AUGUST 11, 1997
An example of a Woodinville businessman, Jim Pedersen opens his office door each morning at 8 a.m. to await a flood of customers. We ex-navy guys stick together. I like the friendly chap. And for years this is the way I've been writing about my characters and somehow getting by with it. Beats me.
Photo by Oscar Roloff
Woodinville's Jim Pedersen working with youthful offenders
by Oscar Roloff
For years Jim's been 'running off' my "Oscar's Ship and Shore Journal," a special features magazine that I freely give each month to shipmates and others. The editions have numbered around 400. Have now quit.
Recently I became interested in Jim's own way of freely giving of himself to help others. "Tell me about it," I asked. He did.
He's associated with the youthful law breakers in the Bothell and Woodinville area only. Their ages range from 11 to 18, both boys and girls.
Last year Jim became interesting in aiding them and became a member of the court system in connection with the program, meeting at the Bothell City Court. The group meets there with the offenders and their parents to iron out problems. The whole program comes under the Washington State Superior Court, he said.
Currently there are 15 to 18 members and they need much more help. Those interested in Jim's type of work should contact Brenda Erikson at 489-2706, a former chairwoman of the committee.
Jim added to his comments,"We meet in the evenings five different days of the month, and we try to get the offenders to assume responsibility for their actions, and that's the crux of the whole program. One man in our group has been active in the program for 30 years."
Heading the Woodinville Print and Copy Center for many years, Jim has been involved in community affairs such as aiding in the mowing of the lawn at the local Memorial Cemetery and being a gung-ho member of the Rotary Golf Club group. He has also been active in the local wine festival affairs.
After 4 years of naval service, Jim left in 1961, went to college, ran out of dough and soon entered his current business with his son, Scott. Had he remained in uniform for 15 years, 6 months and one day, he could have retired with a life-time naval pension. (They allowed retirement after 19 years, 6 months and one day. It totals out to a 20 year pension.)
Thus today, at 60, Jim still plugs along, happy and contented. My naval retirement 40 years ago didn't take, I was told. I was military disabled, added. No pension. Thus, I lose $1,000 a month pension. I don't care. Get along fine. Navy's probably broke.
Anyhow, I compliment Jim for his giving of himself to aid the unfortunate. More of his kind are needed.