With Meet LGMSD, we take you behind the scenes to introduce you to the folks that make us who we are—the Board, the Committees, the volunteers, and the staff. Each week, we plan to introduce you to one of the many individuals who contribute so much to La Grande Main Street, ultimately making La Grande a vibrant, stable, and beautiful place to gather, shop, eat, work, live, and play.
This week, we are featuring Carol Summers, community member and dedicated volunteer.
Carol has served on the LGMSD Board since 2009, when La Grande Main Street began, and has participated on numerous committees throughout her tenure. Presently, along with serving on our Board, she sits on the Outreach Committee and the Design Committee, as well as the steering committee for the Eastern Oregon Beer Fest.
Born in and raised in La Grande on a farm, Carol can trace her lineage on both sides of her family back to original Oregon Trail settlers. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in music education. Carol moved to San Jose, California where she taught middle school music, social studies, language arts and choir for 40 years. Upon retiring, she and her family moved back to La Grande to be near all of her family and enjoy small town life.
Carol has been involved in supporting La Grande businesses and local activities for many years. She wants to help give La Grande the vibrancy and cohesiveness she remembers our town having when she was growing up here. Carol even remembers a time not so long ago when there was a “passeggita” in La Grande, which is a traditional evening stroll in a central plaza or a main street by a town’s residents.
When Carol is not volunteering to help make La Grande a lovelier place, she enjoys golf, gardening, and playing bridge.
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