President's Letter. Be a Hero — Volunteer

Original article appears in GuideStar October, 2018.

by Don Selle, President

Like many non-profit organizations, HAS runs on and is lead by a group of dedicated volunteers. If we had to pay a staff to do the many things it takes just to keep HAS a viable organization, our annual dues HAShero.PNGwould be, well, astronomical.

HAS is a “hobby club” in many ways. We exist so our members have a better and more enjoyable experience doing amateur astronomy. When viewed this way, volunteering to edit a monthly newsletter or to collect dues and pay bills, or to maintain our dark site in Columbus seems to compete with our hobby time “doing” amateur astronomy.

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they have the heart” – Elizabeth Andrew

So, what gives? What do the volunteers who make HAS go get in return for giving up some of their “hobby” time? To begin to answer this question, you need to look no further than the mission of HAS which is: Fostering the science and art of astronomy through programs that serve our membership and the community. It sounds a bit cliché, but through serving others, we serve ourselves and enhance our own lives. This is especially true when we are doing something we are passionate about, and passion for astronomy is at the heart of being a member of HAS! Be a Hero – Volunteer

For the full article, click the October 2018 Guidestar link.

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