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Stop Me Before I Volunteer Again!

Posted Monday, December 15, 2008, at 11:39 PM

Are you like me and have a problem saying "NO" when someone asks you for some help with a project? I've always been the type who wanted to be involved in everything. At any given time I can juggle a couple of clubs and two or three board of directors positions. I actually just agreed to serve on another board last week, luckily they meet quarterly.

It's funny, my brother and and I were always totally opposites. He is quiet, does his job and isn't one to call attention to himself. He'll do anything that is asked of him but he's not one to raise his hand and volunteer. Me on the other hand will agree to help with any event, and you can usually twist my arm enough to get me to chair a project. I've actually attended events and wound up working and helping to clean up before leaving, I can't help it. One good thing is that my family usually winds up involved whether they like it or not because I volunteer them too. I used to put all my volunteer jobs on my resume but it got to the point where I had more community involvement than actual jobs, so now I leave some of the older ones off.

My volunteer spirit came from my parents, my Mom in particular. My earliest memories are of my mom sending Christmas gifts to her brother's family of eight members in Arizona. Then there was the single mother and little girl named Angel that we would pick up and take to church every week. Most Sundays Mom would have a care package of food and clothing for them too. She always said "no one should go hungry." We were not rich by any means but she was always willing to give her last dime to help someone at work. Even today she volunteers one day a week at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen.

Speaking of the Salvation Army, lately I've seen lots of people at Walmart ringing the Salvation Army bells for donations. Did you know that every day there are a group of wonderful ladies and men who cook breakfast and lunch for the needy in Dyer County? If you have some extra time and have any cooking skills I'm sure they could use your help. My friend Mark Oakes is on their board and I've heard him say many times that "the ladies that cook can take a can of green beans, potatoes and some cheese and make an unbelievable meal." I had the opportunity to help them last year during the Christmas lunch and trust me those people are thankful. Most of us can't imagine not having food in our pantries. Drop a few cents in the red kettles if you can spare it. Their entire funding for the year comes from the kettles.

I saw in the State Gazette today the Kiwanis Club packing food baskets. This program has been continually funded since 1945. The Chimes For Charity program of the Dyersburg Jaycees has been around for sixty years. These two clubs and their signature programs were begun in the hard times of the 1930's and 40's but have managed to survive and are still around today as we go into another recession. Their longevity is directly attributable to the volunteers who have passed, like Dr. Pierce of the Kiwanis, Mr. O.B. Locklear and Mr. Charlie Moore and most recently our friend Patty Davison of the Dyerburg Jaycees and Chimes For Charity. These folks and many more have given their hearts to helping others in need.

Over the past few years I've seen more and more youth become involved in community and church functions that assist the needy. At first it was for just for the school extra credit, but many of these kids come back year after year and volunteer. These young folks are the guarantee that our local programs will continue another sixty years. Encourage them!

Christmas is a busy time for everybody, buying gifts, visiting relatives, attending parties. I hope you all took the time to stroll through the beautifully decorated Christmas trees at the Sorghum Valley in the Dyer County Fairgrounds. Lydia Nicks and I volunteered to decorate the Noon Rotary tree, not knowing in advance the temperature was going to be 30 degrees with winds blowing 90 miles an hour for days! I have to admit, Thursday afternoon as I was putting the final Rotary wheels on the tree at the last minute so they wouldn't blow off, it was hard to be jolly. It was dusky dark and as I was grumbling to myself I ran into Eddie Anderson, long-time volunteer with the Fair Board. We were both out there alone trying to finish up our projects in the cold before the crowds got there, when he said something to me that made it all crystal clear and I knew why I had volunteered once again. His statement was simple but one I'm sure he had pondered before, "You and I are proud of what we do! That's why we do it!"

If you want that feeling of being proud of yourself and what you do, find a group and volunteer!

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Tennessee got its name as the volunteer state in the mid-early 1800's............. go Vols!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by Johnny Yuma on Wed, Dec 17, 2008, at 10:46 PM

Keep at it!!! You guys are amazing!

-- Posted by yahooo on Thu, Dec 18, 2008, at 8:13 PM

Thanks Kim for those inspiring words volunteer and reap the rewards from thank yous & smiles!My tears have now dried and I am smiling and saying thank you for your continued effort to make this a better place to live and raise a family.As for getting tired the lines are longest at the best resturants! We love you and all the CHIMES FOR CHAIRTY people do for our kids! EDDIE ANDERSON

-- Posted by eddieanderson on Thu, Dec 18, 2008, at 9:40 PM

Get someone to proof your copy before it goes to press. Example: paragraph two, 4th sentence. You do not say, "me will agree to...". The pronoun "me" is not used as a subject in a sentence. Use "I" as subject.

You are commended for your excellent volunteer work. The grammatical errors detract from your article.

-- Posted by granny2hb on Sat, Dec 20, 2008, at 5:33 PM

not enough can be said about great people!

-- Posted by watching slient on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 12:07 PM

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