Gloria Pope | In My Own Words

The reason I do what I do is directly tied to my upbringing. I have six siblings and we have all benefited from our parents’ selfless examples of generosity and caring for others. There was no sitting around being bored.

Why do you do what you do?

The reason I do what I do is directly tied to my upbringing. I have six siblings and we have all benefited from our parents’ selfless examples of generosity and caring for others. There was no sitting around being bored.

Whether at church or in the community, Mom and Dad were very quick to volunteer our services. My mother was a true servant leader. I now understand that I am responsible for the welfare of my community.

Any investment in community is vital. I take my involvement very seriously and try not to waste anyone’s time. As a volunteer, I get a glimpse into the heart of our community.

My role is to provide the board and the agency with support to keep them moving forward. There are plenty of opportunities to lend a hand. It either requires time, talent or funds. I also endeavor to learn while I serve. How can you get excited or learn about an agency without being involved? It does not take long for me to roll up my sleeves and get busy.

The YWCA and YMCA are such pillars in the community. I am inspired by the instantaneous impact they have on the women, men and children who come through their doors. It was Leadership Stark County, however, that opened my eyes to the many wonderful assets in Stark County.

When asked to serve on the Massillon Museum board, I did a happy dance. I have loved the museum from afar. It is quite different now than when I visited as a teenager. It is refreshing and brings our community together on many levels.

Shortly before I retired, I agreed to serve on the 2-1-1 Advisory Committee. For me, this committee brings it all full circle. I have more insight to the statistics on the needs in our community. Through it all, I have acquired immense knowledge, worked with some of the most compassionate staff members and volunteers, plus gained a host of friends.

As a community trustee, I want to be part of the solution to a strong community. I want to set an example and inspire others to get involved. Each meeting opens the door to another opportunity to serve. The experience is truly a blessing and an honor. I believe this is what I was meant to do.

What is on your bucket list?

No bucket list, but I am a perpetual list-maker and constant planner. I get teased because I plan our menu one to two
weeks in advance. Anything I want to do is either on my daily to-do list or e-calendar and checked off promptly.

What is on your mind?

The well-being of my family and friends is always on my mind. The economy and the upcoming health care changes are of concern.

More about Gloria
Who: Gloria J. Pope; married to Nate Pope

What: Community trustee (She retired last year from the Industrial Commission of Ohio with more than 30 years of service, including 21 years in management).

Education: Washington High School, Massillon;West Virginia State College.

Community activities: 2-1-1 Advisory Committee; Canton YWCA (past president two separate terms, currently Personnel Committee chairman); Central YMCA; Leadership Stark County (at-large member, graduate 13th class, past committee chairman for Program, Asset Building and Retreat committees); Kent-area chapter of The Links (past chapter president, financial secretary and recording secretary, cochairman regional conference); Massillon Museum (vice president, 2012 membership campaign co-chairman with husband, Nate);Women’s Initiative; Canton Museum of Art committees (Kimono as Art, Bing Davis, and Dean Mitchell committees); 2012 Volunteers of the Year, David YMCA.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass