I woke up early and began to tear down the tent and pack up. I then headed to the Main Street Café in Johnstown where we were holding a Campaign Meeting at 7:45 a.m. After a 2 hour meeting, I walked north to the Johnstown Mary Babcock Library. The Library was holding a reception for me. They put together some wonderful treats and invited local people to come and talk with me. We really have some great Libraries in our county!
At the Library, I met Rodney Newel who would be my walking companion from Johnstown to Croton. During the 3 hour hike, Rodney caught me up on local history dating back to the late 1700’s. He was a wealth of knowledge. Rodney is a veteran and is still actively volunteering with the armed forces even now in his early 70’s. Rodney is also a recently retired farmer and shared a great deal of information about the local farming industry. We had a delightful time on our 6 mile walk into Croton.
Once we arrived in Croton, I was welcomed by Pastor Eva Marie to pitch my tent beside the Croton United Methodist Church. Pastor Eva Marie also helps out with the Freedom School with Northridge students.
Around 6:00 p.m., I was delightfully joined by some of my female colleagues from the nonprofit world in Licking County. They brought me some refreshments and some words of cheer and encouragement. What a wonderful bunch of women leaders they are! I felt blessed that they had taken time out of their busy schedules to support United Way and our 50 day walk! Thanks WNPL!
Shortly after they left around 7:30, a group of wonderful Boy Scouts and their leader showed up. We had an in depth discussion about the priorities United Way is addressing. They had some questions about backpacking and ways that they might volunteer with our community. We talked until after dark and then it was time to call it a night in Croton.
Continue to follow Deb on the 50 the United Way journey. To donate toward 50 the United Way go to www.unitedwaylc.org/50donate