Saturday, May 15, 2021

Please Join Us

Hey!  It’s a great time for a Commerce-Cleveland High School Alumni Association Membership Drive! CHS graduates, or any supporters of CHS are welcome to join for an annual fee of $20.  One of the main missions of the Alumni Association is to provide grants to the various departments at Cleveland (Math, Science, Music, Arts, Athletics, Speech and Debate, etc.). The benefits of membership include receiving the Fall and Spring Newsletters which keep you informed of the activities of the Association.  The benefits of connecting with your high school are priceless!! For further information, please contact:

                          Karen Nilsen Genzer ‘63

                             CCHSAA President


01.GOLF IN 2021

Greetings CHS Supporters,

 We are looking forward to 2021 and have great expectations that life will return, at least somewhat, to normal. Normal, for the Alumni Association, would include the return of our annual golf tournament this coming August. Those plans are in work now and please tune in here for more details.

Over the 20 years of its existence, the Alumni Association has donated over $440,000 for a variety of school needs including computers and classroom whiteboards, replacement of pianos (50 years old) and choir robes (30 years old), kilns for ceramics classes, entry fees for the award-winning Speech & Debate teams, materials for the wood/metal shop and the culinary arts programs and uniforms and equipment for most of the various sports teams. Now, because of current conditions, the need for computers for online classes is increasing.

The Covid-19 pandemic has only increased school needs as budgets have been cut dramatically. Fortunately, donations have continued to arrive following cancellation of the 2020 tourney. Thanks to many of you we have been able to do the amazing and have collected over $15,000 for some of the things the Alumni committee supports here at CHS.


Donations may be mailed to:


PO Box 82898

Portland, OR 97282-0898

Or, please go to our PayPal site (see UPC reader below)  and donate using your credit card. Any donation is greatly appreciated.


Thank you, once again, to all of you that have given so generously this time and over the years!  We plan on seeing all of you next year on Wednesday, August 18th and Thursday, August 19th, at Eastmoreland Golf Course for some great times, some good golf and to pick up where we left off last year!


Go Warriors!

Or you can mail a check to:
2334 NE 155th Place
Portland, Oregon 97230

We want to express our sincere and heartfelt gratitude to all the merchants, business donors, players and volunteers for your support in the past years. We hope we can count on your support again this year. We need you; our CHS students need you. Our success cannot happen without you and we look forward to seeing all of you again in 2021 to continue this fabulous tradition.


CHS Auction and Golf Committee

Tax ID: #93-1326570

Golf Tourney Details

 Here is the information for the 2021 annual CHS Golf Tournament at historic Eastmoreland Golf Course.


  • Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021
  • Location:  Eastmoreland Golf Course 2425 SE Bybee Blvd
  • Price:  $150.00 per player
  • Enjoy all the usual games, KP, long drives with prizes and awards. Need not be present to win! You will be notified.
  • Registration Link - CHS Alumni Golf Tournament
    • Note: Each player must have unique email to register


Important Note:  Due to Covid restrictions we cannot have a shot gun start!


  • We will set tee times between 8AM and 2PM. (We will do our best to accomodate requests)
  • There will be a box lunch provided for all golfers at the turn.
  • The registration link will accept credit cards only.
  • There will be a PO Box to mail in registration and checks as needed. See below for registration form attached to this email.  We prefer online registration...thanks.
  • Scoring will be done on the course by mobile app using Golf Genius.
    • Please load Golf Genius from your phone App Store.


During the registration process you may also:


  • Purchase mulligans at $20.00 each, two maximum per player.
  • Purchase your orange ball for $40.00, one per team.
  • Purchase Raffle tickets (1 for $20.00, 3 for $50.00 or 6 for $100.00)  More raffle info below.
  • Donate directly to CHS or the alumni association.
  • Join the alumni association.


Many thanks to our loyal sponsors and donors over the years.  A special Warrior “thank you” goes out to Ryan Rollins owner of PDX Sliders, CHS alumni and corporate sponsor for the second year!  And to Gary and Joanne Bishop for the great prizes and Gay Davis of Northwestern Mutual for his contribution to cover Golf Genius, thank you all!


