Activities for AdultsYouth CenterPerforming ArtsFitness CenterAquaticsCommunity Center & rentals
Class of 1931

Friends of NCRD

Friends of NCRD logo

Donate to Friends of NCRD

About Friends of NCRD

Friends of NCRD Flower sale.

Friends of NCRD meets the third Tuesday of each month at 10:30 am;  members and guests are always welcome.

Friends of NCRD’s Mission is to support NCRD by promoting it and raising funds for its programs and projects.

In 2022, Friends of NCRD raised more than $27,000 for Youth, Aquatics and Fitness scholarships, together with NCRD programs and projects.

Friends’ volunteers have given generously over the years in support of NCRD. Flower sales, cut flower arrangements in the summer and a variety of bulbs in the fall, have been a major source of fundraising. The Flower Committee and about thirty volunteers helped with daily flower sales over the summer months.

The Plastic Project Committee encouraged community recycling and gifted four outdoor benches to NCRD. Friends of NCRD also collaborated with the Fitness Center on “Pop Goes the Heart”, a February fundraiser for new fitness equipment. 

Without volunteers none of this could happen. Friends of NCRD welcomes new members and volunteers to help support its mission. Become a member of Friends. Volunteer to help with a fundraiser. Be part of the support for North County Recreation District, one of our community’s most valuable resources.

Become a Member

Join Friends of NCRD for 2023 - 2024

Friends of NCRD helps members of our community, from youth to seniors, participate in the programs at North County Recreation District. Our fundraising activities and generous donations from people like you also support NCRD's programs and projects. Friends ofNCRD is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization.

Please join us.

A membership (Individual or Family) is $10. We also accept additional donations.

Your total contribution is tax deductible to the extent authorized by law; no goods or services are provided. 501 (c) (3) #26-3325407.

Submit the form below, and we will contact you for payment.

Printable Membership Form
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

In the News


Honoring its MISSION to support and promote NCRD, Friends of North County Recreation District celebrates a successful 2023.  Two important events highlighted the final months of the year.  Leading up to the November levy renewal vote, Friends' volunteers organized a letter and signage campaign which helped pass "YES for NCRD" and continue the funding for NCRD programs, projects and operational expenses.  In December, Friends' volunteers again promoted and supported NCRD for its Winter Celebration Special Event.

With scholarships as high priority, over the past year Friends funded $13,000 in financial assistance to youth and families.  Scholarships were granted for participation in Youth, Fitness and Aquatics programs, with nearly 2/3 of that amount going to Youth.   Through generous donations and countless volunteer hours, Friends of NCRD has provided that support and helped NCRD in its mission of inclusion to all in our community.  

Friends Flower Committee volunteers, led by Chair Patty Rinehart, fundraised nearly $5,500 from its Summer Cut Flower/ 4th of July sales and over $1,600 from its Fall/Spring Bulb Sale to benefit NCRD programs and scholarships.  Friends' volunteers also assisted the Fitness Department in "Pop Goes the Heart", the February fundraiser which provided $9,000 for new fitness equipment.   Friends of NCRD is proud, too, of its Plastic Project, recycling 2,500 pounds of plastics for five attractive outdoor benches donated to NCRD for community use - as well as its contribution of personal protective gear for the Youth TaeKwonDo Program.  In October, Friends' volunteers were honored at the Volunteers Appreciation Event, organized by President, Linda Makohon.  

With pride and appreciation, Friends of NCRD celebrates another year supporting North County Recreation District.  Without volunteers none of this could happen.  Friends of NCRD welcomes new members and volunteers to help support its mission.  Become a member of Friends. Volunteer to help with a fundraiser.  Be part of the support for NCRD, one of our community’s most valuable resources.  

For more information:

FRIENDS WELCOME SUMMER (and celebrate 2022-2023)

Friends of NCRD welcomes summer with its Summer Cut Flower Sales.  Last summer’s Sales, offered daily in the parking lot of the Little Apple, raised a little over $6,000 for Youth scholarships, summer programs and projects at NCRD.

