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A Message from ORPA President Rachel Dials

Posted By Amanda Parsons, Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Message from President Rachel Dials

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First and foremost, I hope that you, your family and friends are staying safe and healthy during this challenging time. If you are like me you’ve gone through every emotion as our days are filled with emergency plans, zoom meetings, work-at-home directives, self-quarantining, social distancing, and adapting to the “new-normal”.   

There is no playbook (or notebook that Leslie Knope could follow) for how best to respond to the rapidly evolving concerns related to COVID-19.  We are navigating an uncharted course while keeping our panic and our fear in check.  All the while leading our teams from a distance, from our homes, or from our empty community center buildings and offices.

While there has been much uncertainty in the world, I have been encouraged by each of you and the leadership shown around the State of Oregon. Your ideas, your engagement and innovation, and your collective energy inspires me.  It is proof we are maneuvering through this time together.

Of course, we couldn’t come together in the ways we have over the past month without the leadership of ORPA and the staff, Michael Klein and Amanda Parsons.  I’m here to remind you that ORPA is here for you!


·      The Admin Section is hosting weekly conference calls.

·      Webinars from all around the country are being listed on the ORPA Calendar.

·      ORPA has launched a new Forum where community members can connect.


All of this is available on the ORPA website.

Please reach out to myself or the ORPA staff if you have suggestions on how we can serve you better within the Association. Your input does matter.

We are in this together and we will get through this together.

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