Tonawanda News


October 24, 2013

KEPPELER: Put your time where your mouth is


Tonawanda News — I have a few things to ask the complainers.

 OK, you enjoyed the ball drop? You want good things in the area? Did you volunteer the past five years? Were you there Monday night? No?

Then put your time where your mouth is.

Look, I’m not taking aim at those who have been part of the committee and had to drop out for one reason or another. Life happens. Family commitments escalate, work gets more complicated, health issues creep in. At some point, you need to take a step back and concentrate on other things. 

I liked the ball drop, with its quirky timing and its unspoken assertion that the Tonawandas could be a New Year’s Eve destination. My kids loved the Fun Zone events. I had mused over offering my own services as a volunteer, only to come to the conclusion that I’m already spread far too thin to do it any sort of justice. I can’t blame those who’ve concluded the same.

But while I’m regretful about its loss, I’m not complaining about the decision of those few and faithful who realized they just can’t do it alone anymore. Rather, I find it far too understandable.

People like fun stuff; this should come as no surprise. But too many like it just presented to them as a done deal: You show up, you pay your fee, you have fun, you don’t think about the hours of work that went into the organization and planning of said fun.

Maybe you should.

It’s too late for the ball drop. But help is always needed. I’m sure it wouldn’t take much to find an organization that could use it.

Stop complaining about how nothing fun ever lasts around here and, just maybe, do something to keep it going.

Jill Keppeler is a writer for the Tonawanda News. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @JillKeppeler.

Jill Keppeler is a writer for the Tonawanda News. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @JillKeppeler.

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