Finally, for the walkers out there help us spread the word, on Wednesday August 18th from 9:00 to 12:00 join us for the inaugural Warrior 5K Walk! Raffle items will be on display and tickets available for purchase for three amazing packages! 

Visit us at:


Raffle items include:

  • Netarts Beach house getaway, two nights, sleeps 10.
  • Comfy Basket- Nespresso coffee machine with pods, Seek and Swoon cotton throw and Wallace Books gift card.
  • Deluxe picnic- Yeti hard sided cooler stuffed with fancy picnic delicacies!
  • Plus many more wonderful gifts


This is our only fundraiser for the CHS alumni association and we want this to be successful and with your help we will be! We hope you see you all August 18th or 19th!


For any question or issues, dont hesitate to contact us.  Reply to this message or email us at



CHS Golf Committee 


5K Walk on August 18th


Save the date  Wednesday AM, August 18th 

 for the first annual Warrior 5K Walk presented by the Cleveland High School Alumni Association. Walk starts and finishes at the Eastmoreland Golf Course overflow parking lot. Loops through Eastmoreland and Westmoreland. Online registration opening soon. More details such as time and costs to follow. Virtual walk option will be available, if COVID guidelines require. Registration includes a t-shirt and a fun new summer outdoor activity.

Last year was challenging in so many ways, but it also presented an opportunity to the Cleveland High School Alumni Association to re-evaluate its fundraising options. Keeping in mind the ever-changing protocols for public gatherings, there will not be an Alumni auction/social this year.

Instead, the Alumni Association will host a new summer event. On Wednesday, August 18th , please join us for our inaugural Alumni 5K Warrior Walk! Everyone in the community is welcome to attend. The walk starts in the Eastmoreland Golf Course overflow parking lot and loops through Eastmoreland and Westmoreland. Estimated time of route is a little over an hour; individual walking speeds vary.

Online registration opens June 18 at Choose your start time between 9am-noon. This is a fun walk. Times will not be recorded. Ticket cost: $25 Adults and $20 Students K-12. A T-shirt is included with registration. Raffle tickets available to purchase for your choice of three amazing prizes.

Tickets are: 1 for $20, 3 for $50 or 6 for $100.


Prizes include:

·        Prize #1 The Netarts Beach Getaway - 2 nights, big house sleeps 10, plus basket of beach goodies

·        Prize #2 The Comfy Basket - Nespresso coffee machine with assorted pods, Seek & Swoon cotton throw and Wallace Books gift card.

·        Prize #3 The Deluxe Picnic – Yetty hard sided cooler, Otto’s gift card and Portland Bottle Shop gift card

Raffle tickets will be sold at check-in for both the Walk on August 18th and the Alumni Golf Tournament on Thursday, August 19th . Need not be present to win. Cleveland High School Alumni Association is a nonprofit entity. All donations are tax deductible (501C3 ID#: 93-1326570). The funds are used to award five $2000 scholarships to deserving seniors each year. In addition to the scholarships, the Alumni Association has donated over $440,000 to a variety of school needs including computers, whiteboards, replacement of pianos (50 years old) and choir robes (30 years old), kilns for ceramics classes, entry fees for the award-winning Speech & Debate teams, materials for the wood/metal shop and the culinary arts programs and uniforms and equipment for most of the various sports teams. The alumni association continues to seek members ($20/year) to continue to support the Cleveland High School students and community. The association welcomes everyone to join; need not be a graduate of Cleveland High School


Are You A Member of the Alumni Association?

The Commece-Cleveland Alumni Association (CCHSAA) is approximately 1000 members strong. We have room for so many more and your membership makes you a part of the program to assist Cleveland High in its pursuit of excellence. 

