I have the great honor to speak at the Health Care Auxiliary of Minnesota (HCAM) Conference and Annual Meeting this week. I can’t think of a better group of people to talk to about servant leadership. It will be like “Preaching to the Choir”.

HCAM represents 100 health care auxiliaries in Minnesota totaling in excess of 22,000 persons volunteering in services to hospitals and long-term care facilities. These volunteer services represent statewide more than 1.5 million hours at a total estimated value of $34.2 million on an annual basis.

These are people that fully understand:

The value of a life is always measured by how much of it is given away, not by how much you accumulate.

Generosity and selflessness are two things that are regularly celebrated at a funeral. Generosity and selflessness will make your life bigger!!

Accumulation does not matter!!

Envy for stuff / for influence / for position / – These things don’t matter. In fact it de-values your own life.

When you add value to other people, you add value to your own life.

I witnessed the heart of these volunteers in the health care field during the time that both of my parents were in their last years. These volunteers are so generous with their time, their talent, their empathy, and their ability to care for and love people. They are selfless. If they were not, they would not be volunteering their time for the greater good of others.

Hospitals and long-term care facilities could not function without its volunteers. There are many other areas where people also volunteer their time, efforts, and energy for the greater good of people and society as a whole.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those many volunteers in our communities that make our world a better place. Most of them do not look for recognition or accolades. They do it out of their love for serving.

Please join me in sharing this message, and reaching out to volunteers within your community to thank them for their service and their heart for servant leadership? They are a great example for all of us!

In great gratitude,


Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Philippians 2:3-4