My role at ServeMinnesota is particularly rewarding because it offers the opportunity to engage in research and development projects that can almost immediately be applied to practice. At its heart, I think of service as a collection of unselfish acts. This of course includes long-term efforts, but it also includes countless small opportunities to help others each day. This past year I had the opportunity to observe the pledge ceremony for Reading and Math Corps. For me, it was a reminder of how many people in our state devote a significant amount of their time to helping others.
Every family has their tradition — ours was a new board game every year for each of the three kids. Fast forward a few decades (and families of our own) and we’ve got a lot of options. Just in case the opportunity arises, I keep a few games in my trunk and always have a deck of cards in my briefcase. I can never tell if this is more weird than fun, but let’s go with fun.