Greater horizons for court members?

Editor:

It was a pleasure to read about the Sportsman’s Holiday Court stepping up a notch and have training in different areas for the prospective court (March 13).

The young lady Ashley Zeigler (who was part of the training), representing Miss Oregon International was also in the Miss Oregon USA Pageant this past year, placing in the top five. I know her personally and she is a great role model and outstanding young woman.

I also was happy to see Sportsman’s Holiday Court now have a full committee to work with the young women. Up until recently, I had the honor of working with the Sportsman’s Holiday Court for three years teaching them their modeling and interview skills. I believe in this program for young women.

I have worked with the Miss Oregon USA pageant for five years now. I am the official state chaperone and scheduler for the Miss Oregon USA and Miss Oregon Teen USA. I love my job and having the opportunity to connect with so many people in our state arranging events and schedules.

Our title holders travel all over the state of Oregon attending events for all kinds of nonprofit organizations, such as Operation Home Front, visits to veterans at the Portland VA Hospital, television interviews, magazines and newspaper features, and trips to schools, where they talk about being a role model. We have major sponsors and we partner with Harbor Freight Tools and Dollar Tree for grand openings.

It is very important that young women understand the importance of being a volunteer and giving to the community, in our case the State of Oregon. The women sacrifice personal time and commitment for their state.

Our current Miss Oregon USA is Gabrielle Neilan. She is battling thyroid cancer but is a trooper. She takes her treatments and keeps moving. Gabrielle will compete for Miss USA in June in Las Vegas, against other women from all 50 states, which is televised live on NBC. My husband and I, with numerous friends and family from Oregon, will go also to cheer her on.

In the future, I would like to see some of our Sportsman’s Holiday Court young women compete for the title of Miss Oregon USA or Miss Oregon Teen USA, having an opportunity to represent the entire state. Being part of the Sportsman’s Holiday Court is preparing them for a bright future.

On Saturday, March 23, you will have an opportunity to meet Miss Oregon USA at a public fund-raiser at the VFW Club in Sweet Home. See this week’s paper for our ad for more details.

I wish the Sportsman’s Holiday Court the best and looking forward to seeing them in our community.

Nancy Patton

Sweet Home

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