Mt. Hood Resort announced that they will close down the hotel and conference center until May 1. Although we are disappointed to lose our venue, the Board agrees with this decision to do our part as good citizens by cancelling the Dorchester Conference for 2020 in the interest of public safety.
We are currently discussing how to use technology and media partnerships to bring some of the content – including the CD2 debate – to everyone.
We want to thank all of our registrants for their understanding and support. We will be working with Eventbrite to coordinate logistics to make it right with those who have already registered. Because payments periodically draw from the Eventbrite registration system into our bank account, we have to figure out how to get it back in to offer refunds. We will be looking to private donors to help cover the costs we have incurred. We appreciate your patience while we navigate this unprecedented circumstance.
We wish you and your family good health through this crisis. Following the President’s guidelines we will survive and grow to thrive again. Remember, the comeback is always bigger than the setback!
Head to the hills for the political party of the year! Dorchester 2020 is set to go! We are back at Mt. Hood Oregon Resort (formerly "Resort at the Mountain") in Welches.
Friday kicks off with a golf tournament (optional), and concludes with Friday night entertainment with a no-host bar and a ticketed dinner ($25). Saturday is the full Dorchester conference with a 90 minute Republican candidate debate for Congressional District 2, speakers, table topics, debates, keynote address and the world famous Dorchester tent show with all meals included.
Sunday morning we will have the CD2 Straw Poll, so stick around!
Seating is limited, so please register today! Registration ends April 17th or whenever we sell out.
We have discounted room rates at the Resort on the Mountain - just mention Dorchester (800) 733-0800. They even have pet friendly rooms (upon request)! Standard rooms are $129 + resort fee and tax - and Fireside Studios are $149 + resort fee and tax. All rooms have desk area, TV, Kurig, refrigerator and microwave. Group rate is available now!
We are hanging on to four golf villas that will have hospitality suites throughout the conference.
Times are likely to change as speakers and events are added.
The Dorchester Conference, launched in 1965 at the Dorchester House in Lincoln City, is the oldest annual political conference in the United States. Its founder was Robert Packwood, then a thirty-three-year-old state legislator. Packwood was unhappy with the conservative direction of the Republican Party, which had nominated Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater for the presidency in 1964.
After Goldwater’s crushing defeat by Lyndon B. Johnson, Packwood invited like-minded Republicans, including the new state legislators for whom he had campaigned, to a statewide conference. The invitation vowed that “Far right-wingers will be deliberately excluded.” Although some Republican officeholders, including Governor Mark O. Hatfield, were uneasy about his efforts, the conference attracted more than two hundred attendees in its first year. The Dorchester Conference, as it came to be known, provided a forum for the discussion of the future of Oregon and the Oregon Republican Party.
The conference grew in subsequent years, in 1968 drawing a thousand participants. That year also saw the recognition of Dorchester’s importance to national politics when Nelson Rockefeller attended to seek support for his presidential campaign. Its prestige was further enhanced by Packwood’s successful effort to win the Senate seat occupied by Wayne Morse.
Over the years, key Oregon officeholders have participated in the conference, including Tom McCall, Mark Hatfield, Vic Atiyeh, Norma Paulus, Gordon Smith, Clay Meyers, Dave Frohnmeyer, and Greg Walden. Dorchester has served as a forum for spirited debates on a wide range of issues, including tax policy, abortion rights, education funding, and international policies and has attracted such prominent Republicans as Ronald Reagan, George Romney, George H.W. Bush, Jack Kemp, Elizabeth Dole, Tucker Carlson, and Roger Stone.
The Conference now meets each year in Welches, Oregon.
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