Community Service

John has a record of community service to Humboldt County that spans over 37 years.

Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods

John has been a member of the board since 2019 and serves as the treasurer.

Eureka Planning Commission

 Member, appointed in 2014, served until 2017.

Eureka School Board Member 2001 - 2013

John was elected in 2001. The Eureka School District has 10 schools and a budget over $35 million dollars. John served as President of the Board 2010-2013. 

Eureka Chamber of Commerce

John was a member of the Board of Directors from 2005-2008. He has been a member since the 1990's.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

John served as a CASA Advocate from 2000 to 2004. As a CASA Advocate he was involved with the lives of children and their special needs. Sometimes these needs included representing the children during court proceedings.

Rotary Club of Eureka

Member 2001-2019. Prior to that he was a member of Old Town Rotary from 1996 to 2000. In addition, he was Co-Treasurer from 1998 to 1999, and Treasurer from 2011-2012

South Bay School Board Member 1981 - 2001

Elected in 1981, John was re-elected in 1985 and 1989 and has since been uncontested. He served as School Board President for 3 years.

Redwood Acres Fair Board 1993 - 2000

John was appointed by Governor Wilson in 1993. The Fairground was bordering on insolvency until John took the lead and the 'heat' to accomplish the necessary changes reflected in the renewed present day success.

Humboldt County Budget Oversight Committee

Appointed by Supervisor Paul Kirk, John served on the 9 member committee.  1996-97

Humboldt County Community Budget Task Force

Appointed by Supervisor Anna Sparks in 1992, John served until 1995.

Coast Central Credit Union Board of Directors

John was elected in 1993 and served until 1996 on the scholarship and finance committees.

Exchange Club of Eureka

A community service club member from 1981 to 2001. Elected President in 1986-87.

Humboldt CPA/LAW Review Advisory Board Member 1995-97.
Television Political Commentator Channel 6 KVIQ News 1997-98

Included the "Point-Counter Point" show with John Cumming.

Television Talk Show Co-Host with Bruce Rupp on KEET-TV 1996.


Member Governor Wilson's Humboldt County Education Roundtable 1994.


Citizen's Advisory Committee (Eureka area)

General Plan appointed by Supervisor Stan Dixon. Served 1989-93. Dealt with zoning issues and general plan formation for the Cutten, Ridgewood, Pine Hill and Humboldt Hill areas.

Inmate Welfare Fund Committee

Appointed by Sheriff Dennis Lewis in 1997 as the only Public member, he was a member until 2000. Controls inmate fund and education program.

Other Volunteer Organizations:
  • Treasurer, Eureka Heritage Society: 1980-84
  • Treasurer, Redwood Community Action Agency, 1981-82
  • President, Humboldt Bay Jay Cees, 1977-81 North Coast Defense Fund, 1997-98
  • Coach, Pine Hill Braves Little League team, 1981
  • Mensa
  • Humboldt Historical Society
  • Humboldt Botanical Society
  • Humboldt Taxpayers League 1992-2005

John served in all of the above organizations as a volunteer.