-  Sandy resident devotes time to Kiwanis and Historical Society

Although not originally from Sandy, Nancy Hoffman, current Kiwanis Club of Sandy president and board member of the Sandy Historical Society, has made her mark on the community.

“She’s such an asset here,” said Nancy Spencer, who works with Hoffman within the Historical Society. “We’re fortunate to have her.”by: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Nancy Hoffman is a member of the Sandy Historical Society board and president of the Kiwanis Club of Sandy.

Having grown up in Pendleton, Hoffman, 68, got a foothold in Sandy after landing a teaching job at Sandy High School in 1979. She taught English and journalism to Sandy students for eight years.

After experiencing some life changes, Hoffman decided to leave teaching and soon began working for the Sandy Post and Gresham Outlook.

Hoffman had worked in newspapers for nearly five years — in editorial at The Post and advertising at The Outlook — when she had the chance to buy the Sandy Profile, a monthly newspaper, she said. She turned it into a weekly and went head to head with The Post.

“It was a lot of fun,” Hoffman said. “It was a really community oriented newspaper at a time when newspapers were becoming more corporate.”by: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Hoffman puts her journalistic skills to work assembling historical photos into the societys Discover Sandy booklet. Many of the photos are displayed in the museum.

Hoffman took pride in continuing to offer free obituaries after The Oregonian began charging for them. She said she always felt obituaries were important historical records.

Eventually, Hoffman took the opportunity to sell the Profile to a duo of young publishers who were trying to create a newspaper group. “I hadn’t had a vacation in a number of years,” she said, citing the reason for her decision — a fact of life not uncommon when working for a newspaper, she said.

After leaving the newspaper business, Hoffman worked on the Mt. Hood Hospice Board of Directors under a paid position and eventually became executive director of Avamere at Sandy.

She held the position for four years after being suggested as the former director’s successor. She had been involved with the assisted living home after her mother moved there.

Hoffman also spent a year working for the Oral Hull Foundation.

In addition to her careers in Sandy, Hoffman got involved with civic groups, including the Kiwanis Club of Sandy, in 2001, and the Sandy Historical Society.

After retiring, Hoffman had more time on her hands and was able to devote more energy to her volunteer endeavors.

This is Hoffman’s second term as Kiwanis Club president. She said she thinks she has gotten better at delegating, and that is part of what’s keeping the club successful.

“We’re growing again,” Hoffman said. The club is up to 43 members.

The Sandy Kiwanis meets at 6:30 p.m. every first and third Thursday of the month at Sandy Family Restaurant, 39024 Proctor Blvd.

The club’s vice president, Tom Seipert, describes Hoffman as a dynamic lady who has helped to draw in more members.

“She has the ability to reach out to all sorts of people,” Seipert said. “I could never say no to her; she’d always get me to volunteer for something I didn’t want to do.”

After joining the Sandy Historical Society — “I actually just walked in the door one day and said I’d like to volunteer,” Hoffman said — she put her journalistic skills to work once more.

Hoffman was first assigned to catalog newspaper articles, which she said felt like the right job for her. Eventually, she was introduced to writing for and assembling the historical society’s Discover Sandy booklet, a task she’s still responsible POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - One of Hoffmans favorite photos in the museums collection is of her husband Ed Hoffmans grandfather.

But Hoffman has become even more valuable to the Sandy Historical Society as she now works on its grants writing.

Hoffman said she has enjoyed getting to know the aspects of the Sandy community through the years, and the interconnectedness is her favorite aspect.

“It’s really become my home,” Hoffman said of Sandy. “It certainly feels like home.”

Hoffman is also the treasurer for the Gresham Lions Club. She said it made sense for her to be involved with the club because of its intense focus on vision.

She especially loves the group’s saying that it was knighted by Helen Keller to be her ambassadors.

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