News-Times; Friday, February 28, 2030
In our continuing effort to highlight “unsung heroes” within our community, I had the special privilege of spending an afternoon in Depoe Bay with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ron A Sherwood, and his lovely wife Zola.
It took no time at all to feel perfectly at ease in the Sherwood’s beautiful coastal retreat, overlooking the rock cliffs of Depoe Bay. My eyes were drawn to Mr. Sherwood’s beautiful Bösendorfor grand piano, strategically placed near their unobstructed views of the ocean below! It was a cool afternoon; not too breezy, so the Sherwoods graciously fired up the patio heater and yielded to my request of holding our interview on the deck.
Q: Mr. Sherwood, I know your background well enough to know you could have chosen to live anywhere in the world… Why did you choose to settle in Depoe Bay?
A: First off; call me Ron. I’ve never been much on formality, which is just one of the many reasons I love the laid back feel of the coast.
I was born and raised in Salem, but the Oregon Coast has always ‘called my name’ and felt more like home to me than any other place in the world. The areas between Lincoln City and Florence were my playground growing up, and I lived in Newport a little over 5 years… In fact, Newport is where I met my sweet Zola Jean, and I even worked – briefly – at the News-Times!
Anyway, we moved back to the valley to be closer to Zola’s family and to help my folks in their last years, but I always hoped to return when I retired from the Post Office. I almost became the Postmaster of Depoe Bay a couple years before I retired, and I guess – since that moment – Depoe Bay kind of chose us, rather than us choosing Depoe Bay.
Q: Have you always been an entrepreneur?
A: [Laughs] No, not at all! I am risk averse to the max, and I’d likely be termed an intrapreneur rather than an entrepreneur. I took a service I’d used and trusted for years, became an associate for $99 – my total “risk” – and began my own Network Marketing Business. I now have more financial and time freedom than I ever dreamed possible just a few short years ago.
Q: Yes, you’ve come a long way in only ten years! To what do you attribute your success?
A: I actually started my business in late August 2019, but having always said I’m the furthest thing from a workaholic that exists – true to my word – it took me a while to get things going. My success never really started until a year later, when I discovered the Master Key Experience conducted by Mark J. and “The Fab Davene” out of Hawaii. That’s when everything changed; I began to dream big, believe in myself again, and crush my self-limiting beliefs.
A: Zola: Yes, Ron has always been an enthusiastic person; always learning, always helping others, but I definitely saw a change come over him when he started MKE!
Q: So, how did you discover the “Master Key Experience?”
A: [Laughs again!] Well, you’ll love this! First off, the system isn’t new at all, but it came to me when I needed it most. And, as I said, I am NOT a workaholic so I worked my business on a very part time basis. What attracted me to this system is, and I don’t remember if this was his email address or website title, but I got an email from the “worldslaziestnetworker.” I immediately thought, “Now, that’s for me!” (Laughs again!)
Q: You’ve run your business in such a way that most have no idea of your history… Will you elaborate a little on what that history is?
A: Absolutely! I don’t make a habit of advertising the things I do or have done, but I don’t hide from them either. I am nothing special… No, scratch that! I am very special! But you are very special, and every other human being walking on this planet is very special! That’s what the Master Key Experience teaches, but since it is six months of intensive training, I won’t pretend to explain it in the limited time we have together. However, the only limits we have as human beings are the ones we place on ourselves, or those of others – true or false – that we have accepted as our own.
When I found MKE, it took only six weeks to free up more time with Zola than I’d ever had unless we were on vacation. Within a year I’d paid off every bill we had, created a substantial “emergency” fund at the bank, and began saving for this home we’re living in now. Then, in early 2022, I finally felt the freedom to find and purchased the one car I’ve wanted since I was nine years old… A 1959 Plymouth Sport Fury; the car I grew up in! Three months later, Zola and I spent a month traveling west on Route 66, seeing nearly every landmark along the way. It was so fun traveling it in a classic convertible.
Then, before the year ended, my income doubled and we began giving substantial donations to the “National Alliance to End Homelessness” and “Prevent Child Abuse, Oregon.”
Q: Is that when you came up with the idea of “Forever Yours?” When you started donating to National Alliance to End Homelessness?
A: Not really. I have a very giving spirit, but I never had a lot of money to give away. So, any time I had the opportunity I’d keep extra gloves, a jacket or two; other things of that nature in my car and hand them out when I saw a need. These were always very well received, and I remember one day in particular when I approached someone to give him my gloves [I didn’t have a spare pair] on a terribly cold day. As I got closer, I realized he was already wearing gloves, but I offered to trade with him if he wanted to and he was amazingly grateful! When I took his, I discovered his gloves were both for the left hand, and filled with holes! I felt such a deep gratitude for my comparative wealth after that encounter, and believe that was the day “Forever Yours” was born. Now, instead of delivering a pair of gloves and a couple of jackets a year, I can help warm and shelter fifty to a hundred people every single day!
Q: And “Prevent Child Abuse, Oregon”… Where does that fit in?
A: Annihilating child abuse has been my number one hot button since a very young age. I have yet to come up with a way I can personally affect change any better than those who are already working on it… So, until I do, I support those who are doing great work not only for the children of Oregon, but worldwide. I was fortunate to grow up in a “Donna Reed” type family in the late 50s and early 60s – your young readers can google it – but my aunt and uncle fostered a LOT of children, and the stories I heard broke my heart.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to leave our readers with?
A: I could talk forever and a day about all I’ve experienced in my lifetime and these last six years. However I’d much rather talk about how every person reading this today can realize their own dreams and visions if they will only take the time to understand the amazing power that resides in each one of us. My newest booklet, “Breadcrumb Back Home” is life affirming, and has literally changed the lives of many who have read it. I give it away to all who ask, and though it’s an abbreviated glimpse into ways of breaking away from our self-limiting beliefs and discovering the power waiting inside each of us, it is a great place to start. I’ll give you my web address to publish, for anyone who may want a copy. I appreciate your honoring me with this interview, and look forward to many years in this amazing community we call home.