By SHEILA NELSON
Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce
“Volunteers are the hearts, backbones, brains, legs and hands behind many of our community’s accomplishments and successes.
“Without volunteers our events would be less organized and entertaining, projects would be more overwhelming, and those in need would possibly be left unattended. Thanks to … many volunteers and volunteer organizations, our community is positively impacted.”
So stated 2014 Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce President Brooks Dawson as he issued an invitation to our community’s volunteers to a special movie, “Pay It Forward.” The film is being shown by the Chamber and Pulaski Theatre as a way to express sincere appreciation for everything the volunteers have done and continue to do to make Pulaski County a better place to live, work, and play.
Dawson, a Pulaski County native and graduate of Pulaski County High School, is no stranger to volunteering his own time and resources for worthwhile efforts. In addition to serving as Chamber of Commerce president, he has helped in a wide variety of other worthwhile community efforts, including participation in the LewisGale Hospital–Pulaski Health Fair, town of Pulaski Easter Egg Hunt, clean up days in downtown Pulaski and Prescription Drug Take-back days.
This personable and active young man attended New River Community College for two years and is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Program. Married to another Pulaski County native, Brooks and his wife, Candace, are the parents of a six-month-old daughter and the family attends the First Christian Church.
He has worked for Food City for over 12 years, working his way up through the ranks from bagger to store manager of Pulaski’s Food City.
When asked to share some of his feelings, Dawson stated, “It is my belief that a measure of the strength of a community is in the number of people who are willing to give their time and energy toward the needs and best interests of that community.
“It is that feeling of responsibility to the needs of our community, felt by individuals, then acted on, that allows our community to be what we want it to be. Volunteerism should be an important part of all of our lives, and the more people that believe this, the further we can go.”
Mike Fleenor and Bobby McKinney of Pulaski Theatre are proud to join with the Chamber in recognizing this special group of people who give so much to our community. McKinney stated, “I can’t thank the volunteers enough for everything they have done and can’t wait to celebrate their contributions at this special event.”
It is hoped that everyone in Pulaski County who volunteers for any worthwhile cause will come to the event, which is being offered as just a small way to say a sincere “thank you for making our community such a special place.”
The movie “Pay It Forward” will be shown at no charge to volunteers on Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m. If you are a volunteer and have not yet been contacted by your agency about this event, please RSVP to the Chamber Office at 674-1991 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
Come on out, volunteers, and celebrate our community, each other, and yourselves for all you contribute!