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City Council celebrates Tualatin by recognizing volunteers

Eagle Scout Gilbert Bailey and super-volunteer Dorothy Howard are among those being honored

TUALATIN - A Boy Scout who donated more hours than any Scout in the history of the city and a woman who contributed 8,800 hours over 20 years are among the Tualatin volunteers to be honored by the city as guests at the Celebrate Tualatin dinner.

In 2006, Gilbert Bailey completed a memorial rose garden as part of his Eagle Scout project. He volunteered 160 hours to the project - four times the usual amount a Scout donates for projects, according to the city.

Dorothy Howard died March 13. Since 1986, the city calculated that Howard donated 8,800 hours of volunteer time to the city. Her feat was one that Howard never allowed the city to acknowledge while she was alive.

'She didn't want the recognition,' noted Debra Senger, the city's program coordinator.

But the council agreed Monday night to honor Howard posthumously. Howard's daughter and a long list of other Tualatin volunteers will be invited to attend the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce's Celebrate Tualatin dinner at the Tualatin Country Club April 18.

At the dinner, the city will announce the Tualatin Volunteer of the Year.

Among the city's guests are members of the Tualatin Friends of the Library, the TEAM Tualatin and the Youth Advisory Committee.

The city also is inviting another Eagle Scout, Ammon Veil, who restored a stream bank along Hedges Creek near Ibach Park for his Eagle Scout project.

Frank Bubenik, committee chairman for the Tualatin Tomorrow visioning project, was also selected as one of the city's top 20 volunteers for 2006.

Other top volunteers to be invited to the dinner are Jill Ross, Helen Cain, Margie Hamilton, the Houlberg family, George and Ouida Packard, Keith and Marianne Mann, Trish Mortinsen and Dave Volz.