Friends’ Mission is to support NCRD by promoting it and raising funds for scholarships, programs and projects.  With scholarships as top priority, Friends are proud to have raised more than $15,000 in the past twelve months for Youth/Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Department scholarships.  Of that amount, over $11,000 went to the Youth After-School & Summer Programs and Youth Sports.  With its focus on Youth, Friends provided an additional $1,000 for Youth Center/ Sports equipment and the Aquatics “Learn to Swim” program. Special thanks and appreciation to our members, part-time and full-time, whose donations to Youth Center/Youth Sports have enriched and expanded opportunities to all North County families.

Friends of NCRD also promotes and supports the New Pool Project.  Individual Friends have made significant donations to the new pool.  Friends were among those who gathered and celebrated at the May 9th Groundbreaking Ceremony.  Friends continue to promote the New Pool Project by participating in grant applications, to close the gap between funds available and funds needed to complete the Project.  

In collaboration with the Fitness Department, Friends of NCRD sponsors “Pop Goes the Heart,” an annual February Fun Fundraiser.  In 2022, $6,000 earned from the event, plus an additional $1,600 from Friends, purchased eight spin bikes for the new Spin Class program.  Thanks to a generous donor, an additional four bikes were later purchased to accommodate a full class. The February 2023 “Pop Goes the Heart” brought in an amazing $9,000 for Fitness Department equipment, including new benches, exercise bars, mats, storage rack, preacher curl, hyperextension-oblique and water-rowing machines.

The Plastic Bench Project, another Friends of NCRD activity, encourages community recycling of previously non-recyclable plastic. Three attractive outdoor TREX benches, earned by Friends’ participation in the Project, have been gifted to NCRD for community use.  Plastic additionally collected is about 100 lbs short of the 500 lbs required to qualify for a fourth bench.

Thank you to Friends’ dedicated volunteers for generously giving of their time to the North County community.   Friends of NCRD Board members – President Linda Makohon, Vice President Barb Scott-Brier, Treasurer Carol Mills, Secretary Gail Young, Director Andrea Cortinas, Liaison to NCRD Kiley Konruff, and Flower Chair Patty Rinehart – along with Friends’ volunteers, have worked hard to make Friends’ mission a reality in 2022-2023.  Congratulations to All!

Membership in Friends of NCRD is open to everyone connected to the community. Join Friends in its commitment to NCRD and North County families.  Volunteer to help with fundraising activities supporting NCRD. Donations can be made online or mailed to: Friends of NCRD, PO Box 511, Nehalem, OR 97131

Friends of NCRD welcomes guests to its meetings, held the third Tuesday of the month.

For more information, contact

Pop Goes the Heart: A Big Success

February 2023

Dear Community Friends, Volunteers, Sponsors and Donors,

On behalf of North County Recreation District, thank you to All who contributed generously to the "POP GOES THE HEART" fi.indraiser. Thanks to the generosity of numerous community supporters, $9,000 was raised for new Fitness Center equipment.

Thank you to our FRIENDS VOLUNTEERS: Wendy Bakker, Amy Blue, Dianne Bloom, Debbie Crosman, Debbie Curley, Ellen Drumheller, Rosa Erlebach, Lydia Felley, Gina Grasseth, Jeana Gustavson, Kiley Konruff, Linda Makohon, Terri Maragos, Steve Miller, Carol Mills, Karin Moggridge, Janet Paulson, Susan Reinhardt, Patty Rinehart, Martha Schechtel, Barb Scott-Brier, Tatiana Tannenbaum, Michelle Vinciguerra, Tony Vinciguerra, Patricia Welch and Gail Young.

Thank you to our SPONSORS: Scalabrin Company, Corey and Meadow Davis, Ocean Inn, The Little Apple Grocery and Deli, Tillamook Creamery and Anonymous.

