Associate Corner - Cheryl Guc
Service League Class of 2005
A question and answer with Cheryl Guc
Q: What years were you in Service League?
A: I started Service League in 2005 and was an active member until 2010.
Q: What was/were your favorite project(s)?
A: I am a little biased, but because I was the Back-to-School chairperson, I'd have to say that the Store was my favorite project. Although the Store is a time-intensive project the rewards are great!
Q: Any favorite Service League memories?
A: I have many special memories from SL, but the ones that stand out the most are those times when I actually spent time out in the community. For several years, I was involved in the puppet show " Count Me In" which we performed at local elementary schools. We usually had three SL members act as puppeteers, but during one performance we were missing one person so I volunteered to work two puppets. I did my best trying to keep all of the dialogue straight, but it became challenging when my two puppets were the only ones on the "stage" and they had to talk to each other. I am sure I looked and sounded silly trying to switch my voice and actions to match the correct puppet! I don't think the kids picked up on our shortage of puppeteers, I only know they enjoyed the show!
Q: What sorts of things have you been doing since Service League? (community based, work, family, etc)
A: Although I am not an active member of Service League, I am still a member of the Back-to-School Store committee as the business collections coordinator. I have also continued my involvement with Encompass and am starting my second term on their Executive Board. This past year, I became a member of PEO, an organization that raises funds to provide women with financial scholarships. I also teach Sunday school for the three- and four-year olds at our church...what an active bunch of little ones! Teaching at the church is fun, especially since my youngest, Gwen, is in my class, and my other daughters, Sydney and Courtney, help me manage and run the class. I am also working on my Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology and will be starting my dissertation soon.
Q: Any suggestions for getting people involved in community work and or Service League?
A: Before we moved to Green Bay, I was not actively involved in community work because I was working and had two small kids, and I just felt like I did not have the time. I now realize that organizations (like Service League) are so appreciative of people who can volunteer even small amounts of time to help with events or projects. So for those who are interested in volunteering in the community but can't commit to joining an organization, start by participating in an event (i.e. - volunteer at the Back-to-School-Store or Encompass' Big Event for Little Kids). If you enjoy volunteering at the event, then volunteer some more...and then a little more...and then even a bit more. At some point, you might have the time to actually join the organization, but if not, just continue to volunteer at their events. In doing so, at least you are giving what you can and giving back to those who need.
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