Have you ever faced a morning with more demands on your to-do list than hours enough in the day to accomplish them? That’s how I felt when my alarm went off Monday.
I arrived at the center cringing at the thought of all the work waiting for me. But then a wonderful thing happened – people stepped up to help me. Laura manned the reception desk and ran interference with the telephone. Norene took on the task of table decorations.
In fact, every time my proverbial “plate” is full, volunteers seem to appear and offer help. Since April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month, I’d like to recognize and say thanks to many people who give so much of their time and energy to help keep this place running:
Board of Directors: Tonya Gary, David Buschow, Marci Whitney, Ken Davis, Bill Bennett, Dora Calderon, Sharon Carnley, Wanda Davis, Michael Franklin, Doris Friddle, Ken Johnson, Patricia Luna, Donald Reese, Glenn Summers, and Mandy Sharp.
Silver Notes: Max Wheeler, Dorothy Dowler, Linda Duncan, Eula Eckert, Bill Farmer, Juanita Farmer, Joyce Hibbs, Blanche Ladd, Joe and Sue Nix, Monita Remmich, Mary Ann Rowan, James and LaVern Sain, Maxine Shupp, Jim Stevens, Margaret Strain Burkie Thornton, Betty West, Marjorie West, Harold and Gloria Wheeler, Bob White, Kathy Woodard and Bessie Wright.
Front Desk Reception: Bobbie Coleman, Laura Fouke, Marilyn Rhodes and Rosette Sutton.
Teachers: O.D. Cole, Lucien Coleman, Dorothy Dowler, Linda Draper and Linda Gilley.
Birthday Band: Max Wheeler, Glen Albin, Wesley Albright, Jim Buzby, Linda Dennis, Bobby Hart, Billy Jones, Elmer Lawrence, Paul Saunders, Red West and Marvin Wood.
Kitchen Helpers: Bobbie Coleman, Rikki Jo Horton, Norene Moore, William Moss, Rosette Sutton, Pam Tatum, Sandy Vinson and James Williams
Birthday Party Helpers: Sharon Carnley, Danna Hadley, Keisha Henry, Ruby Kling and Dollie Meals.
MWHS National Honor Society Students: Kenneth Lathrom, Lindsay Millikan, Kevin Gregory, Macy Nix and Nicholas Wendt.
Garage Sale Team Leaders and Workers: Nellie Garcia, Dora and Victor Calderon, Gladys Mainaird, David and Linda Draper, Sharon Rose, Kaye Cornish, Sharon McKinley, Joyce Nickel, Carolyn and Mat Seltzer, Anne Farrell, Linda Pitts, Emilio Luna, Alan Lusk, Don and Martha Reese, Harry Stallatos, David Buschow, Fern Wilson, Glenn Summers, Judy Nash, Maria Gonzales, Bertha Hoover, Mike and Barbara Boyd, Karen Walker, Marilyn Shaffer, Shirley Arrot, Bob Brock, Cathy Torres, Bobbie Coleman, Darleen Carthen, Linda Duncan, Margaret Strain and Maurine Burnett.
There is quite literally no room in this column to mention all the individuals who came in to help with different events during the year, including all those who presented workshops and worked in the Senior Expo last September; my veterinarian nephew, Derek Johnson, who administered free vaccinations to 75 dogs and 12 cats; the people who helped with our motorcycle rally or presented programs ranging from Alzheimer Legal Issues to Emergency Protocols.
I am so grateful to all the people who have helped us in so many ways. My heart is full from the sheer blessing of it.
From our entire Senior Center staff, we say Thank You and Hats Off to all our volunteers!