A Thoughtful “Thank You”

Last week there was a lump in my throat all because of something I did not expect and took me completely by surprise. On Wednesday Kathy and I presided over our last meeting as co-presidents of DCPASR. I have written about this before.

When we got to the church and entered the room where we hold our meetings many people were already there. Nothing new since it jakes us 45 minutes to an hour to drive down depending on traffic. However, at the places where we normally sit, next to our secretary, there was a flower and a card with our names on it.

I looked at our secretary and she said we needed to open it during the meeting. I called the meting to order and opened the card before starting the business portion of the meeting. It was a “Thank You” from the Board for our past three years of service as co-presidents. Inside was also a Visa gift card in a sizable amount – one that really floored me.

We did not expect anything since all we did was our job over the last three years. Nothing was done when the last president’s term came to an end so there was no precedent set. I can say that we were both thankful and humbled by their generosity and kind words.

It is true that those unexpected acts of kindness are the most greatly appreciated.

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18 responses to “A Thoughtful “Thank You”

  1. Rita K.

    I loved your post, especially the way it began. There really is nothing like an unexpected act of kindness. No doubt, this was a heartfelt gesture.

  2. Few people do volunteer work expecting a “reward” at the end. The work itself is the reward. But people appreciate when you go the extra mile, and you did by staying on through the pandemic. It wasn’t what you signed up for and your colleagues want you to know how much they appreciate you.

  3. Terje

    I am happy for you. What a joy to receive an unexpected thank you and a gift. I know you will come up with a wonderful way to use the gift card. I hope you will write about that too.

  4. haitiruth

    So nice! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  5. Kindness is always rewarding. Sometimes even more so! What a treat! (I love those VISA cards! So flexible!)

  6. It’s lovely to get gifts of appreciation…no matter the size. Will you still participate in this organization?

  7. Bob, you and Kathy have been wonderful presidents I am sure. The board shared their thankfulness in a beautiful way. It is even more special since you did not expect a reward. The term servant leader is one that comes to mind because I believe that the title is applicable for both of you. Many congratulations. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Thanks, Carol. We did the best we could and we had the help and support of a wonderful Board. We plan to support the new president as much as we were supported. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  8. It’s one thing to know at a base level that the work you have done these past three years is appreciated. But it’s another thing to FEEL appreciated and the board has done that in a wonderful way. Kudos. They were indeed thankful and considering it is Thanksgiving that is perfect.

  9. It is nice to know that what you do is appreciated. Every time I look at the flowers I think of the Board and what a great group of people I had supporting me.

  10. britt

    Oh, I love this. Surprises are my favorite – this one? Well-deserved! Enjoy the fruits of your labor 🙂

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