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April perfect time to start the habit of volunteering

April is National Volunteer Month – take time to thank that volunteer for their service. They may be your neighbor, your friend, a member of your family or the guy down the street.

The Volunteer Center has celebrated the month in a number of ways:

•Mayor Tom Henry joined The U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Corporation for National and Community Service in setting aside April 9 as a day to recognize individuals who volunteer and make a positive difference in their community.

•On Monday Henry worked side by side with other volunteers at St. Mary’s soup kitchen, highlighting the importance of citizens getting involved.

•The 2013 This Year … Volunteer! Guide for Allen County will be available at the end of the month. The free 46-page booklet offers a comprehensive guide to service opportunities in the Allen County area with new, traditional and project-based service opportunities to assist individuals, groups and businesses in our community. Volunteer opportunities are listed from A (animals) to Z (zoo).

Volunteer guides are available at the main library and all Allen County Public Library branches, the mayor’s office, Rep. Marlin Stutzman’s office, Fort Wayne Visitors Bureau and at the Volunteer Center offices at 3401 Lake Ave., Suite 4.

Service is a smart investment in our community with immediate and long-term effect. If you have not tried volunteering yet, you don’t know what you’re missing! Opportunities are plenty and there is something for everyone. Join in the movement and transform our community. For more information call the Volunteer Center at 260-424-3505 or 888-219-6868, email or go to

JEAN JOLEY Executive director, Volunteer Center RSVP Fort Wayne

Coats has the vision needed to get us out of debt crisis

On behalf of the Indiana chapter of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, I want to commend Sen. Dan Coats for his thoughtfulness and determination to find a bipartisan solution to our nation’s long-term debt.

In a meeting with Indiana business leaders, Coats made it clear that what’s needed to change the unsustainable trajectory of our debt is a mix of both revenue enhancements and spending cuts. He is willing to accept some things he personally doesn’t support for the sake of the greater good – reducing the deficit and preventing a possible debt crisis – as long as his congressional colleagues and President Obama do the same.

This willingness to compromise is exactly what we need, and I hope that both congressional Republicans and Democrats, as well as Obama, share Coats’ courage. The Campaign to Fix the Debt will continue working with lawmakers representing Indiana and states coast to coast as they resume negotiations about our fiscal future. I hope you’ll join us at

JoANN BROUILLETTE President, Demeter LP Fowler

Want to live a happy life? Attitude is everything

We are living in a world today that may be confusing, distracting, anxious, misunderstanding and providing many misgivings at what to do with our lives. We examine all possibilities, connections and anything else that would give us a positive direction to our lives. However, there is at least one option we can exhibit that would provide at least some improvement. That would be our attitude. In the words of Charles Swindoll, “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact that attitude has on life. Attitude to me is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than anything you can name.”

TOM HEINY Past president, Anthony Wayne Rotary Club