Take time to thank our vet­er­ans, vol­un­teers

Dayton Daily News - - IN OUR CITIES: KETTERING -

Dear Neigh­bors,

To­mor­row is a spe­cial day: a time to thank the men and women who have given so self­lessly in de­fense of our great na­tion. We are grate­ful for our vet­er­ans.

Per­haps you have time to­day or to­mor­row to make a trip to our Delco Park on Dorothy Lane to visit the Kettering Vet­er­ans Memo­rial & Charles F. Kettering His­tory Walk. This mon­u­ment cel­e­brates vet­er­ans of all mil­i­tary branches and honors the men and women who ded­i­cate their lives to pre­serv­ing our free­dom.

It also high­lights the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions of Charles F. Kettering to the war ef­forts dur­ing WWI and WWII and the many in­no­va­tive and phil­an­thropic con­tri­bu­tions of our city’s name­sake.

The city of Kettering An­nual Vol­un­teer Recog­ni­tion Lun­cheon takes place each No­vem­ber.

I have over­whelm­ing pride rep­re­sent­ing such a won­der­ful city with so many truly car­ing and giv­ing vol­un­teers who are ac­tive as in­di­vid­u­als or as part of one of the many ser­vice clubs, church and school groups in Kettering. I am con­stantly amazed at the num­ber of peo­ple who give their time and ta­lent to help our com­mu­nity.

We could not pro­vide the level of ser­vices we do with­out our vol­un­teers. Each year more than 1,000 city vol­un­teers of all ages give of their time, ta­lent and heart to make Kettering the best it can be.

Vol­un­teers help in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity and ex­tend ser­vices in many ways. Vol­un­teers help pro­vide res­i­dent ser­vices in our ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices, as­sist with fam­ily events that cre­ate mem­o­ries for gen­er­a­tions, drive se­nior adults to crit­i­cal med­i­cal and life es­sen­tial ap­point­ments, and so much more.

Vol­un­teers work in ev­ery depart­ment and ev­ery lo­ca­tion within the city. They are truly an es­sen­tial part of the city’s day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties.

I am proud of the tra­di­tion of ser­vice in our Kettering com­mu­nity, and I am thank­ful for each and ev­ery one of our vol­un­teers. As a city we are hon­ored to com­mend our vol­un­teers for their ser­vice and ded­i­ca­tion.

With the hol­i­days just around the cor­ner, I’m sure that you are start­ing to make your list and check it twice.

I’d like to ask you to con­sider mak­ing a spe­cial ef­fort to sup­port our Kettering busi­nesses and ser­vice providers this sea­son. Start by mak­ing a list of small busi­nesses you can sup­port on Nov. 24 for Small Busi­ness Sat­ur­day. By do­ing so, you are con­tribut­ing to the well-be­ing of our com­mu­nity and the liveli­hood of your neigh­bors.

Fi­nally, I in­vite you to join me Nov. 30, in Lin­coln Park Civic Com­mons for my fa­vorite event of the year: The Kettering Mayor’s Christ­mas Tree Light­ing. The com­mu­nity tra­di­tion is a per­fect way to cel­e­brate the won­der of the sea­son and the many joys we share here in the Kettering com­mu­nity.

Don Pat­ter­son is mayor of Kettering.

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