Since the early days of the club when it established the first public library and took on the task of organizing street addresses to enhance the delivery of mail, this sisterhood has stood firmly by its belief in civic betterment. Whether they are filling Christmas stockings for the Salvation Army, explaining the importance of Canine Companions, planting gardens on the grounds of the library or supporting the Heifer organization to help reduce world hungry, they quietly — and without audience or accolades — give and give and give some more.
While they help others, they also continue to nurture themselves through participation in various club committees for gardening, studying antiques, enjoying the arts, discussing fine literature, being physically active, and experiencing educational travel. They approach lifelong learning with the same energy and enthusiasm as they do their deeds of service.
As a novice, it took me awhile to learn that you must take notes consistently throughout the meeting. If you turn to your friend to suggest having lunch after the meeting, you can be sure you just missed something important. Nothing is wasted or squandered — not time, not talk, not human resources. Even the guest speakers invited to monthly meetings will convey the cohesive message of community service, environmental conservation, and the responsibilities of citizenship.
Once you are warmly welcomed into the club, roll up your sleeves and get ready to carry your weight. Seriously, roll up your sleeves literally because the blood drive is yet another one of their endeavors.
You may or may not have heard of the Delmar Progress Club, but you have very likely been positively impacted by its good deeds, directly or indirectly.