Fort Focus

Trust to honor outstanding citizens

By Madi Kozacek-Hantho, Communications Manager, Fort Vancouver Trust

Each year, The Fort Vancouver National Trust has honored two outstanding citizens on the behalf of General George C. Marshall: one adult, and one senior high school student. On March 26, the Trust will honor these exceptional nominees and recipients at the General George C. Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Award Dinner.

Instituted in 1989, the Public Leadership Award is given to a community member (age 35 or younger) who demonstrates commitment to public service and leadership potential. The award commemorates General Marshall’s two-year residence in Vancouver and honors his legacy as a world statesman.

Nominees for this award must be 35 or younger, a resident of Clark County and four-year college graduate. Public Leadership Award recipient selection is made by a committee and is based on nominations, written essays and interviews.

The Marshall Youth Leadership Award was established in 2000 to be presented to a high school age individual who demonstrates leadership, takes a stand for the rights of others, serves as a role model, shows initiative and motivates others to become involved. Youth Leadership Award recipient selection is made by a committee based on nominations, nominee responses to nominee form questions and interviews.

The Trust will announce the winners of both awards at the General George C. Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Award Dinner at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 26 at the Hilton Vancouver. The dinner will feature a keynote address by Rick Drake, associate director of development and director of corporate relations of the Marshall Foundation, as well as recognition for all the nominees    and the announcement of the 2014 recipients.

We strive to honor the recipients of these awards to the best of our ability and invite the community to attend this recognition celebration with us. For more information and ticket purchase, please go to MarshallAwards or contact Cara Cantonwine at 360-992-1804 or at For VIP table purchase and information, please contact Becky Weis at 360-992-1811 or at

March Events at Fort Vancouver National Site

Ongoing Programs:

Fort Vancouver, the Visitor Center, and Bookstore: Open Daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 360-816-6230; http://

Free tours of The Marshall House: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 360-693-3103;

Grant House Restaurant: Monday 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Tues-Fri 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m.-8 p.m.; reservations 360-906-1101;

For further information: National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 360-816-6230 or; Fort Vancouver National Trust, 360-992-1800 or; Water Resource Center, 360-487-7111 or

Special Events:

March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29:
Simply Scientific Saturdays Pearson Field Education Center, 1-5 p.m.

Come down to historic Pearson Field every Saturday from 1-5 p.m. to experience the Fort Vancouver National Trust’s Pearson Field Education Center. This free educational experience is open to the public and will feature our Flight Simulator lab, vertical wind tunnel, glider-building station, model glider build sessions, historic airplanes on-site for viewing, collections on display, and various ongoing educational programs that will propel students of all ages into the wonderful world of flight.

Experience the Golden Age of Aviation at the first airport in the Pacific Northwest and one of the oldest continuously operating airfields in the country.

March 8:
Pearson Modeler’s Event Artillery Barracks Building, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.