Helen Webster wanted to be involved in the school district in her small town of Kremmling, Colo.
"I just felt bad that they weren't going to have anyone run up here," she says.
So the retired teacher decided to run for a seat on the West Grand County school board. A current board member invited her to a meeting so she could get a sense of the workload.
As she sat through all the presentations detailing next year's budget needs, it dawned on her. "I thought 'oh my God, this is more than what I bit off, I don't know that I could do that,'" she laughs.