December 2011 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

 – Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

 We’re welcoming a new Bookworm! Mrs. Leeman is from Abbot and she’s looking forward listening to kids read!

Thursday,  December 1 – Mrs. Leeman will be at school at 9 AM

Saturday, December 3 – Don’t forget the Pancake Breakfast with Santa from 8 AM until 10 AM…!

Tuesday,  December 6 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school at 9 AM

Thursday, December 8 – Mrs. Leeman will be at school at 9 AM

Tuesday, December 13 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school at 9 AM

Thursday, December 15 – Mrs. Leeman will be at school at 9 AM

Sunday, December 18 – Don’t forget the Bluegrass Music Association of Maine Christmas Jam to benefit the Piscataquis Santa Fund… starts at 11 AM at the Cambridge Town Hall.

Tuesday, December 20 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school at 9 AM

Sunday, December 25 – Merry Christmas! Let’s hope Santa brings us all lots of books!

Hope everbody enjoys the long school vacation… see you next year for more reading!

Just Makin’ Sure…

We’ve gotten a couple of calls on this… this week’s edition of the Eastern Gazette has our (Valley Grange/Penquis) Breakfast listed correctly in the Compass, but an article on page five mentions “…by attending Brunch with Santa at the Masonic Hall on Hudson Avenue in Guilford, hosted by the Valley Grange.”

So we’re just making sure you know:

Saturday, December 3—Pancake Breakfast with Santa to benefit Penquis Journey House hosted by Valley Grange. Admission is $3, under 2 years old free. Breakfast will be served from 8 AM until 10 AM. (Valley Grange members plan to join Santa at 9 AM and meet shortly after.) Donations of baby and personal care items for Journey House appreciated. Valley Grange is located at the corner of Guilford Center Road and Butter Street in Guilford.

Volunteering is Business Development

By Scott Levitt, as originally published in the Tuesday Tactics Newsletter produced by Oakley Signs & Graphics. Reposted with permission.

In your quest for new business, you might want to consider what you can give instead of what you can buy. Specifically, your time.

Raising your profile in your community doesn’t always mean putting your face on a sign. In fact, one of the best ways you can build relationships with people in your market is through regular volunteerism.

While it’s generous of you to sponsor an event, make a donation, or promote a cause, there’s nothing that equals the “boots on the ground” impact that volunteering has when it comes to meeting people.

Consider some of the benefits:

1. You’re helping your community. Whether it’s a soup kitchen, a tutoring program, or a weekend a month on a Habitat for Humanity construction site, you’re making a positive contribution to the place you live and work.

2. You’ll feel good about yourself. There’s nothing wrong with a little private “patting yourself on the back” for your good deeds, and there’s no shame in the feeling of pride you get from giving back through action. You might just find it’s a tremendous stress-reliever.

3. You’ll get better perspective on your life. It’s funny how problems with your smartphone synching sort of fade into the background when you’re volunteering at a hospice care center. Stepping back from the day-to-day can help you refocus your priorities.

4. You’ll meet people. We meet some of our best friends in situations where we’re simply forced to work together. School, summer jobs, sports teams… they’re all great sources for networking.

5. You’ll seem more successful. Having the “free time” to volunteer is a subtle sign that you’re successful enough in your life that you can afford to give back to the community. You must be good at what you do if you’re not running from pillar to post, trying to scrape by.

Look for opportunities in your community to volunteer. While the good you can do should be reward enough, there are probably unanticipated benefits that will develop in time.

Webmaster Note:  Valley Grange offers lots of “boots on the ground” opportunities to volunteer! Check out our “give us a hand” program.