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Joseph Schmitz,
Future First Citizen
The winner of the youth category was
also surprised by his award, the an-
nouncement of which came at a recent
student assembly.
“I never wanted to be recognized for
what I do,” he said. “It’s just what I’m
meant to do.”
The funny part was that Joseph
Schmitz, 18, was already onstage at Sil-
verton High School, emceeing the as-
sembly with his usual panache. As stu-
dent body president, he’s often behind
the microphone, typically in a suit and
tie. But this time he couldn’t figure out
why his mom was in the crowd.
Principal Wade Lockett gave an ex-
cuse to take the mike, and Schmitz soon
discovered he wasn’t just announcing
the assembly – he was one of its sub-
“I’ve never heard him be speechless
before,” his teacher Heather Bashor
quipped, adding later, “Joseph is the
most positive person I know. His posi-
tivity empowers him with resilience and
a can-do attitude towards every task he
sets out to accomplish. He also has a
level of empathy for others mature be-
yond his years.”
Throughout high school, Schmitz has
accepted the spotlight, whether on
stage in school plays or at sporting
events as the Foxes’ mascot. He’s also
been lead yearbook photographer and a
member of choir, cross-country and de-
bate teams.
He arrived at Silverton High four
years ago, one of a two-person eighth-
grade class from a private school. If he
was overwhelmed, it didn’t show, be-
cause he found outlets for his abilities
right away.
He was appointed ASB secretary and
accidentally became the mascot when a
teacher overheard him say he wouldn’t
mind the job.
“I was volunt-told,” Schmitz said,
smiling. Soon, he found he was perfect
for the role. Inside the costume, he en-
joyed being goofy and generally encour-
aging school spirit. Once, during Port-
land’s Starlight Parade with the march-
ing band, he turned somersaults all the
way down the road.
“The next day, I had bruises all over
my shoulders … I guess that was a mis-
take,” he said.
As ASB president, he gave up the
mascot job, although he did play the
crowd at one last football game. He’s
turned his attention to bringing back of-
ficial student council meetings and
making ASB more relevant and repre-
Schmitz said he’s never been one “to
just hang out with friends.” Outside of
school, he works on his grandfather’s
and uncle’s farm, planting, as well as
harvesting berries and Christmas trees
and doing other seasonal jobs.
Last summer, he spent two weeks in
the Galapagos Islands, preserving wild-
life and helping local communities with
a group of other teens from around the
These days, his motto is, “Be extraor-
dinary and change the world.”
Sue Roessler,
Distinguished Service
Three days a week, local middle
school students can attend a free after-
school program that offers homework
help, dinner and structured activities.
It’s called ASAP, and Sue Roessler is
one of the reasons it’s here. She and four
other local leaders started the program
in 2012, and it has served many school
kids who need academic help or just a
safe place to be.
For this and other volunteer work,
Roessler is this year’s Distinguished
Service recipient.
She is a retired educator, married to a
retired superintendent, who never lost
her passion for serving kids.
In regard to the award, she quickly
passed the praise along to ASAP’s other
“I am only one of so many who have
given to this program to make it what it
is today,” she said.
“Our board is strong and continues to
grow. We have over 50 volunteers who
mentor or cook or volunteer in some
Roessler’s career path prepared her
for the role she’s taken with ASAP. Origi-
nally an elementary education gradu-
ate, she earned her master’s degree in
special education and eventually se-
cured her administrator’s license and
became the director for special services
at Willamette ESD. Her last job was as a
grant and program coordinator for the
Confederation of School Administra-
Retirement in 2007 opened the door
to more volunteering, which Roessler
Judy’s Party accepting
grant fund requests
first took up with SACA, writing policies
and procedures. She also worked in the
pantry every week and participated in
community cleanups following a variety
of events.
“I always knew that, once I was not
working, I would look for ways to give
back to this wonderful community. I
chose two programs that were near and
dear to my heart – youth and SACA,” she
Her work with ASAP began when
several other board members asked her
to help.
Everyone else was affiliated with a
church, and the group wanted to make
sure the program was not seen as faith-
Bringing an educator on board to help
with mentoring, budgeting and grant
writing was important. Roessler was
thrilled to help.
“I feel that, in today's world, it does
take the village, and I wanted to be part
of that,” she said.
