Two trustees and I recently met with a member of our golf committee who’s a candidate for the board. The meeting is part of the recruiting process, intended to explore the prospect’s “fit” with would-be colleagues. I enjoy the encounters because nominees tend to be quite revealing; their motivations are often rooted in profound experiences. Aside from the fact that a nice meal is included, I really appreciate the vitality of the exchange.
This one was especially dynamic. Janice—who moved to Portland last year—talked fondly of her Iowa farm roots, her eight siblings, and the 50-year marriage of her parents. While she extolled Oregon’s natural beauty, she spoke most enthusiastically about how deeply she identifies with our mission, how sincerely she appreciates her current volunteer assignment, and how much she enjoys and admires everyone associated with RMHC.
Janice is truly excited about what we do—and considers a more time-consuming board role an opportunity rather than obligation.
“Enthusiasm,” observed Henry Ford, “is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars.” “Nothing great was ever achieved without it,” claimed Ralph Waldo Emerson. According to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “nothing is so contagious.”
Janice exudes energy—the kind that draws others in, engages, and motivates. While such spirit isn’t unusual here, it’s always affirming to be in the presence of someone who embraces and projects it so genuinely.
There are many good causes. But the one we share is truly extraordinary. Lunch with Janice was a wonderful reminder of that.
Tom Soma, Executive Director