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    Sunning at the Bowlathon

    Today is the day of our local Big Brothers Big Sisters “Bowl For Kids’ Sake.” It’s at Arterial Lanes in Gloversville and starts at noon until 2PM. I’ll be there greeting the participants and supervising Herman as he presides over the bowlathon. This is the 37th year for the Fulton County Chapter of Big Brothers and the national organization turned 100 just last year.

    Last year it was a beautiful day for the bowlathon. What I mean by that is it was very sunny, and so basically I was outside sunning myself while the bowlers were knocking pins down inside. I was still greeting people, but I was outside in the sun at the same time. My smile was bigger than usual!

    I’ve been outside in the sun any chance I can get this winter. There have been some very warm days in February, which is unusual. At the time I heard from my mother in Boca Raton, where it had been cool and cloudy (she had yet to get her bathing suit on after a week vacationing there) it seemed the weather was actually better here…which is saying something for New York in February.

    It won’t be long now until I can bring my shorts down from storage. And all my sleeveless tank tops. I’m really getting tired of wearing heavy clothes and turtlenecks. Today I’ll be wearing a Big Brothers T-shirt to go with the festivities. Last year, I had Terry cut off the sleeves on one of my many Big Brothers T-shirts so now it’s a tank top and all the better for tanning.

    Herman always says that the main part of fund raising is the “fun” part, and I try to make my part in it enjoyable. If the sun is shining, so much the better and I’ll do my greeting on the outside in the sun.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters was one of three groups I got involved in when I first came to the area. The other two were the local planning board and the Jewish Community Center where I used to go to swim. I stopped being on the board at the JCC when the inaccessible entry became too difficult, but I still serve on the county planning board and with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

    Serving on volunteer boards is very different from my pursuits when I was a waiter and aspiring actor out in L.A. But with time comes perspective, and I think its time to give something back to the community.

    So here’s hoping that the bowlathon will be a smashing success. As for me, if it’s sunny, you’ll see me doing my bit outside.

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com