Margaret & Dale Roark Written By June Ervin
Margaret and Dale Roark joined the Senior Center in August 2007.
Tom Weathers was the reason given to me by Margaret as the reason they joined. She said he talked them into it. Tom told me he had designs on Dale as a future president, at the time. In fact, at the annual election that September, both were elected to the Board of Directors. They are the only married couple to have been board members at the same time, as far as I have been able to discover from talking with some of the older members. If this is not the case, I would like to know.
At the time they joined, Dale’s sister was on the board at the Sutherlin Senior Center and very involved with bingo. She also joined down here and got them into bingo and many other activities, as it turned out. Before long, Margaret was helping out with the food prep on Fridays for the pot luck that was held at the time. That led to helping with baking cookies for both of them and continued on to helping with cooking lunch as the kitchen progressed. Both can be found in kitchen duties almost any time we have a big event here at the Center. From manning a grill in the parking lot to making candy by the pounds at Christmastime, they have their hands involved. Both worked tirelessly manning the booth out at the Santa Center during the Festival of Lights, last winter.
Margaret is also is one of our main helpers in the kitchen each fall making jams and jellies for sale during our annual Christmas Bazaar. Since we became a licensed kitchen, we have added lots of money to our coffers with canned foods and candy during our sale. They both pick berries and fruit to donate to the Center every summer.
Dale served as Vice president, under Mona Lee Wilson, going on to become President of the Board. During that time, he said he and Tom spent lots of time cruising the streets of Roseburg searching for a suitable building for the Center to re-locate from the county building, where they had been for many years. The membership had out grown the space and we were prevented from using it after hours at night and on week-ends, when some activities might have been held. That search, by later board members finally resulted in our move to our present location and ownership of our facility.
From the beginning, Dale was on the building committee. After we moved into our new space and the kitchen was built, the committee went dark. Now, as we move into the future that will require more planning and remodeling, he is back on the committee again. He is always helpful when problems arise in the building. Fixing leaks, repairing plumbing, chasing down light bulbs and such things He hardly ever says “no” when asked to help with something, even if it is washing pots and pans.
Married in 1961 in the Lookingglass Church, they have lived in and around the Roseburg area most of the time since. They did live in Yamhill, Oregon for a nine- year period when Dale was employed and retired from a water and waste water facility as a Public Works Supervisor. Dale was born in Idaho but has lived in Roseburg from an early age. Margaret moved here as an early teen to live with her Grandmother after a tragic accident took most of her family.
They had three sons, all born at the old Mercy hospital. They lost their first child at the age of eight. Both grown boys are married and also have sons. One son, Ed, who lives here in town is retired from 24 years in U.S. Navy. His two sons, both Eagle Scouts, are in college. The younger son lives in California and has one son in college and one about to graduate from High School. They also are both Eagle Scouts, a point that the grandparents are very proud of.
This couple, my first interview as a couple, lives in East Roseburg where Deer Creek runs through their property. Dale has been having fun with a riding lawn mower on his grass, lately. His other hobby is Pickle Ball, at the “Y” and he said the Senior Center is his main hobby. Margaret enjoys needlework and nearly always has a project with her when she is here. She makes items of clothing for friends, to sell, for the Senior Center and for charities. She is very generous with the time and thread.
This popular couple attends just about every function held here and is known by almost everyone in the Center.