President’s Message for December 2016


Joy to the World is a classic carol written in 1719 by Issac Watts. While this is almost over 300 years ago, the theme is still very relevant. Joy is defined as the emotion evoked by wellbeing; to experience great pleasure or delight. Can’t we all use more joy in our lives? Isn’t it a great feeling when we can bring joy to someone else?

During the holiday season it is important for us all to reflect on how much joy our volunteers bring to their assigned tasks, the clients they serve and to our organizations as a whole. The passion and drive with which our volunteers fulfill their duties is amazing and should make us, as the leaders of these volunteers, feel joyful and have a spirit of gratitude. Last year in America, 62.6 million people volunteered! Imagine the impact that was felt and the joy that was shared.

The holiday season is a busy time for everyone and volunteer administrators are no exception. My hope for all of you this season is that you take the time to view all the tasks and projects, not as things you have to do, but as things you get to do. Sometimes just framing the way we think about things a little differently can change our perspective and our attitude as we proceed.

Wishing you all the many joys of the season!

See you in January,

Melissa M. Gilmore, M Ed., CVA
GRAVA President

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