Monday, November 30, 2020

The love of the community

Phyllis Pransky volunteers at the Art League selling 50 50 tickets at the 1st Tuesday Art @ 5 Social, June 6th. Photos by Jeane Brennan

Phyllis Pransky volunteers at the Art League selling 50 50 tickets at the 1st Tuesday Art @ 5 Social, June 6th. Photos by Jeane Brennan

The efforts involved in a successful campaign have never been so evident as the recent results of, not only the grand opening of the Marco Island Historical Society state of the art and most beautiful and gorgeous museum, but of the Marco Island Art League, Center for the Arts Project Rescue triumph.

For many volunteers of the various community endeavors, the passion of the project doesn’t suddenly end once the goal is met. There is always something more to do. Unfortunately, the numbers of volunteers and the interest within the community do actually wane. There always seems to be something else to take our interest, our effort, and our time.

We are so fortunate in America, even though there is much to ‘fine tune’, that we have choice. Jae Kellogg, President and Dean Norbeck, Publicist of the Shell Club, are making an undaunted effort of sharing and of

Cindy and Doug Anderson encouraging 50 50 raffle with interim director Linda Henell at the 1st Tuesday Art @ 5 Social.

Cindy and Doug Anderson encouraging 50 50 raffle with interim director Linda Henell at the 1st Tuesday Art @ 5 Social.

energizing the Club with their and their member’s passion of the many facets of the art, the science, and the life of our precious sea life of shells. Members of The Garden Club, The Men’s Club, the Women’s Club, the Beautification Committee, the Flyrodders Club, and the count goes on, of our population, our neighbors, our friends and our families, spend thought, time, energy and passion to that which pulls at their heart strings, that which adds interest and exuberance and friendship to one another’s and each other’s  lives.

We are so lucky. How can we be so fortunate in being able to have this opportunity to choose all that we desire to encompass our lives? In this teeny, tiny island of Marco, there are countless avenues in which we have occasion to enrich, to grow, to evolve, and to choose all that will add to our

Darlene Kramer mans the gift shop and volunteers once a week at the art League on Winterberry.

Darlene Kramer mans the gift shop and volunteers once a week at the art League on Winterberry.

life experience. And what is so amazing is that all it takes is choice and effort on our part.

Look in the calendar of events in the Coastal Breeze News (and even those other newspapers!) and check out all the many clubs and associations, whether philanthropic, hobbyist, political, beautifying or spiritual: be involved. Keith Dameron opens IBERIABANK to the public, offering forums on topics of  community interest. Marco City web site is user friendly. The Art League, even though they have met financial goals, needs volunteers to continue the effort. The Historical Society and its vision continue. Stay tuned. Volunteer. Keep abreast.

Turn off that darned TV. Step out into the community. Life, in all its uncertainties and aches, is beautiful when one can just get a glimpse of the leaf that falls, the light, the smile of a friend, a kind word, and an embrace. You do make a difference.

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