Independence Meals on Wheels should have a Hall of Fame. Perhaps for outstanding Board members, but certainly for our volunteer route drivers. A former driver, Betty Shrout, recently died. Her obituary mentions she “delivered Meals on Wheels for many years”. And, a person who knew her from that period said “Betty delivered out of Independence Regional and was very dependable.” If we had a Hall of Fame, Betty may have been worthy of membership. There are many others from the past who would have been deserving. And there are some current drivers who would merit “future Hall of Fame candidate” status.
Indeed, Meals on Wheels drivers have been a remarkable group for a long time. They score the highest of any category in our annual meal recipient surveys. But they provide this service selflessly, saying they receive more from the experience than they give. They appreciate the meal recipients as much as the recipients value them. Perhaps a Hall of Fame is not that important after all.
We are always interested in, and often in need of, new volunteer drivers who want to join the rich heritage that has been established!