Letter from the President

Did you know April is National Volunteer Month? Volunteerism empowers individuals to improve their community, to make changes, to follow their hearts and find their passion. April is National Volunteer Month – a time to encourage volunteerism and to thank those who volunteer.

First of all, I appreciate the team members who make OAI the fine organization it is...a successful art club even during a pandemic. I thank you, the OAI Board, Chairpersons and Committees. Often these valued individuals wear many hats, helping and encouraging each other, working many hours and doing so without pay or recognition.

Secondly, I want to encourage our members who are not yet “plugged-in” to a volunteer position to join us in serving the community. Not only do we give back with projects; cheering the elderly and the sick, we have the Community Art Reach and Community Art Bridge composed of volunteers. Don’t forget – as stated in our roster, Omaha Artists, Inc. was organized to promote the appreciation and development of fine art in and around the Omaha Metro area. What are YOU doing to help with this mission?

Of course, due to Covid, some outreach committees have been unable to meet. However, there are opportunities to serve. We need a secretary for next year. I have held that position, and everyone helped me. I did fine. We also are in need of a Vice President. If you feel a tiny bit interested in this position, please give me a call. I promise you will get a lot of support.

There’s something special about being able to say, “I am making a difference.” Are you making a difference? Can you? If you need a change in your life, want to add some FUN, enjoy making someone smile, want to lessen the load of someone else, contact a member of our board or committees. Then, YOU will be giving, doing and making a difference!

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”

– Audrey Hepburn

Most of this article was written by Katie Johnson last year. I thought it was so beautiful and significant I “borrowed” it. Thanks, Katie! ;)

Barbara Schmid-Egr,