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Quiet Hero, Al Dittmann

Al Dittmann
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The group I volunteer for: The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad and Transportation Museum.

What I do for the group: I’ve been the treasurer for the past 20 years.

How I got involved: Back in 1983, there was a little ad in The Union asking anyone interested in the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad to show up at the Veterans Building in Nevada City. I’ve been with it ever since.

Why I think this group’s work is important: There’s a lot of transportation history in Nevada County and especially the narrow gauge railroad, and its something we don’t want to lose sight of.

The best thing that ever happened to me on this volunteer job was: Other than the accomplishments over the last 20 years, I’ve worked with a lot of wonderful people.

The rewards I get from this volunteer job are: The rewards are seeing what can be accomplished sticking to the original idea, even though it took us 20 years to get there, which was the opening of the museum in May of 2003. But we’re not done yet. It’s a work in progress.

Other volunteer jobs I’ve done: None really.

I’ve lived in Nevada County: 23 years.

I like living here because: The rural atmosphere. When we first came from San Francisco – where it was so crowded and there was so much traffic – it was a lot quieter than it is now, but still, we think it’s the greatest place.

The most important job that faces us as a community is: Probably growth, Some kind of a plan has to be made so we just don’t have runaway development. We need some sort of a handle on it.

I think volunteerism is important because: Volunteering is very important because people can give something back to the environments in which they live.

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