WALDEN TO SPEAK AT CYCLE OREGON EVENT AT SOROSIS PARK IN THE DALLES THIS EVENING, SEPTEMBER 12
September 12, 2005 - WASHINGTON, DC -
U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) will speak to cyclists participating in Cycle Oregon’s “Discover Oregon” bicycle tour at tonight’s stop at Sorosis Park in The Dalles. Walden will speak at 7:30 PM and be introduced by Cycle Oregon President Jonathan Nicholas. He will discuss economic development in rural communities and express his gratitude for Cycle Oregon, a non-profit organization that not only showcases Oregon to thousands of cyclists each year, but also raises money to support communities throughout the state, including many rural towns in Walden’s district, which covers 20 counties in central, southern and eastern Oregon.
“Cycle Oregon is a fantastic organization and one that we’re proud to call our own. As a lifelong Oregonian who enjoys recreating in the outdoors a great deal, I know the phenomenal scenery cyclists will enjoy as they raise funds to preserve the very treasures through which they’ll be riding. ‘Discover Oregon’ is a terrific experience benefiting a wonderful cause,” said Walden.
Dollars raised into the Cycle Oregon Fund are used for local projects in rural communities, through which their rides take them. The organization has helped support several endeavors for schools, parks and communities within the Second District, including those in John Day, Haines, Sisters, Burns, Baker City, Dufur, Paisley, Union, Wallowa and Butte Falls to name a few.
This year’s week-long Cycle Oregon tour stretches across northern Oregon from Boardman to Astoria, following much of the same course trekked by Lewis and Clark 200 years ago.
Congressman Walden is a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce as well as the Committee on Resources.