Letters to the Editor

Much to be thankful for at Thanksgiving

We have much to be thankful for, especially in this community.

The Community Thanksgiving Dinner is a way of expressing that gratitude with more than 100 volunteers working together in a manner that any fine dining restaurant would be proud of. These energetic volunteers prepared and served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to more than 300 diners on Thanksgiving Day.

This was one of our most successful and smoothly running Community Thanksgiving Dinners and we are very grateful to all the volunteers who bake pies, cook turkeys, peel potatoes, prepare and serve food and drinks, and wash a shipload of dishes — both on the day before and on Thanksgiving Day itself. All of this is possible because of the volunteers who are so plentiful that sometimes you have to elbow your way into the kitchen. The dinner was a great success enjoyed by everyone.

Special thanks to Kerwin Johnson, who always cheerfully gives a large financial contribution to get us started (and then comes in to help peel 100 pounds of potatoes), and to Verne Howard of King’s Market for the contribution of 24 turkeys. The service clubs — Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, Soroptimists, American Legion, Sons of the Legion, and American Legion Auxiliary — each donate $50 toward the cost of the food and provide many of the volunteers. John Stimpson at MarketPlace always helps us with special food orders and gives us a discount on the food purchase.

In addition, this year the 4-H "Bits and Spurs" group provided wonderful, homemade table centerpieces, while the Leo Club and the Boy Scouts helped with table set up and clean up and the Girl Scouts donated pies. Time Warner donates free cable TV for the day so that diners could enjoy football games at the Grange. For the last two years, this effort has been masterfully coordinated by the LLB.

There are many more individuals who cheerfully give their time, expertise and energy to this event. The list would be too long to print if we mention them all. But we are grateful to each one. Each volunteer and each group is an essential piece of the grand Thanksgiving puzzle.

It is very satisfying to participate in an event that has voluntary attendance, voluntary contributions and voluntary effort that brings people together to recognize and give thanks for all we have. This is a labor of love for us and we are already looking forward to the 2009 Community Thanksgiving Dinner which will mark a decade of Community Thanksgiving Dinners at the Grange.

Jim and Minnie Knych
Friday Harbor

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