Membership also insures that you are kept informed about reunions, picnics, golf outings and other social events initiated by the alumni association. There is a newsletter published twice a year that will keep you up to date on things related to Cleveland High and its Commerce and Cleveland alums as well as current activity in and about the school. Much can also be found on the blog maintained at

CHS played an important part in shaping our lives. Perhaps you want to "give a little back." Perhaps you want to know what is going on at the school today. Membership in the CCHSAA will help you reach either goal. Just click on the link just below the picture of the school for your membership application.





As you scroll through the pictures, make sure to click on "Older Posts" at the bottom of each page in order to see all members. There are 10 coaches and over 150 athletes  currently in the Mel Krause Athletic Hall of Fame. Many of these same athletes are also in the Portland Interscholastic League Hall of Fame.


The process for selection to the Mel Krause CCHSAA Hall of Fame requires that the athlete be nominated using the form found at this link-

If you would like to nominate a former CHS athlete (Commerce or Cleveland), please use the form here and send your nomination to CCHSAA at PO Box 82898, Portland, Oregon 97202 or email to

Notes from Alums

 I will be 90 years old in September, but always appreciate reading the alumni magazine sent.  While at Commerce I was not active in sports, but at the old age of 68, I joined the YMCA, and they talked me into competing in races.  I have won many gold medals in Idaho in my age category.  I do 50, 100, and 200 meter races and the long jump and triple jump.  Unfortunately, a little over a year ago I fell and tore the main tendon from my left ankle.  The surgeon said I was too old to have surgery, but started physical therapy about 6 months ago.   I hope to get back to jogging soon. Pat Fujii



Each year, the Alumni Association reviews nominations from you, our fellow alumni, that enumerate the qualifications for selection as one of our Distinguished Alumni. Once the selections are made, the inductees are invited to be in Portland for induction ceremony held on the first Sunday in March. The intent, at that event, is to honor recipients and to convey to them our pride in their accomplishments. The day after induction, inductees are invited to meet with students in classes relevant to their career. This has been an enjoyable experience, as expected, for the students but we have been very pleased to hear how much the recipients have enjoyed that same inter-action.

The induction ceremony is open to all alumni and friends that would like to be included. Tickets are priced only to cover our costs for food and location. We do attempt to advise as many members of the recipient's class so that they might join in honoring their classmate.

Please click on the link at the bottom of this section to see the individual biographies of this most impressive group.



Click on the Form Link on Next Line
Distinguished Alumni Nomination Form

Click on This Next Link for Criteria Suggested for Nominations

The Commerce-Cleveland Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Citations known as the "Order of the Feather" were first presented in 2009. There are now eighteen members of this illustrious group. Each and every one of those selected were nominated by someone like you.

These awards are intended to highlight Commerce-Cleveland alums who have significant accomplishments in their chosen fields and who have become "beacons" for current students.

The award recipients are encouraged to visit Cleveland to share their experiences in classes related to their field of expertise. This sharing can truly enrich the students who will have tangible evidence of what is possible for them if they study and work hard while living an honorable life.

Nominations are accepted from alums as well as others who know and can truly represent the nominee's credentials. A committee of Alumni Board members will make the final determination of the year's award recipients in March of each year. Up to three awards may be granted each year and the honorees will be invited to CHS and to a reception in their honor.

Click on the Historical Pictures link to read about this year's winners and more about the criteria for selection.

If you know of an alumni that you believe would merit consideration as a "distinguished alumni", please fill out both pages of the nomination form shown below and mail them to the Commerce-Cleveland Alumni Association at PO Box 82898-Portland, Oregon 97202.

To read more about the criteria used to select from the nominees, please click on the link below.


CHS Royalty Pictures
2019-2020 Princess Zoey Weesner

Find pictures of each member of the Rose Festival Court at


CCHSAA newsletter is published twice a year 

See past copies at
The newsletter is meant to keep fellow alumni informed about:
  1. Upcoming social events for alumni
  2. Recent alumni events including event pictures
  3. Alumni Association contributions to the school
  4. Recent activity reports from the CHS Principal
  5. Special features on students and teachers of merit
  6. Scholarships awarded by the scholarship committee
  7. Reunion information
  8. Information from  Commerce-Cleveland archives
  9. Athletic Hall of Fame
  10. Distinguished Alumni profiles
  11. Comments from CCHSAA President
We use this website to complement the newsletter
in hopes that we can  provide more information than
space allows in our bi-annual publication
We welcome your input and requests.


