Well it’s official, vacation season is upon us. Each year my extended family takes an adventure into parts unknown. It’s always a wild and crazy time with twenty to thirty different personalities at play, often under one roof! This year since we’ve all had side-adventures of our own, we’ve decided to do a staycation.
And so in a few weeks we will all converge upon my home town of Newton falls, Ohio and squeeze far too many people into far too small a space. My mother, the matriarch and tireless list-maker will tell us all what we’re responsible for bringing. She will pair up families and designate cooking nights. She will come up with exciting projects and events for us to do, and then she will appoint one of us to lead each of them.
Maybe it’s just the residual sentiment of Mother’s Day talking, but I think she would have made a pretty darn good volunteer engagement professional. Perhaps my path into this profession wasn’t as “by-chance” as I have always thought.
Just like a volunteer engagement professional, she will have her trials and tribulations throughout our staycation. If our ETA begins to slip past the time she believes we should have arrived, she will be phoning to confirm our participation. If we don’t bring what’s on our list we can choose to turn around and get it or she will pick up her keys and offer to do it for us. As the mother of five, she is no amateur at handling difficult situations. When her adult children inevitably find an insignificant point to argue while playing a board game she will calmly intervene and ban us from playing it at family functions. #RipScattergories
It may sound as though she is all business, and I shouldn’t give you that idea. After all, she is The Mastermind behind: family Nerf wars; the “turn-a-Styrofoam-cooler-into-a-costume-for-your-head” contest; countless group photos where we all wear something ridiculous; the “bizarre rubber finger puppet head” variety show; and so much more.
Though these accomplishments are remarkable in their own rite, her legacy will be in having shown us all how worthwhile the investment of our time and energy truly is. When the world is taking most of what we’ve got we tend not to want to bother with what we might see as frivolous things or extra burdens. Thanks to her tireless efforts I personally know twenty to thirty people who will never take these things for granted and who will go on to raise their families to cherish them.
I’m better at what I do because she demonstrated how to blend business and whimsy with a generous helping of heart.
Now I must leave you, as I have a murder mystery/escape room program to plan out and script…and a box oven to make…and I think I have tie-dying duty…
VAN Central Ohio President
June Monthly Meeting
Engaging Young Professionals in Volunteering
Thursday, June 20, 2019
8:30 am- 10:30 am
677 E. 11th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43203
*If you are not a member, the cost to attend a monthly meeting is $20.
July Meeting: Give Back Day! – Thursday, July 18, 2019
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Thursday, July 11, 2019
Source Point – South Office located at
1070 Polaris Parkway Columbus, OH 43240
Suite 200 conference room
1 – 3 pm
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Dublin Community Recreation Center- located at
5600 Post Road Dublin, OH 43017
Meeting Room 1 located on second floor
1 – 3 pm