Meet three of GOTR-STL’s wonderful volunteers

Pam, Marissa and Marcia Siemer

Pam, Marissa and Marcia started volunteering with Girls on the Run when daughter/sister, Maggie started working for the organization several years ago. Marcia recently finished a degree in historic preservation from the School of  the Art Institute of Chicago and is now happily employed at Paulo Products Company as an estimator. She enjoys crocheting, watching movies and riding her bike. Marissa is a nanny to a two-year-old and also enjoys working as a soloist and section leader at Webster Groves Presbyterian. In her not-so-spare time, she’s pursuing a degree in court reporting and likes reading and watching Homeland. Pam is a mother of four children and many canines. She’s been married for 35 years to her wonderful husband Mark. They enjoy watching NCIS and taking walks around the neighborhood.

How did you first hear about Girls on the Run?

Marcia:  Through my sister Maggie, and then I started volunteering on the junior board, now known as the Young Professional’s Board.

Marissa:  Maggie started working there in 2009 and she would tell us stories about the girls in the program and the amazing people who worked at GOTR-STL. I remember coming to the office to volunteer when it was just five ladies taking on St. Louis – and the world!

Pam:  When Maggie started working there; she told us more about the program and I couldn’t resist becoming involved.

Why do you volunteer with GOTR?

Marcia:  I think the values of the program are important; imparting knowledge of self-esteem is so valuable to elementary school girls.

Marissa:  I love volunteering, in general. GOTR-STL just makes it so much fun!  Nothing beats the look on a girl’s face when she’s finished the race and gets a medal; it’s pure joy to witness.

Pam:   I think it’s a great program and it does a lot of good for girls in elementary school.  I also like helping the staff – they’re wonderful people and they have a lot of work to do.  More than it seems any one office could handle!

How do you feel about volunteering with your family?

Marcia:  I love it!  I relish every moment I get to spend with my family.

Marissa:  At this point, it’s kind of a given that you’ll see a Siemer at a GOTR-STL event. We love the organization and the opportunities to volunteer,  which give us a way to hang out together and make new friends in the process.

Pam:  I love it – it’s a great way to give back to the community while we enjoy one another’s company and spend time together.

Do you have any favorite GOTR stories or memories?

Marcia:  When the race was held in Forest Park,  I loved seeing the rubber ducks racing with the help of a giant fire hose.

Marissa:  You meet so many fun and interesting people when you volunteer.  I remember one time I was stuffing race bags and I looked up across the table into the face of my college piano teacher! First we were both shocked and then the questions started rolling.

Pam:  When I volunteer, I always see someone I already know, whether I’ve seen them recently or not, and it’s fun to catch up with them.

Anything else you would like to share?

Marcia:  I loved seeing one of my best friends become a GOTR-STL coach at Walnut Grove.

Marissa:  I look forward to the sheer excitement of race day. When the run starts, I’m just like all the spectators – I can hardly wait to see who will come to the finish line first.  The air has a magic in it on race day that can’t be felt any other time.

Pam:  I wish GOTR had been around when I was a child.  It could have been very helpful in building my confidence. The program has also encouraged me to lead a more healthy life and be more active.