Community Calls for Volunteers

CityClubCity Club seeks not only new members, but also asks for a wee bit more,, they are on the lookout to recruit volunteers for newly forming committees; Logistics and Catering, Marketing and Publicity and, Membership. The idea is to diversify some of the current board’s workload so the board can deepen the club’s efforts.

In a letter to current membership, Board President, Nick Houtman reminds, ““The Corvallis City Club envisions a community that values open and respectful dialogue in which citizens consider diverse points of view. The club creates forums to explore issues facing Corvallis and the mid-Willamette Valley. By connecting citizens, community leaders, and organizations, the club encourages effective problem-solving and citizen engagement.”

One of the selling points here is that City Club offers a civil speaking space for a diversity of critical thinking and opinion. If you are interested in joining City Club, attending a meeting, or joining one of the committees, please contact Nick Houtman at

PrideVolunteersVolunteer to help present this year’s Pride Festival. The festival, tentatively scheduled for late June, is a family-friendly event featuring live music, entertainment, activities, and food booths. Three planning meetings will be held in the Scouts Room of the First United Methodist Church on 1165 NW Monroe Avenue. The meetings are on Wednesday, March 12 at noon and 7 p.m., and Saturday, March 15 at noon. Volunteers are encouraged to consider which of the following areas they’d be interested in: logistics, fundraising, music and entertainment, volunteer organization, vendors, children’s activities, food, collaboration, and public relations. All those who want to celebrate diversity in our community are welcome, both to volunteer and at the event. Visit or email to volunteer or get more info.

OSURoboticsHelp with Oregon State University FIRST Robotics Competition. The district competition will be held on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5 at Gill Coliseum. Volunteers are wanted to help at the event. No technical experience is required, and individuals may help on one or both days of the competition. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) helps students explore math, science, and engineering through an exciting, hands-on environment. Teams of high school students build robots in six weeks under the leadership of adult mentors, then compete at regional events. Twenty-nine teams from Oregon and Washington will compete, including several Corvallis teams. Volunteers may help with pit administration, resetting the competition field after each match, queueing teams, and audio/visual production. Training will be provided on the day of the event. Volunteering at a FIRST competition provides a fun way to help young people pursue their passion for engineering and technology. Register at and be sure to specify the OSU event. For more information, contact Molly Stieber at 262-719-6790 or

by Kyra Young, Bethany Carlson and Rob Goffins

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