Over the last several days I’ve pondered what kind of volunteerism I should partake in*, now that I won’t be spending time visiting Daddy (Deane Gunderson). I’m not sure if I’ll get involved in something brand new (new to me, anyway) or if I’ll go out on a limb with something unfamiliar.

Last night as I was just about to leave the farm to return to Perry, I decided to make a last-minute run into the Rolfe library. As I left the library I saw the as-all-American-as-apple-pie example of volunteerism: Glenn and Sarah Munson and their dog, Ranger, were watering the hanging flower planters that line Main Street. Sarah was driving the pickup down the street stopping at each planter long enough for Glenn to water each planter. And, Ranger was…supervising.

I know that Sarah also helps with the City of Rolfe’s web site, and their pickup has a “Fire Fighter” sign on it. I’m pretty sure that both of those things are just a small representation of their dedication to their community and beyond.

For most people reading this post about volunteerism, it is probably like preaching to the choir. But, I don’t sing in the choir.


This view is of Highway 15 (a.k.a. Main Street) in Rolfe, Iowa, looking north. (Click on photo to enlarge.)


If you look carefully, you'll see Sarah in the pickup driver's seat. (Click on photo to enlarge.)


(Click on photo to enlarge.)

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*Yes, a dangling participle here. If you have a better way for me to word it, feel free to let me know!

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4 Responses to “Volunteerism”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Very nice little story! Thanks for highlighting them.

    (as for the participle, the best writing advice I can remember is “When in doubt, re-write.”)

  2. Louise Gunderson Shimon Says:

    Thank you, Jeff. And, I think I’ve heard that “re-write” advice before, especially long, long ago at resume writing time. (Writing blog posts is so much more fun than composing a resume!)

  3. Margaret Says:

    Maybe go back and be an arobic instructor? Fond memories.

    Fun to see your pics of the Munsons. Some of those little things
    that make a small community flourish, take people like them.

  4. Marti Gunderson Carlson Says:

    Very cool!

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