Commuters driving through Vienna might form an incorrect impression of our town. If they read the banners across Maple Avenue, they’ll be aware of athletic events, parades, and holidays. But everyone will tell you: Vienna is best known for its special community spirit. In Vienna we enjoy classes at the Vienna Community Center, meetings at the library, attending outdoor musical concerts, getting the family out to bike, roller blade or stroll along the W&OD Trail. As a senior citizen I particularly appreciate The Shepherd Center of Oakton-Vienna where older persons have the opportunity to use their experience, training and skills to help others, and have fun in the process. Besides the Learning in Retirement program, Shepherd Center offers such services as grocery pick-ups and medical transportation to those in need, and all by volunteers. And that brings me to the heart of my feelings about Vienna. People here participate. Retired teachers and others volunteer to work with Students on Suspension. Parents and others are coaches, den leaders, tour guides. I spend hours as a volunteer for Historic Vienna, Inc. Those with civic interest volunteer on town boards and advisory committees. What makes Vienna a special place to live is the spirit of active volunteerism. Of course I’ve left out the Women’s Center, the various church programs, and so many other possibilities. I’d like to suggest that newcomers join those who enjoy doing something. One way of finding people who are interested in the same topics that you like is to volunteer where your interests lead you and enjoy.