Community service and volunteerism by its residents are traits that help keep our community vibrant and appealing. Many of our Peninsula residents observed a prime example of this the evening of June 27. A whirlwind of enthusiasm and creativity named Deb Sterling contributed her talents to supporting one of our many peninsula Not-For-Profit organizations, the Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. Deb took time out from her daily obligations as proprietress of Sterling Concepts and Communications to organize a unique “Speed Dating” social. What’s “speed dating” I wondered when I first heard Deb’s suggestion? Wikipedia soon informed me that this was a modern, organized way of rapidly introducing people to other people with like interests in a facilitated social setting. Deb used her considerable organizational talents and “speed dating” to introduce present and potential members of the Friends organization to opportunities for service to the Refuge. Guests were rather painlessly exposed to the many needs for volunteer service as they circulated around information stations.  

    All too often we enjoy the benefits of our stellar, local residents’ volunteer efforts but neglect to properly say a simple “Thanks!” On behalf of the Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, I’m expressing our special thanks to Deb Sterling for showing us by example how the rest of us ought to be serving.

Clay Nichols

President of the Board

Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge

    The Long Beach Food 4 Kids Backpack Program had another successful year. Once again thanks to the wonderful volunteers of the Long Beach Presbyterian Church and the Long Beach Elks, the many donations of cash and food from our giving community and the generous grants from the church and the Elks. This generosity and hard work make this a viable and sustainable program.

    Due to a family tragedy I was missing for several months and the volunteers stepped up and kept the program going. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Last but certainly not least a big thank you to Marlene Quillin and the Chinook Observer for all that you do to keep this program in the public eye!

Natalie Hanson, Chair

Food 4 Kids Backpack Program

Elks Lodge

    Surfside extends a warm ‘Thank You!!’ to all the businesses and golfers who took part in our 1st Annual Surfside ‘Bucket’ Golf Tournament on June 8 at the Surfside Golf Course.

    The sun shone on all 18 holes for the 68 players who enjoyed a perfect course, a bag lunch, and the final trophy awards and raffle. The winners were: 1st Place Don Sheldon’s ‘Doc’s Aces’ (11 under par); 2nd Place ‘Team Sophie’, sponsored by Walt and Sophia Platt; 3rd Place Long Beach Elks’ ‘Team Hawk.’

    We especially appreciate the generous donations given to us for the Ilwaco High Scholarship Fund, and those who gave merchandise and gift certificates for the raffle prizes. Jessie’s Ilwaco Fish Market, The Dennis Company, Jack’s Country Store, Taft Plumbing, John Williams, The Depot Restaurant, the Gearhart Highlands Golf Club: Thank you all!  We include the Kukulas in our appreciation; they provided a perfect venue, a great lunch, and unflappable service for everyone.  

    Again, our heartfelt thanks!

Sheila Wallace, Co-Chair

Community Relations Committee

Surfside

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