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Pieces of the future
A tenacious tribe of volunteers plays a vital role in Reedsport’s success
By Christina Williams
The stretch of Highway 101 between Florence and Coos Bay skims behind the dunes into the trees, limiting the breathtaking views that characterize the coastal road. At Gardiner, 101 snakes down a hill and the view opens up to the right, dominated by the abandoned International Paper mill and the swollen Umpqua River flowing into Winchester Bay.
“This community needs to coalesce around a set of priorities,” Vander Kley says. “This area is formidable when we all get together. But we tend to deal with the priority that comes up and get led down a path that may not benefit everyone.”
Even if priorities are still disparate, there’s a real sense in Reedsport that change is welcome. Even at Reedsport City Hall, there’s a new face in the city manager’s office —Rick Hohnbaum, who started the job in October.
“There’s a desire to change our economic base here, to make things better,” Hohnbaum says. “There’s a lot of consensus building in the community.”
Hohnbaum, who has registered for the second leadership training class being offered by Ford this spring, is under no illusion that the city could be effective without the volunteers who are putting in effort on various projects around town. He sees the city’s role as one of convener, bringing together the various volunteer groups to the table to plot a plan for the city. “It’s going to take all of them,” he says.
Reedsport’s volunteer corps travels with diverse ideas about what the town needs and putting them into action is what leadership is about.
Twinkie Goorhuis sought support from her neighbors but drove the skate park initiative almost on her own, from collecting cans to soliciting grants. Still, while her initial motive may have been selfish — building a place where her son could skate — the project took on more of a community mission as it progressed, from making the park a usable place to grooming the next generation.
She greets a sweatshirted, baggy-jeaned boy as he arrives at the park, skateboard under his arm. “If you get to know these kids, their creativity is amazing,” she says. “They’re not the ones who are going to play team sports. But if you channel these kids in the right direction, they’re the ones who are going to invent things and start companies.”
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