I think that Lois used the quote that motivates me most to volunteer – “There, but for the grace of God, go I”. I have been so fortunate in my life, and now live in God’s country (my dream location) – but when I look around and see those less fortunate than I am, I feel a need to help in whatever way I can. Volunteering is one of the ways I enjoy giving back – and Kiwanis has SO many opportunities to choose from!
That’s my story…
My story is this….I grew up as a product of a military family. Although my father was not a big part of my life due to divorce and deployment, my mother volunteered at the polls and administered to the needy.. Cub and Boy Scouts led me to service of god and Country through the 12 points of the Scout Law. The Vietnam draft afforded me the opportunity to serve my country and sacrifice my life if necessary. I observed that there were always people in need and much worse off than I. Now that I am retired, I have the time, ability and desire to help others achieve their potential. This is an interconnected world in which we can realize our full potential through interaction with others.
Sisters Kiwanis Purpose and Mission:
The 76 members of the Sisters club take pride in a very real impact on our local community. Our club runs the food bank and has a massive food share event during the Christmas holidays. It supports fellow Sisters residents when emergency needs arise. It offers scholarships to many graduating seniors, and awards grants to dozens of organizations that have significant impact on the well being of children and families.
The club also gives “opportunity grants” to many deserving adults in the community to help them better their position in life. Other service projects include: cleaning Sisters’ highways, reading to children, improving our city’s parks, sponsoring our scout troops, manning Red Cross blood drives, collecting eye glasses and cell phones, arranging community presentations, maintaining an entrance sign to our city, teaching kids poison awareness and helping screen children for health problems.