Celebration a success
On behalf of the board of directors of Rogue River Watershed Council, I would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s “Celebrate the Rogue!” fundraiser Oct. 20.
The event was more fun, entertaining and successful because of the foot-stomping bluegrass of Eight Dollar Mountain, a repeat performance by Seattle’s opera-singing fisheries biologist Gino Lucchetti, and the generous support of our event sponsors — Cascade Stream Solutions, Full Circle Real Estate, Huyke O’Connor Jarvis, LLP, Jacobson Thierolf & Dickey, PC, L&S Rock Products, M&M Services, LLC, Medford Water Commission, Neilson Research Corporation, Plant Oregon, Pronto Print, River Design Group, RH2 Engineering, and Watchable Wildlife Foundation.
The enthusiastic support we received from our sponsors, donors, auction participants and event attendees is a tribute to the important work Rogue River Watershed Council is doing to improve water quality, restore stream habitat, and engage local citizens and businesses on watershed health issues in Josephine and Jackson counties!
Bob C. Jones, board chairman and Brian R. Barr, executive director
Thanks, Vets for Peace
It was a wonderful tribute by the Rogue Valley Veterans for Peace to honor area returned Peace Corps volunteers, RPCVs. We RPCVs were ambassadors to our host countries, mostly villages, that had invited us to help in their development. But perhaps the real contribution is that many RPCVs dedicated their entire lives to fighting for social justice, better education, protection of the environment and serving in international agencies.
In my life field of community and tribal health centers, many of the leaders of the community health movement were RPCVs: California, New York, Washington State, Rhode Island, Idaho, Maine and Massachusetts of states I know of. All the large community health centers of California’s Central Valley, Bakersfield to Eureka were developed and administered by RPCVs.
Many RPCVs have been elected to Congress, and many lead nonprofit organizations across the country and internationally.
For many RPCVs the two years of their volunteer service and local contribution were the first steps in a life of community service. It’s the long-haul work that brings sustained positive change, service that started with the Peace Corps. Thank you, Rogue Valley Veterans for Peace, for your recognition, and thank you as well for your military service.
Ward (Andy) Anderson