Most of you know that my last message of the season is always dedicated to all our volunteers. You de-serve to be front and center because you are the ones who make it happen at Silveridge! Kudos to all of you who kept it going forward; to all the time, energy and passion you put into the task that was before you. Whether it was being a Club Leader, washing dishes in the kitchen, leading a SIG Group, beautifying the ballroom with your decorating talent, or whatever your volunteering skill; you did it with professionalism and with a smile! Thank you to those of you who are new to volunteering and are replacing volunteers who are taking on new goals or moving on to different opportunities. Thank you to those volunteers who have served for years and thank you to the “newbies.” Over 70 Silveridge mugs were delivered to new people in the park and what a joy it was to meet most of you at our Welcome Class. There is so much talent in this park and I challenge you, even if you are new, to share your gifts. Do not be afraid! There are mentors and helpers there for you!
To all those who volunteer in unseen ways, such as driving residents to doctor appointments or just sitting with a resident while the spouse can get away for awhile. How about the Quilting Club who delivered all those quilts and laptops to those who needed a dose of hope? And to those strong individuals who help with tables and chairs; we all learned the meaning of “many hands make light work!” And let’s not forget our corporate leaders, office staff and maintenance workers who make our park beautiful!
A few personal thank you’s: Jerry Colling, our head cook who brings us delicious meals cooked with love; Tracy Gagnier, our head volunteer coordinator, who recruits and trains the 100 plus kitchen volunteers; Sharon, my friend and assistant who serves you with a smile and has been a blessing to me during the year; the new kids on my team, John and Deb Bartlett who are so appreciated as they take care of our set–ups and cleaning after all our functions. I am grateful for Jeff for being my sounding board and standing beside me through better or worse. To Mom who loves me unconditionally. The journey this year was made brighter with the prayer support of my “Balcony Friends.” These friends uplifted the entire Silveridge Community.
It is with appreciation that I honor all our volunteers with recognition, food and entertainment at our Volunteer Appreciation Party. Thank you for being a star. Now it is your turn to let the spotlight shine on you!!!