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Six possible logos.
Rhody logo contest moves on to the ‘Matrix’ posted on 04/01/2018

Steve Graeper, President of the Rhododendron Community Planning Organization (CPO), would have been pleased with 10 submissions for the group’s logo contest. So when 45 entries came in for the Saturday, March 17 meeting where the top six were selected by the CPO’s membership, Graeper was enthused, to say the least.

“We are blown away by the number of entries we received,” Graeper said.

The CPO plans to use the winning logo on a potential community gateway sign, as well as t-shirts, hoodies, hats and other merchandise as part of the fundraising for its Rhody Rising effort, a plan to revitalize the community of Rhododendron.

A total of 78 votes were cast by the 28 CPO members in attendance (each member received three tickets to vote with), according to Graeper. The top five were to be selected to move on to the next round, but a tie for fifth place lead to a sixth potential logo to move on.

Graper did not release vote totals, but the artists behind the six entries were Haley Montana, Mark Schumaker, Cheryl Budd, Laurie Crabb and Renee Lamoreaux, who had two designs selected.

David Lythgoe was impressed with the talent on display and noted that making his selections was tough.

“I think they’re amazing,” he said, noting that he was drawn to one that shared elements with a logo used by Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory, which would be good for hats and shirts. “I’ve always liked that look. And there’s one over here that had that.”

Rod Brewick noted that many of the designs were very representative of Rhododendron, including images of the namesake flower and Mount Hood, while he liked the images that included a frontier element in them.

“I’m just kind of anxious to see which one becomes the logo,” he said. “Hopefully it's one of the ones I voted on.”

The six designs will now move on to the CPO’s “Decision Making Matrix,” a scorecard filled out by the group’s Rhody Rising subcommittee and two members of the Clackamas County Arts Alliance. The scorecard, used to “expand thinking beyond a simple popular vote,” ranks each finalist from one to six in four categories: popularity, ease of production, cost of reproduction and visual acuity.

Scores from each member will be added together and the top three will appear at the Rhododendron Post Office and in the Mountain Times before a final vote at the CPO’s May meeting.

The winning entry will win a prize package that will include: golf and cart for two at The Resort at The Mountain, two lift tickets at SkiBowl, a gift certificate to Skyway Bar & Grill and Cross Country Ski Rental from Otto’s Ski Shop in Sandy.Winning prizes include: 18 holes of golf and11 cart from The Resort at the Mountain; $25 gift certificate from the Skyway Bar & Grill; cross country/snowboard/or snowshoe rental from Otto’s in Sandy; and lift tickets for two for tubing or skiing at Skibowl.

The winner will also receive a $500 cash prize, and Graeper noted at the meeting that this part of the prize would be funded by donations and an anonymous $250 matching donation, but no money had come in to be matched. That’s when Mike Budd, owner of the Mt. Hood Cannabis Co., stepped up and pitched in $250 to make the prize whole.

“I want to support my community,” Budd said. “I’m here to see all this move forward.”

The May CPO meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at The Resort at The Mountain, 68010 Fairway Ave. in Welches.

By Garth Guibord/MT

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