By Ken Wiersema
This past week Bob Iddins informed our OPAS leaders that he is stepping away from being a member of our Board. He will be greatly missed; it will be difficult to replace such a stalwart. He ably filled many roles for OPAS over nearly 20 years. As our president he held the Chapter together in difficult times. He chaired our work during the years we worked with Audubon Washington to establish the Olympic Loop birding trail, and as our field trip chair for nearly 10 years, he enriched our birding experience with well-led and varied, adventurous trips. He thoughtfully represented OPAS at numerous regional and statewide conferences and in meetings with elected representatives. He even helped install Purple Martin nest boxes and rescue Audrey Gift from savage quicksand. We recognized his contributions with our Harlequin award in 2007
I well remember having Bob in one of the first Beginning Birds classes I led, just after the Center opened; wow! did I learn a bunch from him. While we’ll each miss his wise contributions, jovial presence, and wry humor at our Board meetings, he has more than earned the opportunity to step out of taking on OPAS leadership tasks and resume his role as a supporting member of our Chapter, nature photographer, and avid birder. We’ll miss him….
However, as Bob Iddins steps away, there remain key roles in our Chapter yet to fill. Volunteer organizations, must replenish their leaders by members standing up and agreeing to take on an array of enjoyable and self-fulfilling roles in OPAS. We have a larger membership now than we’ve ever had. Every member brings their special set of skills and passions to our midst. Please let us know how you wish to help. You can…and together we’ll continue to thrive.