May Dinner Speech: Renee Pochard

Good Evening,

My name is Renee Pochard, and it’s an honor for me to be your 2012-2013 Findlay Service League, President.

Thank you everyone for joining us this evening.

I’d like to begin my comments tonight by thanking all of our Sustainers for gracing us with your presence this evening.

Sustainers–we truly appreciate your past volunteer services you’ve provided to our wonderful Community and of course what you continue to do today.

So, here’s my practical definition of Findlay Service League:

Findlay was derived from a fort that was erected in 1812 by Col James Findlay.  Fort Findlay was obviously named in his honor.  However, in July 1812, the history of the village of Findlay began, and finally in 1887, Findlay was incorporated as a city.

In regards to Service, the definition I was specifically looking for is this:  The contribution to the welfare of others; the act of serving or a helpful act; and last – useful labor that does not produce a tangible commodity.

And the definition of the word League – is:  An association of persons or groups united by common interests or goals.

So, there you have it:  Findlay Service League…

For this up-coming FSL year, I challenge all of our members and incoming provisionals to remember why you’re a part of this great women’s organization.  Take pride in being a part of FSL and let’s work hard to keep the integrity of FSL alive.

Our current motto states:

An organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Remember ladies, we ARE a first-class organization!

People of this community need us.  Organizations in our community need our help.

Perhaps you have one reason or many reasons why you volunteer but my hope is that we have one common thought — and that thought would be:

Excellence in the community is truly a worthy pursuit…Findlay Service League has proven this.

As we wrap up our 35th year and in a few months begin our new adventure into our 36th year, let’s continue to provide excellence.

Here are some great quotes I found regarding volunteerism and I’d like to share all of them with you tonight.

  • An example of what can happen when the right spirit of ‘Can Do’ and ‘I Will’ replaces “Let’s Wait’ and ‘I Won’t’.
  • Benefits of volunteering include new networking contacts, development of new skills, an enhanced resume, new work experience, greater self-esteem and self-confidence, meeting new people, feeling valued and having made a difference in someone’s life.
  • Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.
  • You make a living by what you get.  You make a life by what you give.
  • Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy.  You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.
  • Don’t ever question the value of volunteers.  Noah’s Ark was built by volunteers; the Titanic was built by professionals.
  • Volunteers are love in motion.

And finally –

  • Volunteering can be an exciting, growing, enjoyable experience.  It is truly gratifying to serve a cause, practice one’s ideals, work with people, solve problems, see benefits, and know——one had a hand in them.

I hope all of you share this same passion.  Let’s stick together and make Findlay Service League a great success story for many more years to come!

Thank you.

Renee Pochard
2012-2013 Findlay Service League, President

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