by George Deatz
A member's important question: Please, tell me more about the Friends of the Garden volunteers. I am curious what your thoughts are about this subject.
Answer: My thoughts in a "nut shell" on volunteers. There is always a percentage of people that are members of a group that will actually "volunteer hands on". There are many things a volunteer can do to contribute to a group's success and community mission. The amount of time is not important, it's the quality of time that counts.
An excellent example of a Friends of the Garden volunteer... A person may or may not "dig in the soil" but invest a lot of time with their talents to produce valuable material that presents our message to the public, assist in the new Botanical Center or help construct a bridge, trellis, kiosk, etc. They come in all ages from an 11 year old docent to an 85 year old gardener.
Volunteers do what they do because they want to. Employees do what they do, much of the time, because they need or have to. All I ask of a volunteer is to do at least what they commit to, others rely on that commitment.
I am sure there is something I missed in my "nut shell" overview of our volunteers. If so please let me know.
On another note, would you like to become a volunteer and join the Friends of the Garden volunteer team? For more information contact Dorothy Brunskill
Thank you very much to all of our many volunteers who give the "gift of time"!
George Deatz President 2009/2010 Friends of the Garden
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Friends of the Garden
PO Box 8566
Springfield, MO 65801
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Friends of the Garden, Inc. PO Box 8566 Springfield, MO 65801 417.891.1515 | EMAIL
The Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center2400 S. Scenic AveSpringfield, MO 65807
The Friends of the Garden mission is to "inspire the discovery, understanding and appreciation of nature by creating and maintaining gardens at the Springfield Botanical Gardens and by supporting the mission of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and Park Board."