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Re: All caught up!!!


Yeah...I'm already hearing in my job at church that I'm "very hard to
say no to." Tee Hee! Good, it's supposed to work that way! And my
comments on my 1st year's evaluation (about 5 months overdue) were very
positive in regard to getting people in the parish involved in
activities and events, so I think I'm getting the hang of it. Course,
I'm about as subtle as a steamroller in going after what I
want...persistent, too. And if someone tells me no, I've learned how to
quickly end a phone conversation with a pleasant amount of tact and move
on to the next person on the list.



Melody Hobert-Mellecker
Director, Stewardship & Religious Education
St. Joseph's Parish, Hills, IA

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Thu 03/17, Kitty < kmrsy@comcast.net > wrote:
From: Kitty [mailto: kmrsy@comcast.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 21:26:03 -0500
Subject: Re: [CHAT] All caught up!!!

I realize everyone's time is precious, but what is wrong with these
people?<br>I can imagine that one person would not step forward, but how
about a team?<br>Three people sharing the organizational tasks. What a
shame. And it will<br>be those same people who will grumble about there
being no event.<br><br>Those next-timers - - I'd start the conversation
with Well, honey, next time<br>is here. Start the conversation on the
offensive (a pleasant offensive).<br>Hi, Jean! last month you told me
you would help us out with blah blah this<br>time. or if that doesn't
seem to work. Be ready with the 'next time'.<br>Oh? next time? Alright!
I'll put you down for May 12th for 4 hours at blah<br>blah.<br><br>Of
course, people will start subscribing to caller ID.<br>Kitty<br>neIN,
Z5<br>----- Original Message ----- <br>From: "Melody "
<mhobertm@excite.com><br>To: <gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent: Thursday,
March 17, 2005 6:07 PM<br>Subject: Re: [CHAT] All caught
up!!!<br><br><br>> Kitty: Yeah, it would be great if more people said
yes then it would<br>> place a lesser burden on everyone all the way
around for most things.<br>> You'd be amazed at the number of parents I
have to contend with (as a<br>> Religion Education director, Brownie
leader, softball coach, etc. ) who<br>> want this, that, or the other
thing done for their kids but when I call<br>> them to ask for their
help they always have an excuse about why they<br>> can't do it this
time, but always add the caveat "but call me next<br>> time"--yeah,
right, like next time is gonna be any different. I feel<br>> sorry for
the kids at our elementary school this year as there will be<br>> no
spring carnival because not one single parent would step forward
and<br>> volunteer to take over organizing this from the poor mom who
has done it<br>> for the past 5 years and is burned out...so 350 kids
suffer for it, not<br>> to mention this is one of the 3 biggest
fundraisers of the year for the<br>> PTO which will in turn affect next
year's school year (our PTO pays the<br>>

$350 charge for bus rentals for all field trips, so guess how many
field<br>> trips there will likely be next year? Not to mention paying
for a good<br>> portion of the teacher's supplies that are not covered
under strict<br>> budgeting of the district)<br>><br>><br>><br>><br>>
Melody<br>> Hills, IA<br>><br>> "The most beautiful thing we can
experience is the mysterious."<br>> --Albert Einstein<br>><br>> --- On
Thu 03/17, Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center
<<br>4042N15@nationalhearing.com > wrote:<br>> From: Chapel Ridge Wal
Mart National Hearing Center
[mailto:<br>4042N15@nationalhearing.com]<br>> To:
gardenchat@hort.net<br>> Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 11:50:08 -0600<br>>
Subject: Re: [CHAT] All caught up!!!<br>><br>> Melody,<br>That seems to
always be a problem. I was Secretary of my<br>>
neighborhood<br>association for 5 yrs, then bowed out as MG tasks<br>>
increased. At the same<br>time our President died and the Treasurer<br>>
moved. So for the past 3 yrs<br>we've sort of been in limbo because
the<br>> new president - the only person<br>willing to do it - is an
idiot, the<br>> secretary refuses to come to meeetings<br>or write
newsletters, and the<br>> treasurer, though he does do a good job,
has<br>never been seen - even<br>> when he was elected. So now I've
taken to writing<br>the newsletter just<br>> so we'll have one. We just
can't get people interested<br>in<br>> participation, yet they grumble
about this and that.<br><br>My sisters<br>> and I were all in Brownies
and Girl Scouts. My mother was not<br>well so<br>> she had to decline
participation, but she always made sure<br>> to<br>contribute by baking
or supplying materials when<br>> needed.<br><br>Yes, we need to say
&quot;NO&quot; sometimes, but it sure<br>> would be nice if some
people<br>would just occasionally say<br>>
&quot;Yes&quot;.<br><br>Kitty<br><br>----- Original Message -----<br>>
<br>From: &quot;Melody &quot; &lt;mhobertm@excite.com&gt;<br>To:<br>>
&lt;gardenchat@hort.net&gt;<br>Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2005
11:49<br>> PM<br>

