January 7, 2019

Dear MHKC Camper Families,

The mission of Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp is simple and direct: “Empowering children and adults with disabilities.” The mission statement is simple, though the mission itself is far from that!

As Executive Director of MHKC, I’m accountable for making that mission a reality for the hundreds of campers that attend the camp each year. As they have for 85 years, a seasoned and dedicated group of MHKC professionals, long-standing university partners, and a community of Kiwanians lead the way. Together, we create a “yes, we can” environment for our campers to experience a range of fun and confidence-building activities with their counselors and peers.

I graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Kansas and spent 20 years running local radio broadcasting stations in Portland, Seattle and Las Vegas as Senior Vice President of CBS Radio and Director of Sales for Entercom Communications. As a local radio broadcaster, one of the most rewarding opportunities was to routinely team-up with local non-profit organizations in various ongoing fund-raising and awareness-raising campaigns. It has been my honor to have been involved in many such campaigns as well as having served on the Boards of Directors for Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, Lines for Life and CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates).

My role with Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp will be to oversee the critical behind-the-scenes activities that ensure the continuity and expansion of positive, life-changing experiences for our campers. In my time here, I’ve been so impressed that virtually all staff, Board members, and Kiwanians report that they are the ones most inspired by the courage and enthusiasm of our campers which deepens the passion they bring to this work.

It is a fortunate time to be joining this dedicated team and a great honor to be involved with such a unique and important mission. As we begin 2019, there is much to look forward to, beginning with Camper Registration on Monday, January 14 at 6 am and followed shortly with winter retreats in January and February. I look forward to meeting some of you there, as well as working with you all to prepare for MHKC’s 86th season starting this June!

If you’d like to learn more about how to support Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp, please call and let’s talk!

Best wishes,

Dave McDonald
Executive Director, MHKC
(971) 230-2920