This summer, President Obama is calling on all Americans to participate in our nation’s recovery and renewal by serving in our communities; in other words, volunteer. From the success of local community events to the distribution of information to the managing of our local resources and the planning of Ramona’s future—volunteers make it happen. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the design review committee, various chamber functions, service clubs, church groups, or all of the events that take place during the year, volunteers (those who offer their time and effort of their own free will) need to be thanked for making Ramona a great place.
And this past year in Ramona has been most memorable. The following are just a few that stick out in my mind that I wanted to mention. All those who helped with the “Welcome To Ramona” monument, outstanding. Friends of the Ramona Library, our new library will be something very special for the entire community. Everyone involved with Ramona Town Hall, from the board to our new honorary mayor. The Ramona Rodeo along with the re-furbishing of the ROCC. The junior fair and pie auction, which raised over $12,000 to support their programs; all of the volunteers who have been distributing packets for the Before the Threat campaign that was underwritten by Farmers Insurance (if you did not get a packet, they are available at fire stations). Our most recent Country Fair and Ramona Idol contest, and we still have the Oktoberfest coming up in a few months. There are many more events and individual efforts that happen every day that enrich someone’s life, and it’s all because of people volunteering. If you would like to find a volunteer opportunity, check out www.serve.gov or just ask around town. Make a difference—volunteer. Both you and our community will be better for it.