruisers club members and 6 newbies.

We have finished up with the meal planning and events along the way, and it looks like a fun week! Nothing much new to tell you this month, but I do have a couple reminders:

If you are signing up for glass blowing, each session is 1/2 hour. You will be able to pick your time slot once you are signed up. Don't forget that closed toed shoes are required for this. Please show up 15 minutes before your assigned time, as you will have to pick what you will make and the colors, etc.

In Florence, remember that the bonfire will also be a dress up night. Start thinking about what you will bring for your best Beach Party Attire!

You will be receiving a letter or email from your group leader around the middle to end of June to introduce themselves. Your group leader will be the person you go to if you have any questions or concerns during the week.

If you didn't register to go on the cruise, but would like to join us for our informal Friday night meet and greet, you can still sign up for that up until June 15th. We will be getting together at Mt. Hood Community College and touring their automotive shop. Pizza is on the menu that night, and cost is $10. If interested, please contact Karen Strand,  at cruisedirector@cruiseoregon.com to sign up. Don't forget to bring a chair!

Next month, your committee will be getting together to stuff your goody bags, and have one last meeting before the cruise.

Talk to you then!



Cruise Oregon "See The S Car Go!" April Newsletter

Hi Everyone!

 Registration is coming to a close, so remember, you only have about a week and a half to get yours in if you want to go on this year's cruise. As of this week's meeting we now have 58 registered, with 26 Route 26 Cruisers members, and 5 newbies. To our newbies, we welcome you! Our blocked hotel rooms will release on May 1st, so make sure you have made you reservations.

  After registration closes, you will receive (via snail mail) a  newsletter from the Cruise Director, and your pre-pay/sign up form for events and meals. The form needs to be returned by the end of May.

  We have pretty much firmed up the meals and events in each town, and I will give you a small run down of things here:

Friday night Meet and Greet at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham: We will be getting together for pizza and salad, and touring the college automotive shop.

Saturday night in Bend, we will be having Chinese food.

Sunday you will be doing a garage/shop tour and dinner will be on your own.

Monday, after a beautiful drive down to Grants pass around Crater Lake, you will be having a Mexican dinner in Riverside Park in Grants Pass. There will also be a show n shine.

Tuesday night will be the jet boats and dinner upriver at the lodge.

Wednesday night in Florence, will be the bonfire on the beach with smores. It will also be a dress up night, with beach party attire.

Thursday Casual dinner at the hotel with hamburgers, etc.

Friday in Lincoln City, some of you will do glass blowing, and the rest can sign up for the next morning. Regardless of what you decide to make (there are several choices) the glass blowing takes about 1/2 hour. You will need to wear closed toed shoes for it.

Saturday will be the last night banquet at Chinook Winds Casino.

Should be plenty of time to relax, explore the areas, and beautiful roads you take to get from town to town.

Until next month,



Cruise Oregon "Sea The S Car Go!" March Newsletter   


It appears that Spring has sprung! Those of us in Oregon have been getting some pretty nice days - interspersed with our normal, lovely, Oregon rain.

I wanted to remind you all that registration closes on April 30th, so if you have been sitting on the fence about sending yours in, ya might want to think about getting off that fence! :-)

 For those of you that have already registered, remember to make your hotel reservations as the hotels will release the rooms on May 1st.

We are still working on meals and activities. There will be a shop/garage tour in Bend, and for those of you that are interested, you will be able to make your own glass float, fluted bowl, paperweight, or votive candle holder in Lincoln City. You can read more about it at:


And don't forget we will be doing a dinner jet boat trip on the Rogue River in Grants Pass. That's ALWAYS a good time!

Our informal meet and greet will be Friday night, July 12th, at the Mt. Hood Community College automotive shop. We are still firming up the meal plan for that night.

See ya next month!   



Cruise Oregon "Sea The S Car Go!" February Newsletter

Hi Everyone!

Time marches on so fast, and here we are almost to the end of the second month of the year! Spring will be here before you know it, and we will have those cars all spiffed up and out on the road again.

