Published Sunday, March 10, 2013
By MARIANNE THOMASSON
“Let the world know why you’re here and do it with passion” is Victoria Turney’s motto, a quote from Dr. Wayne Dyer.
Turney is the District Chair of Kiwanis “One Day” and addressed the White Oak Golden K Kiwanis Club on Thursday at Sprayberry’s on Bullsboro.
Each year, Kiwanis clubs around the world join in a day of service. Golden K’s day of service will be March 23 and members will pick up trash on Greison Trail.
Turney presented several unique ideas to increase participation in the project.
“Remember the TV commercial with the Indian in the canoe running into a bunch of trash? You could get your (high school) Key Club to make posters, have K Kids (elementary school) students to color them. Then post them in senior centers. Let everyone who volunteers do something. If somebody can’t walk a mile or bend over to pick up trash, let him or her work in registration,” she said.
On other projects she said, “Our military personnel get thought of at Christmas and Thanksgiving. What about Valentine’s Day? We (her club in Marietta) found some used paperback books and put some little brownies with them in a box. We had kids make bookmakers that said, ‘We love you’ and ‘Happy Valentine’s Day.’”
She advised, “Invite scouts to be part of your team.”
Another “trick” she mentioned was how she was urged to go to PTA meetings when her son was small. “They had him singing at PTA and playing in the band. I was a captured audience.”
After each project is complete, “debrief. Did we have fun? Can we make it better? And make sure you tell everyone thank you.”
She concluded, “There will be no limit to what you can do — and no boundaries on your spirit of fellowship. Your efforts will be echoed by clubs in communities all over the globe.”
A retired gunnery sergeant of the U.S. Marine Corps, Turney was raised in a military family and traveled most of her life. When she turned 18, she headed to Parris Island.
Her various duty stations included the U.S., mainland Japan, time with Desert Shield and Storm and riots in LA.
After 20 years she retired to Cobb County. Her son, Chris, is now a Marine Sergeant in Camp Pendleton, Calif.
She is a past director and past president of the largest Kiwanis Club in Georgia (Marietta), which is also the sixth largest club in the world.