“Silverton schools are great, but I
know that some kids need more than
their teachers can give them.”
Now Roessler is taking a temporary
break from volunteering to enjoy some
of her other pursuits: gardening, read-
ing and traveling. She also hopes to
spend more time with friends and fam-
Her older sister, who directed non-
profits in 1980s, and her husband, who
sat on boards and committees through-
out his career, helped fuel her passion
for volunteering, and she said she looks
forward to returning to service in the fu-
Bob Holowati,
Lifetime Achievement Award
Les Schwab, Business of the Year
Bob Holowati hates talking about
himself as much as – or maybe even
more than – your typical volunteer.
Once he told friends at Silverton’s Ki-
wanis Club that he hates talking in front
of crowds too, but that he would be will-
ing to serve as president if they really,
really needed him. They did, so he did,
serving two terms that ended last Octo-
His Kiwanis service and other volun-
teer work attracted the attention of the
First Citizen Committee and earned Ho-
lowati this year’s Lifetime Achievement
“I’m humbled and I’m very grateful,”
he said. “There are a lot of people who
deserve this award … I am just the next
one in line.”
Special to Salem Statesman Journal
Silverton-area organizations can
now ask for grant funds from Judy’s
Party 2017.
Interested groups should submit
their requests on letterhead, describe
their organization, and explain how the
desired funds would be spent. Organiz-
ers are asking for specific information
on would be served by the funds.
The deadline the submit letters is
The deadline for interested goups to
submit letters is Jan. 31.
Jan. 31.
They can be mailed or dropped off at
the Silverton Chamber of Commerce, at
426 S. Water Street.
Judy’s Party honors Judy Schmidt, a
city councilor and devoted local volun-
teer who died suddenly in 2014 of
Creuztfelt-Jacob Disease.
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infrastructure improvements: 159 new
festival tables imported from Germany;
four new people movers (carriages) built
in cooperation with Chemeketa Com-
munity College and area businesses; a
new stick-framed storage shed com-
pleted; purchase of a new Hyster (fork-
lift) for set-up and tear-down of festival
structures and adornments.
The board also elected officers for the
2018 Festival year: President Chris Bis-
choff; First Vice President Bill Bischoff;
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“I could make this as simple as saying
that it is criminal that Les Schwab has
never been recognized for this award,”
said Silverton Mayor Kyle Palmer. “They
are active in almost every event as a
sponsor or donor of supplies. They have
long donated money to the SHS athletic
fund based on points scored at basket-
ball games.
They are longtime sponsors of the
Homer Davenport Festival and Straw-
berry Festival. There are countless
fundraisers in their parking lot selling
burgers that they donate in part. In
short, if some event needs help, they
will provide it.”
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Christena Brooks
Holowati, 64, came to Silverton in
1989 to operate Silver Creek Deli with his
soon-to-be wife, Jan. At the time, he
was healing from an accident in which
he’d broken both arms, after 12 years of
employment with Golden West Manu-
factured Homes.
Then, after 12 years operating the deli
in Silverton, the Holowatis moved on to
other things. She took a job with Silver-
ton Together, a local nonprofit, while he
became a cook at O’Brien’s Café. In
2008, he landed the job he still holds at
Ace Hardware/Hi-School Pharmacy.
Outside of work, Holowati serves
food at the community’s free Wednes-
day night dinners and cleans up garbage
after every Home Davenport Festival.
For Kiwanis, he helps maintain a 2-mile
stretch of Silverton Road, set up the Sil-
verton Fine Arts Festival, and operate
the club’s garage sale.
“If you haven’t seen him do any of
that, then you must’ve seen him giving
countless hours of volunteer support for
Silverton Together,” said Kiwanis Presi-
dent Brian Mitchell.
In fact, his wife, Silverton Together’s
program consultant, was originally his
“No. 1 inspiration for volunteering,” Ho-
lowati said.
Last year, he made it his goal to walk
50 miles in Silverton’s Relay for Life. De-
spite health challenges in the months
leading up to the event, he logged 42
miles before his blistered and cramped
feet made him quit, raising $3,300 for
cancer research.
“About 30 laps in, my Marine Corps
training kicked in,” he recalled.
Next Holowati plans to bike from As-
toria to the Oregon/California border,
health allowing.
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