Piedmont Pagan Pride Day

Volunteer Highlight: Stonie Messer

I started my volunteering way back when my mom retired and I quit working at the same time. She invited me on a day trip with the Sharing and Caring Senior group to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. I went with them and had a great time with these ladies. They asked me to join their group, even though I wasn’t a senior, and they made me a part of the group anyway. These ladies taught me a lot about life. We met on the last Thursday of every month at the Adult Recreation Center of Gastonia. I ended up becoming President and Treasurer, then I started volunteering up at the adult center. They had the annual Webb Street school dance, which was held in May. I volunteered by helping with tickets or serving food. They also had yard sales which I would volunteer for as well. If they needed anything I would be there, working with the community. It would always put a smile on my face and in my heart to serve the community. Then one by one the ladies passed away. Before my mom passed, there were only a few left. When she passed, The Sharing and Caring Club died with her.

My health began going downhill and so began hard times with us. It was then, in 2014, that Heather Darnell asked if I would officiate for ritual at Piedmont Pagan Pride Day. I started attending the volunteer meetings, then I started running the information booth at PPD. Getting to know the Pagan community was great, and volunteering for this project gave me such a great feeling again and it made, and still makes, my heart smile. My health is turning around now, and I can volunteer more and more. If you think that Pagan Pride Day is great, join us and be on the inside. You will meet great people and some you may get very close to, like family. Going to the volunteer meetings helps me to be a part of the community all year long. It gives me such great satisfaction to be a part of such a great thing and to be able to watch it grow. So if you love the day, volunteer and watch it come together. We come together each month as we make this a great time to visit with everyone and support the community. It will make your heart smile being a part of the Pagan community and will remind you of why we stand strong because we stand together.

Stonie Messer

Queen of the Information Booth

Stonie Messer is an integral part of our volunteer community, and we are thankful to have her. She and her husband, Wayne Messer, have been involved in PPD since 2014, both in ritual and in planning. If you, or someone you know, would like to be a part of the PPD planning committee, or simply would like to volunteer at the event, please send us an email at pppdsocialmedia@gmail.com or a message on Facebook.

Your contributions to Piedmont Pagan Pride help support our mission and purpose! Even small amounts of love are welcomed and cherished.