2012.12.19 You are all wonderful and I am grateful

Written by David Green.

By COLLEEN LEDDY

This is not a thank you letter. Even though a list of names will appear at some point in this space, this is not a thank you ad, one of those things David insists goes in the classified section. This is merely an observation, long-windedly articulated, that people don’t realize how wonderful they are.

Following the end of the third and last series of the Prime Time Family Reading Time program at Stair Public Library, the Friends group staged an Appreciation Dessert Tea in appreciation of everyone who helped in one way or another to make the 2012 PRIME TIME program a success.

As I told those who attended the Tea, when I sent out an e-mail announcement regarding the event, several recipients were surprised, and e-mailed back, saying things like:

“I did absolutely NOTHING toward the Prime Time series!” That was from someone who brought cookies for one of the weekly meals and is supportive of our programs in general.

“I didn't do anything to contribute this year,” said someone who helped gather the Bridge Walk sponsorships for the t-shirt…which raised almost $1,900.

“I think this was sent to me accidentally,” wrote a council member.

“I didn't participate this time,” from a library board member

“I would love to come to a dessert tea, but I'm not sure what part I had in making Prime Time a success?” from another board member

“I don’t feel deserving of such a generous offer. From a business owner who couldn’t attend, but said, “besides I only attended one Prime Time.”

I chided the council and library board members. They are a huge behind-the-scenes part of our success and we are very grateful for their service to this community. They do their work for little or no pay, and probably aren’t thanked enough. They’re committed and concerned and care about our community. Without their support and approval in general, we couldn’t offer such a comprehensive, time-consuming, but extremely worthwhile program.

Every single thing people contribute (even if it’s just one night of baby wrangling or washing dishes) makes a huge difference in how well the program works…and we appreciate their time and effort. I’m not the best at thanking people on a regular basis, but it doesn’t go unnoticed.

As a very meager token of that appreciation, I gave little jars of Sweet Cinnamon Nuts to those attending the Tea. I told them that there are lots of meanings for the word nuts. 

“Rather than suggesting you’re crazy for donating so much time or that I am for wanting to take on such a program, I use the “crazy in love” meaning.

And, I say to you, Melissa Elliott, Melissa Stewart, Joyce Woerner, Sharon Bruce, Sheri Pennington, Kay Fernamberg, Anne Johncox, Jackie Green, Doug Curry, Leslie Montijo-Otero, Liz Stella, Pam Hollstein, Andi Rorick, Betsy Hall, Jane Brasher-Garrow, Sally Kruger, Kelley Burrow, Lois Speed, Janelle Thomas, Lisa Acuna, Matt Garrow, Chris Frost, Sheri Frost, Lori Drogowski, Susan Bach, Kym Ries, Sandy Emmons, Kathy Schiermyer, Heather Walker, Mike Gillen,

Keith Pennington, Brenda Spiess, Tracy Schell, Jeff Bell, Rebecca Berger, Greg Braun, Robert Jennings, Renee Schroeder, Crystal White, Leasa Slocum, Diane Varga, Annette Nichols, Ketan Patel, Pearl Phelps, Trish Burrow, Deb & Jim Yatzek, Kathy Farley, Mary Fisher, Karen Wood, Mike Osborne, Devon Vernier, Katherine Wollter, Pat Houttekier, Karen Kast, Pat Barrett, Pat Herman, Paul Heidbreder, Sybil Diccion, Ken Fether,

Deb Hojnacki, Adam Gillen, Bailey Blaker, Cheyenne Travioli, Erin Kimbrell, Gabi Acuna, Kenneth Dillon, Maddy Pruzinsky, Mariah Gillen, Mary Margaret Hollstein, Shannon Kimbrell, Josh Elarton, Edward Hollstein, Spencer Elliott, Morenci Chamber members, all 75 individuals and businesses who sponsored the Bridge Walk, and an incredibly helpful group of middle school boys who willingly and cheerfully moved the borrowed tables and chairs back to the Bible Fellowship under Jim Yatzek’s direction in no time at all….

You are all wonderful and I love you all for volunteering and supporting us and for your generous spirit.

Even my husband, who, when, I sent out that e-mail invitation, wrote back, “Sorry, toenail clipping that night.” 

Yes, David, even you are wonderful.

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