Well, hello again. I’ve been meditating and thinking a lot about peace these days, so it will be our positive word this week.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of my favorite scribes, aptly wrote of peace: “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”
At each convening of our GFWC Florida Woman’s Club conventions, we join hands and sing, “Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.”
Every time we sing it together, my heart skips a beat and I feel at peace, recognizing the quest ahead as I journey back to my beloved Crystal River and begin to fulfill the pledge I made in 1962 when I became a part of the Woman’s Club as a Junior Woman’s Club member.
Through the years, our journey has taken us along a winding volunteer path of service to those in need of scholarships, tender-
loving kindness in care centers, Band-Aids applied to blistered marching band students’ feet that we chaperoned, or offered a listening ear and a calming reassurance that everything’s “gonna” be OK to those whose troubles have overwhelmed them, and so many other peacemaking ways.
We learned from Mother Theresa all about the oneness we embraced when she wrote: “I am one. I am only one. I cannot do everything. But I can do something.” And we did. And we will continue to do so.
With the power of love within us, we can make a difference in our community and beyond through peaceful, intentional acts of loving kindness, in service to mankind.
■ The Veterans Administration is looking for volunteers to drive veterans to their appointments at the Gainesville Veterans Administration Medical Center and The Villages Out-Patient Clinic. Call 352-746-8005.
■ The Key Training Center has begun Open Volunteer Days the second Wednesday monthly. They are opening up one of their thrift stores to walk-in volunteers where they can volunteer for a few hours to see if they would like to become a volunteer. Some of the projects needing help at the stores are sorting and placing items on the shelves and testing electronics. There are many other volunteer opportunities available at the Key. Please call Ben K., coordinator, at 352-795-5541, ext. 238.
■ The Path Rescue Mission is in need of donations for the Mom and Dad’s Diaper Drive through June, including diapers and pull-ups in all sizes (especially 3 and 4), formula and baby wipes. Drop off items at 21 S. Melbourne St., Beverly Hills.
■ Free hearing screenings are available from CHIPS (Citrus Hearing Impaired Services) at the Crystal River Depot, 109 NE Crystal St., Crystal River. Call Maureen at 352-795-5000.
■ CASA (Citrus Abuse Shelter Association) is in need of clear storage bins, disinfectant spray, freezer Ziplocs of all sizes and journals. Please drop off items at 1100 E. Turner Camp Road in Inverness. Email Kimberly Martina at Kimberly@casafla.com.
■ Never Stop Believin’ — a tribute to the band, Journey — will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, June 18, at the Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 W. Citrus Springs Blvd. The event is sponsored by Citrus County Parks and Recreation. Call 352-352-7540.
■ TOO FAR’s drive-thru barbecue is from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at the TOO FAR headquarters at 9338 E. Gospel Island Road in Inverness.
■ There will be a Doo Wop Show on Saturday, June 26, at the Kellner Auditorium at 92 Civic Circle in Beverly Hills. Call Barbara at 352-746-5303.
■ I.M.P.A.C.T. Counseling is offering Therapeutic Day Camp for children ages 5 and older from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 16, at Solid Rock Christian Church Academy in Inverness. For enrollment, call 352-560-7027.
■ The Tails and Tales Summer Reading Programs will continue through July 30 at the branch public libraries: Mondays at Crystal River Coastal Region Library, Tuesdays at Floral City Library, Wednesdays at Lakes Region Library, Thursdays at Central Ridge Library, and Friday at Homosassa Library. Register online or call your nearest branch library. The program is for children in kindergarten through 12th grade.
■ The Old Courthouse Museum Traveling Exhibit continues through Aug. 21 at 1 Courthouse Square in Inverness featuring the Smithsonian Museum’s on Main Street Program, a Water/Ways Exhibit. Call 352-341-6428.
Until next week, stay positive and be peaceful.
Ruth Levins participates in a variety of projects around the community. Let her know about your group’s upcoming activities by writing to P.O. Box 803, Crystal River, FL 34423.