Volunteer of Month: Joe Addair

Joe Addair was recognized by the Greater Bandon Association as Bandon’s Volunteer of the Month at the August 5th meeting of Bandon’s City Council. GBA presents this award to one the many outstanding individuals that contribute to making Bandon a better community to live in. Joe was presented the award in form of a plaque and a gift certificate from WinterRiver Books.

Joe brought back VFW Frank C High Medal of Honor Post 3440 back from the brink of closure in 2003. He found the Post to be greatly in debt. He has spent most of his time the last 16 years serving the VFW as Post Quartermaster as a volunteer. With his leadership abilities gained as Chief Master Sargent in the US Air Force and endless dedication to the veterans, the Post today is the largest and best functioning on the southern Oregon coast.

Joe achieved the turnaround by computerizing the Post’s ledgers, working out payment systems with creditors, eliminating non cost-effective events, soliciting volunteer workers and handling all the Post’s payrolls and accounts. He cut expenses by assuming the duties of the canteen manager and personnel. And he has solicited donations and applied for grants for the material and labor to repair Post facilities. His success in bringing the Post back financially was recognized by the state as they asked him to audit the Post in Brookings.

Joe volunteers in so many ways in our community. He ensures the maintenance and upkeep of the VFW cemetery. He helped establish and is a member of Bandon Veteran’s Honor Guard. He maintains flag contracts with City businesses and has hands on in posting flags. He maintains accountability for donations and brick purchases for Bandon Veterans Memorial Wall. He is the point of contact for the emergency supplies stored at the VFW as one of Bandon’s three Disaster Preparedness sites and he helps by being part of the school children’s education in Patriotism.

The Greater Bandon Association will be honoring one of Bandon’s many volunteers that are making a difference in the community each month. Nominations for the September award should be e-mailed to harv@greaterbandon.org or mailed to P.O. Box 161 by close of business on August 30th.

 

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