You don’t have to be old to be an OldSmokey!
Recent changes to the Pacific Northwest Forest Service Association membership requirements extended PNWFSA membership eligibility to include any current U.S. Forest Service employee or any retiree regardless of years of federal service.
PNWFSA members are called OldSmokeys, and the PNWFSA invites you to be an OldSmokey!
A group of Forest Service retirees founded the Thirty Year Club in 1945 to preserve the history and traditions of the Forest Service and maintain close contact between retirees and those in active service. To better achieve those goals, their club’s successor organization, the PNWFSA, now welcomes any retired or current member of the Forest Service to PNWFSA membership.
OldSmokeys achieve their objectives through a variety of activities. These include:
• A monthly luncheon on the last Friday of each month at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 0715 SW Bancroft Street, in Portland, Oregon. Social hour starts at 11:00 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. There is no formal program, and no advance reservations are needed. All members, spouses, and guests are welcome. Other areas throughout Region 6 hold local meetings as announced.
• An annual Spring Banquet in May, which also serves as PNWFSA’s annual meeting.
• An annual Summer Picnic in August at which members get together and have fun.
• The quarterly OldSmokeys Newsletter is available to all members. It keeps OldSmokeys up to date on PNWFSA activities and events, member news, and Forest Service news. Feature articles cover such topics as historical events, travels, personal experiences and many more topics of PNWFSA interest.
• An annual Membership Directory contains contact information for all current members. It is mailed with the paper copy of the spring quarterly newsletter, and can also be emailed to any member upon request throughout the year.
• A website at www.oldsmokeys.org contains a variety of information for members as well as the current and recent issues of the quarterly OldSmokeys Newsletter.
• E-Notes that forward information of immediate interest to members by e-mail.
• Occasional special events or trips to special events or places of interest.
New members receive a complimentary membership good for the remainder of the calendar year in which they join. Subsequent annual memberships are $20 due on January 1 of each year. Life memberships are a $250 one-time payment.
To join the PNWFSA and be an OldSmokey, complete the Application Form on your electronic device and email it!