March 28, 2016

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Steve Siler is a song writer, and founder and director of Music for the Soul, a non-profit music ministry. He is writing this column on behalf of Downtown Frankfort, Inc., a Kentucky Main Street program.


A Chance to be Priceless!

Help Bring a Downtown Event to Life!

Well it’s official. Even though it was a bit on the chilly side, last Sunday brought with it the first day of spring! The flowers are blooming, the trees are leafing out, and warmer days are on the way.

It won’t be long before outdoor activities will be on everyone’s mind. They are already on the mind of Debbie Clark, chairperson of the Downtown Frankfort, Incorporated (DFI) promotions committee. In all likelihood you’ve already been the beneficiary of Debbie’s efforts, enjoying one of the many downtown happenings she has helped to organize.

“The promotions committee enjoys planning events downtown since that is what makes it fun,” she said.  It also creates opportunities for people to experience the shops and restaurants downtown.

But here’s the thing. Great events like Art Walk, Derby Day, the Summer Concert Series, and Candlelight don’t just happen. It takes a team of people working together. And that’s where you come in!

This year’s schedule again offers several opportunities to appreciate the out-of-doors while also enjoying food, music, art, and friends. It takes a lot of people working together to make these events a success. At the recent annual DFI membership meeting Director Kim Strohmeier extended an invitation for members of the community to enjoy one or more of these events from the inside out by participating as a volunteer.

Why volunteer?  Well, the Center for Volunteering publishes a list online offering several good reasons.

First, it’s a means of building self-esteem and confidence.   Who couldn’t use a little more confidence?  Second, it’s a great way to learn or develop new skills and interests. They say learning is what keeps us young. I never have figured out who “they” are, but staying young sounds good to me!

Volunteering can be a pathway to experiences that make you more employable as you have opportunities to do things outside your normal area of expertise. It can also be a great way to be more active which is helpful in maintaining good health.

Then there are all the new people you can meet! You can broaden your social circle. You might even make a great new friend.

Of course, the most obvious reason for volunteering is that you can make a real difference in someone’s life. In this case, you have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people in your own community by adding joy to their lives!

Finally, volunteering is a great way to give back and express gratitude for what others have done for you in the past.

Perhaps you have a special skill that you’d like to share with the community. If so, that’s great!  But all that’s really needed is pride in your city and an enthusiasm for being part of creating something special for your friends and neighbors!

If you’re someone who likes brainstorming and working on finding solutions to long term challenges perhaps you’d like to get involved on the organizational side. There are four DFI committees that offer a variety of ways to serve the community.

Strohmeier says, “Downtown is the heart of our entire community, and it belongs to all of us. To make it the best it can be we need everybody pulling together.”

Each of us has skills and talents. Consider seeing how your unique set of gifts could help Frankfort move toward a vibrant, exciting future. 

If you’re interested in volunteering to help with an event or in serving on one of the DFI committees contact Kim Strohmeier: Kim@downtownfrankfort.com

Whichever way you choose to get involved you’ll feel good about yourself for helping and you’ll be truly appreciated.  Like “they” say: “Volunteers aren’t free. They’re priceless!”


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Kim Strohmeier
Kim Strohmeier

March 30, 2016

Larry and George, thanks for your interest in helping make our downtown grow. As Executive Director of Downtown Frankfort, Inc., you can contact me at the email in the blog article to find out more about how you can help. Thanks again.

Larry Maze
Larry Maze

March 29, 2016

My partner, George Abbott, and I are moving to Frankfort in mid-April because we already love it. We’ve bought a house in the 100 block of Shelby St. Either or both of us would be happy to help promote our new downtown. Let us know more about working committees.

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