I read an interesting article (not about us!) about the need for volunteers in an organization to step forward and get involved. There are two important points that come to my mind as I read this. First, the point was made that while the majority (over 50% was quoted) of members wanted to see the organization thrive, a very small number of members were willing to help the leadership run the organization. That seems a bit contrary to me.
More importantly, this article came to my mind as I was driving home last night following Katie Gunn's recital. We had a number of our members step up to the plate to help bring this event to us: Debbie Holden-Holloway set up the wonderful Vespers service at West Side.; Claudia Smith-Wyant worked hard to get all facets of the weekend publicized; Mark Wright, Cathie Ruppi, and Janet Montroy helped with various dining and transportation tasks throughout the weekend; and, of course, we couldn't leave out June Marano-Murray who hosted Katie for the three nights. Thank you all!
While we who were involved with the planning for this event would have liked to see more in attendance, those who were with us on Saturday night loved the peaceful setting for the service, the wonderful choir, and the prayers. And then... Katie stepped to the console to play a 35-minute recital. This youngster (I can say that at my age, can't I?) showed us why she recently won the National Undergraduate Competition for organists, held a couple of weeks ago in Iowa. On top of that, she won our hearts with her warm and engaging personality as we engaged with her over her three-day visit here.
Now that this weekend is behind us, it's time for some "post-event" reflection that the Executive Board will undertake at our June meeting. If you have thoughts you'd like to share, let us know.
Back to the article referenced above, while our chapter has not (is not?) immune to the apathy that all volunteer organizations experience at some point, that was not the case with us this weekend. Again, thank you all.
Your appreciative Dean,