Su
bject: Re: [CHAT] All caught up!!!<br><br><br>&gt; Gene: I say<br>> no
plenty, believe me. But how, for instance, do you say no<br>&gt; to
a<br>> bunch of girls who badly want to be involved with Girl
Scouts<br>> and<br>&gt; after 2 years no other mom or dad would
volunteer to be a<br>> leader? How do<br>&gt; you say no to coaching
your kid's softball team<br>> when no one else will<br>&gt; take the
job? There are an awful lot of<br>> parents out there who want
their<br>&gt; kids to be involved in<br>> stuff--as long as they don't
have to do any of<br>&gt; the work. Kind of<br>> makes me mad. But in
the end, I'm the one who benefits<br>&gt; the<br>> most--spending time
with these kids, helping young girls<br>> discover<br>&gt; new talents,
new skills, new possibilities beyond what<br>> they knew...it's<br>&gt;
a precious gift that keeps me humble and<br>> enriches my<br>><br>> life
immeasurably.<br>&gt; So I make room in my life to fit it in<br>>
because in the end, these things<br>&gt; are important and summers<br>>
filled with softball and years worth of good<br>&gt; memories about<br>>
being a girl scout...those things will last a lifetime<br>&gt; and<br>>
maybe, just maybe make a difference. And the stuff I do for<br>&gt;<br>>
church...well, let's just say that I think God brought me to this<br>>
point<br>&gt; in my life for just this reason, for these people,
for<br>> this church...so<br>&gt; it's a call I can't ignore or say no
to. So, if<br>> it's not kids or family<br>&gt; or church or
gardening...I do say no to<br>> everything else. And don't feel<br>&gt;
guilty about it at all.<br>> :-)<br>&gt;<br>&gt;<br>&gt;<br>&gt; Melody
Hobert-Mellecker<br>&gt;<br>> Director, Stewardship &amp; Religious
Education<br>&gt; St. Joseph's<br>> Parish, Hills, IA<br>&gt;<br>&gt;
&quot;The most beautiful thing we can<br>> experience is the
mysterious.&quot;<br>&gt; --Albert<br>> Einstein<br>&gt;<br>&gt; --- On
Wed 03/16, Gene Bush &lt;<br>> genebush@otherside.com &gt;
wrote:<br>&gt; From: Gene Bush [mailto:<br>> genebush

