Unsung Heroes

By SRAI News posted 06-14-2019 07:26

Gayle Walters

Authored by Gayle Mowbray Walters, MS
Director, Consortia Services
Johns Hopkins University

SRAI is a community of volunteers. Without them, our meetings would not be as successful as they are. I would like to take a moment to thank two in particular. Somewhere between eight and ten years ago, I handed over Silent Auction chair in the Northeast Section to Norma Berry and Cindy Holstein. They have managed it masterfully ever since. Their tireless efforts in gathering and organizing donations have done much to make the auctions successful. The silent auction raises money for travel scholarships for Section meetings. While everyone seems to enjoy the auctions, I’m not sure much thought is given to the work and energy needed to make it a successful event. 

In addition to their auction efforts, Norma and Cindy were instrumental in establishing the Chesapeake Chapter. They donated not only their time but space to meet and even provided food at some of the meetings. The two of them worked to make the inaugural meeting of the Chapter a huge success. The two of them have also mentored future leaders, encouraging them to volunteer in SRAI. At least two of them have now served as Chapter officers (keep your eye on Ellen Libao and Donna Schriver). Cindy and Norma have led by example, yet have insisted on maintaining a low profile.

My personal thanks and gratitude to them.