Do you believe that a busy person accomplishes more? There is a saying that if you want something done, ask a busy person. I believe that to be true, and Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf is an excellent example.
Shirley Munson is our secretary responsible for board meetings, but she also handles all correspondence and helps with the newsletter and Thanksgiving basket program. If you purchase books from Greece Volunteer Library Store, you will see her there. She also volunteers at her church. Is she busy? Obviously, but if I needed to have something done, I would ask her.
Another person is Molly Ives, who verifies for GEFS and does the scheduling for verifiers. She has held offices in her garden club while remaining an active member of her church. When any friend is in need, Molly is there to help out. Yes, I would also ask her if I needed assistance.
You would likely know these names too — Betty Griswold, Sue Ericson, Polly McCubbin, Jon Kuppinger, Carol Coons, Kate LaBarca, Amy Peritsky … I could go on, because GEFS has almost 200 volunteers who keep the program running smoothly and, yes, they are all busy people. They represent churches, garden clubs, organizations like Kiwanis and Rotary as well as individuals.
Another busy group is Greece Teachers’ Association, which works tirelessly in all aspects of our students’ lives. GTA collected 9,754 pounds of food and $163 in cash in the Stuff a Bus program. Greece Arcadia High School collected the most for high schools — 2,954 pounds — and Pine Brook Elementary School collected the most in the elementary category with 806 pounds of food. Thank you to the kids, parents, teachers and all staff members.
Free summer meals are being offered again this year. The location site is Autumn Lane Elementary School through Aug. 18. GEFS met with Greece Central School District several years ago to encourage this program. It is free to all Greece children ages 18 and younger, and at reduced prices for other residents.
How long have busy people kept the GEFS running smoothly? It will be 40 years this October, and at that time we hope to honor those who give so willingly of their time. Volunteers, please save Oct. 19 at Barnard Restaurant, 360 Maiden Lane, Rochester, for this occasion. We are working to keep everyone’s cost under $20. You read that correctly, we will each pay for our own meal, because donated money to the food shelf goes to our clients, not to parties for ourselves. Volunteers will receive a reservation form in the September newsletter, just another way to save.