By Christy Pitto
Of the Independent
On July 3, 2012 a promise made to Steve Hauck that he “would be remembered” was kept as the Upper Rogue Community Center (URCC) dedicated the main hall of their new addition as “Steve Hauck Hall”. Steve was the Executive Director and inspirational leader of the URCC from November 3, 2003 until his death in 2010.
The new building addition that was designed and constructed during his tenure was his vision, with the objective of increasing space for the URCC community programs. Steve was instrumental in obtaining grants to cover the cost of the addition and it was his dream to see it finished.
He was the driving force within the URCC, was one of the most loyal volunteers and was involved in every aspect of the URCC. Dee Hawkins remembers that “One year he made some great, mostly from scratch, enchiladas for Cinco de Mayo. He never missed a single theme dinner we had and his favorite was the ‘close to authentic’ Oktoberfest Dinner.”
Working with volunteers and center employees was one of his strong suits. His confidence in his fellow coworkers generated a very positive response and great results for the center. He worked with each one in a positive manner making everyone feel appreciated and needed.
Samanthy Eyman, current Executive Director recalls; “Steve was a great encourager and supporter. He always gave 110% of himself, but never demanded it from others. However, he would encourage those who wanted to do more and mentor them to success.”
Steve was an alumnus of SOU where he received his Master’s in Management. Throughout his life Steve was dedicated to the community in which he lived and served on many community boards such as Access, the Upper Rogue Watershed, Ashland City Council, Ashland City Budget Committee, Ashland Housing and Transportation Commissions. His early passing left a void in the communities where he lived and served. He made many friends during his time with the URCC and will long be remembered.
The dedication was attended by the extended Hauck/Burrell families, local dignitaries and family friends. Presentations were made by Virginia Rigel, Dee Hawkins, Dee Anne Everson and Jerry Hauck. The ceremony ended with the unveiling of the commemorative plaque by Sheri Burrell and Jerry Hauck. For those interested there will be a video of the ceremony available from the URCC 541-878-2702.