As an event columnist for P/S, I have had a busy and rewarding year. I have spent time at school functions, town festivals, committee meetings and fund-raising events. I recently attended three raffle drawings, a meeting of Library Friends and a bike race. I saw business community volunteers at last weekend’s Apple Festival working tirelessly to bring another revenue-boosting and fun event to town. I am constantly reminded how caring and sharing the people of our community are.
The spirit of the community was never more evident than on Sept. 29 when my husband and I were guests at a volunteer appreciation dinner hosted by the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (SCAF). The dedicated volunteers, including President Dave Burkhart and an eight-member board of directors, are generous in time, spirit and talent. Their contribution is important to Pine and Strawberry enabling the non-profit organization to provide a wide array of services to local seniors and the community.
SCAF operates the Community Center Thrift Store (officially incorporated as “the Pine Mall”). They do a noteworthy job of maintaining a well-organized and well-run store in a friendly, helpful and welcoming manner, with quality and attractively displayed merchandise always at low prices to the consumer. Proceeds from the store and the annual volunteer-driven fund-raisers provide revenue to operate the adjacent Senior Dining Room with week-day lunches for seniors, senior social activities, Meals-on-Wheels, and more. They bring us the worldwide storytelling event, Tellabration, host an annual talent show, silent auction, ice cream and taco benefits, and free community Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Multiply all these services by the amount and impact of volunteers to pull it all off and you will get an idea of the magnitude of generosity within the SCAF volunteer family.
Rhonda Bossert, manager of the Thrift Store and Terry Burkhart, manager of the Senior Dining Room, show their love of SCAF and the volunteers and the feeling is reciprocated by the volunteers, who enthusiastically cheered them both on throughout the evening’s celebration. The ladies put their heart and tremendous effort into making the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner a special and memorable evening for nearly 50 guests. After a patriotic pledge to the flag, thanks to God and opening words by charismatic host, Roger Fornoff, a Meals-on-Wheels volunteer, the evening was off and running with a chicken Marsala dinner and ending with the distribution of numerous fabulous door prizes.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2012 Volunteer of the Year award, which went to someone who is “dependable, always cheerful, works tirelessly, helps others, rolls her eyes a lot, can clean (and identify) any object and donates over 100 hours of service a month.” The honor went to Rainey Trotter, who became a SCAF volunteer in April 2011. Her favorite task is working with kitchen appliances and electronics. Rhonda noted, “It is neat to watch her test an appliance, then clean it until it looks like new.”
Rhonda stressed the difficulty in choosing a recipient for the annual award. “Each one of our volunteers are unique men and women. Their backgrounds are so diverse and the knowledge and stories that they share. They are all my antique and strange item experts. They all work very hard while having fun and interesting conversation. We are blessed to have such men and women who give of their time and God-given talents.”
If you are a SCAF volunteer, thank you for your contribution to the enhancement of our community. If you are not, think of how and where you might assist your community and be one of the special people who are making a difference. If you are interested in becoming a SCAF volunteer, please call (928) 476-4633.
Strawberry’s Elite Steak Fry
Please come out and be a part of the very best of Pine and Strawberry at the upcoming annual Steak Fry sponsored by Strawberry’s Elite and join them in helping the area’s needy children and seniors.
The annual Steak Fry is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21 at THAT Brewery and Pub in Pine. The event includes a steak dinner, raffle and entertainment by Trouble in Paradise. Tickets are tax deductible and are available at THAT Brewery and Pub for $20 per person or two for $35.
Without the committed work of this local non-profit charity foundation and community support of their efforts, many of our disadvantaged children and adults would go without the essentials that most of us take for granted. If you have not attended a charity event this year, please make it this one and help P/S children in need and their families at the holiday season. For more information on Strawberry’s Elite and how you can get involved, contact Shara Weiss at email@example.com.
Calling all quilters
It’s time to start getting excited and officially getting your quilts and wearables entered for the Rim Country Quilt Roundup coming Nov. 9 to 11 to the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino in Payson. Entry forms must be submitted by Oct. 27. The three-day quilting event draws quilt enthusiasts from throughout the country and even Canada. The show features quilts, wearable art and fabric art from across the country, fascinating classes and lectures, a vendor mall and more.
Register now for best selection of classes by award-winning, nationally-recognized teachers including Sharon Schamber, named the No. 1 quilter in America. For information, show tickets, class registration and quilt entry forms visit www.quiltroundup.com.
Next week in P/S Happenings meet Pine-Strawberry resident and accomplished quilter and Hall of Fame recipient, Willene Smith. You won’t want to miss her inspiring story.
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