b'2022 WPMA State ReportOREGON Fuels Association ReportT Greetings from Oregon!There is nothing more beautifulthan OregonLooking forward for Oregon, legislatively, this fall in the fall. The leaves on the trees are changing col- will be one of the most consequential elections or, the crisp autumn air is refreshing, the rains havein decades. Following redistricting and numer-not yet fully begun and college football is underway!ous legislative retirements, Oregon voters will be Yet, here at Oregon Fuels Association, we are stillcasting their ballots for many new legislators. We basking in the glow of what was our most successfulexpect that nearly one-third of the legislature will annual conference to date this past July, thanks to thebe new and likely be new to many issues impact-generosity of our amazing sponsors. Their supporting Oregon Fuels Association members. Addition-Tracey Andersonwas integral to our ability to serve our membershipally, the Oregon Governors race will be one of the OFA and we are exceedingly grateful. most competitive in recent memory, where three Executive Director The conventions PAC fundraising tasting event, fea- prominent women in politics will be competing for turing Stoller wines, Heritage Spirits and beer fromvotes; former House Speaker Tina Kotek secured the local Deschutes brewery, brought in $8,000.the Democrat nomination, former House Republican This event also welcomed back a friend and ally ofLeader Christine Drazan captured the Republican OFA, Oregons State Representative and Republicannomination and long serving moderate Democrat House leader, Vikki Breese-Iverson, who shared herBetsy Johnson is running as a non-affiliated candi-vision and plans for the coming year. OFA membersdate. All three campaigns are raising a lot of money, celebrated the return of one of the most beloved fes- which will create a very interesting and dynamic tivities, the Northwest Pump Sunday dinner, whichgovernors race leading up to November. drew a crowd of over 250 people. And the MondayThe outcome of these competitive races will alsobusiness session gave our attendees updates fromset the stage for the 2023 Legislative Session.Oregon DOE and DEQ as well as a thorough legisla- OFA will continue to push for statewide self- tive update from our lobbyists, Danelle Romain andservice and oppose additional and costly mandates Mike Freese of Romain Freese LLC. The sessionon our members. also featured a legislative panel discussion withOregon Fuels Association is growing in active Oregon Senator Lynn Findley and Kelsey Wilson,involvement and is looking forward to increased lobbyist for WSPA. participation both statewide and on the national OFA members are passionate about their recreationallevel. As Jeff Rouse of Carson Team has moved hobbies and our convention features two of their fa- into the OFA presidency, and Joe Sacomano of vorites, golf and trap shooting. The golf tournamentJackson Energy is the current vice president, past boasted over 90 golfers and trap shooting hosted 30president Gabriel Zirkle became the newest Oregon shooters, ranging in abilities from novice to expert.EMA director and is actively planning OFAs return Special thanks to longtime OFA member, Mike Fitz,to Washington DC for the Day on the Hill in May for raising over $10,080 in trap-shooting sponsor- 2023. Together, OFAs newest Executive team will ships for our PAC.work hard and fight for the issues that matter most to OFA was also honored to be able to recognizeour membership.several members of our association for their manyWe here at OFA are so thankful to our membership contributions. Ron Tyree of Tyree Oil, Inc. andand value their involvement in all areas. We invite Mark Gram of Jubitz Corporation have served onall to save the date to join us on December 8, 2022, the OFA board of directors for numerous years andfor our traditional holiday celebration at the Portland have chosen to release their positions for the nextGolf Club, details to follow.generation. We are pleased to welcome Trent TyreeWe look forward to the second half of our fiscal year and Matthew Jubitz to our board or directors. Mattand the opportunity to report back next spring on the Truax was also recognized for his years of service asprogress we expect legislatively.our Vice-President, Past President, and exiting EMA Director. And lastly, as one of his last official dutiesKindest Regards, as President, Gabriel Zirkle had the tremendous priv-ilege of presenting a Lifetime Achievement award to a beloved OFA member, pioneer and philanthropistTracey Anderson in our industry and community, Lila Leathers ofExecutive Director, Oregon Fuels AssociationLeathers Fuel. Oregon is fortunate to be rich in men and women who subscribe to the highest standardsSof service and integrity. WPMA News / Fall 202229'