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80 one-on-one meetings by my 80th Birthday


When a local volunteer organizer asked Beverly if she would be willing to contact 44 strangers to see if they would be interested in helping the campaign, she got right to work. Within a few weeks, Beverly had recruited more than 30 new volunteers. The local organizer was stunned.

What Beverly didn’t realize was that the organizer had only meant for her to make 44 calls. Instead, she unwittingly went the extra mile and setup 44 one-on-one meetings with potential volunteers. “I didn’t know he meant the goal was to only make 44 calls,” Beverly said, laughing at the misunderstanding. “I just didn’t take it that way.” She made it her personal goal to have 100 one-on-ones and is on pace to reach 80 one-on-one meetings by her 80th birthday this week.

Beverly says her inspiration comes from one person: President Barack Obama. “He speaks from his heart,” she said. “He’s out there making progress whether they help him or not and I can relate to that. I can relate to his drive—if they aren’t going to do it, I’m going to do it.” During the ’08 election, Beverly longed to get involved, but was caring for her husband of 61 years, who died of Parkinson’s disease in 2009. About a year after he died, Beverly decided it was time to re-focus her energy: “I’m going to do something for myself, for my family, and for my President.”

The former special education teacher began attending Democratic club meetings at her retirement community in Orange County and got involved with the President’s re-election effort in 2011. She believes it’s her raw enthusiasm for the President that convinces people to get involved and join the campaign.

“I think it’s because I’m excited,” she said. “At first I’m shy, but I’m excited and have something I really want, and I want the President to be re-elected. So there’s a feeling I have inside, and people respond to that. My advice: Just keep on keeping on!”

You can get to know inspirational people like Beverly by attending an event or signing up to volunteer in your area. Who knows, you might even be Beverly’s next one-on-one.

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