A busy agenda
Defining the purpose
Cooperate with the federal government to help organize and direct human, industrial, and material resources efficiently and effectively to win the war.
Promote a patriotic spirit and educate Oregonians about the magnitude of the war effort.
Aid in recruiting for the Army and Navy, including the military draft.
Encourage increased production and decreased use of food and materials vital to the war effort.
Beginning to make a difference
The council convened 74 meetings as part of a patriotic campaign that brought "the message of the trenches" to nearly 100,000 Oregonians around the state. Three experienced British officers lectured to citizens who, for the most part, had not heard such stirring first hand accounts from the front lines of battle.
The council strictly controlled the solicitation of funds in Oregon. Only charities and drives approved by the council's coordination committee could legally solicit money. This was one way to try to limit the inevitable "flim flam" men who would attempt to collect money for phony charities, even while the country was at war. While the list of approved charities changed over time, mainstays included the Red Cross and United War Work Campaign. The council also assumed control of how money from various Oregon war collections would be apportioned or shared among the counties.
The council coordinated activities with a impressive array of federal, state, and local governments; civic, religious, and cultural associations; and numerous other organizations. Some of the major groups included the Young Men's Christian Association, the Young Women's Christian Association, Knights of Columbus, and the Salvation Army. But the council worked with many other entities as well. For example, just some of the associated women's groups included: