Tied          – in thought and deed,

Energized   – to succeed for the greater good,

Activated    – by need, not greed,

Motivated   – by service, not mood.

Winning      – for all, not one,

Optimizing  – the contribution of each,

Relaxing     – with pals after a task well-done,

Kindness    –  increases the impact of outreach.

Teamwork isn’t just for ball teams, couples and corporate sales. It’s also for friends and neighbors gathering to do what needs to be done, not for awards or monetary gains or acclaim, but for sharing in the pride of a job completed no matter who benefits. It is alive and well in our small town Consider these examples shared in the order I thought of them.

*Efforts to re-establish the football program at Doniphan High School.

*The Unity in Community event to clean up the trash in our city.

*Events to revitalize Doniphan’s downtown.

*Monumental cleanup efforts after the historic 2017 flood.

*Locals who help weekenders floating our river

*Feeding the hungry in our area

*Summer youth ball programs

*Civic organizations with charitable focus

*Helping children in need/foster care

*The community-wide effort to build a scout facility – then later to revive it

We have an organization in town that is a superb example of teamwork – the J.A. Ashby VFW Post #3485 on Ball Park Road. (573-996-3016) All officials of the Post and Auxiliary on the local level are volunteers. So it is on the state and national level as well. When you see VFW members displaying flags on the Doniphan streets for appropriate holidays, then returning several days later to pick them up – those are volunteers. It doesn’t make the news, as it shouldn’t, but the mission of the Post is veterans helping veterans and that they do, whether or not those in need are members of the local Post. Veterans in hospitals and nursing homes are not overlooked. Sharing with the community is another focus evident when the VFW hosts community picnics, open houses and fish fries free to the public. Many in the area enjoy Bingo on Tuesday nights sponsored by the Post and operated by volunteers. The cleanup involved after Bingo is one of three paid positions, though it is a part-time duty. A part-time bartender and canteen manager are the other paid positions.

When I first began visiting the canteen, to have a meal and watch Cardinal baseball, I was not a member. Do you know the canteen is open to the public? One does not have to be on the Post or Auxiliary rolls to enjoy the bar, the abbreviated menu, playing the juke box or a game of pool. The canteen is open Tuesday thru Saturday, 3 pm till closing. Daily Happy Hour 4 – 6 pm. Watch the Prospect-News and Facebook for special events hosted for public participation. Later I discovered that I qualified to be an Auxiliary member due to the dates my dad served during WWII. I am proud to be involved with the service and camaraderie of the VFW.

(This first appeared in my Close to Home column in the June 5, 2019 edition of my hometown local weekly The Prospect -News).

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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