Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Unsung Volunteer

See this guy, he is amazing.  Why?  Because he is selfless – he is a volunteer.  For years I’ve seen Lyle filming games – he told me many people think he is paid, but he isn’t.  He uses his own gas and volunteers countless hours every year filming sports footage for the schools.  Last week he was in Sedgwick, this week he traveled clear to Berean and again also was at the home game.  He has a day job too – so his days are long when he does this in the evening on top of a long work day, sometimes his arthritis bothers him more than other times, but he is dedicated for sure.  He’s done this for YEARS folks and I mean YEARS!  He's has three children graduate from the High School and his grands are starting to come up through the grade school now too.  Some students have tried on occasion to do the filming but get bored with it or don't film it as well / steady and aren't as reliable as Lyle.  Oh, Lyle may be rewarded with a gift card or two once in awhile, but he doesn’t expect or ask for anything.  What a lesson our government could take from Lyle!  He does it because he likes to and wants to.  He called it a part of his community service when I asked him why he does it, he also said he does it for the kids and coaches. Wow.
So, when you see Lyle next time….thank him….or better yet, slip him something for gas….you know, that pay it forward thing? (He'd die if he knew I printed that!)  The Unsung Volunteer……I just “sung” for you Lyle because I think people need to look around and see the many volunteers and people who support our community in ways that are often overlooked.  So Lyle, Thank you!  And your next Starbucks is on me.    :-)


Dee said...

We need to hear about more Lyle's in this world...yay...Lyle:)

Tim Ross said...

This man inspires me =]

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