Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Happy Public Service Recognition Week!

I received a notice in my e-mail yesterday, informing me that May 3-9 is Public Service Recognition Week. I confess I had no idea! We try to thank our volunteers regularly and sincerely, of course, but I can't pass up such an auspicious date without making a special effort to say thank you.

Our volunteer program is slowly ramping up this month. The annual Meadow Rover Brunch is coming up this Saturday, so join us for good foot and good information about volunteering. The Mount Rainier National Park Associates will be out working on trails on May 22; consider joining them in their efforts. June 5 will be National Trails Day, for which plans are still being developed, but will probably include trail construction and spring campground opening. June will be busier, and July busier still. Watch our calendar for short-term projects, and our recruitment list for long-term positions we're still filling, in our curatorial collection, campgrounds, and interpretive programs!

Meanwhile, from the office of the Secretary of the Interior:

"In the spirit of service, volunteerism, and connecting with our local communities, please participate in Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), May 3–9. Celebrated since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week is a nationwide public education campaign honoring the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees and ensure that our government is the best in the world.

"Each year, the President and Congress designate the first full week of May as PSRW, and activities are held nationwide and around the world in celebration of public employees who put service above self. This year’s theme is Innovation and Opportunity, and Interior employees exemplify the theme with all of the hard work that they give to the Department and to America.

"From the steps of the Capitol to the smallest towns, public servants use the week to educate citizens about the work that they do and why they have chosen public service careers. Please read the DOI Public Service Recognition Week Events link below for more information about how you can participate in this week’s activities.

"Important links:
DOI Public Service Recognition Week Events
Partnership for Public Service"

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