throughout the year to remind folks that they are part of an ongoing
TEAM, not just a “day of the event” person. They are constantly
reminded of their importance to the success of the event and that the
parade belongs to them. They are encouraged to bring friends and
family in as volunteers as well.
One creative way that they reinforce the value of the ongoing
commitment to the event is by issuing name badges with a year
bar added each year of their participation. For each five years,
they receive a gold year bar and for ten years, they receive a “star
volunteer” pin to place on their year bar. Twenty-seven of their
volunteers have served over ten years, with ten others serving
over 15 years.
Although passing some of their involvement to Ray Pulver
of Upbeat Parades in 2018, Maureen and Bob will still be very
much involved. Maureen plans to work more on outreach to
local organizations and Bob will be working on fundraising
and new unit acquisition. Upbeat Parades will be processing
the participation parade applications, participant recruitment,
parade line-up order, and announcers comments, as well as
helping to prepare the parade for marching.
Bob and Maureen’s passion to bring people together to
celebrate America and what it stands for is contagious!
GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN
“Volunteerism is vital for
community service groups and
Morgan Hill residents excel at it.
In my opinion, Bob and Maureen’s
success comes from genuine
appreciation of their volunteers,
clear direction and well documented
procedures. In the time I worked on
their team, all these elements were
present. They also allowed me the
room to be creative and own my
area of responsibility.”
Jeff Dixon, Chairperson
2017 Morgan Hill Freedom Fest