Tonight we had a Senior Recognition Dinner for the graduating seniors in our ward. The Laurals agreed to do the dinner and the Priests were to put on the show and setup and take down. Well, the dinner was the hard part. Two of the Laural Advisers went to the church at 4:00pm today to setup for the dinner at 7:00pm. The dinner was amazingly delicious. The tables were set, there were center pieces on each table, it looked wonderful. They worked so hard to put it together and to make it special. I, of course, did my part and the night was a success. I mentioned several times to the whole group of how much time and energy went into doing the dinner and the tables and decorations. The leaders really did a great job.
I am particularly sensitive to this issue of appreciating your leaders because about a month ago I learned what it felt like to not be appreciated at all. Here is the story.
There was an Eagle Court of Honor coming up where two of our Young Men were going to receive their Eagle Scout Rank. The day of the event I realized the no one had planned anything for this historic event except to have a speaker and awards. As I thought about the Court of Honor I realized that I needed to do something to make it more memorable. So, I went over to the church an hour and a half early. I took two tents, all of my dutch ovens, fishing pole, shovel, axe, lantern and any other camp gadget or camp gear I had in the garage. I created a mini campsite in the middle of the gym to set the mood for the Eagle Court of Honor. It took a lot of work but when I was done it really looked cool.
Everyone filed into the gym, we had the court of honor and everyone left. No one helped clean up, no one asked who had set the gym up so nice, no one even noticed. I picked up all of my stuff by myself and took it back home.
I now make sure and thank those leaders that have put in time and effort to make these events special.