Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.
April 22, 2010
Dear Valued RID Volunteers:
Snowflakes melt alone - but together they can be traffic stoppers!
Teamwork allows common people to attain uncommon results.
Some people want it to happen, some wish it to happen, others make it happen.
Volunteers aren't paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.
Established by President Richard Nixon with an Executive Order in 1974, National Volunteer Week
recognizes people from all walks of life who aspire to make a difference. This year, National Volunteer Week 2010
is being celebrated this week, April 18 – 24.
President Bill Clinton said, "Whether through the workplace or a house of worship, in our own neighborhoods or in
another state or country, service binds us together as Americans in a way nothing else can. It defines us as a
people, and it is essential to achieving our national priorities."
In a presidential proclamation on April 16, 2010, President Barack Obama declared, “Since the founding of our
Nation, we have met our greatest challenges through the dedication of countless Americans who have given
generously of themselves, asking for nothing in return. The American story is a story of volunteers -- of patriots
who fought for our founding ideals, of people who marched for justice, of firefighters who rushed into burning
towers, and of ordinary citizens who lifted up struggling communities. All were volunteers, and their work changed
our country. This week, we recognize their enduring contributions and encourage more Americans, especially our
youth, to join their ranks. Today's vast challenges require a renewed commitment to service, and Americans are
answering that call. From mentoring a student and feeding the homeless, to rebuilding after a natural disaster,
volunteers are touching lives every day. Social entrepreneurs are pioneering innovative approaches to community
service, and technology is providing us with new ways to connect with one another. Public-private partnerships are
also expanding the scope and effectiveness of volunteerism. During National Volunteer Week, we honor the
ordinary people who give of themselves to accomplish extraordinary things, and we encourage more Americans to
strengthen our country by volunteering.”
There are hundreds of volunteers all over the world connecting great ideas with great people on behalf RID. RID
joins the nationwide effort this week to celebrate our most precious resource – our volunteers! For RID, this
celebration continues beyond this specially designated week because we realize the impact of your efforts day in
and day out as we strive to serve the RID membership and the interpreting and transliterating profession.
So, whether you chair a committee or a task force, lead a member section or an affiliate chapter, serve as a
committee, task force or affiliate chapter board member, the RID National Board of Directors and national office
staff thank you for your willingness to serve; your precious gifts of time, talent and energy; your impeccable work
ethic and invaluable vision; and your extraordinary dedication to and your unrelenting passion for the profession of
sign language interpreting.
Cheryl Moose, CI and CT Clay Nettles, M.A., M.S.
President Executive Director
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