Good thing Vicky Dosdall had her back to the people who walked into the Common Cup in Morris on April 2. Dosdall couldn't see that friends and fellow volunteers had entered the business to be part of the Pay it Forward Stevens County ceremony to honor Dosdall.
At least 20 people had come for Dosdall's honor. Pay It Forward Stevens County is a group that recognizes individuals who have, through their volunteerism, made a positive impact on the lives of others in the community.
"I was surprised," Dosdall said.
Dosdall received nearly as many nomination letters as people who attended the April 2 ceremony.
Dosdall's name is synonymous with 4-H and the county fair 4-H food stand in Stevens County. Dosdall heads up the food stand each fair and works with 4-H parents and 4-H members.
Beyond the 4-H food stand, Dosdall works with 4-H members and helps them with projects. "Vicky encourages kids to do their best," Victoria Surerus said in her nomination letter.
When Dosdall volunteers or is asked to volunteer, "The best trait she has is that you know the job will be done without question," Kathe Lyndsley said in her nomination letter.
"Vicky embodies the basic concept of Pay it Forward," the Rev. Dell Sanderson of Faith Lutheran Church said in his nomination letter. "She is a tireless worker who genuinely enjoys creating projects and events for people to celebrate."
Dosdall said she learned the value of volunteering and community involvement at an early age. Her parents Flossie and Harvey Mathison were examples of volunteering, Dosdall said.
"They were involved in the community. That's what I learned growing up," Dosdall said.
A friend once told her that involvement and volunteering always comes back (positively) to the volunteer, Dosdall said. She knows that is true.
"If you want activites to go on in the community, you need to get involved," Dosdall said. "If you want the community to stay involved and active, you have to get involved."
Dosdall said it can be hard to find time or to get involved but , "If no one did it, it would be pretty bleak," Dosdall said.
Nominations for Pay it Forward Stevens County can come from anyone, and the Pay It Forward group reviews the nominations on a monthly basis to pick one person who best exemplifies paying it forward. Pay It Forward Stevens County is sponsored by Morris Pizza Ranch, Stevens County Times, Bank of the West, West Central Screen and Print, the Regional Fitness Center, Riverview, Superior/WestMor/Hancock Concrete, Stevens Community Medical Center, KMRS/KKOK Radio Stations and Shear Designs. Nominations can be dropped off at any of the participating businesses.