A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a story on the latest additions to the Legend Club, the folks who are recognized for their contributions to Philomath athletics. Brian and Jackie Thorsness gave their time for years with the Booster Club and youth sports, as well as various other activities.
I know the Booster Club has been having challenges trying to get volunteers to help out. With Brian and Jackie being former veterans of that particular organization -- they now live in Bend -- I wondered if the Booster Club always had that issue.
"It kinda comes and goes," Jackie said. "I don't know what the real key is (to securing volunteers). You have different groups of people that are much more involved and willing to give their time. You just hope you have a lot of those because there are a lot of needs out there. I don't know what the answer is -- we struggled with that as well."
Brian said that when their children had graduated from high school, they tried to have a transition plan in place.
"Our kids were gone, they were no longer here, but we were still volunteering to help," Brian said. "It was one of those things. We finally ended up coming up with a modified thing and some folks stayed on — Jackie stayed on for a year or two after I left. I think it's one of those things where you need to find those parents that are committed."
Jackie said one idea that could never really be implemented was to have different groups of volunteers handling the different fundraisers. If that could've been accomplished, perhaps the same folks wouldn't have had to do all of the work.
"We tried to do three fundraisers — the basketball tournament, Monte Carlo Night and then the golf tournament that's been around for a long time, so we kinda had three different seasons," she said. "With the Booster Club, you could have one group doing this and a different group doing that, and then the different people wouldn't get burned out because it's not so much. But we never quite got there."