Did a food rescue from Jewel today. This time it all fit in my car and I didn't need to make 2 trips, which was nice.
Our weather is still awesome so after lunch I drove out west to enjoy the Maple Grove forest preserve. I also went to a nearby place inside a mall which has awesome chair massage. The chair massage was great as always. After it, I got a nice text from my boss. (She said she missed me. She also answered a question I had indicating that we likely will not be traveling much, if at all, the rest of the year. YAY! I'm airplanes-out). Then I ran into someone named Joyce, someone I hadn't seen for a while.
Joyce and I used to volunteer together at the non-profit run by Gail. I haven't been volunteering there much since I moved close to the city. I asked Joyce how it's going, and she gave me the full scoop. Long story short, she no longer volunteers there either as she had a falling out with Gail where she felt Gail was really unfair to her. She also didn't like the secretive way that Gail runs the organization, though that was not the primary reason for her not volunteering there anymore.
This is the second time (that I'm aware of) that Gail had a falling out with a volunteer. Gail can be salty; I've seen it in action myself.
(Sidenote. A book I finished reading recently, "How To Be a Person In the World", talked about friendships and how friends are imperfect. Because everyone, including ourselves, is imperfect. But sometimes if we want to not be lonely we just gotta tolerate our friends' shortcomings, as they tolerate ours. I thought of my friend S who can be persnickety and not always fun to hang with. Gail is not too far from that.)
Gail's usually not-mean to me perhaps because we don't see each other often and perhaps because I donate a large sum (which my employer matches) each year to the organization. Joyce is totally right that Gail needs to tell us more about how the organization is doing, how many people it services. I was saddened and surprised to hear that in March, the last month Joyce volunteered, the group served "only a handful" of clients; Joyce says it's been declining for a while.
Without going into detail - and while understanding that there are 2 sides to every story - what Gail did to Joyce was mean-spirited and cruel. I was sad to hear about it, but again not surprised given what I've observed over the years. Since I only see Gail a few times a year, I can look the other way somewhat; it's not like we're BFFs. But I do think I need to re-evaluate how much money I donate each year given how Joyce underscored some things I don't like about the organization.
I guess it's a big hmmmm.