2011-11-29 / News

Teamwork works wonders

When you work up close with a group of people like I do, you have to admire their dedication, their intensity and their integrity. They find a way to get the job done quickly and accurately.

Our new home at the North Pole Annex has been interesting. The first real change for the volunteers was moving 10 pallets from ground level to the third floor.

After an unsuccessful attempt to make 90-degree turns with a pallet jack, the team adapted to rolling freight carts. The whole process took less than two hours to get everything upstairs.

Good job, guys, and thank you for your hard work.

I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that Rod Bauer, exalted ruler from the Brunswick Elks Lodge, worked shoulder to shoulder with the other members of our team. Thank you, Rod.

New team member Linda Bauer, the exalted ruler’s exalted ruler, jumped right in like it was second nature to her. Welcome aboard, Linda.

New team member Sharon Belanger spent her first day checking in merchandise against the invoices, right beside Marcia, Jean and Beverly, our seasoned veterans. Well done, Sharon.

New team member Marshall Beaudoin worked tirelessly from start to finish today. Newcomer Mary Wilkins was running errands for me on her first day on the team. And my regulars are back again, doing what they do best, making me look good. No, just kidding!

They are experienced and they know the drill. Bud, Tom, Dave, Mort, Joe and Al did all the heavy stuff, while Helen and Barb were in the office getting things done.

After three and a half hours, they had checked in all the merchandise, moved the toys to their proper compartment, and had the paper work posted in the ledgers. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for all you do.

A special thank you goes out to Tom for bringing the coffee this morning.

I have to congratulate our office manager, Lynie McCreary, today. Her knowledge and experience cannot be beat. She has been a Santa Claus Fund volunteer for more than 10 years. She knows the office procedures like the back of her hand. She and her office staff stayed late and completed their mission. Thank you, ladies, for your selfless dedication to the Santa Claus Fund.

There are more products coming, and everyone has their assignments. We begin at 8 a.m. and leave at 2 p.m. It’s just another day in the life of a Santa Claus Fund volunteer.

We received $100 from the VFW Reverend Joseph Lamarre Memorial Post 2197 of Topsham. Thank you for thinking of us.

We also received $50 from Barbara Johansen and Christine Thorton, and $30 from Dr. Robert Galen and Marie Galen. Thank you for your generosity.

That makes a new total of $975 in donations. If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation to the Santa Claus Fund Inc., mail it to P.O. Box 278, Brunswick, ME 04011.

If you would prefer to make a toy donation or send us warm knitted items, you can drop them off at the Bath Elks Lodge, 12 Lambard St., or the Brunswick Elks Lodge at 179 Park Row.

Just ring the bell and someone will greet you at the door. They will accept your gift and write you a receipt for your donation.

The number of applications we processed and approved has risen to 45, with requests to help 26 boys and 19 girls.

If you need our help this year, you can write to the Santa Claus Fund Inc., at P.O. Box 278, Brunswick, ME 04011.

Adults who write letters of request must be the child’s parent or legal guardian. We require your name, address and phone number. We will need the child’s name, gender and date of birth.

Mail requests as soon as possible because the last day we can process requests in time for Christmas will be Dec. 16.

Two days after mailing a letter of request, call us at 207-319-9317. At that time, you will be given a package number and a date and location to pick up your package.

If you follow these simple instructions, things move forward rapidly. If not, it may delay or even stop your application. Thank you for your cooperation.

It’s about time to turn off the lights and hit the hay. It’s been a busy, long day, but it was worth it. I’ll be back Wednesday with more news and information from the North Pole Annex.

A VOLUNTEER EFFORT by Bath and Brunswick Elks to ensure that local children in need receive Christmas gifts. Updates written by a Santa Claus Fund volunteer appear in each edition of The Times Record from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve.

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