82nd Annual Banquet

  • Ernesto's Italian Restaurant 8544 SW Apple Way Portland, OR 97225

The Geological Society of the Oregon Country invites you to its 82nd Annual Banquet. Speaker Dr. Paul Hammond will present “The Western Margin Of North America.” The western margin of the North American continent from Alaska south to Guatemala is a zone as much as 1,600 kilometers wide and contains thousands of north-striking faults, a fewer number of east-west-striking folds, and other minor structures. These structures began developing in the late Mesozoic, more than 100 million years ago, and are continuing today caused by the northward drift of the Pacific plate. There is the possibility of a major earthquake along one of these faults, similar to the 1906 San Franciso earthquake along the San Andreas fault.

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Dr. Hammond received his geologic training at four universities—Brown University in Providence, RI, University of Colorado at Boulder, UCLA, and University of Washington at Seattle. He was introduced to the Pacific Northwest working for the Northern Pacific Railway, mapping their lands in Washington. He taught geology at PSU for 31 years, retiring in 1994. After retiring he continued mapping in the Washington Cascades until 2004. Since then he has been completing his mapping reports and giving talks on geologic topics.


The banquet will be held March 12, 2017, at Ernesto’s Italian Restaurant, 8544 SW Apple Way, Portland, OR 97225, located in a strip mall along the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway between Raleigh Hills Fred Meyer and Jesuit High School. There is ample free parking, and Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy is served by TriMet bus route 54. Doors to the banquet room open at 1:00 p.m. Dinner at 1:30 p.m. Program will begin at 2:15 p.m.

Dinner will be an Italian Style buffet – including salad, one meat dish, 2 pasta dishes (one meatless) and dessert. Coffee, tea, soda, and fresh bread are also included in the buffet. Please contact Dawn if you have special dietary requirements. (503) 367-7708. 

Gratuity included. Reservations must be received by Friday, March 3, 2017.