She is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. You might just run into her at the local Russells Point Taco Bell waiting in line for tacos just like the rest of us. And if you did, you would find a friendly, kind and engaging person. She’s just like you and me. You wouldn’t know she was the mayor unless someone told you or you asked.
Russells Point Mayor Robin Reames is just not your typical politician and that’s refreshing. She goes out of her way to take care of the community of Russells Point and quietly leads by example which was quite evident at the Harborfest this past weekend.
This is a hands-on mayor who is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and produce some sweat equity in order to serve the residents of this community. She is a mayor that wears many hats and we’re not talking about those fancy things you put on the top of your head for ribbon cuttings and pompous political ball-room fundraisers.
She was everywhere and doing everything at Saturday’s festival, wearing the hat of street cleaner, truck driver, race official, sign installer, speaker, wacky chair racer, garbage collector and grandma. This reporter was running from one event to another covering “Wacky Chair” races, “Wacky Boat” races, “Wacky Duck Slides,” “Wacky Corn Hole” tournaments and more. And everywhere I turned there was the Mayor, taking care of business.
She wasn’t just standing there doing photo ops or ribbon cuttings like one would expect from a politician. She was hauling garbage cans, officiating the wacky chair races, putting up signs, driving trucks around with needed supplies, cleaning up and was even picking up the thousands of little rubber ducks from the duck slide race and putting them in storage crates for next year’s race. She did all this and more all day long in scorching heat and a relentless hot sun.
And believe it or not, she also found time to be a contestant in the wacky chair race in addition to squeezing in time to be a grandma, sitting with her grandkids in the bleachers watching the wacky boats race, in between her many chores. Even the night before Harborfest she helped rope off the docks, put out garbage cans, check for debris on the roads and put up signs in preparation of the event. Wow!
All of the wacky boat races were quite amazing to watch, but after seeing what the mayor was doing behind the scenes it became very clear that what this town has is an amazing mayor, one that they should be very proud to have.
“It takes everyone to make this happen,” a modest Reames said, referring to the Harborfest event. “It’s a team effort with the community. We really couldn’t do the things we do without all those in the community that help out; the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce’s great organization of the events, the Police Department’s traffic control and security, EMS, the Fire Department, community volunteers, local churches and many other community organizations,” the Mayor added.
There are a lot of moving parts and a lot of fine folks and entities involved in pulling this whole thing off every year.
You will usually find an amazing leader behind an a amazing event. And in this case, you also find that amazing person to actually be behind a whole amazing town called the Village of Russells Point at Indian Lake.
Hats off to the hard working hands-on modest “Mayor of many Hats,” Robin Reames and her many fine helpers.
Ron Brohm is a regular contributor to this newspaper.