The Greater Bandon Association has named the April recipient of its Volunteer of the Month award. Anne Sobbota becomes the sixth winner of the new award. He was presented the award in the form of a plaque and a gift certificate donated by Bandon Mercantile at the April 11 meeting of Bandon’s City Council.
Anne Sobbota has been a volunteer for our community since she and her husband moved to Bandon. She has served on numerous committees and boards, including the Bandon Youth Center and was the founder of our Main Street program which later became the Greater Bandon Association. In 2007 she spearheaded with her time and personal financial commitments our Main Street Application. She became Main Street’s coordinator when Bandon became a transforming Main Street town in 2009. That same year, she was part of a small group that traveled to Riddle, Oregon to meet with their Main Street committee members to assist us in moving forward. Later, she attended the State Main Street Conference, paying with her own funds.
She created and implemented “A Stroll down Main Street’ in the fall of 2009 to celebrate how far we had come and to thank supporters, along with letting the community know of our work, thus far. Invitations, postage, delivery and publicity materials were paid for by Anne and SAGE Gallery. That year she continued to inform the community and draw in support by speaking to numerous civic organizations. From December 2009 to February 2010, she spearheaded and organized 8 planning meetings that were held at the Barn. She also met numerous times with residents and business people, including the City, the Chamber, the Port- all to determine current needs and direction for the Main Street program and avoid overlap with other Bandon organizations.
At this time, Anne was also remodeling the current Sage Place and needed to step back, asking Harv Schubothe to be a co-coordinator. She continued her work as co-coordinator through 2010, attending weekly meetings with committee members, all while overseeing her personal remodeling project for her business. Finally, the remodeling project became so time consuming that she had to step back from the Main Street co-coordinator position.
If Anne had not had the passion to move this organization forward, and felt strongly that we as citizens of Bandon could benefit from the programs the State Main Street program offered, we would not have the Greater Bandon Association today.