At the end of a great retreat, a person wants to reflect on that mountain-top experience. It’s no different at the end of a big event. I am incredibly reflective this afternoon. The ducks were crated and carried off to the trucks in a matter of minutes. Our new pond was the best decision we could have made. It’s a little scary going in…but coming out, it’s a sure thing.
I’m just the writer. I observe and post what I see and hear and think you need to know. There are so many hard workers! Today, I was so blown away by so many people. Kristin Demos is a fundraising queen I would want on my team, whatever the game. Kristan Roberts Iaccheri and her husband John Iaccheri really did a phenomenal job with the Fun Fest part of the day. Jessica from the Child Advocacy Center has worked so well with me–sending me new code when I needed it, but today she just outdid herself. In the water, I watched Jason (I don’t actually know his last name) and Stacey Birket, and Peter Demos, and a young man I don’t know, and Kristin Demos with 5,000 ducks. They raced 10 heats of ducks. It’s not as easy as you might think. I think about Coreen King and Michelle Shrader and all of their efforts before today and today with all of the volunteers. I’m just amazed at how they pulled so many people together. Beth Parker was everywhere….that’s a sign of a great volunteer. Angel Davenport and Coreen’s daddy, Mr. Holden, both were sporting knee contraptions and didn’t miss a beat. There were so many volunteers who worked to make this a great event. Even our Chief of Police (who I didn’t recognize out of dress clothes), was actively involved in the duckiness of the day. I am so impressed with the volunteer efforts in our community.
I can go on for a long time, but I’m hoping lots of you will pay tribute to the friends you know who volunteered. I have missed lots of people! The lifeguards and staff at SportsCom–amazing. Bart Fite–couldn’t have been more accommodating!
A side note, I can’t wait for Peter D’s to open. They provided a taste of some amazing food today. Thank you, and Happy Birthday, Peter D.
Sports Com was the new pond for the ducks. It was the best move! Wait until you see all of the pictures of the happy kids—and that’s pretty much all we care about. I’ll leave you with two of my favorite shots and post the rest in an album on our site later.