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School district inducts Hall of Fame class

The Santiam Canyon School District has inducted a new class into its Hall of Fame.

District officials installed one staff member, one couple, two individuals and the 1997-98 Santiam High wrestling team (see the sports roundup for a report on the wrestlers).

Here is a look at the new members, who were inducted at a Nov. 11 ceremony in the high school gymnasium:

Butch and Rosie Aerni
Butch and Rosie Aerni

Butch and Rosie Aerni

Butch and Rosie both attended Santiam High and married in 1970. They settled in Mill City after Butch finished his service in the U.S. Navy. Butch also served in the Oregon National Guard, ran the family painting and Christmas tree businesses and was a substitute teacher for decades as well as a school board member for years, district budget committee member and volunteer coach.

Rosie retired after 25 years at U.S. Bank. She also has used the floral design skills taught by her mother to produce Christmas trees and wreaths for fundraisers, the Boy Scouts and the Canyon Service Center and volunteered for years in local schools.

Steve Davidson
Steve Davidson

Steve Davidson

Davidson was an excellent student and athlete at Santiam High, who went on to play basketball and study at the University of Redlands in California. A long-time banker Davidson also runs The Bite, a family food truck business in Tumalo in Central Oregon. Most recently Davidson helped coordinate a clothing drive for families affected by the 2020 Labor Day wildfires and coordinated the donation of a trailer to a family who lost their home. 

Brian Domes
Brian Domes

Brian Domes

Domes was born in Newberg, spent his elementary school years in Amity and graduated from Santiam High in 1988. At Santiam he was a three-sport athletic standout, a National Honor Society member and a nominee for Junior Citizen in Linn County.

After college at Willamette University and Western Oregon he began working in the straw exporting business. In 2000, along with his father, he formed Sunrise Trading in Dallas. The company exports straw to South Korea and Japan.

He continues to work in sports, both as a coach in Dallas and Perrydale as well as work as a basketball official for the Oregon School Activities Association while also playing a leadership role in upgrading athletic facilities in the district.

Caroline Gillaspy
Caroline Gillaspy

Caroline Gillapsy

Gillapsy grew up in Aumsville and graduated from Cascade High before making a career out of work in special education.

She joined the staff at Santiam High in 1995 and worked for the district for 26 years, a stint that included children’s theater, summer work, supervising students at dances, concession stand sales, inspiring students to raise money to support Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, coaching the equestrian team. 

Gillapsy also organized Distinguished Scholar Banquets, Hall of Fame banquets and robotics. 

Fourteen of those years, Gillapsy coordinated fundraising for the International Club, which took students abroad, twice to Belize and five times to Europe.

Gillapsy volunteered to organize banquets for the Lions Club, the Chamber of Commerce and the Mike Long Youth Benefit Golf Tournament.

Gillapsy’s previous awards include the Marion White Volunteer Award, the Rod Winn Volunteer Award with the Lions Club, 2015 Classified Staff of the Year, and North Santiam Chamber First Citizen.

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