by: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Kiwanis volunteer Bob Sigloh operates a front-end loader during the club's annual bark dust sale at United Methodist Church Friday morning.Members of Woodburn Kiwanis were busy last week with the club’s largest yearly fundraiser, as well as its biggest project in general: its annual sale of hemlock bark dust.

The sale and distribution ran from April 9 through 12, with numerous volunteers delivering orders all over town, with the help of donated trucks, trailers and other heavy machinery. The club used Woodburn United Methodist Church as a staging area.

“If not for everybody doing their part, this doesn’t go very far,” said volunteer Bob Sigloh, during a brief respite Friday morning.

Sigloh, who was tasked with operating a front-end loader, has volunteered with Kiwanis and its bark dust sale for 26 years, but he said it now has special significance for him, after his grandson was diagnosed with cancer. He was treated at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, which is one of the many area organizations and programs that the local chapter of Kiwanis supports.

“I think about that a lot while I’m out here working,” he said.

According to Kiwanis, the group sold out for the fifth year in a row, moving approximately 700 yards of bark dust and grossing almost $25,000 for the organization.

“It was very successful,” said Jim Ferguson, chairman of the committee that puts on the sale. “We did a little better than last year.”

Ferguson said the funds raised by the sale will go back into charitable endeavors, the lion’s share of them in Woodburn and north Marion County.

“The community really supports us,” he said. “That’s who we’d like to thank.”

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