“Reflections on Volunteer Service,” by Larry C. Hunter, Moffatt Thomas

Written by Larry C. Hunter
Published by the Meridian Press


hunter_larry_7242The power of many rather than the power of one is most often the way in which we can change the world. If you are not part of a service club, I’d encourage you to join one for the following reasons:

1) Fellowship — With so much of our interaction taking place electronically, Kiwanis provides an opportunity for people of all backgrounds to meet and talk with real, live humans who may either share or have divergent experiences in life. You can make lifelong friends, see familiar faces or enrich yourself by talking to someone with a life history or background distinct from yours.

2) Knowledge — Most service club meetings include a speaker or program. You can learn interesting and valuable information by coming to meetings. I have found that even when the program does not deal with a topic that would normally appeal to me, I learn something.

3) Community improvement — Members of service groups can actually improve the environment in which they and their family live. We all see things in our community that need improvement. The power of many rather than the power of one is most often the way in which those improvements can take place.

 4) Personal growth — While it is perhaps not intuitive that helping others results in helping oneself grow, most major religions and philosophical schools espouse the idea that by putting others first, one can experience personal growth. I feel no hesitancy in telling a prospective member that he/she will feel spiritual, emotional and psychological growth by helping with the service projects that a Kiwanis Club promotes. It just makes one feel better to help others.

Kiwanis Club of Capital City meets on Thursday. Meridian Kiwanis meets on Wednesdays. Gem State Kiwanis meets on Mondays. Guests are welcome.

Larry C. Hunter is a Partner in the Idaho law firm, Moffatt Thomas with practice that emphasizes dispute resolution.  He has served as a mediator, arbitrator, hearing officer, and neutral evaluator.  As a litigator, Mr. Hunter has over 35 years of experience in trying cases before state and federal judges and juries.  Mr. Hunter is known as an effective advocate for his clients’ position while participating in an ethical and professional manner. In 2009, the Idaho State Bar presented him with the ISB Professionalism Award.  He has been a Kiwanis International member since 1978, including as President of the Kiwanis Club of Capital City from 2010-2011.

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