“I’m a people person,” says Bettie Hopler of Dyberry.

 “I’m a people person,” says Bettie Hopler of Dyberry.

That love of people lends itself to volunteering. Soon to turn 82, June 14, “Flag Day,” Bettie’s been a volunteer for more than two decades. She wraps daffodils for the American Cancer Society, is involved with the Wayne County Area Agency on Aging as a member of their Advisory Board, helps out with the Wayne County Historical Society, and is an on-call volunteer with the Wayne County Public Library.

“I like books. I like to read. The library is a wonderful library — just loaded with books,” she says with a smile. She’s a dedicated volunteer. “I just feel you have to have your heart and soul into what you’re doing or you’re not going to do a good job.”

Her heart is tied to the American Cancer Society. “ I know so many people that have been afflicted with cancer and continue to know more and more, it seems ...The Cancer Society is certainly a worthy cause — anything that you can do to help them with their research is well worthwhile. Any of these organizations that work towards finding cures for our illnesses are well worth helping,” she said.

Major surgery last year made her cut back on some of her volunteer hours, but it doesn’t stop her from doing what she loves. To someone considering volunteering, Bettie says to look into what you’d like to do, find out about the organization and how you can help. “You’d be a big benefit for the organization,” she says.

Prior to retirement, Bettie was employed 19 years with the Department of Public Welfare, working her way up to supervisor. Not two months after retirement, she was working part-time at the Area Agency on Aging. In 1997, she served as Honesdale Tax Collector, filling an unexpired term. She’s also well known from her waitressing days at Steve’s Diner, now the Townhouse Diner in Honesdale, where she worked for 21 summers. “I met a lot of people through that,” she says. “I like people.”  

Bettie has three children, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.   
If you know of a volunteer in our area who we may interview, please call Tammy Compton at (570)253-3055 or e-mail tcompton@wayneindependent.com.