Volunteers are essential to getting things done Tracy Keagle

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October 12, 2018 - 11:00 PM

This weekend the Farm City Days celebration returns, if the rain holds off. The Iola Community Theatre and Allen County Community College have joined forces to bring a production of “Mamma Mia” to the Bowlus. Today brings the final two performances, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. There is a lot going on in Iola this weekend. These two things might seem unrelated, aside from the dates. But they have one huge thing in common — volunteerism.

Both of these events require an enormous amount of volunteer time. When you go to any part of the Farm City Days celebration, there has been nearly a year’s worth of planning that has made that small part happen. When you attend a theatre production, there also has been nearly a year’s worth of planning that goes into the process of bringing those plays to the stage.

If we disassemble these two different organizations, we can see how alike they are. Both have a board of directors. Both require votes. But a board of directors and some votes bring nothing to the table but ideas and decisions. Through volunteers, the action happens.

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