This year’s Volunteer Appreciation Picnic was yesterday. Despite the chill in the air, the turnout was impressive. That bespeaks the continuing dedication or Liberty Wildlife’s volunteer cadre. All bundled up, gloved and in some cases hatted, the group assembled with a feeling of merriment in the air. While weather perfection is always preferred, it isn’t very often in the Valley that we get to stand warming in front of a fire with our heaviest coats, mittens, scarves with the ability to see our breaths….well, okay it wasn’t quite that chilly, but it was festive and those who rose to the occasion seemed to enjoy themselves.
What this time of year makes me aware of is an appreciation of all of the people who come together to make a mission happen. Our small staff can always be counted on to do their jobs and beyond with a dedication that any employer would recognize as special. I am no exception.
And, with a volunteer assembly like we have things get even better. I am not really talking about the endearing program provided by Santa, aka, John Glitsos. I am not really talking about the assistance of the Reindeer (aka the Pips) as back up for the cleverly adapted songs of the season…you had to be there to appreciate them. I am not talking about having the opportunity to be photographed with Aurora. I not even talking about the abundant and scrumptious food specialties supplied by the group. I am talking about the dedication, enthusiasm, perseverance, and consistent responsibility exhibited by this group of folks with a shared vision of what the future should be for the environment and wildlife.
A special thanks goes to Carol Suits, Volunteer Coordinator, and Terry Stevens, Operations Director for Liberty Wildlife. Without their organization and “can do” attitude things wouldn’t have been as successful as they were.
All in all, I consider myself a very fortunate person. I couldn’t ask for more from a staff and volunteers. We are a lucky group of intrepid travelers going in the same direction toward a better planet. All of you involved….pat yourselves on the backs….you have indeed been “nice” this year and deserving of all your wishes coming true during this holiday season! Neither ashes nor rocks from Santa….not this year!
This Week at Liberty
The intake total for the year is now at 3680.
This week I’m just calling the update the “Liberty Wildlife Volunteer Picnic Lolapalooza Extraveganza!” Despite some uncharacteristically cool temperatures (for Arizona anyway…) we had a great turn-out for the annual event. And though not everything went off as planned (and what does after weeks of careful planning?), it was a truly heartwarming, fun, afternoon with great food, singing(?) and Liberty fellowship for all who attended! Our thanks to all who helped make it a memorable affair (YOU know who you are…!)
For those who could not attend, here’s a small taste of the afternoon…
We even had some “Audience Participation” with a sing-along with Santa!
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Bailey, the red head vulture
That’s all on the picnic, until next year!!!