S moke S ignals MARCH 15, 2017 Food Bank provides boxes, seeks help The Grand Ronde Food Bank – iskam mfkhmfk haws – is operated by Marion-Polk Food Share, which has been leading the fight to end hunger since 1987 because no one should be hungry. Recipients of SNAP, TANF, SSI or LIHEAP assistance automat- ically qualify for assistance at the Grand Ronde Food Bank, 9675 Grand Ronde Road. No one will be turned away in need of a food box. Upcoming food box distributions are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 17; 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 22; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 31. “We believe that everyone deserves to have enough to eat,” says Food Bank Coordinator Francene Ambrose. “You are welcome to get a food box at each of our regular weekly distributions. No one will be turned away in need of a food box.” Those who are unable to pick up a food box can fill out an autho- rized representative form and that person can pick up a food box on your behalf. The authorization is good for one year. In addition, the Willamina VFW Auxiliary No. 4211 will be holding a fundraiser to benefit the Food Bank starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23. There will be silent and oral auctions throughout the evening. People wanting to donate an auction item should contact Food Bank Coordinator Francene Ambrose (see contact information below). The Food Bank continues to seek volunteers to help with repack- ing food, putting food on the shelves, handing out food boxes and end-of-month inventory. In addition, the Food Bank is participating in a program called Fresh Alliance in which volunteers pick up food donations directly from area stores. Volunteers with a truck who could pick up at these stores at least once a week and a partner to ride along and help load are being sought. Call to ensure someone is available to assist. People also can sign up for a monthly e-mail for the Food Bank calendar and events, as well as follow the Food Bank on Facebook. The Food Bank is an equal opportunity provider. Contact Ambrose at 503-879-3663 or at fambrose@marionpolk- foodshare.org for more information or to volunteer. American Legion Post hosts breakfast McMINNVILLE — The American Legion Post 21 will be holding a Battle of the Branches Breakfast for the five major military branches in March and April. The breakfasts will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Post, 126 N.E. Atlantic St. The schedule is Army on Sunday, March 26; Marine Corps on Sunday, April 9; and Air Force on Sunday, April 23. Breakfast will cost $7 per person. For more information, contact the Post at 503-435-2218. Committee & Special Event Board meeting days and times Below is the most current information on the meeting days and times for Tribal Committees and Special Event Boards: • Ceremonial Hunting Board meets as needed. Chair: Marline Groshong. • Culture Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the Grand Ronde Food Bank/iskam mfkhmfk haws, 9675 Grand Ronde Road. Chair: Francene Ambrose. • Education Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month in the Adult Education building. Chair: Tammy Cook. • Elders Committee meets at 10 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month in the Elders Activity Center. Chair: Gladys Hobbs. • Enrollment Board meets quarterly in Room 204 of the Governance Center. Chair: Michael Mercier. • Fish & Wildlife Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the Natural Resources building off Hebo Road. Chair: Tyson Mercier. • Health Committee meets at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month in the Health & Wellness Center. Chair: Patti Tom-Martin. • Housing Board meets at 3 p.m. the third Thursday of the month in the Housing Department conference room. Chair: Matt Thomas. • Powwow Special Event Board meets monthly at noon at the Community Center. Dates vary. Contact Dana Ainam at 503-879-2037. Chair: Dana Ainam. • Timber Committee meets at 5 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the Natural Resources building off Hebo Road. Chair: Bob Mercier. • Veterans Special Event Board meets at 5:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in the old Elders Craft House. Chair: Steve Bobb Sr. To update information on this list, contact Publications Coordinator Dean Rhodes at 503-879-1463 or email@example.com. 3 Need something notarized? Tribal Court staff is available at no charge for notaries 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday though Friday with the exception of noon to 1 p.m. Please be sure to bring a photo ID with you. If you have any questions, contact the court at 503-879-2303. Request for Qualifications The Tribe is seeking Requests for Qualifications from individuals inter- ested in serving as the Chief Judge of the Tribal Court. This is a part-time, Tribal Council-appointed position with a term of two years. To obtain a copy of the RFQ, contact Angela Fasana at 503-879-4596 or angela.fasana@ grandronde.org. Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. March 15, 2017. Board seeking younger veterans The Tribal Veterans Special Event Board is recruiting younger veterans – Iraqi and Afghanistan veterans – to join. “Our committee is getting older,” said Veterans SEB Chairman Steve Bobb Sr., who is a Vietnam War-era Marine Corps veteran. Members of the Special Event Board attend events as flag carriers and represent the Tribe and their branch of service. Veterans interested in volunteering should contact Tribal Council Chief of Staff Stacia Martin at 503-879-2304 or stacia.martin@gran- dronde.org. ATTENTION TRIBAL MEMBERS COMMITTEE AND SPECIAL EVENT BOARD VACANCIES The following Committees and Special Event Boards have vacant positions. Ceremonial Hunting Board Election Board Powwow SEB Education Committee Veterans SEB Culture Committee Fish & Wildlife Committee 1 vacancy 1 vacancy, 1 alternate vacancy 1 vacancy 1 vacancy 1 vacancy 1 vacancy 1 vacancy Please send completed applications to Stacia Martin, 9615 Grand Ronde Road, Grand Ronde, OR 97347. Official Tribal Facebook pages • Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde: www.facebook.com/CTGRgov • Grand Ronde Tribal Council: www.facebook.com/TheConfederatedTribesOfGrandRondeTribalCouncil • Grand Ronde Higher Education: www.facebook.com/grand.r.ed • Grand Ronde Youth Education: www.facebook.com/CTGRYouthEducation • Spirit Mountain Community Fund: www.facebook.com/SpiritMountainCommunityFund • Grand Ronde Station: www.facebook.com/GrandRondeStation • Grand Ronde Royalty: www.facebook.com/CTGRRoyalty • Veterans Special Event Board: www.facebook.com/pages/Veterans-Board-of-the-Confederated-Tribes-of- the-Grand-Ronde-Community • Community Garden: www.facebook.com/GrandRondeCommunityGarden • Grand Ronde Food Bank: www.facebook.com/GrandRondeFoodBank • Grand Ronde Youth Council: www.facebook.com/CTGRYouthCouncil • Grand Ronde Tribal Police Department: www.facebook.com/grandrondepolice/ Clothes Closet open Monday, Friday The Clothes Closet is open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the first and third Fridays of the month and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. all other Fridays on the Tribal campus near the Elders Activity Center at the end of Blacktail Drive. The Clothes Closet accepts clothing, small appliances, small pieces of furniture, electronics and household goods that are clean and in good condition. It does not accept books, large TVs or large furniture, but there is a community board where people can post those items. Donations are accepted during regular business hours. For more information or emergency clothes, contact Lori Walker-Hernandez at 559-847-7565.