I love April for many reasons. It’s the month that flowers actually start showing up – not May. It’s sometimes the month of Easter – but not this year. It’s the month of Earth Day – the day when we consider what we are and aren’t doing to sustain our planet. It’s the month of April Fool’s Day – when it’s okay to pull pranks on friends and loved ones. It’s the month of National Volunteer Week – a week when we acknowledge those who volunteer their time to help others. (We’ll discuss that later in this article.) But most importantly, it’s the month that two people in the Activity’s/ Apartment Management office were born – April and myself.
Many of you are aware that April and I have been here for quite a while (April 14 years and myself 17 years). I was working for a daycare center and bringing my pre-schoolers in to perform. When I started out here, I worked six hours a week. April had run her own daycare out of her home. She started out in the kitchen. We both ended worked under the tutelage of Winnie Kimsey. Talk about a lady that had a heart for others. She taught us so much. She was the original activity director and set up many of the activities that we still have today. April and I grew leaps and bounds while working with her.
She passed away on December 13, 2008. I remember it so well. Arlo and God’s Country Band was scheduled to play that Saturday morning. April and I both came in for the activity and to figure out how to tell everyone that our beloved Winnie had passed away in her sleep. Winnie had always said she would work until she died and she would die in her sleep. We jokingly say that even God listened to Winnie because that’s exactly what she did.
We divided Winnie’s job with me taking on the activities and April taking over the apartment management. Of course over the past eight years, our jobs have evolved. We continue to grow in our jobs as well as our job duties. April and I love what we get to do. We consider ourselves fortunate to be able to say we have over seventy grandparents.
Now on to our volunteers. We are incredibly lucky to have soooooo many great volunteers. I would love to be able to list all of our volunteers but there’s not enough space on this page. From our musical talent to our churches and Bible studies to Bingo to Choir to Special Events, none of these would be possible without our volunteers. Joan, April and I can only be stretched so thin. So this month as you attend the various activities, be sure to thank our volunteers that are serving. Let’s show them how much they are appreciated.
Until Next Month – Janelle