Volunteer of the Month

June 2019

JOHN HASTINGS named volunteer of the month

SANDPOINT – An influential teacher and avid volunteer, we are happy to recognize John Hastings as the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce June Volunteer of the Month.

In addition to his career in teaching, John Hastings has contributed to countless causes and organizations over the years.  He works with the Idaho Fish and Game on Habitat Restoration Projects on the Pack River and Clark Fork River Delta, including his students when possible.  He served on the Bonner County Bonfire Committee, working to secure grants for wildfire mitigation projects; The City of Sandpoint’s Planning and Zoning Commission; he is the Quality Assurance Officer for the Lake Pend O’reille Waterkeepers, and a frequent volunteer with the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, leading hikes, building trails, and drinking beer.  He has served on the State Department of Education’s curriculum writing committee for Natural Resources Programs.  He coordinates all student volunteers for the Water Festival at Riley Creek and assists the Kaniksu Land Trust with habitat evaluations projects.

Mr. Hastings often offers his musical talents for various organizations and fundraisers and is in the Praise Band at First Lutheran Church.

He is the Facility Advisor for the Outdoor Adventure Club, Sustainability Club and the newly formed Sasquatch Club at Sandpoint High School.  He is currently planning to lead a group of students to work on a coral reef restoration project in the Caribbean.  “Mr. Hastings was my favorite teacher.  He made learning fun and other than test day, I looked forward to going to his class”, said former student and Chamber Board Member Cory Donenfeld,  “he has inspired thousands of kids just like me.”

Thank you, John, for all your hard work and dedication to our community.  John Hastings is the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce June Volunteer of the Month.













Chamber Board Member Cory Donenfeld presents John Hastings with Volunteer of the Month at the General Membership Luncheon on June 13th.

Volunteer of the Month 2019

VOM 2018-2017

December 2018:  Ken Wood | October 2018:  Selkirk Fire Rescue & EMS | September 2018:  Justin Dick | August 2018:  Mack Deibel |  July 2018: CHAFE 150 Committee | June 2018: Matt Gillis | May 2018:  Kathy Chambers | January 2018:  Deanna Harris & The Downtown Shopping District | December 2017: Judy & Tom Dabrowski | November 2017: Sharon and Jamie Bistadeau |  October 2017:  Connie Taylor |  September 2017:  Jim Zuberbuhler  | August 2017:  Clem Hackworthy | July 2017:  Michele Murphree | May 2017: Dr. Mark Cochran | April: Steve Sanchez | March 2017: Bob Witte | February 2017: Corey Coon

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