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Re: All caught up!!!

I realize everyone's time is precious, but what is wrong with these people?
I can imagine that one person would not step forward, but how about a team?
Three people sharing the organizational tasks.  What a shame.  And it will
be those same people who will grumble about there being no event.

Those next-timers - - I'd start the conversation with Well, honey, next time
is here.  Start the conversation on the offensive (a pleasant offensive).
Hi, Jean!  last month you told me you would help us out with blah blah this
time.  or  if that doesn't seem to work.  Be ready with the 'next time'.
Oh? next time?  Alright!  I'll put you down for May 12th for 4 hours at blah

Of course, people will start subscribing to caller ID.
neIN, Z5
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Melody " <mhobertm@excite.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2005 6:07 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] All caught up!!!

> Kitty: Yeah, it would be great if more people said yes then it would
> place a lesser burden on everyone all the way around for most things.
> You'd be amazed at the number of parents I have to contend with (as a
> Religion Education director, Brownie leader, softball coach, etc. ) who
> want this, that, or the other thing done for their kids but when I call
> them to ask for their help they always have an excuse about why they
> can't do it this time, but always add the caveat "but call me next
> time"--yeah, right, like next time is gonna be any different. I feel
> sorry for the kids at our elementary school this year as there will be
> no spring carnival because not one single parent would step forward and
> volunteer to take over organizing this from the poor mom who has done it
> for the past 5 years and is burned out...so 350 kids suffer for it, not
> to mention this is one of the 3 biggest fundraisers of the year for the
> PTO which will in turn affect next year's school year (our PTO pays the
> $350 charge for bus rentals for all field trips, so guess how many field
> trips there will likely be next year? Not to mention paying for a good
> portion of the teacher's supplies that are not covered under strict
> budgeting of the district)
> Melody
> Hills, IA
> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
> --Albert Einstein
>  --- On Thu 03/17, Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center <
4042N15@nationalhearing.com > wrote:
> From: Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center [mailto:
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 11:50:08 -0600
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] All caught up!!!
> Melody,<br>That seems to always be a problem. I was Secretary of my
> neighborhood<br>association for 5 yrs, then bowed out as MG tasks
> increased. At the same<br>time our President died and the Treasurer
> moved. So for the past 3 yrs<br>we've sort of been in limbo because the
> new president - the only person<br>willing to do it - is an idiot, the
> secretary refuses to come to meeetings<br>or write newsletters, and the
> treasurer, though he does do a good job, has<br>never been seen - even
> when he was elected. So now I've taken to writing<br>the newsletter just
> so we'll have one. We just can't get people interested<br>in
> participation, yet they grumble about this and that.<br><br>My sisters
> and I were all in Brownies and Girl Scouts. My mother was not<br>well so
> she had to decline participation, but she always made sure
> to<br>contribute by baking or supplying materials when
> needed.<br><br>Yes, we need to say &quot;NO&quot; sometimes, but it sure
> would be nice if some people<br>would just occasionally say
> &quot;Yes&quot;.<br><br>Kitty<br><br>----- Original Message -----
> <br>From: &quot;Melody &quot; &lt;mhobertm@excite.com&gt;<br>To:
> &lt;gardenchat@hort.net&gt;<br>Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2005 11:49
> PM<br>Subject: Re: [CHAT] All caught up!!!<br><br><br>&gt; Gene: I say
> no plenty, believe me. But how, for instance, do you say no<br>&gt; to a
> bunch of girls who badly want to be involved with Girl Scouts
> and<br>&gt; after 2 years no other mom or dad would volunteer to be a
> leader? How do<br>&gt; you say no to coaching your kid's softball team
> when no one else will<br>&gt; take the job? There are an awful lot of
> parents out there who want their<br>&gt; kids to be involved in
> stuff--as long as they don't have to do any of<br>&gt; the work. Kind of
> makes me mad. But in the end, I'm the one who benefits<br>&gt; the
> most--spending time with these kids, helping young girls
> discover<br>&gt; new talents, new skills, new possibilities beyond what
> they knew...it's<br>&gt; a precious gift that keeps me humble and
> enriches my
> life immeasurably.<br>&gt; So I make room in my life to fit it in
> because in the end, these things<br>&gt; are important and summers
