Leadership Troy held our annual Recognition Banquet last night and it was a resounding success. Mike Kerr was presented with the 2016 Troy Distinguished Citizen Award, Kohl's - Oakland Square was presented with the Business Community Appreciation Award and thirteen individuals were presented with Volunteer of the Year Award from their respective organizations.
If you've never heard of Leadership Troy, you might be wondering what is so special about this annual Recognition Banquet? Yes, there was a dinner. Yes, there were speeches. And yes there were awards. But what you might not realize is that the people who are recognized and also those who are in the audience are there for the same reason: they all share a passion for volunteering.
When Mike was told he was the 2016 Distinguished Citizen, he was flabbergasted. Why? He asked. Well, if one were to read through his impressive qualifications, there would be no need to answer that question. But for Mike, he doesn't volunteer for the accolades, awards or even a simple thank you. In his words, he volunteers, with the "hope to inspire others to do just a little bit more in the community."
And isn't that what volunteerism is all about? Helping just a little bit because a little bit is more than nothing at all. What if we all helped just a little bit?
As of 2013, the population of Troy was 82,821. What if every single person in Troy volunteered 10 minutes of their time just once a year? That would be equal to 828,210 volunteer minutes; 575 volunteer days; 18 volunteer months; and 1.5 volunteer years. Think of the things that could be accomplished! The possibilities are limitless.
As a very wise man once said:
“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Heart. Grace. Love. That's all it takes to volunteer.
*Title by Mary Kerwin, Board Member of Leadership Troy