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Plumas Rural Services elects new officers

Feather River Bulletin of Quincy, California

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With construction complete, the Plumas Rural Services board of directors met in its new conference room, Oct. 27, to elect officers.

Executive Director Michelle Piller welcomed staff and directors to the new room and described improvements that still needed to be completed as funds became available.

But even without a countertop, sink, phone or video projection system, the new slate of officers worked through an agenda that included a 50 cent pay increase for all employees and a discussion about how to best market the nonprofit and its services.

The officers elected were Patty Clawson, president; Kent Barrett, vice president; and Colleen McKeown, secretary-treasurer. The fourth board member of a seven-member board, Frank Carey, was also present. The board needs to fill three director positions.

"I serve on a lot of boards," Clawson said, "but what attracted me to Plumas Rural Services was all of its programs. Every board has a purpose, but this one really changes lives."

A tour of the women's shelter dramatically impacted Clawson's decision to serve on the board. The fact that it is a local haven and that the occupants have a chance to get their lives back on track impressed her.

"I attended one of their events and you hear their stories,..." Clawson said.

She also singled out the ALIVE program and its work with the developmentally disabled.

Pay increase

Clawson joined her fellow board members in approving a 50-cent per hour wage increase for all of the nonprofit's employees.

Executive Director Piller said she was making the request in advance of the minimum wage rising to $10 on Jan. 1. "There are some positions that will be very close to minimum wage, and shouldn't be based upon responsibilities, with this change in January," Piller wrote in her backup material.

Piller told the directors that although the wages aren't very high at Plumas Rural Services, the nonprofit has enjoyed low turnover because it's a "family-oriented" place to work and it provides "good benefits."


Plumas Rural Services is having an identity crisis — its name does not tell its story.

Piller attended a recent event where participants learned the value of branding and marketing and received a several-page list of recommendations.

Piller said that people are still unfamiliar with what the nonprofit provides, and that even using Plumas is a misnomer, since the organization services other counties as well.

Cemetery upkeep

The board voted to apply for a $1,500 grant from the Common Good Foundation to help maintain the Chinese Cemetery located adjacent to the nonprofit's buildings atop Cemetery Hill on Highway 70.

"We adopted it when we moved here," Piller said of the cemetery.

"Every board has a purpose but this one really changes lives."

Patty Clawson President

Plumas Rural Services Board of Directors

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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