Summer Series on Volun olunteerin teering g in Aiken Area By Midge Rothrock This series started out to be an interview of Naval Captain George and Barbara Zirps about their generous volunteering efforts, and neighborly gestures extended to Kashy Flores and others. As you can see, it has turned into a much larger exploration. Why people give of their time and talents, as well as some best moments in doing for others in these ways is a feature encouraged by the Zirps. Like so many who are humble servants, the Zirps were attered to be asked, but did not perceive their lives to be that unusual. Are they right? This is one amazing place! In fact, the Zirps were adamant that it is Marsha Mikes who is to be commended for all she does to make Kashy’s life easier. All they do, they say, say, is take their friend Kashy to church and out for occasional meals. This friendly woman is blind, recognizing people by touch. The Zirps are not that unique, they insist? insist? Well, how about sticking by a stranger who has no family around, while she endured deep worries, a hospital stay, trips for follow up, and connecting throughout her recuperation? George Zirps hails from immigrant parents who created a big New York York state family. They often shared the abundant hospitality of their home to as many as 50 people for meals, usually featuring spe-
cialty dishes prepared by his talented sisters. His older brother rose frst to the rank of Captain, USN; making that two exceptional military leaders from this one family. Barbara faithfully donates every Friday to her desk at ACTS, where she is often accompanied by George, giving of his time there too. George and Barbara are a joy to be around. Witty and youthful for their ages, Barbara smiles as George talks of his Navy days lightheartedly, teasing about times of “iron men and wooden ships”! Hardly that long long ago, but this couple knows the secret to assuring good days in their “mature times”. For them, it seems to be quietly giving back.
So many people choose to be part of volunteer teams who make this Aiken area area such such a marvelous marvelous place to to live. Elliott Levy, Levy, a breath of fresh air since his arrival for the Aiken County Historical Museum, was called on one detail. He wanted to make sure readers valued the docents, especially touting the dedication of folks from Cedar Creek community, stating, stating , “We could not run without these docents – that is a fact!”. How often is heard, “Oh, I may have been doing a little something to help out, but in the end, I was the one who truly beneftted.” There is a similar “below the radar” style exhibited by each of these featured in this series on volunteers. They are often not the ones in charge, seldom even the one touted in media reports. These are the steady, dependable volunteers in the middle of great need. Some would call them marathoners. This time, they are GOING to get some recognition, even though this clearly is far from their motivation for doing what they do. This does not even scratch the surface of generous people known by many readers. The gamut in this summer series ranges from proud veterans, hourly workers, medical professionals, a banker, musicians and retired corporate executives: each willing to do any task. All had to be coaxed coaxed to share their story.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
SeniorNet Answers the Question ‘What can I do this summer?’ June 2013
in August. If you would like to be placed on the mailing list for the catalog, send an email containing The McGrath SeniorNet your name and street address to Learning Center on the campus of us at [email protected]
USCA has just completed its 14th Also watch for our catalog to be successful year! Each year our published in the Aiken Standard organization recognizes one of in early August. After the catalog our volunteers for his or her is published, you may register for contributions during the year. All classes. Visit our website our volunteers contribute, but (www.aikenseniornet.com) for every year someone stands out registration options. Come join us for his or her dedication and and improve your computer skills! participation above the call of duty. As we prepare for our 15th For 2013 our Volunteer of the Year year, Art Smith will again be our is Carolyn Heh--her name joins Coordinator and Sam Lightner those of previous awardees on a our Education Chair. During their plaque, which is displayed in our steering committee and education Learning Center! Check it out the committee meetings, they’re busy next time you’re there! reviewing comments made by both Our Spring classes have volunteers and students during the ended. Your next opportunity to year, and revising course materials register for classes will come as needed to keep them accurate when the Fall catalog is published
A PAIR OF THINGS TO DO THIS SUMMER: 1) Practice at home using the mousing exercises we use in class. Are you a beginner student when it comes to computers? One of the challenges a senior beginner faces is using the mouse to control actions on the screen. Our hand-eye coordination is not quite as good as it was when we were twenty and it is a challenge to learn to move the mouse and click the buttons smoothly and without false clicks. To address this challenge, we offer a Mousing Skills workshop. The workshop is free if you are a registered student in our SRN101 Beginning Computer course and
meets on the Friday before the rst class. We use publicly-available exercises to learn to use the mouse, and you’ll nd links to all the exercises we use on our website. (www.aikenseniornet.com) 2) Check out TUG at the Learning Center…something BRAND NEW—and FREE!! You’ve seen them everywhere.. tablet computers. computers. The coming things in consumer computer use, tablets are wireless portable personal computers that utilize a touchscreen or a stylus pen to access or process information. Most do not require a keyboard or a mouse and are generally lightweight devices that allow for greater mobility mobili ty..
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