Honoring our Volunteers – THE COUNTY SCENE by Susan Morgan

Each year, many of Douglas County’s communities take time to honor the citizens that make a difference.

From Reedsport to Glide, and from Drain to Canyonville, it is heartwarming and energizing to meet and share the opportunity to honor those who help make Douglas County a great place to raise a family, retire, volunteer, be in business, and serve the community.

Common threads run through each of these celebrations. First Citizen Banquets focus on the good things that are happening, and there are lots of good things to focus on.

I have met very talented, hardworking and bright young people who were awarded scholarships that will help them move toward their educational and career goals. I have been overwhelmed when listening to the history of contributions of those men and
women that have been honored for a lifetime of achievement. Year after year, this group has rolled up their sleeves and kept working at all the things that we take for granted: services to the vulnerable, elderly and very young; community beautification; local
governance and business development, just to name a few.

In your community, those chosen to be honored will be familiar folks to you. Chances are you will have crossed paths and worked with them, or heard something about their activities over the years. The list of personal accomplishments and the time invested in our communities will remind you that giving back and paying forward are strong ethics in Douglas County.

If you are new to the county, or if you have a hankering to do more for your community, please know that each of these remarkable people started out just where you are. Then they got involved.

No matter where you live in the Hundred Valleys of the Umpqua, there are men and women who take time to volunteer and make a difference in their community. From the Camas Valley quilters who support their volunteer fire department, to the South Umpqua
Historical Society and their amazing museum, to the Yoncalla Rodeo Committee and their vision to invigorate their city, opportunities to step forward abound.

The strength and spirit of our communities is a testament to the great people that live in Douglas County. My sincere thanks to all those honored this year for your commitment, your energy, and for sharing your wisdom.

Susan always welcomes your questions or comments. Please contact her by email at morgan@co.douglas.or.us; by mail at Douglas County Courthouse, Room 217, 1036 SE Douglas, Roseburg, 97470; or by phone at 440-4201.

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