I’m reminded of the Oliver Wendell Holmes quote: “Some men see things the way they are and ask, why? I see things the way they could be and ask, why not?” Volunteers ask “why not” when they see issues or needs. Instead of complaints, they offer options and efforts at solutions.
And there lies the difference between volunteers and non-volunteers! Non-volunteers watch what happens; they observe the actions of others and try not to get involved. Volunteers choose to do something; they make things happen. They may not always succeed but at least they make an effort.
Volunteers refuse to be victims; they choose to create victory. We all make choices – to put up with things or to make a difference. I’m clear about my choice. What about yours?
James E. Kilgore was born in Douglasville, Ga. but has live in the South, the mid-West and the Far West and has travelled in all fifty states as well as numerous foreign countries. He is the founder and President of the International Family Foundation,Suite 220, 1558 Marietta Hwy, Canton (770)479-3669. While living in Waleska for more than thirty years, Dr. and Mrs. Kilgore founded Lake Arrowhead Chapel and served there for 24 years before retiring in 2003 and becoming Ministers Emeriti in 2009. Dr. Kilgore served on the first Ethics Board in the county and has served on several state boards. He is a Fellow and Life Member of the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy. They now live n Macedonia in the Cadence community and remain active volunteers in the county through Canton First United Methodist Church and the Cherokee Chorale. They have been married for nearly fifty-five years and have had three children, four grandchilren and two great-grandchildren.