St. Mary's Coterie  2007June 7-11
                                                            Vancouver, Washington

Bruce Reed, the Coterie host for 2007 relaxes in the lobby of the Homewood Suites Hotel after picking up the coterie members at the Portland Airport.
The Beaches Restaurant,  Headquarters for the Coterie Meeting held a "Welcome Social" for the coterie on the first day of the conference.
On the second day of the conference, the members toured a Vietnam naval display on the Columbia River.  First row (left to right) Bill Gaffey, Jim Urbancic, Bruce Reed.  Second row, Jack Brown, Jack "Renwick, Tom Connors, Dan Connors, Pat Gaffey.
 Jack Renwick (left) follows the explanation of Tom Connors (right) concerning to position of the Grambling Band in the line of march for the 100th Rose Parade held Saturday in Portland.
The Portland Rose Festival's Centennial Grand Floral Parade is the single-largest spectator event in Oregon, more than 500,000 spectators including (Left to right),  Bill Gaffey, Jack Brown, and Dan Connors watched the 4.3 mile parade.  Bands were judged near the intersection of NE Martin Luther King Boulevard and NE Multnomah Street.  At this vantage point, Coterie members especially wanted to see the Grambling Band perform.

Featuring: The Shu-Te Home Economic and Commercial High School Band from  Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2007 Participating H. S. Bands
Aloha High School, Aloha, OR
Battle Ground High School, Battle Ground, WA
Beaverton High School, Beaverton, OR
Canby High School, Canby, OR
Centennial High School, Gresham, OR
Central Kitsap High School, Silverdale, WA
Century High School, Hillsboro, OR
David Douglas High School, Portland, OR
Evergreen High School, Vancouver, WA
Foothill High School, Pleasanton, CA
Granada Hills Charter High School, Granada Hills, CA
Hillsboro High School, Hillsboro, OR
Southridge High School, Beaverton, OR
Sunset High School, Beaverton, OR
Westview High School, Beaverton, OR
Jack Renwick and Jim Urbancic pose for one of the many coterie photos taken by Jim Urbancic.  Mr. Urbancic acted as the event photographer and is to be commended for his fine work!  But, you already figured out that someone else snapped this photo!
Bruce Reed (left), the 2007 Coterie Host explains  to  Bill Gaffey (right)  that the Coterie voted to apply for 501-c, non-profit, non-taxable status.  However, we do not have an IRS response yet.
Emphazing the position of he St. Marys Coterie, Tom Connors reminded the participants at the Global Warming Conference that  "the U.S. emits a quarter of the world's greenhouse gases."  He further questioned the position of the U.S. and  Australia for  pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol treaty after it had been ratified by 156 nations.

Tom Connors approaches the podium to present the Coterie position on Global Warming.

Pat Gaffey (left) and Bruce Reed (right) display their catches for the camera. After fishing, the Coterie visited  the  Bonneville Dam, navigation locks  and the underground windows in the visitor center which offer  a rare, up close view of migrating salmon and steelhead passing through the fish ladder on their way to spawning grounds.
(Note: The Bonneville Dam was built during the Roosevelt administration in the 1930's).
(Left to right) Jack Renwick, Jim Urbancic, Bruce Reed, Jack Brown, and Tom Connors.  Photo taken at the Mexican Restaurant where the tired fishermen dined  after their adventure in the great outdoors while experiencing the Pacific Northwest.
The Connors brothers, Tom (foreground) and Dan (background) at the gaming casino (the second stop of the day).  They reminisced about when they were on the other side of the counter working for their father at the restaurant on Erie Avenue in St. Mary's.
As the event comes to an end on the fourth day, Dan Connors waves goodbye to Pat Gaffey and Jack Brown after reminding them that the 2008 meeting of the St. Mary's Coterie will take place in San Luis Obispo, California.  Dan will act as the official host for that meeting.
next meeting  
San Luis Obispo 2008
Send agenda items that should be listed for the 2008 St. Mary's Coterie Conference to: Bruce Reed, Agenda Chairperson,, Richfield, WA