A “day on, not a day off”

Posted on by Mary Schlitt

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”

On January 20, people nationwide honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service, or as is often quoted in the media, a “day on, not a day off.” Here at Food Gatherers, that sentiment was felt deeply as staff arrived to work, volunteers signed in for their shifts and the Food Gatherers Board of Directors set about business as usual for their first meeting of 2014. Hunger wasn’t taking a vacation day and neither were we!

Food Gatherers Board of Directors, January 2014: (Clockwise from L to R) Dick Soble, Karen Peterson, Tim McIntyre, Susan Katz McFall, Linda Brewer, Eileen Spring, Felicia Brabec, Rick Strutz, Fran Petonic, Terry McParlane, Leon Bunch, Jenna Bacolor, Margie Hagene, and Jim Lewis.

Food Gatherers Board of Directors, January 2014: (Clockwise from L to R) Dick Soble, Karen Peterson, Tim McIntyre, Susan Katz McFall, Linda Brewer, Eileen Spring, Felicia Brabec, Rick Strutz, Fran Petonic, Terry McParlane, Leon Bunch, Jenna Bacolor, Margie Hagene, and Jim Lewis.

The MLK National Day of Service is an opportunity to recommit ourselves as citizens by volunteering in service to one another.  The individuals who sit on our Board of Directors serve to uphold the mission and governing values of Food Gatherers. In the course of a three- or six-year term, directors work to advance our long-term strategic planning  while maintaining an appropriate response to the needs of the community and to new opportunities for meeting those needs. They also serve as ambassadors to our community by attending public events, acknowledging donors and volunteers and personally supporting the organization with a financial gift.

Our directors are a busy bunch, and as you can see from the photo, they barely stopped working long enough for us to snap a photo. So to our board members and all our weekly warrior volunteers: thank you for all you do for others. Your contributions do not go unnoticed!

 

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