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28 October 2001
Bingo! Ooops, Not Really
The next event that I got involved in was Resurrection Bingo. My first night of bingo, also happened to be the first night of the new season. Oh my god, it was wonderful. I had so much fun. There were times when I could barely mark off the numbers because I was laughing so hard. There were several special guests, including four guys from various years of the SOMA Bare Chest Calendar, Donna Sachet and Gary Virgina.

I had no idea bingo was as popular as it was. I'd say there were easily 150 or so people, packing the church from end to end. I got there early to help set up and was saving about half a dozen seats for friends: I almost had to beat people off with chairs. In addition to schlepping and setting up tables and toting soda, I also got to "dance" in the opening number. You see, Sister Betty planned this little dance number as a way of introducing the new season and the new name. read further…

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An Audience of One Million People
The morning after Pink Saturday was the Pride Parade. For this event, I had sent an email to Sister Lolita Me Not Into Temptation, asking to volunteer. She had responded, informing me that they needed wheel monitors and had I been trained for that? I responded that I had not, but was still willing to help. Not surprisingly, I didn't hear back from Sister Lola.

So, I went to the Pride Parade site and found out what this training involved. It turned out that there was a training session the next night. I took my eager to help out self down to the training session and got myself trained to be a wheel monitor and a safety monitor, just in case.

As you can imagine, Sister Lola was a lot more eager to chat with me after I informed her of this. Before I started working on all of these volunteer projects, I suffered under this misconception that to volunteer, all you had to do was turn up. While that is partly true, it also helps a lot if you actually have something to offer when you do volunteer.
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20 October 2001
In the Beginning…
While I was still employed, one of the projects that I worked on was our company charity committee. I was co-chair of our west coast committee and we were responsible for planning events and raising money in the name of the Company. Our guidelines in this were that it had to be a local organisation and it had to be relatively conservative to match the conservative views of the Company. Of course, this ruled out nearly all of the groups that I really wanted to help. So, I decided that I would also dedicate some of my time to helping the charities that I wanted to work with.

I had lived in the city for quite a while by this point and was certainly familiar with the Sisters and their works. And, as a lot of the charities that they raised money for intersected with my own personal interests, I decided that they would be the best group to volunteer for. I think at some point during this time I had this outrageous thought that I would be a Sister myself. But, at the time, it was just a wild idea.

After exploring the Sisters' site, I got myself on their calendar mailing list and started volunteering for events when they asked. And boy did I choose an amazing first event to get involved with them.
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