Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” This well-known quote by Margaret Mead captures the essence of volunteerism as we’ve seen it flourish in our community. The “world” of Wenatchee has blossomed under the generous care of the myriad volunteer groups that enhance so many aspects of our town. One such group, Art on the Avenues, was founded over 20 years ago by one of Wenatchee’s treasures, Adele Wolford. The powerful change that that group brought to the Wenatchee art scene continues to enhance and enliven our community by the efforts and contributions of time and resources of “thoughtful, committed” volunteers.
Art on the Avenues will honor one exceptional member of their organization with the Adele Wolford Founder’s Award at their annual luncheon on Monday at the Wenatchee Golf and Country Club. The recipient of this award is Steve Lachowicz, for his many years of committed support of AOTA. Since 2000, when he joined the board, until this year, as a volunteer for Beauty of Bronze, Steve has been a dedicated advocate of AOTA. He has held every office on the board, and was president for several years. It was his passion for the arts that led him to the group, but it was his continued dedication to its vision that impacted the organization and its growth. Through his efforts, AOTA received approval as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. His photographs of the sculptures are part of the visual history shown on the website and the brochure. He also used his energy to involve parents as well as students in the Beauty of Bronze program. Steve will be awarded a plaque in recognition of his service, and he has asked to have it displayed on Leo Osborne’s Ancient Traveler as a tribute to his mother, who loves turtles, and instilled in Steve a love of art at an early age.
For Steve, his passion for the arts has been a lifelong motivator, and his volunteering is a continuing process. He is an example of the “thoughtful, committed citizens” Mead refers to in her quote. This is the kind of volunteerism it takes to fulfill and sustain a vision. This is the kind of volunteerism it takes to make a change. We should all search our hearts, find our passions, and get involved in something greater than ourselves. It just might be fun!
Joy Jasinek is a board member of Art on the Avenues, an organization that encourages anyone to become involved as a volunteer or a board member. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org