Without community service there is no community
By Dave Atchison, Albion Mayor
"When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy'. They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life." -John Lennon
We are blessed to have exceptional people who freely donate their time and resources to make Albion a better place. Their passion and enthusiasm inspire us all to be better people.
They know firsthand the more we give of ourselves, the happier we feel; that volunteering increases self-confidence; that doing good for others and the community provides a natural sense of accomplishment; that volunteering gives us a sense of pride and identity.Volunteering empowers each of us to influence the priorities, values and direction of our community.
Think of the people who stand out as volunteers. They are among the most positive, respected and happy members of our Albion community. People like Bob and Mae Olla Dunklin, Mark Lelle, Juanita Solis-Kidder, Vera Simpson, Jim and Staci Stewart, Richard Lindsey, Kelly Rice, Lenn Reid, Mary Slater, Bette Branch, Eddie Williams, Phyllis Cramer, Bill and Karen Dobbins, Al and Carol Smith, John and Jan Shedd, Kelly Kidder, Cliff Harris, Shirley Zeller, Scott Evans and the List goes on.
Civic Organizations are an integral part of Albion's culture and serve as a shining example of the community impact that is possible when motivated engaged people have a common cause: Albion Area Philanthropic Women, Kids at Hope, Rotary Club, French Sister-City, Citizens to Beautify Albion, Friends of the Bohm, Albion Community Gardens, Lions Club, American Legion, Friends of Mary Sheldon Ismon House, Friends of Albion's Animals and so many more.
Albion has a multitude of churches that are role models for community service and warrant our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the positive difference they make in our community. Thank you New Hope Worship Center for the Party in the Park and your message of community unity. Thank you St. James Episcopal Church for feeding our friends and neighbors through your monthly community suppers.Thank you First Baptist Church for painting our fire hydrants, city buildings and your ongoing support for Harrington Elementary School staff and students and thank you Lewis Chapel AME Church for your continuing social outreach programs supporting all people in Albion.
Martin Luther King Jr, once said: "Lifes most persistent and urgent question is "What are you doing for others?"
JFK said: "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for you country."
Imagine what a difference we will make when all of us take these words to heart. Let me know; what have you done for Albion this week so we can celebrate it.