Ely Times Staff Writer

Longtime school board member, central figure in the 4-H youth programs and volunteer firefighter Pete Mangum will be celebrated at an open house style retirement party on Saturday at the Fire Hall from 2 to 4 p.m.

A special presentation and an award will be presented to Mangum at the party.
Mangum retired from the cooperative extension office in June. Meg Rhoades, Mangum’s longtime friend and co-worker through 4-H, said the celebration has been a long time coming.

“This is long overdue, we’ve needed to do it. Every time we’ve tried to pick a date it just didn’t fit,” Rhoades said.

Rhoades said Mangum was known to go “above and beyond the call of duty” to work with students in schools. During his tenure on the school board, Mangum helped with after school activities of all kinds, even introducing a robotics program.
White Pine County School District Superintendent Bob Dolezal said Mangum was passionate about education.

“He is no stranger to White Pine County students,” Dolezal said. “He has given a great deal of his time to both regular classrooms and after school programs. He has always been there to lend a hand to our students.”

Mangum said he was very “grateful” to those who put this together for him. Looking back on all the things he accomplished during his career, he said “promoting opportunities for the children” were his most rewarding.
“I’ve had many of the 4H members go on to national trips and conferences,” Mangum said.

Mangum said he is still eligible for one more term on the school board and he plans on using it to finish his work. To Mangum, retirement doesn’t mean he is done being involved.

“I haven’t quite figured out retirement yet,” he said. “There are still a lot of things that I enjoy, like the 4H programs, like the shooting sports and the livestock committee. Those types of things, I plan on helping out there.”