While perusing (synonyms: browsing, scanning, skimming; antonyms: neglecting, overlooking) through the January 31, 2010 edition of the “Loudoun Extra” section of the fine periodical The Washington Post, I came across this “In Brief” item (Note: link to article may require registration) detailing how the Loudoun County Community Services Board is accepting applications for its two vacancies. This group, the item continues, will help set policy for community-based services for folks with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and substance abuse problems.
Basically, the Loudon County Board of Supervisors, which appoints the members, is looking for volunteers.
My word of advice for those interested in volunteering, especially those looking to volunteer in the state of Virginia: DON’T!
Recently, volunteer organizations have been receiving a pummeling for simply trying to do the job they willingly signed up for.
Last November in Loudoun County, another volunteer board appointed by the Board of Supervisors, the Courthouse Grounds and Facility Task Force, made a decision that, based on safety grounds, prohibited displays of all kinds on the grounds of the historic courthouse in Leesburg.
They did this right before Christmas.
Thanks for doing your job and don’t mind that bus coming straight for you.
Further down south in the Old Dominion, members of the Sussex Square Homeowners Association were quietly doing their volunteer job when they requested that a homeowner remove a twenty-one foot flagpole from his yard, which was in violation of the rules of the association.
The flagpole owner just happened to be a 90-year-old Medal of Honor recipient and so it became national news that the mean-old bean counters were keeping an American hero from raising Old Glory.
Those people who took time out their busy schedules to help out their HOA even received a verbal smack-down from White House press secretary Robert Gibbs who called the request to remove the flagpole “silly”.
That’s what happens when you try and implement the rules.
So for all those brave (or silly) enough to log on to http://www.loudoun.gov/csb and sign up your time and effort to help out a Board that will throw you down the river when you make a decision they don’t like, I point you to this shirt which was always the advice Super Chicken gave to his side-kick, Fred.