I just wanted to give a shout out to everyone involved with the RSVP luncheon in Verona, honoring retired volunteers all across Dane County. RSVP stands for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.
I had the special honor of being the guest speaker this year and loved having the opportunity to meet so many wonderful volunteers as well as share my own connection to the importance of volunteering.
If it had not been for the work of volunteers, I would not be here. My biological mother gave birth to me in a free clinic, social workers named me and a foster mother took care of me for several months before I made my way to Missouri. Countless volunteers helped me become a confident child in my adoption and brought me back to Korea to meet my entire birth family. It was full circle for me and for all the years in between then and now, I've tried to pay it back by volunteering for foster children and adoptees alike. So, that's it in a nutshell. And, I'm so glad I got to share that with the group and hear other wonderful stories as well!
It was also great to hear from Dane County Executive Joe Parisi (@DaneCoJoe)!
One quick side note: My neighbor Sue is in her 80s and she still volunteers every week. I mentioned her at the luncheon (because she doesn't get to the west side very often) and afterwards, a woman came up to me and said, "I'm in my 80s, too! A lot has changed about the way we think about age!"
Very true point.
Also, for all of you who feel bad about not having enough time to volunteer, the seniors reminded me that there's plenty of time to do it when you get older. It made me smile a bit because I love volunteering so much and haven't been able to do nearly as much as I used to. So... there's time!
Oh and another fun thing - Elvis showed up. This guy was a hoot and he is also available for singing telegrams, FYI!!