White City groups hire coordinator to share

Kristin Howell is the new White City coordinator.
Kristin Howell is the new White City coordinator.

Topping a field of 30 applicants, Kristin Howell took the reins as activities  coordinator for three White City entities on Jan. 2.  The unanimous choice of a selection panel that met on Dec. 4, Howell now divides her thirty-hour work week in three directions. She devotes 10 hours to White City Community Improvement Association, 10 to W.C. Community Charitable Foundation, and 10 to Cascade pool. She exudes confidence as she assumes the newly-created position with its highly diversified duties. "I love it; I’ve met some amazing people," she says, "and the work offers challenges that I enjoy."
She can be found at the pool building 1/3 of the time, said Joy Reich, one in Howell’s trio of new supervisors. There Howell schedules swim lessons, writes newsletters, and oversees activities.
From a desk at Rogue Family Center, she’ll take charge of Easter egg
hunts, Memorial Day programs, Family Fun days, Halloween, and tree
lighting ceremonies. She’ll handle grant writing, fundraising, and
recruiting of volunteers to help accomplish the projects. Howell will
also represent White City at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce
greeters’ meetings. 
Her creative bent surfaces when she
discusses innovative ideas for future events. "Our Memorial Day
celebrations will be honoring the history of Camp White," she says. 
She’d like to encourage local students to work on research, and stage
patriotic pageants. She also envisions history walks, tours of the
Domiciliary and Camp White museum, and local high school bands in
"march-offs." These would be history, military, and patriotism-based,
she adds.
What were the qualities that won Howell this
job? "She just fit; …seemed easy to work with," Reich explained. "We
interviewed six really well-qualified finalists, but we all felt
comfortable with her."
Identifying herself as a "secondary"
supervisor, (Reich being "primary,") the White City Charitable
Foundation’s Loretta Livaudais-Mapes, echoed matching sentiments. 
"Each candidate had real strengths, but Kristin related to all of us on
the panel. We caught the enthusiasm. We felt she’d be the same in
getting acquainted with everyone she’d talk to in White City."
Livaudais-Mapes noted that after the interviews, she phoned Howell’s
references, who commented, "…We’re so happy you hired her. She’s
In her off-work hours, Howell continues to pursue college courses at RCC, and advanced studies online.
moved to Oregon a year ago from Idaho, where she’d raised her five
children, and fostered 30 troubled teens over the years. Her youngest
daughter, Sophie Howell, currently graces Eagle Point High School’s
cheerleading squad.
What  Kristin Howell says she loves most
about her new assignment is its flexibility, creativity, and that it
allows her to put family first.
A reception will be held to introduce her to the community on Jan. 24 from 3-6 p.m. at the Rogue Family Center.
By F. C. Blake
Of the Independent

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