The New Year started off on a high note, with The Ohio State University winning against Washington 28-23 in the Rose Bowl. While Buckeye fans rejoiced, the win was bittersweet as it was the last game for head coach Urban Meyer, who after seven seasons at Ohio State announced his retirement due to health issues.

At 54 years old, Urban Meyer is what would be considered the youngest of the Baby Boomer generation. I also happen to fall into this category. Thinking about his retirement got me thinking about our generation, and the Greatest Generation (defined as “those who grew up during the Great Depression and fought in WWII”). While many people from both generations still work, the number of those who have retired or are thinking of retirement is on the rise.

I know many people who had no issue transitioning into retirement; others struggled as they went from days filled with deadlines, meetings, and to-do lists to days filled with much less activity.

Many of my retired friends take advantage of their less hectic schedules and either begin volunteering or expand on their already active volunteer commitments. Whether it is a one-time commitment or an ongoing volunteer opportunity, the act of giving back can enrich the life of the volunteer and the organization.

Our volunteers are of all ages and from all walks of life. They have an amazing array of talents, skills, and interests. Each one contributes to our overall puzzle. Quite frankly, without our volunteers, we would be incomplete.

We always welcome new volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, or would like to know more about the opportunities we offer, please do not hesitate to email me at or call me at 937-610-1555.

While I luckily don’t foresee myself retiring anytime soon, I know when the time comes volunteering will have a place in my life.




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