Immortality through volunteer service
Tonight, we celebrate some exceptional people. Tonight’s awardees are young, and they are mature, and everywhere between.They are at all phases of life. Our awardees come from many places, many occupations, and many backgrounds.
Perhaps you went to church this weekend, and were served by an usher. Maybe you attended a dinner at a local cultural or ethnic event, and were looked after by a server, or ticket taker. Perhaps you or your kids have participated in scouting, where volunteers transferred their life skills to you, and enriched you with their experience.
What volunteers do is so priceless simply because the best of their life and passions are given so freely.
None of us could grow up as complete and well-adjusted men and women without the best of our best practicing volunteerism in a manner once expressed by India’s founder Mahatma Gandhi this way, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Being a volunteer makes you a better person. What volunteers do makes our communities better places. That part of a volunteer’s life that is transferred to others through teaching our skills, investing our time, and inspiring with our dedication shapes the lives and character of each person the volunteer touches. With this transfer of the best of our skills and character, each volunteer recognized here this evening truly becomes immortal.
Congratulations, thank you and well done.