Q1: Which organization(s) are you a part of?
BB: I am a volunteer with several organizations including Rome First United Methodist Church, Rotary Club of Rome, Four Seasons Garden Club, several SPLOST citizens committees, Hunters Glen Homeowners Association, and the Chamber of Commerce. I’ve also spent 25 years with the Rome Symphony Orchestra (RSO). Officially, I retired from my RSO administrative duties in May 2018, but I still remain on the Board of Directors.
Q2: What is a typical day look like for you?
BB: With the Rome Symphony Orchestra, my typical day was doing communication-based tasks. This involved maintaining the database, preparing for board meetings, overseeing committees, attending committee meetings and working with our musicians, conductor and staff. I was also involved with establishing our website. For the other organizations, I primarily attend meetings or other obligations.
Also, in the past 5 years, I have been privileged to also be able to help my daughter and son-in-law with their two boys. Most recently, I’ve begun taking them to and picking them up from school each day.
Q3: What is the most fulfilling part of your work?
BB: I feel good about contributing to our wonderful community in a variety of ways. I also enjoy that I am always learning something new every day, and that is exciting.
Q4: What is your favorite memory or story from your volunteer career?
BB: The best part has to be the many, many people with whom I have come in contact and with whom I have developed long-term friendships. I have especially loved hosting musicians at my home when they come in to town for rehearsals and/or a concert.
Q5: What would you say to people who say they don’t have time to volunteer.
I would say that there is always some time to help others. You would be surprised at how even the seemingly simplest tasks can be so helpful to a non-profit or volunteer organization. Even tasks such as stuffing envelopes while you are home watching TV, making a few follow up phone calls, sending out a Sympathy or Get Well card, doing some simple filing or shredding for even an hour can be a huge help.
My advice is to find what you are passionate about and just jump in.