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Volunteer of the Week May 16: Ginger Luxenberger

Published 11:17am Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ginger Luxenberger, of Cassopolis, is the Leader Publications “Giving” volunteer of the week. Below is information about her and a question and answer session.

• Volunteers as a board member of the Cass County Pioneer Log Cabin Museum
• Plants and maintains flowers at various places throughout Cassopolis

Luxenberger
Luxenberger

Q: Why did you get involved with the log cabin museum?
I’ve seen it there for a long time and I was talking to someone that was on the board. They were looking for someone and I just thought it would be a great challenge for me, and an intriguing volunteer job.
This is going on my second year now with the log cabin.

Q: What do you do for the log cabin museum?
I weed flowers, I help keep the cabin clean inside. There’s about three of us that do it. One of the things I do is I like to write articles about the log cabin and put them in the surrounding papers. The problem is I write the articles by hand and everybody wants them sent on the internet.
I would like to contact the descendants of the pioneers we know and have them all get together and see the log cabin and get to know each other. I think that would be really interesting.

Q: Why is important to volunteer?
Well, one, there are many things that need to be done, whether it’s part of an organization or a town, that would never be done if it weren’t for volunteers. That’s one.
Two, it gives me a real feeling of satisfaction to think that I’ve helped accomplish whatever the particular thing it is I’m volunteering for. And, three, I love the intrigue and the challenge. I like to be creative, different and so that really makes me interested to do things like that. It keeps my life interesting as I get older.

Q: What are you most proud of as a volunteer?
The log cabin would be one because there are so few of us on the board and they’ve done things the same way year after year after year.
So, I think my trying to expose the log cabin to different communities in the area… because pioneers in Cass County each donated a log to build that in 1923. And then they numbered the logs and made a list of the families and the type of log they donated.

Q: Why is the log museum important to Cassopolis?
A: Most people don’t know about it for one thing, but it is part of our past. I think it is interesting and more people would enjoy it if they knew about it. The descendants of the pioneers would find it interesting. I hope to get them together because a lot of them don’t know about it.

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