Take the time to volunteer

As I write my “Moos” on Monday morning, I am awaiting for the Grade 2/3 classes to arrive from J.W. Walker School in Fort Frances.
Maddie and Marlee were able to take the day off to help Auntie Kimmie (and more likely to be sure no one will chase the sheep or harm “their” animals in any way).
We had a tough time trying to decide how we could make it work, with the girls being out in the country since I needed to get back to work ASAP.
We still are behind at the agricultural research station in Emo—and we are preparing for my new boss to arrive and tour next week.
Normally Grandma and Grandpa are home and the girls could finish out the day with them, but they currently are away. Their dad (my brother, Shane) thought it was going to be too much for me to handle—but little does he know Auntie Kimmie lets them fend for themselves in the country!
When we were discussing the situation, I told my brother that I didn’t want to be the auntie that chooses work over her family. After all, kids grow up too fast and I sure it won’t be too long until Auntie Kimmie isn’t the coolest choice.
It then triggered my memory about last week at the Rainy River Regional Abattoir annual meeting. There was poor attendance and the board was left with two seats still to fill.
I was very disappointed with the lack of turnout, and the fact that people are not allowing their names to stand and sit on a board.
I realize we are all busy—we all have jobs and farms and families. But we also need to realize that we all have 24 hours in our day! The boards need to have people to guide them along and keep things moving forward for our district.
We need the abattoir, the sales barn, and someone to lobby for us—and we need to talk about what we do. Agriculture currently is one the strongest industries in our district right now—but it is because of the good people who are coming to the table that keep things growing and moving us forward.
I can tell you that there are days I feel like pulling my hair out and screaming out loud because it seems my own personal stuff is the one that pays the price. But I do believe that taking the time to attend a meeting will benefit me and our future generations at some point.
We all have to make some sacrifices—and I chose to do that Monday by taking the day off work—showing the good farm life to a bunch of kids while enjoying Maddie and Marlee.
When they are all gone home, I still can put in a few more hours at work and home!
Please take the time to volunteer. You won’t regret it and actually feel better about yourself for making a difference!

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