My typical morning at the office includes a fair amount of screen time and a few phone calls. By noon, I am ready for a little lunch and a change of scenery. On one particular day, I decided to grab a couple slices of pizza and a cold drink and headed out to a nearby park. I pulled into the parking area, turned off the engine, turned down the radio, and sat there enjoying my tasty meal. I sat there a few minutes to let the food settle, then I fired up my engine and put the vehicle in reverse. Before backing up, I noticed a gentleman lifting his hood up and another driver pulling up to him with his jumper cables in hand. In just a few minutes they brought the dead vehicle back to life and both of them were on their way.
What I found interesting about the situation was the fact that the driver of the dead car was there before me. He never put his hood up, he never walked up to my car, he just sat there waiting for someone he knew to come and help him. I on the other hand was sitting in my vehicle with a little time on my hands, jumper cables behind my seat, and I had a willingness to help.
As I drove back to my office, I thought to myself how it was silly of the man to not give me any indication of his need for assistance. Then I thought about my organization and how we operate. How often do we ask our members to help us out, but completely ignore the fact that there are thousands of other people in our county who could jump start our engine?
So today, I am going to step out of my comfort zone and put my hood up and ask you for a little help. My organization’s top concern is our Foundation. It is the primary funding mechanism behind our Ag in the Classroom program, our scholarship program, and our internship program.