BMD Board of Directors

Meet the BMD Planning Team

The Festival Coordinator along with our BMD Board of Directors work year-round to produce Cottage Grove's largest event of the year. 

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Cindy Weeldreyer | Festival Coordinator

Before joining the board in 2012, for eight years Cindy wore several hats assisting Festival Coordinator Sharon Jean, primarily as publicity coordinator, website content coordinator and as an official BMD Ambassador. Prior to becoming the Festival Coordinator in 2015, Cindy served as Board Secretary, Kiddie Parade Coordinator and as a member of the Website Design Team.

How long have you been a Grover? I moved to Lane County in 1980 to attend the University of Oregon.  In 1983, my husband Ralph and I moved to Cottage Grove to better care for his elderly mother and their family’s property.

Occupation/Vocation: Community Journalist, Caregiver, Photographer/Videographer, Radio program host, Public Relations Specialist & Community Organizer, former Lane County Commissioner and LCC Board Member and BMD's Festival Coordinator

Other Grove Connections: CG Prospectors & Golddiggers, CG Historical Society, The Sentinel contributing writer, KNND Radio Host, T.E.A.M Cottage Grove, Around The Grove weekly community newsletter editor, Lane Community College-Cottage Grove Advisory Board, Friends of the Cottage Grove Carousel Project and the CG Vision 2037 Project

Why did you join the BMD Board? I *love* BMD! I got involved as an organizer because I wanted to be part of continuing one of Oregon's oldest community festivals for future generations to enjoy. In addition to being Cottage Grove’s biggest party of the year, I love how the festival strengthens community cohesiveness and makes a positive economic impact in town for four days each summer.  

How many years did you serve on the BMD Board? Four years, from 2012-2015.

What is your favorite BMD event/memory? My favorite event is the Historical Treasure Hunt on our "time traveling train" (with The Slabtown vs. Lemati Feud as a close second). My favorite BMD memory is my very first one – in 1980. That year the festival was held next to the fire station on the old Chambers Mill property. Ralph Weeldreyer, my new boyfriend and native Grover, took this Louisiana Bayou girl for a romantic spin on the Carnival’s Ferris wheel and then took me to my first Lemati Gang’s Old West Show. I’m thankful to the thousands of volunteers who've kept this festival going for 50+ years.


 

Cathy Simmons | President / Vendor Coordinator

Cathy started on the board in April 2013. She has served as Secretary/Treasurer for the past 3 years. Now handing over those raigns to a new board member Penny Bierly, she has taken on a new role of President effective January 19th 2017 when she was voted in. She will remain heavily involved with Vendor Coordination piece of the Festival. "I'm excited to be taking on this position on the board and am very much looking foward to another successful year at the 2017 Festival" say's Cathy.

How long have you been a Grover?
Since September of 2005 and I've gone to the festival every year. I love it! I was raised just 20 miles south of Cottage Grove in a small town, so Cottage Grove is just my size. Not too big, but not too small.

Occupation/Vocation:
Application Administrator. Jobs titles aren't always the best description of what one does every day. In a nut-shell, I write reports for a Health Insurance company. I love what I do and I've been doing it since 1986.

Other Grove Connections:
I sometimes volunteer at 'Sunday Soup Kitchen' (know as 'Soups On') on Sunday's, where we feed community members that need a little extra help. I'm a proud member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I also was a member of the Ford Institute Leadership Program in 2015. We put in those cute Little Free Libraries around town.

Why did you join the BMD Board?
I was looking to fill my life with healthy, community involved, fun activities. I Love this event and was hoping to bring to the table, if not just a smile, then lots of hard work. When Sharon Jean approached me, I jumped at the chance to serve the community by helping out such an amazing fun event.

How many years have you served on the BMD Board?
This is my 5th year at the BMD Fesitval and hope to be on board for many more. My position of Treasurer brought me a ton of insight as to what it takes to put this thing together. I have the upmost respect for each board member I work with. They each give so much of their time and skills to make sure this Festival goes on each year.

What is your favorite BMD event/memory?
I loved to sit and listen to the music. Sitting on one of those 2 big rocks out front is usually where you might have seen me...well maybe not these past few years. I'm pretty busy running around. Good news is, you can hear the music throughout the park. Can't wait for this year… I Love to dress in costume! See y’all there.


 

Joel Reiten | Board Member / Logistics Coordinator

Joel was born in North Dakota and grew up on a large farm and ranch. He went to school in North Dakota State University. He is married and has one son (Cameron). Joel has served as Vice President for 1 year and President for about 8 months. He is our Logistics Specialist. Dealing with Electrical and plumbing issues in the park is where you'll find him spending most of his time during BMD. He brings much experience and expertise to the board.

 How long have you been a Grover? Since 1995.

Occupation/Vocation: Managing partner with a see and reserarch company based in California.

Other Grove Connections: Active with the Cottage Grove High School Garden team. He is also Chair of the Oregon Tilth Advisory Council. He's active at Oregon State University with horticultural research and plant breeding activities.

