Proud To Be A Volunteer



I have lived in Payson since 1992. After working for Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Co. for nine years, I could see the writing on the wall and decided to retire in May of 2009.

Having worked 40 hours a week since I was 16, the first year of retirement was a joy! I got a lot of neglected work done around the house and took a lot of trips. (Trips are what you take when you are retired — vacations are what you take when you’re not). After about a year of this I was bored!

John Stanton, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce manager and Marty Putnam, Payson Visitors Center manager, had both worked at Foxworth-Galbraith while I was there and we are friends. They talked me into being a volunteer in the Visitors Center one day a week!

A purpose. A reason to get up in the morning get dressed and shave. Meet new people. Help people and have a good time doing it! I now volunteer one day a week at the Visitors Center and one day a week at the Payson Public Library.

About a month ago, I got a call from Cameron Davis from the Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. He got my name from John Stanton at the chamber. He asked me if I would volunteer to work at the Mountain High Games to be held in Payson. I would be working at the Dutch oven competition. With no hesitation — I said yes!

Saturday, June 4 came. Five of us volunteers showed up at 7 a.m. At the Dutch oven area and we were there until 4 p.m. What can I say? Hats off to Cameron Davis and his crew of employees from Payson Parks and Rec for a job well done! Cameron and his crew saw to it that we had what we needed when we needed it! We were volunteers — but most important of all was that we had a lot of fun — met a lot of interesting people and got to sample a lot of good food. Cameron and his entire crew treated us with nothing but the greatest of respect and consideration. We were needed!


In Payson, there are a lot of people out there just like me. Give your life a purpose. You might even call it a reason to go on. One day a week — two days a week — the Humane Society of Central Arizona, the library, the Visitors Center, the Time Out store, the Senior Circle, the hospital — the list goes on and on! Get up out of that recliner and give your life a purpose again!

We live in a great town — only you can make it greater!

Gary Klein


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