A spirit of volunteerism: Former teacher gives back to community during retirement

By Trish Yerges, For The Observer April 14, 2014 10:29 am

For Evelyn Spikes, retirement has opened doors for volunteering. (Trish Yerges photo)
For Evelyn Spikes, retirement has opened doors for volunteering. (Trish Yerges photo)
For many, retirement is a time for well-earned relaxation, self-indulgent pursuits and entertainment. However, for retired English teacher Evelyn Spikes, Elgin’s 2014 Woman of the Year, retirement offers her additional ways to volunteer, something she recommends to all retirees. 

Spikes has always had a volunteer spirit, becoming the first woman editor selected for the Oregon State University newspaper, The Daily Barometer. During her 26-year career as a teacher in Elgin, she also worked with the kids in after-school activities. 

“Evelyn has been a great volunteer for Elgin,” said Joe Garlitz, a longtime city administrator and volunteer. “Her many years with the school and her extracurricular activities with our children have been an invaluable gift to our young people.”

See more in Monday's edition of The Observer.