Dale Metz, a longtime resident of Jamestown, was born in Northern Pennsylvania and grew up in Pennsylvania, California, and New York. He served four years in the US Air Force in the Vietnam era and studied Special Education, Psychology, and School Administration at SUNY-Geneso, St. Mary’s University, and UNCG. Dale taught special needs children at the elementary level and also served as an elementary principal and director of an adult day health program for special needs adults before becoming the principal at Gateway Education Center in Greensboro, where he worked for 21 years.
Dale and his wife Sue have been married for 47 years and have two adult children. In addition to his volunteerism, Dale has always enjoyed community theatre and has acted in or directed over 150 plays and musicals. In retirement he has also enjoyed working part-time at the United Way of Greater High Point as a seasonal employee during the fund-raising campaign. We asked Dale a few more questions; here are his answers.
Please tell us a little bit more about your volunteer service.
I’m serving my second term as Chairman of the Guilford County Commission on Aging, and proudly served as a COA Board member for six years prior to that. I also chair the Friends of the Jamestown Public Library and serve on the board of the New Garden Friends School. I’m in my tenth year as a patient volunteer for Hospice of the Piedmont, and volunteer with the Jamestown United Methodist Church’s Thrift Shop and the Jamestown Historical Society.
What is the best advice you ever received, and why?
We are on this earth to serve others. Find a way to do that in your job and you will love your job every day of your life!
Please tell us about an adult who was particularly influential in your childhood, adulthood, or early career.
My parents. Although my mom died when I was 11, they showed me every day the importance of living for and serving others.
What has been the proudest moment of your life – so far?
I have been so fortunate to have had so many joyful moments, from the births of my children to so many wonderful honors. But watching a young man with cerebral palsy, who was never supposed to be able to walk, use a walker to cross the stage at Gateway to get his diploma – that was simply the best. Tommy is still doing well!
What do you feel are the greatest challenges facing older adults today?
Quality of life, keeping healthy and active, keeping romance alive, and protecting personal savings and investments
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Seeing someone facing a great challenge find a way to conquer it. My heart (and usually my eyes) just explodes!
What is your greatest fear?
Losing my health and being a burden.
What traits do you most admire in others?
A sense of humor and a strong love for children.
What talent (that you don’t currently possess) would you like to have?
Playing a musical instrument. Right now I am trying to learn the blues harp (harmonica).
If you could live anywhere, where would that be?
Jamestown, North Carolina. I love my small town!
Leave us with your favorite quote.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead)