Volunteerism is a fascinating concept. When I first spoke with Aisha about taking over for 2012, I asked why she volunteers ( I have my reasons...). She was perplexed, but answered, "Because it's what we do." In my mind there was no better answer. It's what we do. Volunteers don't ponder, "What's in it for me?" or "How good will this look on my resume?" We just dive in and take care of whatever needs to be done, satisfied at the end of the day that we did the right thing. Anyone who has volunteered, then gone back to do it again, understands what it's like to give and not get anything tangible in return. For some of us it's pure addiction like a runner's high.
The last several weeks have been all about just diving in and getting the work done. Life happens and this fair is important to Bella Vista. Nancy and Gerry have spent countless hours as interim leaders, testing their mettle in the chaos of a foreign arena, and coming out women warriors. Don't laugh! I have been nothing less than impressed with their efforts, determination, patience, integrity and selflessness. Because it's what we do.
Each time I see them they shower me with gratitude for coming back to assist them, guide them, and answer questions, but mine is the easiest part because I know the fair inside and out. They took this over on Aug. 27th, completely in the dark, not knowing if they could pull it off in the short window of time left. But, the vendors are confirmed, contracts are in place, parent and student volunteers are signing up, the new parking situation resolved, and we have a new food vendor joining us. The weather promises to cooperate, as usual, and they'll only have themselves to congratulate when it's over. Ok, and the students, parents, vendors, customers, etc. ; )
Each year it's the volunteers that give of themselves to make our fair what it is and I, for one, can't be happier to say I was fortunate enough to be one of them. The personal satisfaction factor is off the charts. The friends I've made, having worked with some amazing parents, is priceless and will forever be some of my most cherished memories.
The Bella Vista PTSA is eternally grateful to all those who join us in every capacity and contribute the success of our fundraiser.
Thank you, Everyone, and we'll see you on October 5th!