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Frederick the Dancing CHicken

Our Volunteers are Superheroes!
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To many at FHFG, Frederick is much more than a 30 pound concrete chicken that moves (dances?) from home to home of our volunteers. He represents the appreciation that FHFG has for the hard work and many hours that our volunteers contribute to fulfilling our mission. Since he was first introduced to FHFG in 2015, Frederick has honored over 35 people.

About every 4 weeks, FHFG selects a new ‘temporary’ home for Frederick to recognize the particular efforts of our hardworking volunteers. Often our volunteers dress him up for the season or otherwise give him a personality all their own!

Thank you to our latest Volunteer Superheroe!

Fletch Grylls

May 2020

Fletch was nominated for the Frederick award specifically for mowing the lawn at the AT Smith House — a very big job!

Fletch has been an integral part of FHFG for many years, serving wherever needed as his kind and encouraging self, or as his Mountain Man alter-ego, at various events such as the 2018 Holiday Social where he shared how the mountain men might have celebrated the holidays.

FHFG Thanks You, Fletch Grylls!

Past Superheroes

Jim and Carol Hilsenkopf

March 2020: Jim and Carol have been leaders on the Historic Property Recognition Committee, conducting research on the houses. Additionally, Don Skinner reports, “Jim drove to Salem and loaded two tall file cabinets in his truck by himself and then brought them to the OTS for Carol Taylor to use!” Thanks to these outstanding leaders in our organization and all our wonderful volunteers! Jim and Carol consistently put in more volunteer hours than any other volunteer. Thanks Jim & Carol!

The Glenn Family
Dec 2019 – Jan 2020:  Frederick wintered at the home of Glenn family (Zach, Annie, Eddie) who were instrumental in shopping and preparing the wonderful and beautifully arranged smorgasbord of food for the 2019 Holiday Social. They all were troopers hauling, setting and cleaning up as well.
Kathy Mandis

July 28, 2019: Whenever there is an event at the AT Smith House, someone needs to clean and stage the house such that it has the look and feel of a pioneer home. It takes a lot of work and an understanding of the kinds of items that would be available during the time period.  For that, we want to thank Kathy Mandis!

In recommending Kathy for the Frederick award, Mary Jo Morelli wrote, “She is very knowledgeable and knows what is appropriate, what works and what does not! She understands the concept of historic period for the house.”

Kathy has staged the AT Smith interior several times for different events, and we hope she continues to evoke the AT Smith family and their time period for the people who visit the pioneer home.

Peggy Selfridge Ochoa

June 2019: Peggy has volunteered at the Old Train Station and Museum for some time. She worked on the FHFG library, cataloging items, doing research and helping at the Train Station during events. She helps Train Station Managers, Don and Cheryl Skinner wherever they need her. Cheryl and Peggy are sisters! Frederick was happy to help the Friends of Historic Forest Grove recognize Peggy for her exceptional volunteer service.

Eddie Glenn
Skip Buhler
Bob & Jean Nixon
Rebecca & Rich Vetkos
Cecelia and Ed Chapman
Tom & Janet Meier
Bob and Ruth Holznagel
Carol and Rich Taylor
Roger and Susan Nipp
Melody Haveluck and Steve Knightly
Randi and Greg Johnson
Diane and Jim Morris
Cheri and Lee Tintary
Joyce Sauber
Jo and David Morelli
Beverly Selfridge
Teresa and Jim McGuire
Carol and Herb Drew
Jim and Carol Hilsencopf
Kathy Juvet
Don and Cheryl Skinner
Annie Croissant
Marcus Hazelett
Tom and Ginny Carlson
Barbara Johnston