Friday, October 18, 2019

Mission Moments

August 2011

Why the Golf Outing?

Once a year the Commission on Aging sponsors a Golf Outing. Some may ask, “What does that have to do with the services the COA provides?” If you are looking for an answer, let me tell you why. It is a way to support this agency and have fun with others.

The Golf Outing is our annual fundraiser to help raise money for the program that needs it the most. This year all proceeds will go towards mileage reimbursement to all our volunteer drivers. Some deliver meals; others provide transportation to older adults needing to go to the grocery store, medical appointments, and other places.

The individuals who sign up to play in this outing do it because they like to golf and because the money goes to a good cause. They are people of all ages, both men and women. Some may be a little better at it than others but it is a day of fun and good food. The breakfast, lunch and after game hors-d-oeuvres are prepared in the COA kitchen.

Members of the community and businesses support this event by being hole sponsors, meal sponsors, and by providing prizes for the silent auction and raffle that takes place at the event. Volunteers help staff setup, drive golf carts to carry clubs, sell raffle tickets and help clean up.

The golf outing is always the first Friday in August at Pleasant Hills Golf Club. If you want more information contact Sally Wojciechowski @772-0748.

July 2011

Years ago, I remember conversations with friends who were teachers talking about having been in their careers long enough that they were now teaching the children of former students. I remember thinking, though not saying, “Wow, that’s a long time. I didn’t think you were that old.” As the old saying goes “What goes around comes around.” So it has as I am now working with the children whose parents I worked with many years ago.


June 2011

Several years ago a woman called in to volunteer with COA. It seems her grown children thought it was a good idea – it would give her something to do they said. Reluctantly, she made an appointment to register as a volunteer.

When I met with her, she was fighting back tears as she told me she didn’t know what she could possibly be capable of doing to help COA. She wanted to help but didn’t think she was “qualified.” We talked about work she had done in her life. She had always worked and cared for her family. I told her there was honor in all work and recited a favorite quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve... You only need a heart full of grace . . . and a soul generated by love.” She smiled and asked what she could do to help COA.