From the miscellaneous drawer - What's with volunteering?

There’s never enough time to accomplish all the goals one sets for oneself. But it’s good to try.
There is a belief by some that women are part of the human race and on an equal footing with everyone else. Maybe that is not well known, nor comprehended.
To me it means that there is no need to rely on or become dependent on any exclusive women’s group.
Doing so appears to make one subservient, in a lesser position, perhaps needing reinforcement through numbers. There is an apparent need by some for the protection of those who are anatomically alike.
I don’t go along with that and sometimes that gets me in trouble.
Nonetheless, I’m an individual, a person with a voice. A person with goals to achieve much like any other human being, male or female.
I couldn’t get interested in the Women’s Lib movement for those reasons. Since then I have been urged to join other women’s groups. Some are “huggy” groups - ones where women go to weep and moan and then get reinforced with hugs as if to prove their worth. Worth which should be apparent.
A new women’s group is starting here -Women who care. At its first meeting on Sunday attendees will be asked to contribute $100 apiece. The group will then decide which local charity or charities will receive the donations. This new “community of philanthropists” won’t even need to get their hands dirty.
I did have respect for the long ago Mother’s Auxiliary for Youth Activities because those women worked hard for improvements at Ely schools through uniforms and scoreboards, Scouts, a playground for Winton and much more.
Each mother donated hundreds of hours of their time and labor to achieve important community youth needs. Running bingo to crowds they gave their all, and their actions were more important than just writing a tax deductible check.
The group operated for 30 years. It was started to assist with funding the Arena which was built by volunteers. When the school took over the Arena, the group continued, funding many youth programs. In its last ten years of operation, according to member mom Terry Muhvich, it grossed about $175,000 a year, even while giving away bingo jackpots of over $1,000 a time while the Ely schools benefitted $100,000 annually. Students were required to help at bingo in exchange for new uniforms, etc.
In 1990 when the moms and grandmothers said, “Our kids are done,” no one stepped up to take over this 10 cent a game bingo operation. Times had changed. Interest had waned.
All area organizations are currently in short supply of warm bodies. Why not give of your time and concerns through active caring?
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In the Ely Echo of April 20, 1987, thirty years ago, the headlines were:
• Ely projects being kept alive in legislature via letters and lobbying;
• Kawishiwi district firefighters battle Baudette blaze;
• Sludge disposal site concerns city, citizens;
• Warriors nip Wolves in season opener, Echo sports reporter Bill Maki wrote.