Tuesday, March 24, 2009

SHAFTED

As promised, here is my sad tale:

I was recently nominated for Volunteer of the Year for Osan. A lot of people worked very hard on the nomination paperwork, and I am very appreciative (it's an honor just to be nominated, doncha know?). The form required 16 'bullets' or accomplishments, and the highlight of my form was the Newman's Own Award we won, and the garden and other projects implemented with the money. The Newman's Own Award is very prestigious, and the garden is fabulous. The rest of the form was filled with my more minor volunteer activities (thrift store, OSC board and etc.)

I got all dressed up for the ceremony, with tights and shiny shoes and everything, got a babysitter, and met Lloyd there. The presenter introduced each nominee and read a short description of his or her volunteer highlights. When she got to me, she mentioned two of my lesser volunteer posts, and then finished up, smirking, with my volunteer stint at the Air Show last fall where I staffed the Lost Children Booth. People LAUGHED at this last one. There was nary a mention of the Osan Parent Network, the $5,000 from the award that has been plowed back into Osan Air Base, or the brand new garden, or the other things on my form. I felt like I looked stupid, like I didn't even deserve to have been nominated, and my feelings were hurt.

I didn't win, of course. It would have been NICE to win, but I didn't really EXPECT to win. People like me don't win things like that, which is a sad story for another day (or not, because it's probably not even the worth the wear on my keyboard). No, I am demoralized for two reasons:

1. 'They' made me look stupid and hurt my feelings; and

2. It's possible for 'them' to even get to me like that. It's not like I expect anything better after all this time, and yet, I guess I did.

Funny, I feel better now. I'm just glad I didn't waste any lipstick on that shaftstravaganza.

12 comments:

Helen, Robert, Jack, and Emma said...

What you are not saying is that the didn't mention ANYTHING about OPN and your Grant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anna said...

okay, I added a little to make the shaftiness part more clear.

Anna Jane said...

Your title says it all and after reading your sad story, I agree. You put the rest of Osan to shame with your enthusiasm and hard work. I gave up volunteering completely after I realized I could never compete with the master volunteerer!

fine girl said...

What a bunch of dicks! They should all be punished by having to go up 69 flights of stairs. Seriously.

Anonymous said...

i agree with FINEGIRl a bunch of dicks!

Helen, Robert, Jack, and Emma said...

Much better. That was a travesty of volunteer justice!

Lauren said...

Uuug, that is awful and makes me want to pull out their eyes, shove them down their pants so they can watch me kick the crap out of them.

and you did look totally fabulous that day!

Amanda Evans said...

Who ended up wining? Sorry you felt bad :-(. I fit makes you feel any better, I didn't even get nominated...and I volunteer a lot! Oh well :-)

Bonnie Schwartz said...

On a side note: if you ever need another baby-sitter for any reason at all, let me know!! I would love to meet you and your fam and give you a break sometime if needed :)

Greg and Shara said...

I am catching up on your blog...this make me so mad!!!! You, my dear, deserved much better than that. We all know who the real winner is...YOU!! Thank you for all you do for Osan; you're a rare jewel!

Jessica said...

:^O (this is me with my mouth hanging open in shock!) Everyone and anyone who knows you knows that you deserve better! Talk about someone who came to this crazy country and hit the ground running!!! Award or no, you have done more for this community in the last year than anyone else I know! We all love you, Anna! I think you're pretty fantastic!

Lillian said...

It's never too late to chime in, eh? I'm so grateful for the enrgy you pour into your community. How lovely!

Thanks for being awesome :)