Rod Anderson is visitors bureau volunteer of the month

Rod Anderson is volunteer of the month at the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau.

LONG BEACH — The Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau honored Rod Anderson as their volunteer of the month.

Anderson was born in Mount Vernon and raised on a dairy farm in Western Skagit County. He graduated from Burlington-Edison High School and went on to Western Washington University where he received a BA in education in 1962.

Anderson began his 33-year teaching career at Ilwaco Elementary in 1962. He taught Washington State history and geography, which later served him well at the Visitors Bureau.

Anderson has volunteered at the Visitors Bureau for more than 18 years. He said he gets much satisfaction out of helping visitors find their way around the Peninsula and the Pacific Northwest. He also keeps busy with other hobbies. Anderson has been the public address announcer for athletic events at Ilwaco High School since 1965. He has volunteered in the past at the Long Beach Elementary school, working one-to-one with students in reading and math. Anderson is a member of Ocean Park Lutheran church; he sings in the choir and serves his turn as a lay reader and usher.

“Rod has lived here for many years and knows many of the residents and local history of our area; this makes him a valuable resource as a volunteer,” the visitors bureau said in a press release.

The Long Beach Peninsula is looking for friendly people to join their team of ambassadors. If you are interested please contact Suze@funbeach.com or call 360-642-2400.

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