Legacy League

The George Fox University Legacy League – formerly the George Fox University Auxiliary – is a service organization dedicated to support the university. Members include friends, alumni, parents and employees of the institution.

The organization sponsors events that provide funds for endowed scholarships each year, given to one or two undergraduate students. It offers members meaningful volunteer opportunities, inspirational programs and a friendly community.

Anyone interested in helping make a difference in the lives of George Fox students is welcome to join the Legacy League.

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Objectives

  • To enlist and unite the members of our community in promoting and supporting George Fox University
  • To cooperate fully with the administration of the university in plans for projects and programs
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Luncheons

Luncheons are held regularly during the academic year. Check back at a future date to see the luncheons we have planned for 2019-20. 

An RSVP is required and can be done by calling Judy Woolsey at 503-538-7314 or Connie Magee at 503-927-5011.

Legacy League Annual Fundraising Gala

The Legacy League hosted its inaugural scholarship fundraising dinner on Thursday, May 30, 2019, drawing nearly 200 people and exceeding its fundraising goal in a gala evening with President Robin Baker presiding.

Diners were treated to a gourmet menu, but the real highlight was former George Fox women’s basketball coach Scott Rueck, now head women’s basketball coach at Oregon State University. Noting his highly successful coaching career at both schools, he gave credit to God … and to George Fox University. He said his experience working and relating with staff and students was incomparable and now guides him in his current position. He noted the feeling he has being on campus and suggested it could be described as “magical.”

Rueck’s thoughts of feeling at home at George Fox were backed by student speaker Justine Benner, a former women’s basketball player and track athlete who graduated in 2016 and just received a doctorate in physical therapy from George Fox.

The dinner plan replaces former Auxiliary fundraising and helping projects that over the decades have included a holiday bazaar, candy and baked goods sales, and, in early years, canning and preserving foods for students. All proceeds are placed in an endowed fund, with three scholarships awarded annually.

If you’re interested in serving on a future gala dinner event planning team, please contact Legacy League President Bill Rourke at mybillrourke@hotmail.com.

Special Teams

Members may volunteer to serve on any or all of the following teams:

  • Prayer Team – Receive specific prayer requests from university sources on a regular basis
  • Greeting Team – Serve as a greeter at special events such as music productions and commencement ceremonies
  • Archives Team – Assist the George Fox archivist in preserving historic documents for the university
  • Special Events Team – Plan, organize and direct fundraising events

History

The organization began as the brainchild of two Newberg women, Amanda Woodward and Evangeline Martin, who, in 1910, canvassed the Newberg countryside with a horse and buggy to raise $30,000 to erect the three-story Old Main, opened in 1911. The building was later named “Wood-Mar Hall” in their honor.

Woodward and Martin gathered 225 initial members for the Pacific College Women’s Auxiliary. The name was changed to the George Fox College Women’s Auxiliary in 1949, to the George Fox College Auxiliary in 1977 – when men were welcome to join as regular members after years of being allowed only as honorary members – and to the George Fox University Auxiliary in 1996 with the school’s change in name following the acquisition of Western Evangelical Seminary.

More recently, in the fall of 2018, the name “Legacy League” was adopted to “appreciate our heritage,” according to Ruth Baker, executive committee member and wife of George Fox President Robin Baker.

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When founded, hundreds of volunteers raised funds to supply students in Kanyon Hall (later named Minthorn Hall) with basic dormitory room essentials of kerosene lamps, pillows, blankets and dresser scarves, and the dorm’s kitchen with equipment and even tea towels.

Over the years, the auxiliary provided a new refurnished alumni lounge in Minthorn Hall; funded shelving and cabinets for the Quaker Room in the newly opened Shambaugh Library; funded the project to improve the campus quad with its first Victorian light fixtures; raised money to provide the campus with two lighted reader boards; and, in more recent years, provided presidential china for special events and furnishings for the Edwards-Holman Science Center atrium.

Since 2000, the organization’s emphasis has been on providing student scholarships, currently with an endowment of about $112,000, and two scholarships of approximately $2,500 awarded each year.

Learn More

To learn more, contact Judy Woolsey at 503-538-7314 or Connie Magee at 503-927-5011. To join as a member, visit this page and download the membership application form. Return the application to Legacy League, George Fox University, 414 N. Meridian St. #6271

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