Regarding my role as a mediator, I actually took a course and considered it as a career before coming to Hospice. If I remember correctly, it was back in the 80s when a group was trying to form a mediation team. When I read about mediation that was it, I was hooked. Mediation is such a good thing. If you have an issue and can’t get two sides to sit down and talk to each other, you might as well go straight to arbitration, or skip arbitration and go straight to the courts. I think mediation works, so I have used it in my career and continue to use it today. It’s the way people should be talking to each other.
I think I’ve been able to motivate those who I’ve wanted to motivate. To me, you motivate by example. You can’t simply tell someone they have to be motivated. You’ve got to set an example to motivate others, and they’ve got to want to follow it. People tell me that I’ve had reasonable success in this. It’s not something that I’ve necessarily set out to do as much as just realizing I was doing.
7. This project has to do with the involvement of sage leaders like yourself in civic organizations that seek to improve the quality of life and well-being of Grass Valley and Nevada City. This includes nine types of civic organizations:
- Fraternal and service clubs
- Social services organizations
- Educational organizations
- Governmental and political organizations
- Arts organizations
- Media organizations
- Faith-based organizations
- Environmental organizations
- Other nonprofit organizations
In which of the nine types of civic organizations on the list are you currently involved? Overall, how many total hours a month do you give to these organizations?
I was a political science major in college and a public administration major in graduate school. As a Kennedy-era kid from Massachusetts I had a natural interest in government when I was young, but my interest in government has waned as I’ve gotten older. In my younger years, I was an intern for the State of Washington and had experiences with government and political organizations. I loved it and even considered making government a career, but government became more socialistic along the way and I lost interest. Before my retirement, I worked hard to pass a bill in Sacramento for our new Hospice facility.Download Article 1K Club