Monday, January 4, 2010

2009 Year in Review

Another year has slipped by us, how much has happened, how much do we remember. Let me touch upon a few events:

The Orlando Project, Zach and Corey Thorne, Lick Canine Cancer and Dr. Couto, Gettysburg, little Knuckles, another Golf Tournament, Kebo, Smiley Miley, one final wash, Will and Hero, a picnic, a couple of Christmas parades, some gift wrapping, the Shoebox Fundraiser, countless M&G's, numerous hauls and adoptions,

well I guess that's more than a few.

So how do we measure the success of a group? Is it the fundraising, the number of adoptions, both, neither, or none of the above. I believe success is measured by volunteers. Without volunteers there is no fundraising. Without volunteers there are no hauls, no adoptions, no M&G's, no parades, no stories to stir our feelings and capture our hearts.

This organization is blessed with some of the best volunteers in the greyhound world. You know who you are. You know what you've done. You do this year after year. Pat yourselves on the back for yet another job well done. Know that everyone at VAGA appreciates the sacrifices you make. Know that we will continue to count on you.

This year there have been a lot of new family additions for VAGA members and congratulations to you. On the other hand, some have suffered losses. The English language has no words to console you. We can only hope time will help heal your pain.

I am not a writer, I am barely a blogger, so I offer you from the Foo Fighters
"It's Times Like These"

"It's times like these you learn to live again
It's times like these you give and give again
It's times like these you learn to love again
It's times like these time and time again"



alex said...

Lovely! I have watched the video 3 times already.

Debbie said...

What a beautiful video... Caring volunteers, fun events and so many loving greyhounds.