Staying connected and paying it forward
When you ask Stanley Flynn what he values the most about Prineville, his immediate response is "the people."
Flynn came to the Prineville community 10 years ago, after living in Portland, Oregon. He came back to Prineville after retiring from his career as a real estate agent — which doesn't come as a surprise, with his exceptional people skills and community involvement.
"The people here are amazing, and there are so many of them that do such great things," Flynn said. "There are so many people in Prineville who volunteer for so many different things."
He added that when living in Portland, he didn't volunteer. He had lived in Prineville until 1964 and attended Crook County High School.
"I did nothing for the community while I was here in high school," said Flynn soberly. "When I moved back, I thought it was time to give back. I just liked Prineville a lot, and I wanted to do something for Prineville that would make me feel good and other people feel good."
Flynn has been heavily involved in volunteerism in Prineville from that point forward. He favors the time he puts in at the Crook County Fairgrounds. He is also on the Crook County Fair Board.
"There is always something to do at the fairgrounds," Flynn said. "We have a working fair board. We don't just go to meetings. We actually get hands-on."
For those who want to volunteer, he recommends contacting the Chamber of Commerce. He cheerfully added that he would also point them to several possibilities in the community to volunteer.
Flynn also enjoys attending events sponsored by the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce. He also meets a lot of people at What's Brewing, Prineville Perk and other Chamber events.
"I can keep up with what's happening in Prineville; I can promote the fairgrounds and Christmas in the Pines. That's kind of what you do there — people promote their business, and my business is promoting the fairgrounds and Christmas in the Pines."
Volunteering is a great way to stay connected to the community, he said.
"When people move here or retire," he said, "it makes a happier life for them if they volunteer and connect with people. "
He added that he has made many great friends as a result of volunteering.
"I have met so many new people, and now we are friends — and real friends," he emphasized. "Anyone who volunteers can do the same thing."
He said some people are afraid to come up and ask about volunteering. He would like to find a way to make it easy for people to get started in volunteering.
"I think people who volunteer are happier people," he said.
Flynn also enjoys sharing his passion for volunteering with his daughter Adina and son-in-law who live in Portland. They both join Flynn in the summer to volunteer at the fairgrounds. He reflected on her amusement when he had to look at his volunteer scheduler before planning a visit with her in Portland.
In addition to volunteering, Flynn has a passion for hiking. He works with Crook County Parks and Recreation leading two hiking groups. The groups meet at different times to meet a variety of needs and perferences, and these groups have named themselves the Rimrock Hikers. He said that it is a great group of people and they have a lot of fun. He often drives a van to take the group to venues for hikes.
"When I am not volunteering," he said, "I am leading hiking groups and riding my bike."
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