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A Civil War era canon in a field at Gettysburg National Park

On the Road with Barry – Mechanicsburg

Day 1 I’ve got a plan. I’m flying to Baltimore, then driving to Mechanicsburg. On the way, there’s this little town called Gettysburg. You may have heard of it. I’ve wanted to come here for most of my adult life and it’s ...
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Barry and two Pearland Lady Lions members holding an oversized check

On the Road with Barry – Lumberton, Texas

Day 1 Well, this is unusual. I’m usually headed to an airport and have a story to tell about someone I sat next to on the plane or the shuttle, or something like that. Lumberton, Texas is a two-hour drive ...
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A black Labrador retriever dog laying on a wood floor.

My Volunteer Experience

Happy National Volunteer Week to all my fellow volunteers! My name is Margaret Lopez, and I am a Volunteer Engagement Assistant for the Puppy Development and Breeding Departments. Through this role I learned about being a breeding host for Leader ...
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Melissa Pletcher

National Volunteer Week 2024

How Lucky Am I? As a volunteer management professional for more than 20 years, I have had the pleasure of being involved in several professional networking groups. Currently, I am facilitating two groups. Locally, I facilitate the Volunteer Coordinator’s Network ...
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On the Road with Barry – Georgia

Day 1 I have reached status in my life. Through the blessings of my work with Leader, I have attained… Silver Medallion status (insert dramatic music here). Among the plethora of perks of a Silver Medallion member, I am afforded ...
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A woman with a white cane walking on the sundial bridge.

On the Road with Barry – Redding and Oroville, California

Day 1 I flew out to Sacramento on Sunday, with a connection in Salt Lake City. I love Salt Lake City’s airport. So bright, with floor to ceiling windows everywhere which provide the natural sunlight and a view of the ...
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A woman standing on a street corner in winter gear holding a white cane.

On the Road with Barry – Bardstown and Olive Hill, Kentucky

Day 1 Houston to Atlanta to Lexington. Another first for me, as I’ve been through Kentucky, but don’t remember ever staying here.  On the hour drive down to Bardstown, every exit was either a Civil War battlefield, or a bourbon ...
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Man walking toward camera on a sidewalk with a white cane. He's wearing an orange coat and black winter hat.

On the Road with Barry – Chicago

Day 1 This was a crazy one, just getting to this day. Long story short, my scheduled trip to western Illinois got cancelled really late. Like three days before I flew out late. I called the lovely ladies on Leader ...
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Man walking with woman in department store. The man is holding the woman's elbow as she acts as a sighted guide

On the Road with Barry – Carbondale

Day 1 I flew into St. Louis this time. Carbondale, IL is about a 2-hour drive from the airport. I had a window seat and had a great view of the Mississippi River, the Arch, and Busch Stadium. It’s a ...
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Smiling woman walking down a sidewalk toward the camera with a white cane. There is grass on either side of the sidewalk and some trees lining the sidewalk

On the Road with Barry: Gainesville

Day 1 Travel to north central Florida from Houston means a trip through Atlanta. Connections were all good, the plane train didn’t disappoint, nor did the automated soap dispensers and water faucets in Terminal B. Gainesville is a very small ...
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