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Organizers Thank Hydro Volunteers

Ask Lee Proctor how many volunteers turned out to help with the races and she'll tell you “not enough.” Proctor organized the volunteer efforts at the Coeur d'Alene Diamond Cup Race. She got started a little more than two months ago. “We will need more for sure,” she said, Thursday. “If you count everyone involved - really we are all volunteers - we had about 300, or somewhere between 250 and 300.” Not all of them showed up, but things went well anyway, she said. Organizers of the Coeur d'Alene Diamond Cup held an appreciation party Thursday night for all the volunteers who turned out to make the race a success/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Gabe Green's Press photo: President of Diamond Cup Racing, Doug Miller, thanks volunteers of last weekend's hydroplane races Thursday)

Question: Would you like to be a volunteer for the 2014 Diamond Cup hydroplane races?

Bay Views: Hydro Volunteers Needed

Here's your chance to get involved with the race this fall. We need volunteers for various duties, including answering the phone at our new office in Riverstone. Meet and mingle with the race organizers and participants and just an important part of getting the race done. The money is arranged, now we need people to help out. We have just 60 days to get everything done and not enough help with all of the details that have to be addressed. Don't just watch the race, be a part of it. Just get on your computer, go to: www.diamondcuprace.com/Herb Huseland, Bay Views. More here.

Question: Which major Coeur d'Alene summer event have you volunteered for in the past?

Trails group recruiting volunteers for summer trail projects

OUTDO – The Washington Trails Association is recruiting volunteers for an ambitious lineup of trail-building and maintenance projects in far Eastern Washington this season.

Every year as the budgets for parks and forests dwindle, volunteers become more important, said Jane Baker, local WTA trail crew leader in Spokane.

 The work parties range for day-jobs at the Rocks of Sharon to multi-day trips in the Salmo-Priest Wilderness that combine backpacking with trail clearing.

WTA is a third of the way to meeting the 2,000-hours of work at Liberty Lake County Park the group pledged in order to get a state grant.  The first of several work parties planned at Liberty Lake is set for March 16, followed by work in April, May, June and July.

Other project areas include the  Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge, Dishman Hills, Mount Spokane and Sullivan Lake.

Sign up online.

Info: (206_ 625-1367.

Spyglass Lookout gets TLC from Lutherhaven volunteers

FIRE LOOKOUTS - Volunteers are refurbishing a national forest lookout ravaged by age, weather and vandalism on Spyglass Peak in the upper reaches of the North Fork Coeur d'Alene River.

The Idaho Panhandle National Forests have partnered with Lutherhaven Ministries and the Forest Fire Lookout Association to renovate three historic structures, including Spyglass lookout tower, a groundhouse where workers who staffed the lookout lived when the lookout was operational, and an outhouse.

The structures have been vacant for more than 20 years.

Lutherhaven offered assistance with grant funding applications and a youthful labor force of volunteers from Shoshone Base Camp. Additional volunteers and expertise have come from the Forest Fire Lookout Association and local Forest Service employees.

Through Lutherhaven’s efforts two major regional grants were awarded totaling more than $25,000, the Forest Service officials said. Additional funding was granted by the Forest Fire Lookout Association and combined with funding from the Forest Service, which enabled the groups to begin work on the site this year.

Lutherhaven Ministries owns Shoshone Base Camp, a Christian youth camp which operates Idaho Servant Adventures, a program that brings youth from around the country to North Idaho for public service projects.

Steve Matz, retired Forest Service archeologoist, is coordinating the multi-year project with the goal of incorporating the site into the forest’s recreational cabin rental program, which generates funding for maintenance on-site.

Info: Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District’s Fernan office at (208) 664-2318.

Volunteers needed for Sheep Creek Campground project

CAMPING — The Washington Department of Natural Resources and the town of Northport are co-hosting a volunteer work party on Saturday, (Oct. 15)  9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Sheep Creek Campground near Northport. 

Two years ago, the town of Northport took over managing the campground for DNR. This successful partnership has allowed the campground to remain open during tight economic times and provide recreation access for the public.

