Chamber volunteers needed and appreciated
One of the catchier tunes from the musical "Hamilton" is "The Room Where It Happens." The song describes a secret meeting between Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Hamilton needed support to pass his proposed financial system while his "diametrically opposed foes", Jefferson and Madison, pushed to secure the banks of the Potomac as the new nation's capital.
Over food and drink on an evening in June 1790, the so-called "dinner table bargain" was done. Jefferson and Madison would flip their Virginia votes to support Hamilton's financial plan, and Hamilton would lobby his party to move the capital to the banks of the Potomac River.
While the song offers a great history lesson, it is actually more of a lamentation. Aaron Burr sings about feeling slighted that he was not invited to "the room where it happens" and frustrated with these types of backroom deals where the people "don't get a say in what they trade away."
While backroom politics may still happen in Salem and Washington, D.C., in Sherwood, there is plenty of opportunity to get involved and be a part of the story.
April is National Volunteer Month, and the Sherwood Chamber thanks volunteers at all levels for their contributions to our city.
At the deepest levels of Sherwood's government are volunteers. Starting with the mayor and city council and on down to the committees, commissions, and advisory boards, all are volunteers. They spend many hours creating, developing and evaluating Sherwood's policies and ordinances that allow the city to function. And they welcome community members to the "room where it happens." Citizen comments and feedback are encouraged and needed.
The schools rely on many volunteers as well. In addition to the school board, volunteers can be found in the classrooms and offices to assist teachers and staff with projects and field trips.
Extracurricular activities involve parent and student volunteers to help coaches, players, directors, and performers.
Nonprofit groups and churches, many of which are run and/or supported by volunteers, operate programs that provide educational, emotional and physical support of community members in need. Their efforts are supplemented by kind-hearted neighbors and friends who look out for each other in tough times.
While Burr sings, "we just assume that it happens," nothing could be further from the truth. A lot of behind-the-scenes work goes into hosting events and running the city. In honor of National Volunteer Month, we thank all of those who actually make it happen.
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