"I enjoy my Wednesdays here and I miss it when I am away for an extended
period," is a statement often expressed by Dick Raub, a veteran OMSI
volunteer for more than 15 years. Dick started in the Earth Science Hall
because of his interest in meteorology. When the Star Wars exhibit
arrived, OMSI asked him to be a shift captain because of history as a
volunteer manager and his ease relating with a wide array of people. After
that he bounced around filling roles as needed. Now Dick generally
volunteers in the Physics Lab and is particularly fond of Family Science
Nights, where Dick loves connecting with children and adults.
By volunteering at OMSI he gets a chance to share his knowledge and love
for learning with children and adults. The impetus for sharing knowledge
was bestowed upon him at an early age by his two role models: his high
school English teacher and college music professor. They both instilled in
him the love of learning new things and sharing that with your community.
Being a volunteer at OMSI gives Dick a chance to do just that, which is a
constant joy that provides him so much fulfillment.
As a volunteer, Dick is continually impressed with how well the museum
treats its volunteers. He is always welcomed by Kristen Kraklow, OMSI's
Volunteer Engagement and Experience Manager, and the rest of the OMSI
staff. Dick explained, "For OMSI, volunteers are probably the single-most
valuable resource. Without them, in their many roles, the museum could not
function effectively." This feeling of appreciation led to Dick and his
wife, Mary, deciding to make a generous and lasting gift, creating their
After attending an OMSI planned giving seminar, they learned they could
leave their estate both to their children and important organizations
through a Charitable Remainder Trust. They updated their will and created a
trust that leaves most of their estate to their children over an extended
period, while at the same time building a remainder that can be shared with
"Interestingly, we always knew we wanted to give back to our community
while providing for our family," Dick explained. He feels that by
supporting OMSI with a planned gift children will have the opportunity to
enjoy the museum for many generations to come, and hopefully their gift
will inspire others to give too. "Organizations like OMSI are providing
value to the community, and without the financial support they could not go
on," remarked Dick.
When Dick is not volunteering, he enjoys hiking, traveling with Mary and
attending a variety of cultural events especially musical ones. Each year
he covers the Wildwood Trail in Forest Park and several other hikes
throughout the Gorge and beyond. He can also be found sailing in places
like Seattle and the Caribbean.
OMSI thanks Dick for making plans to support OMSI well into the future as a
member of the J.C. Stevens Legacy Society.
About the J.C. Stevens Legacy Society
The J.C. Stevens Legacy Society, named after OMSI's visionary founder,
recognizes donors who have included OMSI in their estate plan. We are
pleased to extend special invitations to exclusive OMSI events and private
tours to Legacy Society members. All you need to do is tell OMSI that your
plan is in place and that you are willing to be publicly listed on the J.C.
Stevens Legacy Society honor roll, setting the example for others to
follow. If you wish, your gift can remain anonymous.
To learn more about how you can become a member of the J.C. Stevens Legacy
Society, please contact Love Centerwall at (503) 797-4616 or