The day’s work activities will include installing and upgrading picnic tables, installing an ADA-accessible barbecue, cleaning the viewing deck, maintenance work on fire pits and the group shelter, painting signs and outhouses and disposing of brush.

Volunteers can earn vouchers toward a complimentary Discover Pass.

Contact Lon Emmett, DNR, 509-684-7474, lon.emmett@dnr.wa.gov or Northport Mayor Mike Lamb, 509-732-4450, northprt@theofficenet.com.

Clerk Reveals Registration Volunteers

re: MikeK queries county clerk about voter registration “volunteers”/Hucks Online

In an email to Coeur d'Alene Councilman Mike Kennedy that Huckleberries Online received moments ago,  Deputy County Clerk Pat Raffee revealed the names of volunteers who culled voter registration rolls looking for unqualified voters: “Hello again Councilman.  The volunteers were Collin Coles, Jodi Hissong, Chris Pappas and DeDe Tondee.  You may know these people; all but one are former appointed public servants.  Their unpaid work at County Elections was for a few hours on June 2.  Their process included examining addresses for voters registered on what are notable commercial streets, such as Ironwood Drive, Sherman Avenue, Government Way, Seltice Way, 4th Street, Mullan Drive, Aqua Drive, Railroad Avenue, Highway 41, etc.   The volunteers examined some County Assessor records to verify a residence through a homeowners’ exemption at that address, or County GIS Mapping information to determine via photographs that a residence was on site. Full email here. (Photos: Mike Kennedy, left, and County Clerk Cliff Hayes)

Question: Any problems with volunteers?

Funeral today for senior SPD volunteer

Members of the law enforcement community will say goodbye to one of its own today.

Senior volunteer Eugene “Gene” LaLiberte, 91, will be remembered at a ceremony 11 a.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, 508 N. Government Way.

At his request, he will be laid to rest wearing his volunteer uniform. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to the Spokane Law Enforcement Museum.

Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick said LaLiberte “will always have a place of honor” in the department.

“Gene was a pillar of volunteerism,” she said in a prepared statement. “He is irreplaceable and will be truly missed.”

Read my story here.

In addition to volunteering with SPD and other activities, LaLiberte dressed as Santa Claus at Spokane International Airport each Christmas Eve for more than 30 years.

He was featured in this Christmas Day article in 2006.

High Noon: Road To Cancer Recovery

Martha Zito knows what it’s like to feel overwhelmed. When her mother was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2008, Zito became her caregiver. “I had to make all the appointments and take care of the details – the paperwork,” said Zito. “I was so busy, I felt like I didn’t have time to just love her.” Her mother died within a few months of the diagnosis. That experience left Zito longing to help others who were in a similar situation. When she heard about the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program, she immediately volunteered to help. Road to Recovery provides transportation to and from treatment for cancer patients who don’t have a ride or are unable to drive themselves/Cindy Hval, Washington Voices. More here.

Question: Do you volunteer anywhere?

AmyY: Volunteers Don’t Cut It

AmyY (re: “Political Game: The least able”): I have a child with a developmental disability and I spend every waking (and sleeping) moment trying to figure out how to support him in the most appropriate way. My days are filled with managing therapeutic care, education plans, medical care, recreational opportunities, managing breakdowns and behaviors, providing “learning opportunities”, researching, implementing, observing, documenting and analyzing everything. Oh - and let's not forget about the thoughts about what will happen to him when I die. Now I'm supposed to manage a cadre of community volunteers to assist me and my child? Volunteers who are not trained or experienced and who may in fact do more harm than good? Full post below.

Question: You still believe that having volunteers from families, friends, and church make up the difference in services provided by the cash-strapped state is a good idea?

Fig Tree needs volunteers asap

Wednesday Dec. 1 is the Fig Tree’s delivery and mailing day. We need some additional volunteers to help deliver bulk orders and to help with a larger than usual mailing. We’ll be at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 24th and Grand, from 9 a.m. to noon or as long as it takes to do the mailing.
Give me a call if you’d like to help then or regularly each month at 509-535-1813.

