What I Did on My Summer Vacation - Gail Frank
Before leaving for my Oregon summer, I set up a community presentation on the work of the Green Valley Samaritans. I sent the Sam’s-in-a-box materials ahead and did my research on border issues. About 40 people attended my first presentation in Manzanita, Oregon, and I would say they came because they were interested in the topic and trusted my voice as I have been a member of the community for over 25 years. There were attentive and asked excellent questions.
I was then approached by the vice-president of the local Democrats club and asked to give the talk again at their August meeting. Over 100 people were in attendance including five Oregon lawmakers, three of whom were scheduled to talk after my presentation.
Between the two events, $500 was raised for the Samaritan cause, and people left with comments like:
“Your talk made me want to get in my car and drive to Arizona to help.”
“I want to say how impressive, professional, informative and stirring your talk was.”
“You are a pro. Your talk was really, really informative.”
I would encourage any Samaritan who has an opportunity to give such a talk in their home town. Story by story, we can make a difference in this world.