Have we become so obsessed with working and sports that church and our civic duties are all but forgotten?

To the Editor:

I read with sadness your article regarding the sinkage of membership in Voorheesville’s Kiwanis Club.  As an active member of my church, I see a trend here that is disturbing.  We, too, suffer from lack of active participation of younger people. 

I always marvel at the number of people at the Kiwanis-sponsored soccer games on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. I think how wonderful it is to see children, parents, and grandparents taking an active role as coach, player, or spectator. I figure there has to be at least 700 people there each Saturday morning.

I know that the local high school Key Club, which is sponsored by Kiwanis, is extremely active.   So why don’t people realize that volunteering for these important not-for-profit and civic groups is important?

John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

Have we all forgotten this or maybe some of you were too young to remember these words.  We are so blessed to live in a community like the Town of New Scotland but where would we be without the volunteers of Kiwanis, our churches, the school board and the library board, PTA?

Have we become so obsessed with working and sports that church and our civic duties are all but forgotten?

I hope this might be a wake-up call to some people to take a more active role and give back to your community. The options are endless and the results are so self-rewarding.

Dianne Luci
New Scotland