A LITTLE PERSPECTIVE – There is such a thing as a free lunch

An invitation to come out on Sept. 6th and bring your hands together to recognize Midway's volunteers.

Midway Volunteer Appreciation Day is coming up on Saturday, September 6th.

It’s a day recognizing outstanding service and contribution to the community by volunteers nominated by their fellow residents.

The event is intended to recognize and promote participation in the community through volunteering. Those named to the honour receive a certificate and medallion; and their names are added to a plaque in the village office.

John & Jan Kolhauser and Ross Elliot are being recognized for their service to the community this year. Jan has volunteered at the library three days a week since they moved to Midway eight years ago and helps out with many community events.

John is past-president of the library board, director on the museum board and also helps out with many community events.

Ross Elliot was nominated for his many hours of work on the Midway Trails & Society, the Community Forest formation, and his willingness to lend a hand on many projects in the Village.

As a bonus the village throws an annual Volunteer Appreciation BBQ along with the ceremony and all Midway residents are invited.

Council recognizes and appreciates the hard work that all volunteers do in and for Midway, and the BBQ is for everyone as a small token of their appreciation.

Everyone who is in town on September 6th is encouraged to come down for the event and enjoy a free burger. The BBQ is there for all residents – whether they are an active volunteer or not.

Volunteers are the key to getting things off the ground in rural communities. It’s simply a fact that we don’t have the population base (read tax-base) to afford a lot of programming that would be available in larger centres.

So everyone who is available should come down to the gazebo at Frank Carpenter Memorial Park (aka Riverfront Park) and lend their appreciative applause to the ceremony and then stick around to celebrate with a free burger or hot dog.

It’s one time of the year when taxpayers can be guaranteed that if they come out they will see their municipal politicians actually working – because every since the Volunteer Appreciation Day started in 2007 village council and senior staff have been the ones doing the work at the grill to serve hamburgers and hot dogs to all who attended.

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The Boundary Creek Times is soon to have an office in Greenwood again. Just across the street from Heritage Credit Union. I’d tell you the exact address except I don’t know it. I’ve enough stuff to try to keep track of in my head – like my cell phone number and email address, not to mention maybe my name – that I simply don’t need another piece of information clogging up my noggin’.

I could just hand you a business card but the only one’s I have now are old and out-dated. Not only is the address of the office no longer correct, but my cell number changed last December as did my email address a few months later.

It’s okay though – with all the gadgets and apps that are around these days a fellow learns to really appreciate any opportunity that comes along to be out of contact for a few minutes.

 

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