Howard Betty was a champion volunteer for the Methow Valley Community Center. His quick wit and skill were a winning combination. It was a challenge to keep him busy because he was so fast!
He was a dynamic wood worker and built most of the improvements here at the Community Center.
He built the handicap ramp so his granddaughter Jolie could come to the library. He put in the bathroom downstairs and re-vamped both of our kitchens. He built the visitor center shelves twice over 25 years, because we changed our needs. He built the emergency stairway on the west side of the building.
He once came into my office and said he wanted to put the bell tower back on top of the building to improve the ventilation. He told me if I found the money, he would volunteer. I did, thanks to MVCCA members, and that summer he, Paul Arneson, and Ernie Chenel helped Howard realize our goal. Although Corky asked him not to go on top of the roof, well, you know what Howard did–he went on top of the roof!
Even after his health was in decline, he made the oak railing that we installed for a chair rail in the gym. I can say that he was a wonderful help around here; I trusted his opinion on all building questions.
Thanks to you Howard, for the lasting contribution you have made to our community and Community Center. It is not the same without you!