Planting Seeds of Change: Pat Veon

November 4th, 2014 No Comments

Pat Veon and Bob

Pat Veon Awarded Volunteer of the Year

Every year the Association benefits from the efforts of a small group of community volunteers. The amount of work that is accomplished by the community’s core group of volunteers is staggering. This year the Farmer’s Market in Coldstream was a shining example of how one person can positively impact a whole community. For over five years, Pat Veon has orchestrated and executed the Coldstream Farmer’s Market. Pat, a long time Coldstream resident, along with the support of fellow Village Co-Chair Lisa Martinis and a few others, has created an annual Farmer’s Market that is enjoyed by countless community members on Thursday nights during the summer.

Pat Veon is just one of approximately 60 active individuals in the Association. The community has volunteers who work on all types of projects and committees—strategic planning for future growth and amenities, incorporation investigation, finance, lake dredging, trail maintenance, etc. However many residents do not understand that just a few individuals help plan and execute events for a community of over 8500. Five years ago Pat had the idea of starting a Farmer’s Market and she literally created something out of nothing. With Pat’s vision, we have watched this event grow into a seasonal Market Series that the whole Linganore community now enjoys.

It starts in January, when Pat begins recruiting local vendors and artisans to participate in the Lake Linganore Market. She also works with local farmers to provide fresh produce that is harvested in Frederick County. All of Pat’s hard work acquiring a diverse pool of vendors is at no cost to the Association. In addition to recruiting and organizing vendors, Pat also books entertainment for the Farmer’s Market, often showcasing local acoustic acts and performers. In 2014, the Farmer’s Market was bigger and better than ever as a result of Pat Veon’s efforts.

Advanced planning for the Farmer’s Market consumes a significant amount of Pat’s time, however preparing for the summer only represents part of her dedication. With summer’s arrival, every day from mid-June to mid-August, Pat is communicating with market vendors and musicians, and coordinating who will be participating from week-to-week. She creates the Farmer’s Market correspondence for timely community emails and maps out where vendors will be situated for electrical access and logistical needs. On Thursday mornings Pat puts out Market signage and preps with the LLA Staff for vendor arrival. In spite of afternoon thunderstorms and often unforgiving heat, Pat is always present at the Market to make sure everything is running smoothly.

On Saturday, September 20, 2014 the Association hosted the 2nd Annual Volunteer Appreciation Day to celebrate the individuals who support the Association throughout the year and pay tribute to their service. This year the Association awarded the honor of “Volunteer of the Year” to Pat Veon, for her outstanding service and dedication to the Lake Linganore Community. Pat’s role as the Farmer’s Market Coordinator exemplifies how one person can make a meaningful difference in their community through volunteerism.

There are many ways to become involved with causes you are passionate about here in Linganore, and even more opportunities to support events. The value of volunteers like Pat Veon cannot be stressed enough. Pat’s coordination and execution of the Farmer’s Market is such an asset to the community’s overall Events and Recreation season (April – October). With less than five events volunteers and just one events staff member, every individual counts. We hope that Pat’s efforts will be an inspiration to other members and show how one person can be a positive force in their community.

Thank you Pat!

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