Weekly Roundup – August 28, 2015

An itchy, poison ivy filled greeting from my office! Yes, I “weeded” the flower beds earlier this week. My attitude towards future gardening efforts currently looks like this:


Luckily, some great things have happened here during the last week that are worth sharing! 
Remember GRANT HOUSE? Grant is the Countryside Torpedo who qualified for US World Junior Championships?  Well guess what!! Grant’s team set a world junior record in the men’s 800-meter freestyle relay! GO TEAM USA AND CONGRATS TO GRANT!!  
Speaking of competition, the HEALTHY KIDS TRIATHLON was a HUGE success with 125 participants!  Huge thanks toHolly Colòn for organizing and to all the volunteers and participants!  Here are a few of the photos our own Nick Kneertook during the event! (see our Facebook page for the entire album)
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(OK, I edited that one, sorry Nick – it made me chuckle! )
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Jim was nominated by Cathy Lyons, who wrote the following:

James Ludwick is a volunteer chaplain and Photography Camp/Class instructor.   Photography camp is particularly challenging because kids do not want to feel like they are in school, yet desire to learn about their cameras or smart phone and the programs that can modify these captures.

Creating a class that is fun for students with interesting things to photograph (such as huge wand bubbles, a nature trail scavenger hunt, glow in the dark balloons and group shots/collage for scrap booking), yet filled with “teachable moments” is a delicate balance.  For two years in a row, Jim has shared his equipment, his knowledge and his passion for using photography/music/videos to inspire, calm and bless others.  His loyalty, professionalism and kindness are unmatched, as is his resolve, willingness to listen before speaking and his joy in spreading God’s love (a prayer, an encouragement and a positive attitude). 

Jim also volunteers to photograph the Veterans’ Day Celebration and various functions at Countryside YMCA; even more than his wonderful photography, Jim approaches volunteering with open hands… and for this wherever he is used,he is a blessing to all those around him.”  

Thank you to Cathy for the nomination, and congrats Jim!

Today is your last day to submit volunteer of the month nominees, and don’t forget Staff Champion nominations either (I even shortened the forms for you!) I’m attaching copies for your use.  Please complete and email back to me or place a hard copy in my mailbox.

This bright spot message wouldn’t be complete without inclusion of one of my favorite Gaping Void Cartoons, so here! lifeamazing

Today, my life is a little itchier than normal, but it is still amazing.  I loved Hugh MacLeod’s message that accompanied this particular drawing:

“Even on a bad day, you can find life amazing if you really want to. We all know this.

Sure, sometimes you don’t. Sometimes it’s just easy to go all Shakespeare, calling it mere “sound and fury, signifying nothing”.

But that’s a choice. Often times, it’s the easy and lazy choice.

And that’s sad.

Life is short. So you owe it to yourself and loved ones to find as many amazing moments as possible, especially the ones of the loving variety.”

My amazing moments may revolve around cortisone cream for the next few days, but I will do my best to see the humor and make the most of it.  Hope you all can do the same and HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.

🙂 Kirsten


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