RAOK: Making a meeting not be standing room only


It’s amazing how the simplest of gestures are such Random Acts of Kindness. Joel Dameral getting up to get others a chair from the stack in the back of the room at the Lake Tahoe Unified School District meeting last night didn’t go unnoticed. A fellow district employee nominated him to be a Lake Tahoe News Random Acts of Kindness winner while at the meeting.

Joel will be receiving a gift certificate to Sprouts for his kindness.

Random Acts of Kindness has been going on all month. It’s Lake Tahoe News’ way to get people to slow down, look at the kindness that is going on and acknowledge it. If you witness an act of kindness, are the recipient of kindness or are the giver of kindness, let everyone know about it by writing a comment below.

Each day someone is picked as the “winner” and then receives a gift from one of the many kind businesses in Lake Tahoe that have graciously donated a reward.

Random Acts of Kindness has a week left. What is your kindness?

There are a few rules associated with Random Acts of Kindness. If you want to read them, check out this story.


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Comments (8)
  1. Ivone Larson says - Posted: January 25, 2012

    Mr. Dameral is a real gentleman and truly deserving of recognition for what he does for our students, our school and our community every day!

  2. Michelle Reilly says - Posted: January 25, 2012

    I am one of the people to whom Joel gave a chair. While it looked like a random act of kindness to an outside observer, it is really Joel’s nature. He is a kind and giving person through and through and I am lucky to know and work with him at South Tahoe High.

  3. Margaret McKean says - Posted: January 25, 2012

    With all the negativity that surrounds us in the news- how great that Lake Tahoe News is acknowledging Kindness! Joel is Joel and a great role model for students and adults.

  4. Rebecca Wass says - Posted: January 25, 2012

    So being a native of Clovis/Fresno, CA—last winter was my second winter in Tahoe and boy was it great! Especially in Christmas Valley, although it was not as bad as everyone said it would be. I LOVE Christmas Valley!

    With a two-wheel-drive and all weather tires, I was pretty much set, but concerned about getting to work by 8 a.m. everyday. So, I would get up in the middle of the night and shovel my drive, just to try and keep up, then again in the morning. Mind you, I have no snow blower … yet. Electricity, food and wood are my primary concerns right now. Oh, and hitting the slopes!

    I can say I am strong willed and have some muscle for a chick (I mean I live here, right?), so I continued to try and clear the drive to try and beat my neighbor to it, which really did not work, since I was exhausted, and this strong-stubborn-man who literally would work hard labor all night, clear his drive and mine by 8 a.m. every morning. He’d yell over the snowblower: “Put that shovel away! I’ll do this, not worth putting your back out!” And I happily gave him a hug and stepped back into my warm house, got ready for work and made it on-time every day.

    I can’t thank him enough for his kindness and generosity of his time. This is why I love Tahoe. We take care of each other.

  5. Ruth says - Posted: January 25, 2012

    Joel’s my brother-in-law and quite possibly one of the kindest people I know…it’s nice to get this recognition for something that just comes naturally to him!

  6. Lynne Bajuk says - Posted: January 25, 2012

    I’d like to nominate Bob Harms for his many acts of kindness every year, every day! Bob is a retired city employee who has attacked life with a vengeance! He is a hardworking volunteer with our Historical Society (worked tirelessly on our remodel), works every Tallac Association event, maintains gardens at the museum at the Valhalla Boathouse, he builds sets in the new high school theatre, he “works” the north shore fundraiser fashion show.. he “works” at the Attic. I could go on and on!! He is an amazing individual and deserves our praise and recognition! Thanx for this program! Lynne Bajuk

  7. Dan Wilvers says - Posted: January 25, 2012

    Every time Joel drives by me at xc practice and we make eye contact, he smiles and nods a greeting. So does Yvonne! ;)

    all nice folks.

  8. Amy Jackson says - Posted: January 25, 2012

    There have been numerous times when I have gone to Joel to “mentor” an at – risk student at the high school. He has never denied a request and does so on top of teaching the many other students in his class at the time. These are the adults that kids will come to school to see…even when life is getting in the way. Thanks for helping students to see that adults can be on their team…you truly are appreciated.