Two weeks ago, I reintroduced myself to the Cannon Beach Chamber following our company’s reacquisition of “The Gazette.”
Buddie Anderson has been on staff at the Chamber for almost exactly one year, but already she has a clear grasp of the Chamber’s mission and the pulse of this community.
Her enthusiasm for all things Cannon Beach makes her a very good fit at the job. And since she has the trust of executive director Jim Paino, she has quickly become a key to the success of the Chamber’s activities.
Recently, she and I found a patch of sun and visited about her path to Cannon Beach.
Q - HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN CANNON BEACH?
A - Five years ago, I was working in Vancouver, Washington and ready for a new adventure. Only after I moved to Cannon Beach did my family tell me that we actually have a legacy in the town. My father’s parents used to spend every summer here, managing a group of cottages that were over by the school. Nobody told me that my dad grew up spending his summers in Cannon Beach! It’s been fun to listen to my grandmother point out what is the same and, of course, what is different.
Q - SO YOU’VE BEEN WITH THE CHAMBER FOR ONE YEAR, BUT IN CANNON BEACH FOR FIVE?
A - When I first moved here, I was fortunate to get the job as operational manager at the library. I was stunned to realize that people who have been coming to Cannon Beach for 20 years did not know we have a library. It became my mission to do outreach and let people know about the library. So I really put myself “out there” to represent it. If the Coaster Theater had a play, I went and ushered. If the Chamber had a function, I’d volunteer for it. This was actually my fourth year helping with the “Sandcastle Days” event.
YOU’VE JUST WRAPPED UP WHAT SOUNDS LIKE A SUCCESSFUL “SANDCASTLE DAYS.” YOU HAD GREAT WEATHER AND EXTRAORDINARILY LOW TIDE AT MID-DAY. SEEMS LIKE THE STARS WERE ALIGNED!
A - This year, we had an almost perfect “Sandcastle Days” event. It all ran so smoothly. The volunteers were wonderful. There was great cooperation between all the agencies involved. We are limited to having only 500 cars on the beach at a time, but we only had to closed access twice during the whole day. The only thing that kept it from being “perfect” was that we lit the bonfire and it went out. So we had to light it a second time. But the weekend was pretty close to perfect!
Q - WITH A VERY FULL-TIME JOB AT THE CHAMBER, WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN IN YOUR DOWN TIME?
A - My background is in event planning and graphic design. This job is filling so many of my needs that I am really able to focus on my family and be the best mom ever. As the mother of a teenage, even off work I don’t have a lot of “down time.”
(Buddie wrapped up our conversation with considerable laughter about my question of “down time.”)