@otherside.com]<br>&gt; To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>&gt; Date:<br>> Wed,
16 Mar 2005 09:01:23 -0500<br>&gt; Subject: Re: [CHAT] All caught<br>>
up!!!<br>&gt;<br>&gt; Hummm...&lt;br&gt; Have you heard that the
word<br>> *NO* is, at times, a complete<br>&gt; sentence?<br>>
&lt;br&gt;Goodness!&lt;br&gt;Gene E. Bush&lt;br&gt;Munchkin Nursery<br>>
&amp;
Gardens,<br>&gt;<br>><br>llc&lt;br&gt;www.munchkinnursery.com&lt;br&gt;genebush@munchkinnursery.com&l<br>t;br&gt;Zone<br>&gt;<br>>
6/5 Southern Indiana&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;----- Original Message
-----<br>> &lt;br&gt;From:<br>&gt; &quot;Melody &quot;<br>>
&lt;mhobertm@excite.com&gt;&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt; My goodness...it
has<br>> taken me<br>&gt; the better part of two weeks to catch
up&lt;br&gt;&gt;<br>> on email. Doesn't help<br>&gt; that we were all
down with the flu for<br>> about a&lt;br&gt;&gt; week and a<br>&gt;
half...first the kids, one by<br>> one (which only prolongs
a&lt;br&gt;&gt; mother's<br>&gt; agony, since I<br>> got sick right
after the first one did) and then&lt;br&gt;<br>><br>> &g<br>> t;<br>&gt;
lastly the DH got sick, which pretty much meant that I<br>> basically
had<br>&gt; no&lt;br&gt;&gt; choice but to NOT be sick any<br>>
longer...funny how that works,<br>&gt; isn't it?&lt;br&gt;&gt; Then
I<br>> had to spend a few days doing everything that DH<br>&gt;
should<br>> have&lt;br&gt;&gt; taken care of for the 5 days I was sick
but<br>> didn't<br>&gt; (little things--like&lt;br&gt;&gt; grocery
shopping,<br>> laundry, cleaning the house)<br>&gt; and take care of
a<br>> sick&lt;br&gt;&gt; husband and kids exhausted from being
sick.<br>&gt;<br>> UGH!!!&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt; It
felt good just to<br>> get back to work after all of<br>&gt; that. But
then I&lt;br&gt;&gt;<br>> checked my email and found about 1400
messages, so<br>&gt; have been<br>> playing&lt;br&gt;&gt; catch-up ever
since. Plus I got behind in<br>> my<br>&gt; course work and had to
get&lt;br&gt;&gt; a paper written and<br>> I'm only about half<br>&gt;
done with the read

in
gs for<br>> next&lt;br&gt;&gt; week's class. Work at church is<br>&gt;
getting to be<br>> a bigger job all the time;&lt;br&gt;&gt; we have a
new<br>> initiative<br>&gt; for doing intergenerational faith<br>>
formation&lt;br&gt;&gt; that I am in charge of<br>&gt; getting
started,<br>> so I've been surfacing talented&lt;br&gt;&gt;
parishioners<br>&gt;<br>> willing to serve on a committee to get
this<br>> done.&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt; Have<br>&gt;
noticed on<br>> trips in and out of the house that the snow crocus<br>>
are&lt;br&gt;&gt;<br>&gt; blooming...and the daffodils are coming up.
We<br>> have been having<br>&gt; some&lt;br&gt;&gt; strange weather
days, but<br>> that is typical for Iowa in March.<br>&gt; One
morning&lt;br&gt;&gt; it<br>> started snowing about 6 a.m. and dropped
about an<br>&gt; inch of heavy,<br>> wet&lt;br&gt;&gt; snow in a couple
of hours but by the time I<br>> got<br>&gt; up at 2 that<br>&gt;<br>&gt;
afternoon,&lt;br&gt;&gt; the<br>> temps. were in the 40's and everything
had<br>&gt; melted...crazy! We<br>> even&lt;br&gt;&gt; had one day a
couple of weeks ago where the<br>&gt;<br>> temp. was almost
70...the&lt;br&gt;&gt; next week it was back to the tee<br>><br>> ns.
Pool<br>&gt; is still frozen so that's a&lt;br&gt;&gt; pretty big<br>>
indicator that as far as the<br>&gt; average temps go, it is<br>>
still&lt;br&gt;&gt; very much winter<br>>
here.&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt;<br>&gt; Anyway,<br>>
hopefully now that I'm current again I'll be more of<br>>
a&lt;br&gt;&gt;<br>&gt; participant in the list instead of just
reading<br>> and deleting or<br>&gt; saving&lt;br&gt;&gt; to folders.
Barring any<br>> major upsets in my life, that is.<br>&gt;<br>>
:-)&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt;<br>>
Melody&lt;br&gt;&gt; Hills, IA&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt;
&quot;The<br>> most<br>&gt; beautiful thing we can experience is
the<br>> mysterious.&quot;&lt;br&gt;&gt; --Albert<br>&gt;<br>>
Einstein&lt;br&gt;&gt;&lt;br&gt;&gt;<br>> _____________________

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