Monthly Archives: February 2015

Irene Martin to present 2015 banquet program

FFC’s annual meeting on February 19 will be followed at 7:45 pm by the evening’s program, presented by Irene Martin of Skamokawa. Her talk is entitled, “Fishing and fish-canning on the Columbia River.”

Irene Martin is an award-winning author, known particularly for her books and articles on Columbia River regional and fisheries history. She has fished commercially with her husband Kent on the Columbia River, Willapa Bay, and in Alaska. Her latest titles are The Flight of Bumble Bee, the Columbia River Packers Association and a Century in the Pursuit of Fish, and a book of poems, The Family that Never Threw Anything Away.

In 2013 Irene received the David Douglas award from the Washington State Historical Society.

She lives in Skamokawa, Washington, where she is an active community member, currently serving on the Board of the St. James Family Center, the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board, and on the Board of Trustees of the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria.

Annual Meeting is Feb. 19, 2015

Our 2015 annual meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 19th, at 6:30 pm at El Tapatio Restaurant in Rainier. The public is invited. The address is 117 A Street W., Rainier, OR 97048.

We will have updates on activities, reports from officers, and the election of two members to the seven-member board of directors for terms of three years.

Make your reservations for dinner by Feb. 18th by contacting JoAnne Booth at

We will be ordering food individually from the menu at El Tapatio. Also, if you’d like to support FFC as a member, please come prepared to pay your membership dues ($15) to our FFC treasurer if you haven’t already sent it in. Additional donations are also accepted.

If you wish to nominate yourself or another person to a seat on the board you may do so during the election that night. Seats that are up for election this year are those currently held by Darrel Whipple and Kathy Byrd, both of whom are eligible to serve again.

The meeting will adjourn to a presentation on the history of the Bumble Bee fish packing plants on the lower Columbia River by Irene Martin of Skamokawa, Washington.