Since the GP opened, Don Dietel has been generously volunteering his time. When the church let the congregation know of their plans to open a sports facility, he wanted to give his Thursdays towards this ministry and was even there the day that the first scoop of dirt was removed. Don has always loved sports and knew that it would be a great fit for him. He warmly greets patrons with a smile and helps check them in, renew memberships, and hand out passes. He typically starts his day with a cup of coffee made by executive assistant, Lori DeBoard.
What brought you to GP?
Once the announcement was made, I knew I wanted to be a part of the GP and was originally spurred on by fellow friends from church who also wanted to give of their time.
Why did you decide to start volunteering?
I was already retired and I knew this would give me an opportunity to have something to do as well as the ability to serve the Lord. I also worked out the time so that I could be there while my wife, Marge, was at a grandmother's prayer group at the church next door.
What is your favorite part about volunteering?
I love the camaraderie, seeing familiar faces, and meeting new people. Having previously worked in the grocery business, one of my favorite aspects of the job was meeting customers and associates and it brings back that feeling whenever I am volunteering.
Anything else you'd like to say about your time volunteering at The GP?
I really enjoy serving in this way, and I am grateful for the opportunity to connect with others throughout the week. I also like that I can take advantage of the facility to get over my fractured hip with the help of one of the trainers.
What would you say to someone else who's thinking about volunteering here?
Do it! It is a good way to serve and a great facility to be at especially if you love sports like I do because it is geared toward sports.
(Don was interviewed by GP trainer, Lauren Mau)