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Show some appreciation

Due to a dream I had last night, I awoke thinking about a volunteer position I had many years ago at a local museum. (The museum is no longer in existence due to very poor fiscal management.) I did a one week stint as part of a teacher-in-the-workplace project. There were other places I volunteered in other summers, but this one stands out as I worked very hard, getting projects accomplished for staff members. One of the women for whom I worked thanked me at the end of the week, but that was about it.

I should have realized then that this would be a precursor to future volunteer jobs. I’ve done quite a few now, and I’ve come to the conclusion that organizations that use volunteers aren’t very good at showing their appreciation. In many cases, even though I have donated large amounts of time and talent, the organization wants me to also donate money to their cause. Often it’s in the form of a membership or raffle tickets. Sigh.

What has happened to thank-you notes? Or a luncheon for volunteers? Some small token of appreciation. The school chaplaincy provides a breakfast at each monthly meeting and a large Christmas dinner at the end of the year. This year, the chaplaincy also gave all school chaplains rolls of stickers to use with their students. We hear “thank you for all you do,” quite often, too.

So, if you are involved with an organization that uses volunteers, I hope you convince the powers who be to show appreciation to those who are giving of their time and energy. Or, that pool of volunteers might just dry up.

Retired people activities

Keeping busy is not a problem around here. Terry has been getting more and more requests to take pictures of events. We were invited to a formal dinner at one of the downtown historical buildings last month to celebrate the work of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Terry takes lots of photos for this organization so it was a nice “thank you.” Even though they didn’t request photos, Terry took a few (100) or so. This shows an overview of the room:


In just the past two weeks he has done photos of their monthly breakfast and then of the grand opening of a new business of one of their members. Someone snapped a  picture at the grand opening, and Terry was in it, doing his job:

Terry at yougurt etc


The business is a yogurt shop, and this photo was taken of people with their samples of the product that were given out that morning. You can see Terry back there, camera to face, taking a photo of some other people from the Chamber, chatting.

Friday, while my friends and I went to Kingsburg, Terry went to another grand opening, this time a residential development in downtown Fresno, to take a few photos:


Taking the photos is the fun part. Then he spends hours editing them, putting them on CD, making a cover, and delivering the CD to the organization. On Friday night he took photos for a meeting at our church.  I don’t know when he will get time to edit those as he is doing the editing of our church’s video of the Sunday morning service which is broadcast on TV each Sunday morning. Not only will he do the editing, but drive the finished tape across town to the TV station. Oh, and he also operated one of the video cameras this morning that tapes the service for the one-week delay.

Me? I’ve been doing school tours at Kearney Mansion again. I did this last year and had so much fun, and I guess I was good enough, that they asked me back. The students who come are local third graders. I usually give two-45 minute tours, back to back, but if the school has a large group, then I will do three tours. I’m pretty tired on those days. Since we are in the last days of school here, the tours have finished, and I’m planning to work on a scrapbook project this week depicting a party I helped give one of our church members who was moving away.

Kearney 2


Here I am showing the students a panorama picture of the Fruit Vale Estates as it looked in 1903.

This photo, taken in the farm management office that is in the house, shows an advertisement that M. Theo Kearney used to sell his development in 1889:

Kearney tour guide


So, those are a few activities we have been doing the last few weeks of May, first part of June. The next big thing is to take care of our grandchildren for six days while their parents are doing a summer mission project. I’ll let you know how that works out.