2015 - Sunriver-La Pine Rotary Club
Sunriver-La Pine Rotary Club
meeting on a Road Trip!
From left: Charlie Beith, Monet
Beith, friend of Monet' s, Sandi Mootry, Scott Freshwaters (former
Dennis Smeage, Harry Hamilton, Jami Bartunek, Shirley Buttenhoff, Darryl
Buttenhoff, Dave Stowe-The Ardell Group.
you take a Rotary Club Meeting on a road trip?
You can if you are the Rotary Club of Sunriver-La Pine. At a recent meeting, they
shortened their regular morning session to do their program "LIVE" on the
road at the historic Gilchrist Mill.
Located south of Sunriver on Highway 97, Gilchrist was the last lumber
company town in Oregon. Founded in 1938, most of the mill and its town still
reflect the architecture of rural Oregon of the 30s. The mill originally
moved from Mississippi in search of lumber and lower taxes, building a dam
on the Little Deschutes River to create the mill pond (which is still used).
In 1939 the famed Gilchrist School was built by the Public Works
Administration. Between July 1933 and March 1939 the PWA funded and
administered the construction of more than 34,000 projects.
2006, the Canadian company Interfor Corporation bought the historic mill and
has invested millions in high-tech automation to be able to produce the
world’s highest quality boards with very little waste. Interfor’s Chuck
Burley, a recent speaker at Sunriver club, led the tour with a glimpse of
how Oregon’s lumber industry is adapting to a new and dynamic future.