Many of us volunteer in support of community activities. After we retire, we typically volunteer more hours than when we were working. Sometimes we need to step back long enough to take a close look at how we are spending those hours and ask ourselves if that’s what we really want to do.
My volunteering in Scouting started when my son became a Cub Scout, long before my retirement. He was in Scouting for 8 years and earned his Eagle Award. I am now in my 27th year as an adult Scouter. I recently took that closer look and realized I needed to move into a role that doesn’t include camping—too many aches and pains to get out of my tent! Changing roles, I have agreed to chair a fundraiser for our Scout District.
Since retiring, I have become involved in many Senior-specific activities, such as ReUNITED, a United Way affinity group re-involving people who retired and became lost to UW. I joined the Silver Haired Legislature, which advocates for legislation benefitting seniors. I serve on the Regional Aging Advisory Committee of the Appalachian Council of Governments—a group that has input into how public dollars for seniors are spent. I have been a long-time member of the Master Gardener Speakers Bureau, teaching classes both at local Garden Clubs and in the Junior MG program. I recently joined the Program Committee for FBC’s Senior Adult Lunch and More activities.
I am fortunate to have an understanding wife who also values volunteering. She is passionate about Stephen Ministry, Greenville Women Giving, various OLLI committees and Delta Kappa Gamma. She also serves on the Scouting Executive Board. We enjoy our Volunteering, often working side by side. We believe we make a difference in our community, and you can, too.