March

March

 March 1st – first day of Spring
 the March equinox, gradual lengthening of days
 St. Patrick’s Day
 National Women’s History Week
 Great time of year to recruit volunteers

Personally, I’m looking forward to the first two, going to celebrate the next two and utilize the whole month on the last!

Wikipedia says that March starts on the same day of the week as November every year, and February in common years only. March ends on the same day of the week as June every year. If you can’t help wanting to know about leap years, Google “March” for the whole story.

St. Patrick’s Day, a celebration of Irish and Irish American culture, observed by both religious ceremonies and numerous parades and events of “the wearing of the green,” since the late eighteenth century on the North American continent.

In the United States, Women's History Month traces its beginnings back to the first International Women's Day in 1911. In February of 1980 President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8th, 1980, as National Women's History Week. Themes have ranged from:
1987: "Generations of Courage, Compassion, and Conviction" to
2014: "Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment"

Where am I going with this, you ask? I believe the real “pot of gold” is to connect with those women of courage and character; to engage their compassion and conviction for your volunteer opportunities.

Spring is a time of new beginnings, why not a gift of time to really make a difference in someone’s life?

Your challenge is making those volunteer opportunities attractive to busy people (men too)! RAAVS meetings are wonderful chances to network and “brainstorm” with other coordinators of volunteers. Hope to see you on March 20th, May 20th and at our annual Conference June 17th.

--Joan Rohr
RAAVS Membership