The Cleveland yearbook adviser tells the Alumni Association that the school is in possession of 800 unsold copies of yearbooks from 2000 to the present. 

For $10 per yearbook paid to the CCHSAA (Cleveland Commerce Alumni Association), we will mail your book to you freight prepaid. The money will go back to the school using the various forms in which the Alumni Association, along with the school Principal,  chooses.
Please send your payment to:

Pat Dannen 
6709 SE Reed College Place
Portland, Oregon 97202


To commemorate the 100 years of Cleveland High School
a Centennial Edition Yearbook was assembled and published in time for the Centennial Celebration in 2016. The book is continually being updated. The current book covers from the school founding until the end of the 2018 school year.

The book features:
School History from School Yearbooks 1916-2018 
National News Headlines Relevant to Classes of the Times
"Best Pictures" taken from all yearbooks
Pictures of all Rose Festival Royalty
Pictures and Bios of our Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
Pictures of all our Rose Festival Princesses and Queens
Pictures of all members of the Mel Krause Athletic Hall of Fame
Pictures of most student body presidents
Pictures of every yearbook cover since Commerce was founded.

To order your copy, go to You can then decide whether to order a hard bound edition or, for $10 less,  a soft cover . The added freight is less than $10 per book. The books usually arrive within 10 days of order placement. .

The 250-page book is priced to cover our cost of production plus $10 per unit sold that is passed on to the 
CCHSAA Scholarship Foundation.

The following pictures will give you a preview of its contents.


2018 Scholarship Award Winners

Congratulations to this  year’s scholarship recipients listed in order of picture left to right: Georgia Hastie (Performing Arts Scholarship), Heather DiStefano (Media/Visual Arts Scholarship), Samuel Wagner  (Science/Math Scholarship),  Andrew Ho ((alter J. Cooney Business Scholarship) and Gwen Weber (Don Mitchell Ironman/Woman Scholarship).  Congratulations to our 2018 recipients. 

2015 Scholarship Award Winners

We wish continued success for these truly outstanding students.

Congratulations to this  year’s scholarship recipients listed in order of picture left to right: Andy Yu (Science/Math Scholarship),  Emma Hadley (Performing Arts Scholarship, Kendall Marlia Cooper (Communications Scholarship), Dahabo Amin (Don Mitchell Ironman/Woman Scholarship) and Anastasiya Guzenko (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship). We wish continued success for these outstanding students.

2014 Scholarship Award Winners
Left to Right
Callie Krevanko (Communications Scholarship)
Alex Chapparo (Don Mitchell Ironman Scholarship)
Caroline Baber (Science/Match Scholarship)
Alexi Bloom Herring (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship)
Molly Starr (Performing Arts Scholarship)

2013 Scholarship Award Winners
Left to Right
Luoyi Farestrand (Don Mitchell Ironman Scholarship)
Jessica Faunt (Communications Scholarship)
Gabriel Rowell (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship)
Mitchell Linegar (Science/Math Scholarship)
Joseph Cullen (Performing Arts Scholarship)
2012 Scholarship Award Winners
Front Row: John Niman, Susan Chen, Rachel Evans
Back Row: Stephen "Alex" Karter, Charolette Larson

Left to Right: Cassidy Bacon, Gudatu Wotcha, Kinsey White, Amanda Knutsen

Congratulations to
Amanda Knutsen (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship),
Gudatu Wotcha (Don Mitchell Ironman Scholarship),
Kinsey White (Communcations Scholarship), and
Cassidy Bacon (Performing Arts Scholarship).

2010 Scholarship Award Winners

Sara Hsu, Joellen Sweeney, Matthew Marquette, Katherine Barger

Congratulations to Sara Hsu (Don Mitchell Ironman Scholarship), Joellen Sweeney (Performing Arts Scholarship), Matthew Marquette (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship) and Katherine Barger (Communications Scholarship). We wish continued success for these truly outstanding students.



