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Volunteer honored as Woman of the Year
Annual Barn Bash fundraiser seeks volunteers
Its time once again to dust off your cowboy hats and boots for the eighth Rossi Farms Barn Bash, a western style fundraiser that benefits the Parkrose Youth Activities Fund. Organizers are looking to recruit new volunteers to augment the regular network of energetic folks who help out at this event each year. Shifts are short; usually a couple of hours, duties are varied. You can sign up to serve food, serve beverages, or help clean up.
Remember, if you choose to help out, you automatically become part of the fun. Enjoy the barbeque chicken dinner, watch as a live Wild West show unfolds, and dance the night away to live country music.
The Rossi Farms Barn Bash will be held on Saturday, July 9. This is a 21 and over event. The party starts a 6 p.m. and rolls on until midnight.
Call Leann Rowlett at 503-253-5571 to learn about all the volunteer options and to sign up.
Health care champion touted as hero
Portland Adventist Community Services Nanette Ringering recently received the Josiah Hill Public Health Heroes Award from Multnomah County in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the community in the area of public health. PACS, located at 11020 N.E. Halsey St., is a social service agency that provides emergency food and medical care for low-income individuals and families.
Ringering has worked tirelessly in the PACS Family Health Center for five years. She came as a volunteer and for the past three years has been coordinator of the clinic. Under her guidance the clinic has expanded its programs to take in over 1,000 more patients annually than when she began. She supports and promotes public health efforts of free clinics by serving as Vice-Chair of the Multnomah County of Community Health Clinics, being on the board of Head Start and advocating at the state level in Salem for those in our community who cannot speak for themselves. Ringering works continually to recruit more volunteer doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses and other health care workers to support her in this work. She also works closely with Apollo College and Walla Walla College School of Nursing to train medical assistants and student nurses. Ringering has been a driving force in the agency and in the community to keep health care accessible through the PACS Family Health Center for those who do not have access to health insurance.
Ringering feels deeply about her patients. She not only advocates for them, but cares for them personally. She often visits their homes, providing food, washing clothes, and doing shopping and other errands if she discerns a real need. She has mobilized her volunteers into a strong force who work together to bring about healing. Ringering has a real passion for her work, and for being a part of the bigger picture.
MHCC vocal jazz ensemble receives national recognition
Downbeat Magazine has honored the Mt. Hood Community College vocal jazz ensemble known as Genesis with a prestigious db award, recognizing the group for its outstanding talent. Led by Music Instructor Dave Barduhn, Genesis will receive mention in the June issue of the magazine.
In addition to the db award, Genesis recent album has also been selected to be included in the International Association for Jazz Educations yearly Top Campus CDs list. The IAJE list is generally composed of albums featuring instrumental jazz; for a vocal group to have been selected is a rare and tremendous honor.
For more information about Genesis please contact Dave Barduhn at 503-491-6970.
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