Volunteers are the most important resource community organizations have.
In recognition of all the hard-working residents who donate their time for the betterment of society, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program held its annual banquet to say thanks to its members and to celebrate the contributions made by them in the community.
RSVP is an organization open to people 55 or over. It works to connect volunteers with a situation that best fits their needs, from food banks to nursing homes.
“I know you don’t like to pat yourself on the back, but you should,” said RSVP program director Donna Anderson. “You do a wonderful job and the volunteer hours you provide mean a lot to this community. How about you turn to the person sitting next to you and pat them on the back.”
Volunteers find the donation of their time and energy a meaningful experience for themselves as well as for the organization they assist: a true win/win situation.
RSVP member John Davis was named Volunteer of the Year. An American Legion member, Davis donates thousands of hours in the community each year.
Guest speaker Morrison Mayor Sue Anderson learned the importance of giving back to the community at an early age.
“My dad taught me that you have to do more than live in a community. You have to give back to the community. It’s important. People, such as yourselves, make a community. Without volunteers, we couldn’t do all that we do. Thank you for your service and your dedication to being a volunteer.”
Volunteers were treated to lunch at Central Church of Christ that was catered by Janice Kennamer. While eating, Warren County High School Choir offered a wide variety of musical entertainment for the group. Then, with STAR 107 DJ Jeff Barnes as announcer, members played Bingo for dozens of prizes.
For more information on RSVP, Donna Anderson can be reached at 473-5367.