The Portland Wholesale Lumber Association began in the early 1920's. Meetings in those days were informal affairs and took place at lunch in the Men's Grill at Meier & Frank. By the 1930's more formal meetings were taking place, then as now, the first Thursday of every month. As is customary with lumber people, the subjects discussed at these meetings were varied, ranging from fact to fiction but the information was, and is, pertinent of the Industry. As the lumber industry began moving their businesses to the suburbs in the 60's and 70's, it was decided in 1980 to move the monthly meeting from Meier & Frank to the Mallory Hotel where access and parking was more convenient.

When the more formal meetings began, dues were collected as well as fines being imposed for various reasons. As the funds began to grow, a place or purpose for these monies needed to be found. Some surplus funds were donated to local charities. In 1937 it was decided to stage a Christmas Party to bring together wholesalers and producers in a congenial setting. Success was immediate. Consequently, Christmas Parties are held every year.

In 1980, another tradition was added to the Christmas Party which was the establishment of the "Lumberman of the Year" award. This Prestigious award made annually, recognizes outstanding achievements in the softwood lumber industry by a lumberman or lumberwoman in the Pacific Northwest.

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