> filled with softball and years worth of good<br>&gt; memories about
> being a girl scout...those things will last a lifetime<br>&gt; and
> maybe, just maybe make a difference. And the stuff I do for<br>&gt;
> church...well, let's just say that I think God brought me to this
> point<br>&gt; in my life for just this reason, for these people, for
> this church...so<br>&gt; it's a call I can't ignore or say no to. So, if
> it's not kids or family<br>&gt; or church or gardening...I do say no to
> everything else. And don't feel<br>&gt; guilty about it at all.
> :-)<br>&gt;<br>&gt;<br>&gt;<br>&gt; Melody Hobert-Mellecker<br>&gt;
> Director, Stewardship &amp; Religious Education<br>&gt; St. Joseph's
> Parish, Hills, IA<br>&gt;<br>&gt; &quot;The most beautiful thing we can
> experience is the mysterious.&quot;<br>&gt; --Albert
> Einstein<br>&gt;<br>&gt; --- On Wed 03/16, Gene Bush &lt;
> genebush@otherside.com &gt; wrote:<br>&gt; From: Gene Bush [mailto:
> genebush@otherside.com]<br>&gt; To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>&gt; Date:
> Wed, 16 Mar 2005 09:01:23 -0500<br>&gt; Subject: Re: [CHAT] All caught
> up!!!<br>&gt;<br>&gt; Hummm...&lt;br&gt; Have you heard that the word
> *NO* is, at times, a complete<br>&gt; sentence?
> &lt;br&gt;Goodness!&lt;br&gt;Gene E. Bush&lt;br&gt;Munchkin Nursery
> &amp; Gardens,<br>&gt;
> 6/5 Southern Indiana&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;----- Original Message -----
> &lt;br&gt;From:<br>&gt; &quot;Melody &quot;
> &lt;mhobertm@excite.com&gt;&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt; My goodness...it has
> taken me<br>&gt; the better part of two weeks to catch up&lt;br&gt;&gt;
> on email. Doesn't help<br>&gt; that we were all down with the flu for
> about a&lt;br&gt;&gt; week and a<br>&gt; half...first the kids, one by
> one (which only prolongs a&lt;br&gt;&gt; mother's<br>&gt; agony, since I
> got sick right after the first one did) and then&lt;br&gt;
> &g
> t;<br>&gt; lastly the DH got sick, which pretty much meant that I
> basically had<br>&gt; no&lt;br&gt;&gt; choice but to NOT be sick any
> longer...funny how that works,<br>&gt; isn't it?&lt;br&gt;&gt; Then I
> had to spend a few days doing everything that DH<br>&gt; should
> have&lt;br&gt;&gt; taken care of for the 5 days I was sick but
> didn't<br>&gt; (little things--like&lt;br&gt;&gt; grocery shopping,
> laundry, cleaning the house)<br>&gt; and take care of a
> sick&lt;br&gt;&gt; husband and kids exhausted from being sick.<br>&gt;
> UGH!!!&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt; It felt good just to
> get back to work after all of<br>&gt; that. But then I&lt;br&gt;&gt;
> checked my email and found about 1400 messages, so<br>&gt; have been
> playing&lt;br&gt;&gt; catch-up ever since. Plus I got behind in
> my<br>&gt; course work and had to get&lt;br&gt;&gt; a paper written and
> I'm only about half<br>&gt; done with the readings for
> next&lt;br&gt;&gt; week's class. Work at church is<br>&gt; getting to be
> a bigger job all the time;&lt;br&gt;&gt; we have a new
> initiative<br>&gt; for doing intergenerational faith
> formation&lt;br&gt;&gt; that I am in charge of<br>&gt; getting started,
> so I've been surfacing talented&lt;br&gt;&gt; parishioners<br>&gt;
> willing to serve on a committee to get this
> done.&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt; Have<br>&gt; noticed on
> trips in and out of the house that the snow crocus
> are&lt;br&gt;&gt;<br>&gt; blooming...and the daffodils are coming up. We
> have been having<br>&gt; some&lt;br&gt;&gt; strange weather days, but
> that is typical for Iowa in March.<br>&gt; One morning&lt;br&gt;&gt; it
> started snowing about 6 a.m. and dropped about an<br>&gt; inch of heavy,
> wet&lt;br&gt;&gt; snow in a couple of hours but by the time I
> got<br>&gt; up at 2 that<br>&gt;<br>&gt; afternoon,&lt;br&gt;&gt; the
> temps. were in the 40's and everything had<br>&gt; melted...crazy! We
> even&lt;br&gt;&gt; had one day a couple of weeks ago where the<br>&gt;
> temp. was almost 70...the&lt;br&gt;&gt; next week it was back to the tee
> ns. Pool<br>&gt; is still frozen so that's a&lt;br&gt;&gt; pretty big
> indicator that as far as the<br>&gt; average temps go, it is
> still&lt;br&gt;&gt; very much winter
> here.&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt;<br>&gt; Anyway,
> hopefully now that I'm current again I'll be more of
> a&lt;br&gt;&gt;<br>&gt; participant in the list instead of just reading
> and deleting or<br>&gt; saving&lt;br&gt;&gt; to folders. Barring any
> major upsets in my life, that is.<br>&gt;
> :-)&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt;
> Melody&lt;br&gt;&gt; Hills, IA&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt; &quot;The
> most<br>&gt; beautiful thing we can experience is the
> mysterious.&quot;&lt;br&gt;&gt; --Albert<br>&gt;
> Einstein&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt;
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