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fromThePresident BY PAM BAUGHMAN, VRWA PRESIDENT What if the Hokey Pokey Really is What it's All About? You remember The Hokey Pokey? You put your right hand in, take your right hand out, put your right hand in and you shake it all about, you do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself about, that's what it's all about. I have often wondered what it's all about, but when I think about it I start singing the Hokey Pokey song in my head and forget what I was wondering about. I remember doing the Hokey Pokey at roller skating rinks, weddings and school dances when I was young, but I was having fun and never questioned what it's all about. As I get older, I find myself really pondering what it's all about. Have I said things I've wanted to? Have I done things I've wanted to? In most cases the answer is no, I could have done or said more. Oh please don't get me wrong; I have a good life. I have a family that I adore and love with my whole heart. I have great friends, I love my job, and I have a home, a car, some money in the bank. Do these things show me what it's all about? Every parent's dream for their children is for them to go out into the world and forge a life of their own. If they become independent, wage earning, law abiding citizens, we, as parents, feel we have done our job. My daughter and her husband did exactly that, but they did it eight hours away. Although I am very proud of them, my heart was completely broken when they moved away. Not only did my daughter and son-in-law move eight hours away, they took my granddaughters, too! My worst fear was that my granddaughters would not remember me. This separation has not been a Hokey Pokey time in my life. Every visit ends with the dreaded goodbye; and the heartache starts all over again. For me, nothing can replace seeing my granddaughters face-to-face, hugging them, kissing them, being involved in their everyday lives. I miss so much because they are so far away. On our way home from a visit with my daughter and her family, my parents and I stopped for some lunch and a break from the driving. It was just before Christmas and the restaurant was packed. Four hours prior, I had said the dreaded goodbye, knowing I would not see them on Christmas morning. As we sat in that restaurant waiting for our lunch, my parents and I talked about our visit. I was crying and trying to get it together. Our food was delivered, we ate and the waitress came by to see if we needed anything else. My Dad responded, "Just the check when you have the time." The waitress smiled and said that the bill had been paid by someone in the restaurant, someone who wanted to wish us a merry Christmas. My parents and I were stunned. We have heard of such kindness, but never experienced it firsthand. Did someone notice my grief? Did someone notice my Dad's difficulties? Why would someone do that for us? This was my "aha" moment. This is what it's all about! We sat there, still stunned, not knowing what to do. We talked about it and decided to pay it forward, right then. We paid the full amount of our lunch plus the tip to the waitress. She cried and thanked us. She stated that the money would help make her Christmas merry and bright. So this is what it's all about. If we would all do something kind for someone every day, can you imagine how quickly it would spread? It doesn't have to be something big or expensive: say thank you, let someone go ahead of you in the grocery line, pay a toll for someone, buy coffee or lunch. I promise you it will make a difference in someone's life. Let's start a revolution, so everyone can know what it's all about! 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Fall 2015

From the President: What if the Hokey Pokey Really is What it’s All About?
From the Executive Director: The Value of Membership
VRWA’s 2015 Expo Wrap Up
Membership is Free, but its Value to your Utility may be Priceless!!
How to Prepare for a Lab Audit
Tomorrow’s Leaders: Attracting Young Professionals
Amherst Source Water Protection
USDA Rural Development/Virginia
Comparative Advantage
Keeping Workers Safe During Night-Time Repairs
Affordable Mixers Now Available for Southern Corrosion Engineered Tank Care Customers
When Consolidation Makes cents
NRWA Recap
VRWA Offers New Member Benefits
Throwing My Loop: Another View
Booster Club
e-Learning Benefits
Membership Application
Do you know what your VRWA Benefits are?
Welcoming New Members
Training Calendar
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/

Streamline - Fall 2015