Congratulations to Matt Faunt (The Performing Arts Scholarship), Meng Paulsen (The Walter J. Cooney Scholarship), Lee Rosch (The Communications Scholarship), and Julia Steig (The Don Mitchell Ironman Scholarship). Our best wishes for their continued success.

Aaron Opsahl (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship)
Aaron Shirzadegan (Don Mitchell Ironman Scholarship)
Mei Tsai (Communications Scholarship)
Haley Maddox (Performing Arts Scholarship)
Clay Knechtes (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship
Odie Hollingshed (Don Mitchell Ironman Scholarship)
Ellen Freeman (Communications Scholarship)
Valerie Steig (Performing Arts Scholarship)
Sherry Cole (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship)
Robert Wilckle (Ironman Scholarship)
Hannah Sanford (Communications Scholarship)
Justin Ralls (Performing Arts Scholarship)
Catherine Miller (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship)
Hamrawit Gebretsadik (Ironman Scholarship)
Kaylie Shallis (Communications Scholarship)
Kyle Glenn (Performing Arts Scholarship)
Codie Lerien (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship)
Kimberlee Burnett (Ironman Scholarship)
Jonathan Nelson (Communications Scholarship)
Michael Miersma (Performing Arts Scholarship)
Roman Jakien (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship)
Natalya Verley (Ironman Scholarship)
Monica Lauritsen (Communications Scholarship)
Emily Cox (Performing Arts)
Gena Goodman-Campbell (Business Scholarship)
Holly Wolfe (Ironman Scholarship)
Elizabeth Carey (Communications Scholarship)
Megan Buscho (Performing Arts Scholarship)
Danielle Wilcox (Business Scholarship)
Kim Sprague (Ironman Scholarship)
Jennifer Stark (Communications Scholarship)
Dustin Bumgarner (Performing Arts Scholarship)
Sarah Oramas (Business Scholarship)
Jennifer Semke (Business Scholarship)
Jamie Doerr (Ironman Scholarship)
Kalin Schmoldt (Communications Scholarship)
Eugene Yakolev (Fine Arts Scholarship)
Yong Lee (Business Scholarship)
Jessica Landreth (Ironman Scholarship)
Amber Starks (Communications Scholarship)
David Cummings (Business Scholarship)
Trina Paulson (Business Scholarship)
Emily Burke (Ironman Scholarship)
Amy Voth (Business Scholarship)
Angela Mok (Business Scholarship)



Donations to CCHSAA General Fund??  Click here to help

The Commerce Cleveland Alumni Association has been in existence since 2001. CCHSAA maintains the website you are now viewing. We also publish two newsletters annually for distribution to members of the CCHSAA. Our annual golf tournament/auction is our largest fundraiser of the year. The surplus from that event supports all the work CCHSAA does with the school. That includes donations to athletics, computer labs, the arts and a host of other activities at the school. We need help each year to insure that expenses do not exceed revenue. Membership dues cover the cost of the newsletter. All other expenses must come from the golf tourney and your donations. Please click here
to make a donation to CCHSAA general fund.


The Executive Committee


Make A Donation to the Scholarship Fund???


Each year the scholarship committee awards five scholarships to deserving CHS students. Any donations designated for Scholarship are combined with interest earned on monies invested for CHS by the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) to fund those five scholarships. Donations are critical to the continuance of this important funding for our best and brightest students as they pursue their continued education. We thank all of you for your help.

A list of past donors can be found in past copies of our alumni newsletter. Those can be found at

Pictures of current and past scholarship winners can be found by clicking on the "Past Scholarship Winners" link on the right side of



17.CHS WEBSITES will take you to an excellent website that details current activities and initiatives at the school. for information about the continuing project to update the football field and track.
m/clevelandwarriors/index.html will take you easily to a website featuring information about all CHS sports teams. Give it a try.