Publication: Freedom — OCR - Placentia News-Times; Date: March 10, 2017; Section: News; Page Number: 3
WHAT A DAY
Library fundraising luncheon can pump you up
As a trustee, I’m often called upon to represent our library at various functions. I consider it one of my duties, to meet officials and representatives and remind them of the library’s importance in our community.
One of my favorite events is the Placentia Library Friends Foundation Author Luncheon. This is our largest library fundraiser for the year, consisting of lunch at the Alta Vista Country Club, a plethora of silent auction items, celebrity waiters, and, of course, a local author.
I’ve been coming to the luncheon for quite a few years now, to support the library and visit with my friends. For the past 6 years, I’ve been a celebrity waiter. I haven’t spilled coffee on anyone, so they keep asking me back.
Usually, I host a table of my friends, but this year everyone had somewhere else to be, so I told the PLFF to put me where they needed me. I ended up at a table with honorary member Marge Boelman, former PLFF board member Carol Fizzard, and their guests.
In addition, there was a lovely woman who volunteers in the bookstore. She had brought her adult daughter, Mary, who wanted to talk to me about horses. It seems that, no matter where I go, I end up sitting next to the one horse person in the room.
And no, I don’t always mention them first.
The entire program was delightful, from the emcee’s words about the importance of libraries, to the Orange Empire Chorus who entertained us with their barbershop quartet, to the speaker himself.
My table seemed to enjoy themselves. As part of the fundraiser, each table is asked to tip their celebrity waiters, and the table with the most tips wins a prize. It’s all about the library, so I didn’t care who won, but I tried to be a good waiter, and keep everyone stocked in iced tea and coffee. To earn more tips, I even offered backrubs.
My guests declined.
This year, the author was Dr. Jeffrey A. Barnes, aka “Dr. Disneyland.” I admit, I had not heard of him, but there are more and more books being published, and it’s difficult to know them all. Dr. Barnes is a professor, motivational speaker, and expert on all things Disney.
Even better, he can take trivia about Walt Disney and turn it into a life lesson.
One of the lessons that stuck with me was about Walt’s early dream of having a park where adults and children could enjoy themselves. Everyone around him, from his brother, Roy, to the city and bank officials he approached, gave him a million reasons why his dream was not practical or feasible.
Instead of giving up and finding a new dream, he hung onto his idea and created Disneyland.
I probably can’t count the number of ideas I’ve had that were shot down as being illogical, unnecessary, or unrealistic. Each time, I’ve tossed the notion aside, letting public opinion decide whether something could be achievable. Dr. Barnes’ speech gave me hope.
Maybe I should rethink that idea for a women’s theme park called Raging Hormones.
By the time the event ended, I was euphoric from spending the afternoon with my Placentia friends and motivated to be as successful as Disney. When you can do that and raise money for a good cause, everybody wins.
Longtime Placentia resident Gayle Carline tracks those moments that shape her days as a wife, mom, computer whiz and horsewoman. E-mail her at [email protected].