The first ever Brookings City Volunteers and Employees Appreciation Picnic was a huge success, with beautiful weather, plenty of good food and a couple of heart-warming surprises.

Some 250 people attended the picnic Saturday afternoon in Azalea Park.

Members of the city council took the bandshell stage at 2 p.m. to honor the many volunteers who have donated their time and energy to the city of Brookings.

In the last fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, we had at least 362 people donate an estimated 17,822 hours to 32 city sponsored or related volunteer committees and projects, Mayor Bob Hagbom said.

At the rate of $10 per hour this means you volunteers donated over $178,220 in time to this city, he continued. Good job guys and gals, and on behalf of everyone who lives, works and visits here thank you!

The mayor and the city councilors called out the names of the many groups involved, with the hours of volunteer time they had donated.

Finally, Hagbom introduced Pete Smart of Curry Transfer and Recycling as Volunteer of the Year 1999-2000.

Pete and CTR, through the Community Pride Partnership Committee have donated thousands of dollars in free services to the community, Hagbom said.

Twice a year, for the past six years, CTR has been the most important player in the Spring and Fall community clean-ups.

CTR has had free yard debris pickup at curbside, free wood debris and metals collection and reduced prices for taking abandoned automobiles.

I am very pleased and proud to name Pete Smart as the city of Brookings volunteer of the year.

Smart was visibly moved by the honor.

Then Council President Larry Curry stepped to the microphone to name Hagbom co-volunteer of the year.

You all know how involved Bob was in helping get the golf course here working with the Claverans, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Division of State Lands, Oregon Water Resources, the Army Corps of Engineers, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and probably some other agencies Ive forgotten, Curry said.

You all know Bob was on three League of Oregon Cities committees and ended up one of 12 statewide representatives on the leagues board of directors;

You all know Bob has been very active with the Elks Lodge, with Chetco Senior Center, with Curry Governments, with our Community Agencies group, the Chetco River Watershed Council, the Southwestern Area Commission on Transportation, and others;

You all Know Bob was appointed to the council in January of 1993, elected to the council for January of 1995 and 1999, and appointed mayor when Nancy Brendlinger resigned April 26, 1999;

You all know all of that and now you all know Bob has been recognized by his peers the city council as our second volunteer of the year for 2000.

Congratulations Bob! Curry said.