- TOT Thanks Readers
- School District Special Board Meeting Tonight
- Weekend Outlook & Beyond
- TOT Anniversary: Part 4
To TOT Readers:
Thank you for making The Other Toledo a great source for community news and events. More than 20,000 visitors have stopped in, logging over 75,000 page views in the past 365 days. The credit belongs to you for helping me get the word out about public meetings and school fundraisers, guest authors and performing arts, festivals and fishing derbies and monument rededication ceremonies...the list grows.
Your feedback on this week’s Anniversary feature has been nothing but positive, and I hope you’ll applaud those neighbors whose contributions improve Toledo’s quality of life in tangible ways. They deserve it.
I’m proud to call Toledo home.
Today: Toledo Food Bank open 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. second and fourth Fridays monthly behind City Hall.
TOLEDO SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 237
116 RAMSEY WAY
PO BOX 469
TOLEDO, WA 98591
NOTICE OF SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
The Toledo School District Board of Directors will conduct a SPECIAL BOARD MEETING- Superintendent’s Evaluation Friday, February 24, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at the Toledo Middle School library. The public is invited to attend.
Path of Hope Al-Anon Family Group meets 7 p.m. Fridays at Toledo Presbyterian Church, 312 Augustus.
Cowlitz Prairie Grange Jam Night 7:00 p.m. second, fourth and fifth Fridays. Performers and supporters welcome. Donation at door. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (360)262-3696.
Weekend Outlook & Beyond:
- Monday - Historical Society Meets @ Library
- Tuesday - Vision:Toledo Arts, Rec & Events @ The MAC
- Wednesday: Common Ground Toledo @ Rose Cottage Glenngarann, Library Welcomes Poet Laureate Tod Marshall
Reservations required: Toledo Senior Center Nutrition Lunches Wednesday and Friday are sponsored in part by Area Agency on Aging. Suggested donation $3 for those 60+ years of age. Contact Diana, email@example.com or call (360)864-2112 for details.
TOT Anniversary Week
This week marks 52 weeks since The Other Toledo first appeared on the Interwebs. In observance of TOT’s first anniversary, this week’s Daily Columns will carry cameos of four local Everyday Heroes*, ordinary people who do extraordinary things without fanfare or awards, people making a difference in the community by stepping up to make Toledo outstanding.
Part 4: Me
There’s a common thread connecting this week’s Everyday Heroes. Have you guessed it? They log hours of volunteer work, are key people in their chosen organizations, and contribute in meaningful ways to their community. That’s also true of local club members, firefighters and reserve police officers, the PTO and numerous other special interest groups.
Why do these candidates stand out?
To answer that question, you’ll need some background.
Since 16 years old, I worked full-time, overtime, and more. Call it work ethic, self-supporting, independent, I was Capable Woman. For a long time. Decades.
Arriving in Toledo a few years back, I brought failing health, financial ruin and a broken spirit, meager offerings indeed for a town reeling from a devastating conflagration and economic downturn.
Vision:Toledo met in a borrowed conference room to take inventory and consider an impossible salvage plan for their tiny village. One member, seeing my hand upraised like a schoolchild, told me to jump right into the conversation if I wanted to be included. And just like that, I was home.
A different value system is in effect here, character measured less by education or income or acclaim than community. Like visiting author Maggie Stuckey’s Soup Night, everyone brings something to the table, all have something to offer, nobody is turned away. And we’re all the richer for it.
What do I contribute? I connect the events and people in my new home.
So why are these people Everyday Heroes? Because our neighborhood reads, blooms, leads community support meetings and cares for Mom and Dad at home, all for a fraction of marketplace wages.
Have you deduced the common thread?
I hope you recognize, as I do, how much poorer we would be without the small subsidies, returned many times over, that allow these dedicated volunteers to make your neighborhood, my neighborhood, home.
And if you’re still using that outdated measuring stick, I invite you to consider a fresh perspective. See you on Soup Night.
*Everyday Heroes: Envisioned as a local September 11 observation recognizing lesser-known acts of kindness and heroism.
Photos from TOT archives unless otherwise noted.
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