Like Most Of Us, Her Inspiration Began With Her Mom
We all know that the community service queen of Comanche, Texas is Amy Moerman; we’ve talked about that before. Today, I asked her daughter Maggie (who works right alongside her mom in the name of the Newburg 4-H Club) the question that I seem to ask so often, “Why?”
“It just seems that no one else steps up to do things so we do it, but believe it or not, we truly get as much out of doing for others as we give. For me, I like helping people, and it makes me feel good. Seeing someone else have a better day makes me feel as great as it does them.”
And that’s a good thing since last year alone, Maggie had over 100 hours of community service, and that was not nearly as much as some of the other 4-H members had simply because she was playing basketball, etc. and that “ate into” her already full schedule. However, busy or not, the beautiful young woman still finds time to clean the football stadium after home football games, do any of the work that Revitalize Comanche, Inc. so often needs doing, and helps the other members in the local museum every other Saturday.
“We clean, move furniture, help set up exhibits, and anything else the museum board needs us to do,” she explained.
And then we went on to discuss the fact that she recently served as a delegate to the National 4-H Congress held this past November in Atlanta and quite an experience for a young girl from Comanche, Texas.
“In Texas, once you have competed any state 4-H contest [Maggie qualified in horse quiz bowl, entomology contest, food challenge, and Share the Fun], you can then apply to be a delegate to the National 4 H Congress. Once you have applied, the next step is to participate in an interview, and then from that interview delegates are chosen.”
Maggie Moerman, as I would have expected, was chosen! As I said, the Congress met in Atlanta, Georgia during the Thanksgiving break, and according to Maggie, it was a great experience.
“We had lots of speakers who spoke on the fact that one person can make a difference. We also had a chance to connect with others who want to make the same changes and discuss working together to do so.”
And, of course, there were the workshops that one would expect in a 4-H setting, and the topics were as widespread as growing peanuts to social media. Maggie even learned how to bake bread in one of her chosen workshops!
“Being a part of the Congress gives me the assurance that not everyone is stuck in his ways and that there really are people in the world who are open to change and who want to make a difference.”
“But how do you do that?” I asked.
“You do it by following through with your thoughts and plans instead of just planning and never acting.”
And what does the very, very industrious Maggie Moerman want to do with her life?
“I want to be a veterinarian…”
And then the high school senior trailed off to explain to me that, believe it or not, she plans to combine that course of study with psychology. She does want to be a vet, specializing in bovine, because she would like to be able to come back to Comanche and work with her brothers on the dairy. BUT she also has an interest in people and believes she has that special something that allows her to be able to help people who need someone. Right now, Maggie is torn between attending Tarleton University and a college in Louisiana.
And all of this community service, what has she gained through that?
“It has helped me understand that there are so many different types of people. There are those who have worked really hard and prospered, and there are those who have had a different fortune. I’ve met so many people, and I see that no two are the same. High school would have us believe that everyone should fit a certain mold, be the same, and if we don’t, then we don’t really matter. I understand that we all matter.
“4-H isn’t just for the weird people, and no one is too good to do community service. 4-H is for those who want to make a difference and have a lot of fun in the process. It is a place where you can be yourself and help others along the way, just by being who you are. Lots of kids are not willing to take the risk of joining 4-H because they don’t know what it is going to be like, and they are afraid of trying.”
And then, Maggie Moerman smiled and said something that I wish every student in every ISD was able to smile and say, “For me, I love taking risks and trying new things. It’s how I learn. It’s how we all should learn.”
I know quite a few adults who would be wise to adhere to Maggie’s advice as well, don’t you?