To the Editor:
Let me tell you about the happenings in just four days last week in Keizer.
At Wednesday morning’s Keizer Rotary Foundation meeting a group of parents and volunteers asked for money to buy supplies to build a new press box at McNary High School. The volunteers are going to do all the work. Rotary also voted to send a check for a much needed water project in Indonesia.
Friday evening hundreds of kids took pictures with E.T. at the Keizer Rotary Amphitheater. And Saturday there was a free concert there, too. All the work done by volunteers!
Also on Friday almost a thousand fans were at McNary for the big game. There were many volunteers making food and keeping the Celtic spirit alive and well.
Saturday a drive down River Road revealed a church car wash fundraiser, the McNary Band in full steam collecting cans and bottles for Band Day, and the Keizer Fire guys collecting donations for the stair climb to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis. All this in a one block section of River Road.
Sunday the folks at the Log House Gardens at Willow Lake helped another Keizer group, Global Mission Readiness fund raise to send firefighters and equipment to Nicaragua to teach those firefighters first aid and high impact car extraction.
These kinds of things happen almost every day in Keizer. It takes many hours of volunteer labor, time and energy. Keizer has no shortage of that. And the business owners in the city give in every way imaginable, from money and donations, to letting groups use their parking lot for events.
It’s the people that make Keizer a great place to live.
Wouldn’t it be nice to honor the volunteers and businesses in our community and restore the sign at McGee-Newton Plaza, in the center of the city, with the words to the motto from which our city was founded?
“PRIDE, SPIRIT, AND VOLUNTEERISM”