Why did you join the BMD Board? Wanted to get involved in a solid community event and help make it better.

How many years have you served on the BMD Board? SInce 2015.

What is your favorite BMD event/memory? The Great Music.


 

Joelie Saunders| Vice President / Parade Coordinator

Joelie started helping the festival in 2016 where she served as our new Parade Coordinator. She has since then joined as a Board member and will remain our parade Coordinator.

How long have you been a Grover?
Since .

Occupation/Vocation:
Joelie works at Dave's Place cutting Hair and creating beautiful nails for her clients.

Other Grove Connections:
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Why did you join the BMD board?
I was recruited by Cathy Simmons while doing her nails. lol. She asked me to do the parade, then requested I join the board.

How many years have you served on the BMD board?
This will be my first Festival on the Board, so I joined in August of 2016 right after the Festival.

What is your favorite BMD event/memory?
More to come on Joelie.


 

Jimmy Schaper | Board Member / Music Coordinator

Jimmy’s passion for community development and public outreach make him a valuable member of the BMD Board. He is a terrific networker and knows how to make things happen. “Farmer Jimmy” as he is known to many for his trademark denim overalls, walking cane, cap  and bandana, is always ready and willing to do whatever it takes to make the BMD Festival an event to enjoy and remember.

How long have you been a Grover?
Since 2006

Occupation/Vocation:
Agricultural-Biosystems Engineer, Math-Earth Sciences Educator/ Organic Farmer

Other Grove Connections:
Sustainable Cottage Grove, London Grange; KSOW-LP providing Agricultural and Environmental News; Western Oregon Opry Emcee; Kennedy High School Greenhouse and Community Garden Project; Cottage Grove All-American City (Opal Whitely) Park; Organic Farm (MicroFarm) Initiative at LCC-Cottage Grove; musician at WOE, BMD, Habitat for Humanity, "Sunday Suppers", and other community events; environmental analyst for ForestWeb

Why did you join the BMD Board?
This is a family-oriented event that brings all segments of our community together along with inviting visitors to be part of the celebration.

How many years have you served on the BMD Board?
SInce 2010.

What is your favorite BMD event/memory?
I enjoy our Sunday Gospel and Country Music performed by our local musicians & entertainers.


 

Jerry Vaverka | Board Member / Food Coordinator

Jerry is one of those hard-working behind the scenes logistical wizards every successful community organization needs. To help cover the overhead costs of putting on the annual festival Jerry works with the BMD Board to offer the Miner's Steak Dinner on Thursday night and the Chuckwagon Breakfast on Saturday morning. Jerry's skills in estimating the costs and procuring the ingredients for these important themed meals is invaluable to the continuing existence of Bohemia Mining Days.

How long have you been a Grover?
Since 1979

Occupation/Vocation:
Retired banker

Other Grove Connections:
Bohemia Sunrisers Kiwanis Club, Kiwanis Aktion Club, Special Olympics, Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul, OLPH Catholic Church

Why did you join the BMD Board?
I joined the BMD Board because to me it’s one of the most important events held in our community and I wanted to get involved to ensure it continues each year.

How many years have you served on the BMD Board?
Since 2010

What is your favorite BMD event/memory?
I love all the festival’s music concerts, especially the local groups.


 

Dave Johnson | Board Member / Food Coordinator

Dave retired in 2009 years ago and moved to Cottage Grove from Sanata Barbara California. He was involved in Community Projects in Goleta/Santa Barbara  area. He has gained an interest in Cottage Grove and has begun to volunteer to help projects in this area. He likes to contribute to his community to give back to the people who live here.

How long have you been a Grover?
Since 2009.

Occupation/Vocation:
Retired

Other Grove Connections:
Member of VFW Auxillary, Elks Lodge #1904, and United Methodist Church.

Why did you join the BMD Board? 
I was asked by Cindy Weeldreyer to join to help with the Food portion of the event.

How many years have you served on the BMD Board?
Joined January 2017.

What is your favorite BMD event/memory?
The Parade would be my favorite.


 

Penny Bierly | Board Member / Secretary/Treasurer

Penny was born and raised in San Diego, California. She has one son who is married and living in Munich, Germany. She has one grand daughter (so far!). She sings with various choirs and OLPH Church.

How long have you been a Grover?
Since August 2011.

Occupation/Vocation:
Retired from 31 years at Pacific Bell where she was an Engineer. Previously to that, she spent 15 years at University of California San Diego as a telecommunications Analyst.

Other Grove Connections:
Helps at the church of Our Lady of Perpetual and is a member of Middlefield Ladies Golf Club.

Why did you join the BMD Board?
I was invited to join after helping Joelie Saunders with the 2016 Parade.

How many years have you served on the BMD Board?
Joined in October of 2016.

What is your favorite BMD event/memory?
Driving the Parade route in my golf cart.