Tuesday, June 20, 2017
This month my thoughts go back to the time when I had planned my classroom lesson around a film only to have the lamp burn out in the projector and turn the film into a tangled mess on the floor. Here is another scenario: You plan to run your third period test off during your second period planning time only to find the copy machine with an out of order sign taped to its side when you get there. Remember those good old days? Well, it happened to me this month when our planned program presenters were unable to perform and quick adjustments had to be made. I had been lucky up until now, just months from my stepping down as President. When I was teaching, I always had a plan B just in case plan A failed me. Thank goodness we have several members who can step in and quickly find a program worthy of a two digit admission ticket.
DMARSPA has many members who have a passion for history and travel. Our members are scholars, artists, poets and scientists. They work with various cultures and income groups. They do service work for churches, schools, and senior centers. Our members volunteer at the Botanical Center, Art Center and The World Food Prize Building. I could continue listing all the good our members do on a daily basis but it would take more space in my corner and all day to list them. I am nearing the end of my term and I will again invite anyone reading this to consider joining DMARSPA. You are welcome anytime. If you wish to join, think about making a reservation when the “new” year begins in September. Please check out on this page how you can make that reservation. Remember, if you have plan A, be sure there is a plan B just in case.
There has been a last minute change in our program for Thursday, June 22. The Irish Dancers are unable to perform for us. Fortunately, we have arranged for a great substitution. Robert Warren, the Executive Director at Hoyt Sherman Place, will regale us with his experiences as the manager of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017
Sunday, October 16, 2016
IRSPA has reported the volunteer hours totals for 2015-2016. The 5919 IRSPA members that volunteered reported a total of 413,291 hours for 2015-2016. At a national rate of $23.56 per hour this equals $9,737,135.30 in value, up by $515,104.40 from a year ago. DMARSPA reported 917 hours for youth, 5,657 hours for community totaling 6,574 hours valued at $154,883.44. Remember to record meetings, social get-togethers and phone calls in addition to unpaid care-giving for children and adults. Let's try to increase those totals for next year.