Finding people to give of their time and talents for a good cause isn't difficult. The greater challenge lies in recruiting volunteers who are committed to a cause and become excited to see it through year after year, event after event and campaign after campaign.
We all get bored with tasks, frustrated with circumstances or distracted by life and it's easy to let our involvement in a noble cause fall by the way side.
The award winners recognized at Saturday's Imlay City Chamber of Commerce Dinner Dance all embody the loyalty and devotion to community that are a rare commodity.
Citizen of the Year Yvonne Wilson could have easily settled into a quiet retirement after her 27-year career as a teacher, coach and volunteer but instead, she continued to pour herself out in the place she's called home for decades. Yvonne didn't waver in her commitment to the Blueberry Festival or her Imlay City United Methodist church family. Additionally, she pledged her time to a new cause, Lapeer County's Relay For Life, helping guide it to great success.
Pastor Randy Hall was the epitome of dedication simply by attending Saturday's event. He had undergone major surgery just one week prior but found the strength and stamina to make an appearance and voice his gratitude very eloquently.
Saturday marked the second time in ten years that Sue Howard's Extreme Angels Foundation was honored by the Chamber. It's evident that a decade later, Howard is still passionate about fostering a charitable spirit among her students.
Hopefully the example offered by these very deserving individuals will spur us to recommit ourselves to causes that make this a great place to live.