Via e-mail from Fig Tree editor Mary Stamp

Volunteers To Fill Medicaid Fund Gap?

Looking ahead, Idaho’s facing a projected state fund shortfall for Medicaid in fiscal year 2012 of $171.6 million. That’s a huge hole, and Armstrong said it’ll likely mean cutting services. Children are protected, so “we would have to focus on adult services – that’s where we’d have to go. We would have to eliminate major categories of service.” Armstrong said “every state in the nation” is looking at the same “Draconian” type of cuts. One suggestion he offered to cope with the crisis: Back in the ‘50s and ‘60s, there was much more use of volunteers in providing services to the disabled and others. Idaho could “see if there could be a resurgence of voluntary assistance, specifically around keeping adults stable in the home environment,” Armstrong said/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Can volunteers be expected to provide services to disable and others, if Idaho cuts back to much on Medicaid funding?

Volunteers Made Ironman CdA Go

When athletes would run by an aid station during Sunday’s Ironman Coeur d’Alene and ask for water, Gatorade, a cold sponge or bananas, they got it. When they needed sunscreen, someone put it on for them. When they needed encouragement, they heard it. When they needed to be held up after finishing, they were. Say thanks to the volunteers of Ironman, all 3,600 of them. “From the beginning at the time you dropped your clothes off to the time they were putting a wrap around your shoulders to stay warm at the end, there was not a step missed,” said Jim Smith of Hayden, who completed the daylong race in 13 hours, 28 minutes/Bill Buley, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

Question: Were you an Ironman Coeur d’Alene volunteer? Tell us about your experience.

HBO Poll: ‘Coach Pete’ Pay Too High

  • Tuesday Poll: 81 of 138 respondents (59%) said that the pay of $8M over 5 years for Boise State football coach Chris Petersen is too high in these tight economic times. 81 of 138 (38%) said it was a proper amount for someone w/Petersen’s record.
  • Jorgenson-Vick Poll: 75 of 104 respondents (72%) said state Sen. Mike Jorgenson is either being a baby (51, 49%) or boosting challenger Steve Vick’s profile (24, 23%) by fighting to keep him off the ballot. 24 of 104 respondents (23%) said Jorgenson is just following the law (12, 12%) or they wouldn’t vote for Vick because he’s supported by legislators Phil Hart and Jim Clark.
  • Volunteer Poll: 68 of 96 respondents (71%) said they spend more than 54 hours (the average amount in Idaho) doing volunteer work. 19 of 96 (20%) said they spend less than 54 hours volunteering. And 9 of 54 (9%) said they don’t volunteer at all.
  • Today’s Question: Who do you support to win the GOPrimary nomination in the Senate District 3 race — Mike Jorgenson or Steve Vick?

KMC Volunteers are Brightest Stars

“A volunteer services group at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene has been awarded top honors in Idaho’s annual Brightest Stars awards, which honor volunteers across the state.

Kootenai Health’s Volunteer Services was lauded as “one of the strongest volunteer programs in the Northwest.” The organization includes teens, volunteer nurses, retirees, former patients, child safety experts and pet therapists.” More here: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/nov/12/in-brief-kmc-volunteers-are-brightest-stars/

Sparky: Why Volunteer?

I have been volunteering since I was a child. My parents believed it was our civic responsibility. I see a need and I take action. I have been the grunt, the sergeant, and the general. However, most of my time donated now is spent in leadership roles and I really miss those days in which I showed up and just served coffee or stuffed envelopes or walked a dog or delivered lunch or etc. It is my job to thank and inspire volunteers for showing up. However, I don’t receive a simple thank yous for a task or job well done. Trust me, it is brought to my attention when I stumble or don’t read minds but a thank you has not come my way in months now/Sparky’s Notes. More here.

Question: Do you volunteer much? Are you the general? Or one of the foot soldiers?