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2012-01-19

Volunteers

Amy Hawley

"A volunteer is a person who can see what others cannot see; who can feel what most do not feel. Often, such gifted persons do not think of themselves as volunteers, but as citizens - citizens in the fullest sense: partners in civilization." George Bush

One of our ex-presidents really hit the nail on the head when he called volunteers "partners in civilization." This partnership is most evident in Bandera County. Our population is small, but our hearts are big and we see this every day - in the organizations we belong to, our churches, schools, libraries and healthcare facilities. If it weren't for our volunteers, we would be in a "heap of hurt!"

For example, let's look at the Silver Sage Corral Thrift Store. It didn't just pop up out of nowhere and, "Ta-Da!" it was a business, offering fine goodies for sale with profits going to our Meals on Wheels Program. It took a lot of planning. Many caring men and women put in long hours to gather the initial items, create a store space and give their time to sell merchandise to the public. These folks are "volunteers."

The difficult job has been done. Our store is in place and now the fun begins! Volunteers run the little store, accept the donated items, display them and greet and sell to shoppers.

Thrift shop manager, Pat Stokes, is on the Silver Sage Board of Directors. A volunteer totally devoted to the cause, Pat is a real gem to work with.

Other volunteers help keep the shop open Monday through Saturday. Some of these folks work more than one day enabling the store to remain open.

But, we need more volunteers.

It would be nice to have at least two people working together on a daily basis. People get sick or have other responsibilities that make it difficult to show up on their allotted days. When that occurs, substitutes are needed. On days when no one can be there, the store must be closed. That's not a good business practice!

The "job" is simple. Hours are from 10 am until 3 pm, and a hot lunch from the Silver Sage kitchen is delivered at noon. The environment is comfortable; there is plenty of parking; and many fine folks stop in daily to visit. If you have a few hours a day a week, please consider our plea and give us a call at the Silver Sage office at 830-796-4969.

We look forward to talking with you.

As Margaret Mead said, "The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is just that little extra."

Our January 42 Tournament was held on Thursday, Jan 12. Winners included Barbara Bartkoviak and Donald Ledwig in first place and Marianne Sandidge and Stan Johnson coming in second.

Congratulations to you domino players - keep on keeping on. The tourney is held the second Thursday of each month and 42 is played every Thursday.

The next Friday Nite Jam Session will be held - finally! - on Jan. 28, beginning at 6:30 pm. Remember to bring a pot luck dish if you wish to join in with the goodies!

Our January Birthday Bash will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 31. If you are an honoree or just want to extend birthday wishes, join us in the dining room at 11:30 am. However, please remember to call before 9 am to make a reservation.

Don't forget our Black and Red Ball will be held at The Farm Country Club, beginning at 6 pm, Saturday, Feb. 11. The evening costs $30 per person, which includes a delicious meal, silent and live auctions, dancing to the Almost Patsy Cline Band and wonderful camaraderie.

Request a table for eight for a reduced price of $220. All proceeds fund the Meals on Wheels Program of Bandera County. Please plan to join us for a delightful evening!

Ronald Reagan gives us our final quote: "No matter how big and powerful government gets, and the many services it produces, it can never take the place of volunteers."