Alumni Volunteers Keep the Coaches Caravan Rolling

May 8, 2013 at 7:11 pm Leave a comment

I’m writing this from Dickson City, where we’ve arrived for the Wednesday night stop on the Penn State Coaches Caravan. It’s a huge turnout—close to 1,000 people, I’m told—coinciding with the annual scholarship dinner held by the Alumni Association’s Greater Scranton Chapter. Watching folks file in, I can tell you the volunteers manning the door tonight will have their hands full. I can also tell you that’s been the case at every stop along the way.

LV volunteers

In addition to the Alumni Association and Nittany Lion Club staff—whose efficiency at setting up and breaking down every one of these events I’m in awe of—the volunteer members from local chapters have played a huge role in the success of the Coaches Caravan. At the Allentown stop on Tuesday, Charles Adomshick ’59, Tom Newell ’85, and Richard Garber ’59 (above) were among the Lehigh Valley chapter members who handed out name tags, directed guests, and answered questions. Mostly, though, they just seemed to be having fun connecting with other Penn Staters.

From Reading to Baltimore, Williamsport to NYC, fun in familiar company seems to be the theme. Last week, I met Naomi Williams ’06, who serves on the executive committee for the African American Alumni Organization of Philadelphia, and who was in her second year volunteering at the local Caravan stop. For Williams, it was a chance to network, trade stories, and catch up on Penn State news—but mostly, she said, “just a great time.”

Ryan Jones, senior editor

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