APRIL 2018 VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH: Delia McGinnis
Our amazing Volunteer of the Month is Delia McGinnis. Delia is always willing to help to do what needs to be done. When TWAA needed a new Treasurer after Molly Swensen retired from that position, there was no one prepared to step in. The Board had downsized to 4 very busy members, in preparation for some reorganization. It was Delia who stepped up to the plate and took on the responsibilities as Interim Treasurer – for art’s sake!Delia first became interested in art in high school, but it wasn’t until college that she began sketching to take a break from science and pharmacology classes. Once she graduated with her degree in nursing and became an Army nurse, her focus turned to her work as an Emergency Room and Intensive Care nurse. Artistic pursuits had to wait.
Once out of the Army, Delia took classes in art appreciation and art history at the local college and was filled with awe at the art and artists she studied, especially Monet, Van Gogh and the Italian artists. She continued painting and taking art classes when she moved to Seattle, where she also was able to pursue the love of opera that she acquired when listening to her godfather’s opera records. Finally, she could enjoy live performances! But, as before, her work took precedence. She traveled for work and taught in a military equivalent of an LPN program through her Army Reserve unit.
When Delia retired and moved to the KP full time she decided to try watercolor. She started going to Artists Blend, a group of artists loosely affiliated with TWAA. Inspired by so many talented and multi-faceted artists, she took some water color classes and now has a group that she paints with on a regular basis.
Delia joined Two Waters in 2016 and became a board member in 2017. She is currently the chair of the membership committee and also volunteered to be the interim treasurer while we recruit a full time one, despite her lack of experience and comfort in that area. Why? Delia says, “I believe in Two Waters and its mission so I am dedicated to helping to make it a dynamic organization that serves its members and the youth of the KP.”