Chivalry is not dead in Lake Oswego.
For one thing, the Knights of Veritas will present an interactive educational demonstration of medieval arms, armor, combat, knighthood and chivalry on Friday, June 29 at 12 noon in Rossman Park at 555 Fourth Street. Sponsored by the Lake Oswego Public Library, the Knights of Veritas aim to provide an accurate picture of this piece of medieval history, including the Code of Chivalry any knight worth his armor would live by.
Looking over the Knights’ checklist of virtues, I’d have to say Lake Oswego has most of them covered.
- COURAGE to stand up for what they feel is right. Ever been to a City Council, School Board, Planning Commission meeting on a controversial topic? I rest my case.
- COURTESY. Just park yourself at the four-way stop at the corner of Jean Road and Pilkington. Lake Oswegans, like most Oregonians, don’t know the rule that when two cars arrive at the same time at a stop sign, you yield to the car on the right. Instead, it’s a politeness-duel-to-the-finish…no swords required.
- PROWESS. You’ll find prowess in many areas but Lake Oswegans especially like to boast about their schools. All the schools in the Lake Oswego School District have received the Oregon Department of Education’s highest rating for the last five consecutive years.
- JUSTICE. You can sleep soundly here knowing justice is being done. Look no further than the Lake Oswego Review Police Blotter for proof as police reports are filed on such things as discarded phone books piling up at a Lake Oswego home and extra traffic enforcement being called in to handle the pileup at a local Starbucks drive-thru.
- FAITH. The number of active service clubs in Lake Oswego speaks to the fact that many Lake Oswegans have not just faith in their ideals but are also willing to put that faith into action. From the Lions Club who fire up their griddles for the 4th of July Pancake Breakfast to the Lake Oswego Women’s Club who host The Lake Run, good deeds result in funds raised for worthy causes.
- LOYALTY. Been to a football game recently between our two rival high schools? Lakers and Pacers are loyal to their schools. Enough said.
- GENEROSITY. While Lake Oswego is sometimes dissed for the wealth its residents are presumed to have, it is also a community that reaches out. Recently a friend’s family suffered a medical crisis. My wife set up an online volunteer network to deliver meals and within a week, their dinners were covered for the next two months. Our friend’s sister was visiting and was so struck by people’s generosity she exclaimed, “Who does that? Why can’t I live here?”
- HONOR. Honor is recognized in Lake Oswego on many levels. Merit awards are given to deserving high school graduates at the end of each academic year. The Chamber of Commerce recognizes the Community Leader of the Year at its annual dinner (a distinction I was once honored to receive). The Chamber also sponsors a Leadership Lake Oswego program with the intent of developing civic-minded individuals who will lead by example and help shape the City’s future.
- HUMILITY. Okay, here’s one area Lake Oswegans may have to work on…but then again, when you live in Lake Oswego, there’s lots to boast about.