We are thankful for our Board Members who help guide us through this wild mission of keeping families close. They are who we turn to when we need advice on finances, marketing, or hospital dynamics. On our board, we have Sharon Miller. She recently retired from her career in Human Resources in the Information and
Technology industry. After spending 20 years in Fargo, she has made great relationships and cares deeply for her community. We sat down with her to ask her why she does what she does.
What drew you to volunteer on the Board with RMHC?
I have been on the Sweetheart Ball Committee for over 10 years and I always hoped to serve on the Board when I had more time and/or retired. With my recent retirement in 2018, it was a great time to serve yet keep my seat on the Sweetheart Ball Committee as well. The organization has always been dear to my heart and helping families in need is a privilege.
What do you wish more people knew about RMHC?
I am always talking about RMHC and the mission. The key message is an affordable “home away from home” for families focused on healthcare for their children. The personal approach by the staff and volunteers create a warm and welcoming place to recharge and relax.
What are 3 words you would use to describe RMHC?
Caring. Committed. Compassionate.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of being a part of RMHC?
The opportunity to “give back” when I have had a life of many blessings. I have 3 healthy children and 3 healthy grandchildren. I can’t imagine the pain and heartache for parents faced with healthcare challenges with their lovely children. I am in awe of their strength and unconditional love.
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering with RMHC?
I recently retired and will continue to do consulting gigs at times, especially in HR Training. I also serve on the Hope Blooms Board. Volunteering is a passion for me. Of course, spending time with my grandchildren in the Minneapolis area is a big part of my life. My last child is going to college in the fall so an empty nest is in my future!
What’s your favorite thing about being a part of the Fargo community?
I have had an amazing career in the F-M area which has lead to strong personal and professional relationships. I live on a farm by Mapleton, ND where my husband is a 4th generation farmer. I have been able to work, volunteer and live with great opportunities. The F-M area is committed to non-profits, and I have seen it first-hand from my 6 years with CCRI, 17 years as a scorekeeper with the Roger Maris Golf Tournament, 10 years + with RMHC and now as a newly appointed Hope Blooms board member.
What is your favorite season and why?
My favorite season of the year is SUMMER. I love flip flops and summer dresses! The farm is always beautiful with the crops growing around the farmstead. I am all about sunshine and warm weather. In the winter, I can’t wait for the annual March trips to beachy locations– aww!
If you could do one thing on your bucket list this year, what would it be?
To take a long weekend with my husband to Las Vegas and see a show!
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I am grateful for the opportunity to help RMHC move their mission forward.