Unsung heroes?

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A while back, I made a fuss about taking pictures for the upcoming Shawville Curling Club Awards Banquet. Being a member and on the Board of Directors, I usually end up taking photos for the Club’s events. For the banquets, most of the pictures I take will never be seen, unless I print them and put them on the Club’s wall.

A while back, I made a fuss about taking pictures for the upcoming Shawville Curling Club Awards Banquet. Being a member and on the Board of Directors, I usually end up taking photos for the Club’s events. For the banquets, most of the pictures I take will never be seen, unless I print them and put them on the Club’s wall.
I wasn’t looking for a payment or a ‘Thank You,’ but did people even notice or care about the pictures?
I considered the pictures my big           contribution to the Club. There are plenty of people who play a role in the Club, a few with contributions much larger than mine, but who still go unnoticed. For example, Jerry Barber, Darleen Murphy, Mary Knox, Brian Drummond, Stu Stark, Eason Russell, Trevor Tanguay, Ian Mackechnie, James Howard, Mavis Hanna, Andre Barre, Helen Routliffe and Jerry Hannaberry.
These people aren’t getting paid. They don’t have to be there, and don’t have to give the extra effort or their knowledge and input, but they choose to. 
There are plenty of names to mention, along with all the members who help the Club by taking the time to play and making it a place to go during the winter. Without all of them involved, there probably wouldn’t be curling in Shawville. 
The Club isn’t alone in this. There are the Lions, Lionettes, Rotary, Pontiac Agricultural Society, United Church Women, Minor Hockey, Hospital Auxiliary, Relay for Life, tournament organizers and firemen. All of these people give their own time and are behind many aspects of our communities.
I have come to understand there won’t always be a thank-you or a dollar sign behind every single effort and understand a lot of people have busy lives and may not have the time or energy to be involved. But for those who do volunteer, what they do should not be taken for granted by others.
I can’t imagine what would be missing from the Pontiac if there weren’t any          volunteers.   
Scott Campbell, SHAWVILLE