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February Volunteer of the Month: Chenoweth is Everywhere in Town

The Times of Brownsville, Oregon

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Chenoweth Robertson is, perhaps, the champion of volunteers in Brownsville. She can be found volunteering her time at the Linn County Historical Museum and Moyer House, Sharing Hands, the Brownsville Library, and a donor and Board member of the Board of the Brownsville Community Foundation. To be more specific, she volunteers two Saturdays each month at Sharing Hands, the first and third Saturdays. She spends a couple of hours on Wednesdays, each week, at the Brownsville Library assisting library patrons and helping Librarian Sherri Lemhouse. She works at the Linn County Historic Museum on Friday, from 11 am to 4 pm, doing whatever is required. She takes people on tours of either the museum or the Moyer House, works in the back on archives, or greeting patrons. If has been known to wear an 1890 s dress to take people on tours of the Moyer House. She is often called during the week to take special tours of school children or adult tour groups. She is flexible and helpful, and almost always available when a volunteer is needed. She readily agreed to serve on the Board of the Brownsville Community Foundation and gives her time and resources to that local service funding non-profit organization.

Chenoweth really enjoys living in Brownsville. "It is just the right size for me," she relates, adding, people are friendly here." She moved here in 1976 when she visited her brother, Robbie, who was partnering at the time with Joe DeZurney in running an antique store out of the Howe Building. She had wanted to leave the San Joaquin Valley where she had grown up, attended school and worked. Her home town was Madera, California. She graduated from the University of California at Davis in history and then went to work as a social worker for the Fresno County Welfare Department in Fresno, where she stayed for 9 years.

On a visit to her brother she decided this was the time to move to Oregon and she made the move. She took a couple of years off from working, but then returned to work at Doorcraft, a now closed business in Harrisburg. After 2 years there she took a job as secretary at International Seed and worked there for 23 years, until she was laid off along with most of the office crew, when the company was purchased by DLF. She was then employed three days a week at the Linn County Historical Museum until retiring. That allowed her to expand her volunteer hours to its current very demanding level.

She enjoys walking and can been seen walking all over town to her various work sites, including up the hill on Amelia Street to Studio 709, a demanding climb. She also makes a point to climbing up Washburn Heights four times a year, just for the fun of it. She uses that walk skill while hiking on Forest Service treks.

Chenoweth also enjoys traveling and has visited many states in the USA and is beginning to add foreign countries to here travel destinations. She has been to Mexico, France, England, Ireland and Scotland, and has a trip planned to Scotiand and Denmark in May. She, Dot Marsh and Joni Nelson took a rail trip through the Canadian Rockies recently and enjoyed that greatly.

Being an avid reader makes volunteering at the library a reasonable activity. She reads history and enjoys fictional books also. She is unencumbered with husband and children, but does keep two cats, Houdini and Toots, for company at home.

Chenoweth Robertson is the Volunteer for February of 2015. Her volunteer fist is impressive and we are looking for someone who can challenge her hours of community volunteer work. We thank Chenoweth for her dedication to our Brownsville community.

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Original Publication Date: February 25, 2015

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