We had a great retreat this past weekend with our Board of Directors and Foundation at Trinity.
The Board and Foundation gathered in La Conner for a two-day retreat to strengthen our college, strengthen relationships with one another and imagine the future for the college. We had inspiring conversations, we listened, we prayed and we laughed.
Throughout the weekend, I was struck by the power that can be generated with a group of talented people who volunteer around a central purpose. Volunteers are powerful people. They have simple motivation, they aren’t paid for their involvement, and they are not responsible for the results. So their time and efforts are pure: they participate to further the purpose, to support the mission and to guide the efforts of others in a way to achieve the state objectives.
Some volunteers just show up, put in their time, meet the obligations of the organization and walk away not thinking much about it until the next obligation.
But effective volunteers are devoted! The mission and purpose is so clear and the work is so directed in achieving agreed-upon goals that effective volunteers can’t put it down—they can’t stop thinking about it. Devoted volunteers have passion and use their creative energy to make a contribution in a variety of ways.
Our retreat last weekend lead by board chair Rev. Kevin Bates was inspiring and real. I am sure it will result in an even more devoted group of volunteers for the college. I want to thank all who participated and make sure they know how their devotion to Trinity Lutheran College inspires me everyday!