FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Recognizes Woman of the Year.
Associated Oregon Loggers, Inc. recognized Vickie Schroeder as the association’s 2017 Woman of the Year at its 48th Annual Convention January 20, 2018. The award is given each year to a member of the association who has demonstrated an exceptional dedication to her family, community and the family business. Schroeder is a partner with Schroeder Cutting, Inc. in Molalla, Oregon.
President Yraguen noted that this award is for a person who has demonstrated extraordinary dedication and contributions to our industry while balancing responsibilities at home and the family business. He said, “When you are a Mom and a business partner in a small family-owned business, there usually isn’t a lot of time to work on extracurricular activities that benefit our industry. Our Woman of the year, however, has figured out a way to do just that,”
Yraguen reminded the audience of the days when many rural timber communities celebrated our industry with annual timber festivals and logging competition events. “Unfortunately, most of these celebrations have disappeared as our industry has downsized and the demographics and economics of rural communities have changed.” Yraguen noted. But about five years ago, Vickie Schroeder and other volunteers got together to rejuvenate the Estacada Timber Festival. It is now one of the largest, and best organized Fourth of July celebrations in the state, even bringing Portlanders out to Estacada to learn a little about our industry (imagine that!) and to enjoy a great fireworks display. Vickie heads up the registration and score table while her husband, Albert, and the rest of the family run and judge events. Every member of the family participates in the festival, from grandkids and back up the line. Yraguen said, “Together, they make one heck of a Jack and Jill double bucking team and it is the goal of every other team to try and beat the two of them.”
Yraguen also noted that Vickie’s competitive nature was instrumental in defeating a cancer that invaded her body last fall. “Never once did she let a negative thought enter her mind or let it get the upper hand. While undergoing chemotherapy she knitted stocking caps for other cancer patients. We have a real, fighter here,” said Yraguen.
Vickie’s husband Albert and children Ivan, Lucinda and Tasha were in attendance to see Vickie receive her award.
Congratulations to a very deserving Woman of the Year: Vickie Schroeder!