This summer, we’re lucky to have a few volunteers helping with our fall programs. We wanted to introduce them to our readership. Today, Programs Coordinator Sam Pirnak takes on a few questions for our blog…
Q: Tell us a little about yourself, your background and what do you do at the Dill Pickle Club.
A: I am an interdisciplinary artist originally from the east coast but I now call Portland home. As the Program Coordinator for DPC I get to meet and collaborate with really cool and interesting individuals and groups who are working to create positive growth and changes within the community.
Q: What do you appreciate about the organization? What drew you to volunteer with us?
A: The Dill Pickle Club creates bridges among community members and leaders to encourage dialogue and learning about substantive issues that effect Portland. With every one of their programs, such as the lecture series “A Place Called Home” and walking tours such as “The Oh, So Queer History of Portland”, as well as each interaction that I have with and for them, I learn something new about Portland’s history as well as the issues that effect it today.
In the course of my work, I get to meet folks that I might not have otherwise had the opportunity to, from flamboyant yet soft-spoken female impersonators to members of an African American sorority who are pioneers in green building. And, I also get to work with an intimate group of Dill Picklers who are smart, funny, creative and truly caring people whose company I enjoy and that inspires me — and believe me, they ain’t paying me to say that!
Q: What programs are you looking forward to and why?
A: I am excited about a series of walking tours called “Peripheries” that will commence at the end of this summer and run through the autumn. Topics for the tours range from migrant labor, Oregon’s Native Americans, gentrification and urban growth…
Q: What’s your favorite pickle and/ or any parting words of advice?
A: Dammit, I love pickles of all kinds! But, if not restricted to cucumbers, I would have to say do chua. My advice to readers is to become a member of the Dill Pickle Club and help share the love.