11/29/2008: "LETTERS ON SJI COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING"
To the Editor:
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 over 300 diners on Thanksgiving Day.
This was one of our most successful and smoothly running Community Thanksgiving Dinners and we are very grateful for to all the volunteers who bake pies, cook turkeys, peel potatoes, prepare and serve food and drinks, and wash a ship-load of dishes; both on the Wednesday 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. John Stimpson, at Market Place always helps us with special food orders and gives a discount on the food purchase.
The service clubs: American Legion Auxiliary, American Legion, Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, Sons of the Legion, and the Soroptimists, each donate $50 toward the cost of the food and provide many of the volunteers.
In addition, this year the 4-H "Bits and Spurs" group provided wonderful, home-made table centerpieces, while the Leos 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 can enjoy football games at the Grange. For the past 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
To the Editor:
The San Juan Community Thanksgiving Dinner held at the Grange was truly an impressionable and memorable event.
Thank you all for such a wonderful day, meal, and camaraderie given freely in the spirit and tradition of the holiday.
I am in awe at the organization, smoothness of operations, and community effort demonstrated by all of you, both before the event in preparation, and during, making the dinner such a success. The cooperation of all of the individuals, organizations, clubs, and businesses was truly impressive.
My understanding was you provided almost 400 meals. I can not count the compliments of your work and the meal I heard all day. Not one negative comment or cross word all day! The willingness of everyone to jump in and help wherever needed was commendable. The help of the kids & young adults should be regarded as an inspiration for the future.
I was additionally impressed with all of the individuals who had other plans for the day but nonetheless participated in the decoration, food preparation, baked pies, cooked and delivered turkeys, and helped out is so many other ways.
Such an outpouring of effort makes me very proud and appreciative to be a member of this community.
Thank you so much!