I am privileged to be able to oversee the running of our Luncheon Club for Seniors every month, our Luncheon Club has been running for over 15 years. Until recently it was run by the Lakeside Lions on behalf of the Community House, but the time came to pass the mantle and it passed in to my hands.
Each month we have around 35 -40 attend luncheon club, the two course menu is simple, it's how the guests like it, you can expect a fish pie, casserole, cottage pie or something along those lines, always accompanied by a good serving of veg. And there is always a crowd pleaser dessert, think chocolate self saucing pudding, apple crumble and topped with ice cream, custard or cream. Yum!
Its not all about the food, more importantly it's about the people. There are the guests that arrive excited and ready for a catch up, but there are also the volunteers. Since the Lakeside Lions stepped back from running Luncheon Club we have been very lucky to find a great new group who have put their hand up to help out. It has been so nice to see them come in so enthusiastically and willing to give up their free time, around 3-4 hrs once a month to do something that makes such a difference.
There is also the 'old guard' that I must mention, a superb gentleman who began volunteering for Luncheon Club many years ago and still is, he is an absolute gem, and has been invaluable in ensuring a smooth changeover. He also makes the most incredible desserts and is pretty handy with any dish he turns his hand to. He is a wonderful friendly face that I look forward to seeing, not just every month at Luncheon Club but quite often when he pops in for a chat at the Community House.
So the feel good feeling that I have titled this post is about feeling good from being able to make others feel good, I suppose it is a pretty selfish thing, but I love being able to make others feel good, to get a smile from just some small talk, That is the feeling our volunteers get also, and I guess that is part of the reason volunteers do put their hand up to volunteer. If you have time on your hands think about volunteering, it really does have that 'feel good' feeling.