Thank you to our DONORS: Deeply Kneaded Coastal Massage, J. Marie Salon & Spa, Bare Moon Farm, K&F Coffee, MB Botanicals, Kelly's Jelly, Sally Vanebo, Ocean Beauty, Wendy Bakker, Wheeler Marina, AAA, Manzanita Lighthouse, Karen Czopek, Finnesterre, Linda Cook, Buttercup, Carol Mills, Touch of Light Therapy, Les Schwab, Tillamook Air Museum, Rockaway Roastery, TCCA Farm Store, Tillamook Sporting Goods, Jennifer Gibson Overbay, Wanda's, Timberline Distillers Inc., Werner Gourmet Meats, Rick Hampton, Cloud and

Leaf, Haltiner Inc., Jody & Gary Lewis, El Trio Loco, Pelican Pub, Left Coast Siesta, Durkin's Nursery, Manzanita News & Espresso, Blue Heron French Cheese Co., Ticor Title, Jay Woika, Fort George Brewery, River City Flower Farm, C.S. Fishery, Four Paws on the Beach and Jane Knapp.

North County Recreation District is a valuable resource for our community residents and visitors. Your interest and dedication to our recreation center play a vital role in helping to sustain our programs. We are enormously grateful for your support.

With appreciation,

Friends of NCRD Board


In 2022 alone we have given over $27,000!


December 2022

Friends of NCRD’s support for the Youth of North Tillamook County has grown even stronger as opportunities for Youth at NCRD have expanded. Under the leadership of Executive Director, Dondi Cortinas, and Youth Sports/ Youth Center Director, Angie Terry, North County Recreation District offers an extensive Youth Sports Program: Fall soccer, basketball, baseball, T-ball, Spring soccer, volleyball, pickle ball, Futsal (indoor soccer), and starting Spring 2023, softball. Friends of NCRD, guided by its mission to raise funds in support of NCRD’s programs, contributed toward the purchase of sports equipment for the growing program, provided new swim fins for the Aquatics Department’s “Learn to Swim” Program, and funded scholarships to ensure that all North County Youth are able to participate.

Friends of NCRD also provides scholarships for the Youth Center’s Summer and After-School Programs. Angie Terry, drawing from her experiences in a variety of youth and adult programs, developed NCRD’s Playcare Program. The 27 children, ranging from kindergarten to grade 5, benefit from an environment combining recreational and educational experiences. Weekly features include Music Mondays, Science Tuesdays, Crafts Wednesdays, Current Events Thursdays and Fun Fridays. Friends fundraising has supported the Youth Center by providing child friendly furniture and a new Lego table set-up. With the help of her assistant, Cat O’Neal, Angie provides a safe and caring environment which combines fun and learning. In Angie’s own words, “What I enjoy the most about my position is having a hand in shaping tomorrow’s leaders.”

From fundraising and donations, including a $2,500 donation from an extremely generous supporter, Friends of NCRD has provided more than $10,000 to the Youth Programs over the past year. Donations made through Friends of NCRD can be designated to NCRD’s Youth Programs and are tax-deductible. As you plan your end-of-year giving, please consider joining Friends of NCRD in focusing our support on the Youth of North Tillamook County.
Donations can be made online or mailed to: Friends of NCRD, PO Box 511, Nehalem, OR 97131

For more information:


Kids enjoying the NCRD pool

Friends of NCRD is a 501 (c)(3) organized by volunteers dedicated to the support of North County Recreation District.

Recognizing the district’s revenues may be insufficient to cover the rising costs of services and the preservation of the facilities, volunteers formed a non-profit organization in 2008 operating exclusively for charitable purposes. The goal is to provide community support through fundraising and grant writing. Organized separately, but in partnership with NCRD, Friends of NCRD believe NCRD provides vital services for youth, families and older adults in the community.

If you are interested in joining Friends of NCRD, contact Gail Young at for more information.  

View Membership/Sponsorship Form.

Board of Directors

 Linda Makohon

Linda Makohon

Board President

Barbara Scott-Brier

Barbara Scott-Brier

Board Vice-Chair

Gail Young

Gail Young

Board Secretary

Carol Mills

Carol Mills

Board Treasurer

Leslie Vipond

Leslie Vipond

Board Member

Debbie Curley

Debbie Curley

Board Member

See Board Minutes & Documents

Contact us

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form