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Have You Heard of Craftivism?

If you haven’t, you should know it’s a world-wide movement. Craftivism opens up a conversation so people can learn from each other and exchange views. When I attended Salon An Artful Conversation last year, I was delighted to hear Betsy … Continue reading

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Our Special Boy Scout Experience Lasts a Lifetime

Both the Scouts and the parents of our Boy Scout troop are close knit because we offer a special leadership experience that no other troop can match. We volunteer to direct the parking at our county’s annual agricultural fair in … Continue reading

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What to Do About Turning 50

You need to do something special to commemorate a half century in this world. After all, you’ve made it through quite a few ups and downs! What if you don’t want a party? I wanted to do 50 of something. … Continue reading

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You Can Make Better Videos: Public Access TV

A few years ago, I wanted to learn how to produce professional videos. You know how you attempt to capture an event on video and the quality’s usually poor? I definitely wanted to do better. At the time, a professional … Continue reading

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Being A Boy Scout Leader Is One of the Best Things I’ve Ever Done

After nine years, last night was our last Cub Scout meeting. I’d spent eight years in uniform with five of them as Pack Committee Chairman, a position I often referred to as “Leader of the Leaders”. Since I spoke without … Continue reading

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To Be Given A Future

Yesterday I had the honor of attending the ribbon cutting for an apartment building. A nonprofit organization was able to purchase a vacant, foreclosed property in a neighborhood suffering from blight and renovate the building to provide homes for four … Continue reading

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Glad to Know Volunteers Are On the Job

A few months ago, one of the founding members of our Human Services Advisory Commission suggested we suspend formal commission meetings while evaluating our mission and duties in Rockville. We all had to dig down deep and decide if we … Continue reading

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What Would Happen If There Were No Volunteers?

Last week I spoke with elementary school students about homelessness. Every class I visit is always attentive for their “special guest” and our conversations can be an insightful treat. One second grade boy stopped me in my tracks when he … Continue reading

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My Dad Was Way Before United We Serve

A friend from high school said he never drives past a volunteer community car wash without thinking about my dad. My dad owned a gas station and he was always letting scouts and schools have car washes. My friend marveled … Continue reading

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We’re All In This Together: Mandatory Volunteering

As I was sitting at a picnic for one of my son’s activities, a leader stood up and proceeded to describe all the volunteer duties for parents. “O boy,” I thought, “This is entirely my fault.” After leading a youth … Continue reading

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