What does it take to get inside a fire truck, hearse, mail truck, and crane all on the same afternoon? Great organizational skills and the drive to reach out to the community. FWT member Kathy V talks about what it was like organizing the Touch a Truck event:
My name is Kathy (Seidel) Vargo. I was born and raised in Fairmont and to quote an old Supertramp song, I’ve taken “The Long Way Home.” That reference gives a little hint to my age…Coming back to one’s hometown after being away for 30+ years is well,…an adjustment. I was thrilled to find a group of new friends with Fairmont Women of Today in 2017.
At a spring 2018 FWT meeting, our President Sue Bay discussed a free community outreach idea, “Touch A Truck.” I felt this would be a great way to get families outside together, see some neat vehicles up close, meet hard working individuals in our community and promote our group’s philanthropic community endeavors. Another member Elvira Houska and I decided to become the Event Chairs. Our Group Leader Sue and the remainder of the group supported the event from beginning to end.
I have always been someone who enjoys group activities, music, theater, sports and collaborative work. It is very rewarding to see the ideas, talents and hard work of a group of unique individuals have a successful outcome. Elvira and I started working on the event by coordinating location and vehicle volunteers. As we started encountering others in the area who were excited to join in the event’s efforts, it fueled the groups’ enthusiasm. After the event, positive feedback from the many involved helped us to determine that it was a success. I believe that learning, growth and improvement is an important part of anything worthwhile.
Looking ahead, I am excited to be part of the Fairmont Women of Today’s future with this special group of women. Fairmont Women of Today members care about supporting each other and finding new ways that promote a strong and lively community where we live and work. I encourage anyone reading this to come to a FWT meeting or contact any member to learn more about the Fairmont Chapter of Women of Today.
We had a great response from the community at this event. Many of the visitors encouraged us to do it again next year! Hearing that warmed our hearts, and then finding out the owners of the vehicles had just as much fun as the kids, made it even better. We will definitely discuss putting this on the calendar for next year.
Do you want to be part of the discussion? Join the Fairmont Women of Today to share your ideas and help us plan fun community events like Touch a Truck.
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