|View of the Umpqua Jetty|
We're in Reedsport, home to the Dunes Family Medicine Clinic and Dr. Robert Law, our gracious host. We're spending three days here and blanketing the community with presentations to seven different community groups! We've already spoken to the local Toastmasters (and yes, we got evaluated just like all of their normal speakers), the Lower Umpqua Economic Development Forum, the weekly hospital MedStaff meeting, and the Hospital Foundation meeting. Tonight we present to the Lions Club, and tomorrow we'll be speaking to the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce.
The presentations have gone well, especially thanks to the Toastmasters for their critiques and suggestions. But what I'd really like to talk about is the inspiring experience of this community. The Reedsport I've gotten to know over the last two days is an incredibly kind and service oriented town. It seems like every person we meet here not only holds down a day job, but has a second volunteer position in the school, at the hospital, or elsewhere. As Dr. Law puts it, everyone in this town wears multiple hats. Reedsport, to us, seems to be an example of a community that works because people are invested in it, invested in making it work, and in changing to keep up with changing social and economic climates. Reedsport is undergoing a massive demographic shift as the mills have closed and logging has dried up. And yet, although the economic climate has gotten worse, people are dedicated to living here and maintaining the lifestyle they love so much.
|Presenting to the Coast Toasties|
|Inside the Umpqua Lighthouse|
And I would be remiss not to mention Dr. Robbie Law himself. He's been in this community for 20 years, still maintains a busy clinic, call schedule and ER coverage. And yet he finds that time to volunteer in the schools, participate in multiple boards throughout town, host 3rd year medical students, and put together all the logistical work for our visit. In a lot of ways I think Dr. Law is perfect for this community -- committed to service and committed to keeping Reedsport an ideal place to raise kids and call home.