Monday, September 7, 2009

Make it Happen Mondays

All over the USA, Seniors are using their years of experience and knowledge in a servant leadership capacity in their communities. They are volunteering their services when needed. On Mondays we are looking forward to sharing the stories of some of these "make it happen" senior volunteers along with interesting volunteering opportunities.

Making it Happen
at the State Fair

Labor day means Fall is just around the corner and so is the State Fair. With so many people doing their small part to enter artwork, photography, baked goods, sewing projects, and so much more, the fair comes alive every year. My friends Janice and Bud Roden are two of those participants, and what they contribute is always extra special.

Janice submitted this marvelous collage done as a tribute to a dear friend of hers and placed 1st in the "computer enhanced photo" category.

Janice says, "My dear friend was named John Street. He was a Viet Nam Veteran and he worked religiously at the State Fair of Texas each year at the Viet Nam Memorial Wall. He was completely dedicated to it. He was awarded the bronze star for his conduct during that war. He was afraid of nothing. That is actually what killed him. He has only recently learned to ride a motor cycle, and was riding it one night WITHOUT A HELMET. He hit a deer and that was his down fall. I will always miss him. A wonderful patriot."

We have shown Bud's birdhouses on the blog before. He won 2nd place in the Creative Arts Project category for this charmer:

He won 4th place for his "little man" figure.

What fun for all of us as we prowl around the buildings with all of these delightful contributions available for us to see and be inspired by. I often tell my students that one of the best things we can do for our own creative work is view what others create.

Congratulations to Bud and Janice for another great job well done!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We're looking at this in class--great job! Mimi