"...though but little will be accomplished unless a great number of people assist..." That quote is from an otherwise funny story that is posted on my Caddo blog today. As I was typing it I thought of the upcoming BBQ event hosted by TRAC. It is an enjoyable event, but it is a lot of work and a lot of people assist with it. A sweet woman named Rachel cooks beans for us. The wonderful Caddo Volunteer Fire Department cooks our meat- Todd and his men are so generous with their time and support. Countless other people provide food, work with the children, serve food, count money, play music, clean, move things, gather trash, etc. The Civic and Cemetery Club joins with TRAC and the Caddo Community Association for this and other events. That's what small towns are all about.
As a member of several community organizations I sometimes get discouraged by the lack of attendance at meetings and planning sessions. But I have to remember that people are busy and they don't like meetings. Who does? However, when it's time to work, we have a small army of volunteers who will help out with almost anything we ask. And each person has a particular talent or skill they prefer to use. I think those of us in the "planning and organizing" part of the process need to remember that. People like to work within their area of competence and confidence. You won't hear me volunteering to cook anything!!
One thing that my research has taught me is that every good thing that has happened here has happened because people worked together to make it so. It's a great tradition.