A couple of Mondays ago, the Liberty City Council, as part of its usual business, approved the reappointments of several volunteers for the many boards and commissions within the city. These reappointments were handled as part of the consent agenda and approved unanimously.
There are nonprofit organizations that extol the virtues of such service. The Pew Research Center has studied community service, and then there is the Corporation for National & Community Service. What do these groups report? The biggest benefit is the satisfaction people experience when they incorporate service into their own lives while helping make a difference in the larger community.
Those benefits include solving problems, strengthening communities, improving neighbors’ lives — the suppositions are almost endless.
However, these local volunteers who were reappointed are just that — volunteers. They are unpaid and give lots of hours to their non-paid posts.
Four members from the Liberty Parks and Recreation Board were reappointed: Bill Moberly, Buzz Taylor, Wil House and Patrick Flora, the current chairman of the board. This particular board meets monthly, but the members also serve as park ambassadors and visit the many city parks to greet park patrons and ask them what can be done to make their experiences better. Many of them attend City Council meetings when parks issues are being voted on.
The Liberty Arts Commission reappointments were: Anna Knackstedt, Karen Orrill, Heather Jones, Carol Kariotis, Aaron Money, Phil Young and Councilman Greg Duncan. This commission has been around for a decade, helping bring the visual, literary, performing arts and more to the community. They may only meet formally once a month, but again these members are ambassadors on an ongoing basis.
The Citizen Sales Tax Oversight Committee has the task to make sure that money spent in the city that comes from the many taxes is spent wisely. The four members reappointed were: Bill Moberly, David Wilmshorst, Robert Saunders and Mike Flannagan.
The Liberty Community Christmas Tree Commission reappointments were: Mark McAuliffe, Eric Grampp, Mark VanMeter, Rob Fisher, Janet Cardell, Mary Sallee and Amy Abbiatti. These folks help make sure needy families in the community are connected with resources that fill some of those needs at the holiday. Then there’s the Liberty Housing Authority’s reappointments: Bruce Ross, Jackie Kennedy, Anna Marie Martin and Tom Dunn.
We say thank you to all those who serve and give back because they are making an investment in our community and the people who live in it.