It’s important to thank local volunteers

I am writing this letter to announce the end of an era here in Millstone. My dear friend, Valerie MacPhee, after serving as the choir director and organist for St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Perrineville, has finally decided to retire after 40 years of volunteer service. She has, however, graciously offered to assist for any special occasion or when the need arises until a replacement is found.

Valerie and her family are not averse to volunteering. A former music teacher in the Jackson Township School System, Valerie has been a member of the Millstone Township Hospital Auxiliary for more than 35 years. In addition, she has been president of the Associated Auxiliaries of CentraState for two separate terms comprising six years so far. Her husband, Jack, has been a volunteer with the Millstone Township First Aid Squad for more than 10 years, as was her father, Ted Markowski, who passed away last year. Her mother, Paula, at 80-plus, is also an active volunteer for the hospital and was a founding member of the Millstone Auxiliary back in 1965. Both she and Valerie are also members of the Ladies of St. Joseph’s Church.

I think it is important to acknowledge those who, despite active family, business and social obligations, still find the time to devote their skills and services for a worthy cause. There are many such men and women here in Millstone, and I want to take this opportunity to thank you all.

Barbara A. Rubin