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In 2012, we hosted our first holiday skating party at the Roller Dome South. All of our workers were amazed at the turnout, and great time we had. People were lined up outside 30 minutes before the event was scheduled to begin, and this was during inclement weather. The Roller Dome was filled to capacity, and officers eventually had to turn cars away from entering the parking lot. We had free skating, free food, and free prizes. All items were paid for with donations.

We are now in the process of finalizing plans for our third annual skating party, which will again be held at the Roller Dome South, 4540 Bluffton Road. The event is scheduled for Saturday, December 14, 12-4:00 p.m. Wayne Township residents are invited. A ticket is needed to enter the event. Tickets will be distributed at our office, located at 320 E. Superior Street. We will be giving away prizes such as gift cards and bicycles. My staff and others have been awesome in supporting this event with their hard work and donations. I am so appreciative for the kindness shown by all who are willing to help. We are able to have this holiday celebration because of the help of numerous generous donors. We display a listing of the donors at the event and then post the donor list in our lobby after the celebration is over. For more information about the event, tickets, or to provide a donation, call the Wayne Township Trustee Office at (260) 449-7000.

I love the good communication that occurs during holiday time. People have a tendency to take a break from their everyday worries, and try to enjoy one another. Thanksgiving is coming soon, and most families get together for enjoyable times. Many talk about old times they spent together and the love they have for one another.

I am very thankful for being involved in an organization that helps so many people. Even though going through the process of obtaining assistance can sometimes be a long process, most of our clients greatly appreciate the help we provide. It’s great to see the relief on faces when applicants receive approval for the shelter, utilities, or food they were so worried about. It looks as though a weight has been lifted off them and they can relax for a time. I enjoy the time each morning when I go to the lobby and speak to clients, shake their hands, and listen to their stories.

Back in 2012, I asked some of our employees to tell me what they were thankful for. Some of the comments were: “I am thankful for my job, which gives me so much more than a paycheck, such as a great education about other people, other cultures, and other ways of life. I have learned more on this job than any other in my life. I feel like I am doing important work and it is never boring”; “I am thankful for my family and friends and for the many opportunities I have been afforded. I have a great life and I do not take it for granted”; “I am thankful for the wonderful friends and family who have always been there for me and loved me and accepted me just the way I am. I am extremely thankful for my husband and children for all the joy they bring to life everyday”; “I am thankful for our city and the array of people who come into my life”.

My response in 2012 was, “As for me, I am thankful to our Creator for the humble spirit that He instilled in me. I am deeply grateful to Him and to the voters of Wayne Township for the sacred trust they bestowed upon me. Words cannot express the satisfaction it brings to serve. Surely I must not forget my precious family, staff and friends who support my dreams for a better community and world.”

My response in 2011 was, “I am thankful for persons in our community who are willing to take the time to meet with our clients and inspire them to strive to greater heights. I also am thankful for my staff, who work so hard every day to help our clients and who often come up with innovative ideas to further our mission. Most importantly, I am thankful for you, the residents of Wayne Township, who have supported our office and given us the opportunity to help our clients make a better life for themselves.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Richard A. Stevenson, Sr.
Wayne Township Trustee

Richard A. Stevenson - Wayne Township Trustee

Wayne Township Trustee Rick Stevenson was elected Trustee in November of 2006 and took office in January of 2007. He is very passionate about helping those in need and considers it a privilege to be in a position to be able to help. > Read Full Biography > More Articles Written By This Writer