Last week I joined about 40 members of our B&F Forum leadership group for a fun and rewarding volunteer day at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. We weeded the Gaffield Children’s Garden, removed invasive species, and provided clerical support to the gift shop. Giving back to the community with work colleagues is a great way to get to know one another. I’m confident this experience will strengthen our working relationships in the future. My hope is that we will build on this volunteer experience to create future opportunities for anyone in B&F who wants to participate!
One immediate opportunity to volunteer is the MStaff200 bicentennial event on June 27. This epic celebration will feature food, entertainment, tent displays of staff contributions to U-M through the decades, and much more. We need volunteers for a variety of jobs before, during and after the event—and as a special thank you, those who volunteer will receive a special commemorative t-shirt! Now who doesn’t like a T-shirt!!! I’m so proud that B&F is a key sponsor of MStaff200. It would be great to see B&F volunteers turn out in a big way for this magnificent event. If you are interested please sign up by June 9.
Lastly, while we’re on the subject of service, on Monday we’ll join the nation in observing Memorial Day, the annual tribute to the men and women who died while serving in our armed forces. As a former Air Force kid, I have deep respect for those who are called to serve the country in this way. My father flew 63 missions in World War II, and also served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. We have more than 100 veterans here in B&F who are part of a community of nearly 700 veterans who work at the university (and I know there are many more proud military family members among us). I hope you’ll join me in thanking them for their service to our country. Remember, our freedoms do not come free. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all of the many veterans who served to gain and protect the many freedoms we all enjoy.
Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend!
With much appreciation and gratitude,