Desire for trees festival led to other projects

Amy Fager

Amy Fager

April 29, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The trees that compelled Amy Fager to become an active volunteer in Chambersburg had neither sap nor roots and did not smell like evergreens.

The trees that led her to serve 200 hours a year were artificial and involved in the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce's Festival of Trees.

Fager held onto the idea for the festival after it died at the completion of a Leadership Franklin County exploratory investigation. The desire to see the festival develop landed her a spot on the Chamber Foundation board.

"I think they asked me to be a part of the board because they knew I'd be a doer behind the festival," Fager said.


The festival did flourish in 2005 and 2006, spanning several days and incorporating various events and activities. The 2006 version was pulled off under the guidance of four people.

"We did 50 trees and wreaths that were decorated by local businesses," Fager said, explaining those creations were then auctioned to generate proceeds.

Through the work, Fager further discovered the "spirit of community in Chambersburg, in Franklin County, and I see that not just with the festival."

One of the biggest festival changes from 2005 to 2006 was the inclusion of a Casino Night. That event was so popular that it remains on the schedule for this year, although the trees festival has been scrapped from planning.

Fager, a trainer and consultant with Chambersburg's Institute for Caregiver Education, has already been to meetings for the Casino Night, to be held later this year.

She serves on an alumni committee with Leadership Franklin County and is involved with the distribution of the Chamber Foundation's Innovative Technology Grants.

For 20 years, the leadership program has taught problem-solving and decision-making skills in the county. The technology grants, with about $36,000 available in 2007, are distributed for use in area schools.

Fager said she enjoys seeing area children use the new computers in schools and appreciates watching group projects develop in Leadership Franklin County. She and others are working to make Leadership Franklin County a self-sustaining program financially.

Fager said her work comes from "a desire to be a part of the community in a positive way and to see what we're doing makes a difference in lives."


Name: Amy Fager

Hometown: Moving soon to Shippensburg, Pa.

Occupation: She is a trainer and consultant for the Institute for Caregiver Education.

What was your proudest moment?: Being named the 2006 Volunteer of the Year by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.

Whom do you most admire, and why?: She named her mother and grandmother for their fights against cancer and Annette Sanders from the Institute of Caregiver Education for her leadership.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received and who gave it to you?: She listed several phrases, such as "Hire for attitude; train for skill," "Nobody has fun like we do" and "If you're standing still, you're doing something wrong."

What is the next goal you would like to achieve?: To be happy and live life to the fullest.

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