As of this month's meeting, we have 36 registered for the cruise, with 17 Route 26 Cruisers, and 3 Newbies. If you haven't sent you registration in yet, you might want to get on that. Registration closes the end of April, and we will release our held hotel rooms at that time. You can print out the registration form from the website (www.cruiseoregon.com) or let us know and we will get one off in the mail to you.

Thank you to the people who responded to my question about the Culinary Institute last month, and we would like to ask again if anyone else would be interested in seeing a cooking demonstration? Just reply to this email if you might be interested and we will look into it more.

We have been working on the dinner plans in each town, and things are starting to fall into place. 

We will be offering the jet boat/dinner cruise again in Grants Pass. That has always been a favorite, and in Florence, did I mention that we will be having a bonfire on the beach with smores???? Sounds like a lot of fun!

See y'all next month!



Cruise Oregon "Sea The S Car Go!" January Newsletter   


  Hope you all had a great holiday season, and Santa brought you everything you wished for!

Registration forms are starting to come in, and we now have 31 signed up for the cruise, with 16 Route 26 Cruisers and 3 newbies.

Our Friday night meet and greet is all confirmed. We will be getting together at Mt. Hood Community College to eat and tour their automotive program shop. Learn all about the program, and possibly even meet some of the students. One of the things that the Route 26 Cruisers does is sponsor a scholarship for that program each year. 

We are still in the planning stages on meals and things to do in each town, so I will fill you all in more as things get more firmed up. One thing we would like some input in:

There is a Culinary Center in Lincoln City can plan a cooking experience for our group if we are interested. It would be for a fee, and probably a couple hours long. They would cook a meal, using all locally sourced ingredients, and after watching the presentation, you would get to eat the meal and get the recipes.  We would like a show of hands, please. If you would be interested in possibly doing this, could you please reply to this email and let me know? If we have enough interest, we will look into it more. You can read more about it here:


Talk to you all next month!



Cruise Oregon "Sea The S Car Go!" December Newsletter


   Another year almost done, and everyone is hustling and bustling to get ready for the holidays. Your Cruise Oregon committee would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

   Registration for the 2019 cruise has started, and registration forms were mailed out. If you have not gotten yours, you can always download it off of the website: www.cruiseoregon.com or you can contact Karen Strand at cruisedirector@cruiseoregon.com and she will get one off to you.

  We hope your holidays are filled with good food, good friends, family, and Peace.




Cruise Oregon November Newsletter




How's everyone doing? Thanksgiving is only a week away, and your committee wishes you and yours a day full of food, fun, and family.

Planning is coming along on the 2019 Cruise Oregon. We now have hotels firmed up so I can share where we will be going. The cruise is approx. 730 miles, and will stay in the state of Oregon.  It will be all two night stays again this year in four cities: Bend, Grants Pass, Florence and Lincoln City. So we will be traveling through Central Oregon, Southern Oregon and the up the coast, which will give us a taste of every Oregon climate. As always, activities will be planned along the way.

We also came up with 2019's  mascot and catch phrase. The mascot will be the snail, and the phrase will be "Sea The S car Go!"

Kerry is doing OK - nothing really new to report, and he is still seeing a lot of doctors and working hard on getting well.

We will not be having a meeting in December, but watch your mailboxes for your registration form. They will be coming sometime in December.

 Happy Thanksgiving!



Cruise Oregon October Newsletter


Happy Fall!

The night's are getting chillier, but we in the NW have been enjoying an Indian Summer with temps in the 70's for the last couple weeks. It's been wonderful, and gives us more time to enjoy the Fall colors, since it isn't stormy and rainy and knocking all the leaves off the trees. Still good cruisin' weather so far as well!

The committee met again last night and the whole meeting was about deciding where Cruise Oregon will go next year. We had 5 routes to choose from, so we mapped them out, and discussed each one, then voted to come up with one. I can now tell you that Route #2 was the winner and we will be staying in Oregon next year.

Many people have been asking about Kerry, and he wants you all to know that he is hanging in there, and still working hard on his recovery. He's been doing a lot of cardio rehab and doctoring, so he is never bored! He really appreciates everyone's concern, cards, and calls. We'll update you each month on how he is doing.

Save the dates: July 13-21st, 2019.

Happy Halloween, everyone. More details next month, once we check into motels and confirm the towns we will be visiting.