Recently I retired from the board of directors of the Prairie Arts Council after five years as president. As a thank-you, the board and spouses took Jan and me out to dinner. Very kind of them.
Sitting with this great table of volunteers made me think about volunteerism in Princeton.
All of these board member families are also involved in other organizations in town, giving so much time and talent to make Princeton the great town it is. I won’t name all the organizations, but just think a moment what our town would be if no one cared.
I wish we could have a day where everyone who is part of an organization or group that spends so much time behind the scenes, could wear an arm band or badge to let ALL of you know the manpower it actually takes to provide the endless opportunities to enrich our lives.
Once in a while when you are at an event, please thank your hard-working neighbors who are giving so much time and talent, so you can experience the best of Princeton. They have a huge love of this community and bring out the best in all of us.
The experiences provided for our children can make a big difference in their lives and inspire them to follow in our footsteps. Two good examples are Mikayla Wilhelm and Ryan Frank, winners of the Swan-Eickmeier scholarships. Their community service list is exhaustive. Thanks so much.
Thank you, PAC Board members Kevin Shyne, Sue Garvin, Jack Olson, Cyndi Olson, True Wahlgren, Tammy Tieman, David Gorenz, Mary Sue Goldsmith, Charlie Gebeck and Pam Hanson, today’s board at Prairie Arts Council. I am so happy to have you in my life and consider you my family.
Volunteerism is alive and well in Princeton.
Stephen J. Esmé