Our new board member has been very busy!
Roberta Sommer (Master Recycler Class 49), who is leading our Statewide Outreach campaign, has now reported 659 hours. There are only 12 Master Recycler Quincenturions (over 500 hours) as of March 2020.
Many years ago, Roberta started volunteering at an event in St. Johns called “Trash to Treasure.” She checked out materials to offer an information table at an annual event that became a massive swap meet in Portland. With more than a thousand participants in the last event, Trash to Treasure decided it was too big to be sustainable. They shared their model of how to organize the event and then disbanded.
Roberta took this experience home with her to the Westside of Washington County. She and fellow Westside Master Recyclers started an event of their own.
PlanetCon has had great success over the past few years. They get over 800 participants and have offered a Repair Fair, Swap, information hall, sustainability presentations and plastics recycling.
Roberta has also offered many other educational opportunities on the 3 R’s throughout the years. Roberta your thoughtful, methodical and detailed approach is making real community change.
RA is lucky to have her involved with our organization! Congratulate her if you see her!
Thanks to the Master Recycler program for this article.