Originally from Kansas, I helped farm our lands for 18 years while being active in both High School counsel and Church youth group activities. From the beginning, we were raised with respect, courtesy, honesty and integrity. Since leaving the farm at 18, I have been a member of the Air National Guard for 27 years, continuing my service for country and honoring core values similar to what I was raised on. Service before self has been a part of my entire life.
When it comes to volunteering, it comes easy. I find it hard to say “no” to anything that is a worthwhile cause, especially because I have many acquaintances, family and friends that fall under so many categories of health issues. I am thankful for my health and happy to help others less fortunate. There is no rhyme or rhythm to what I volunteer for, such as the American Lung Association, because I know I can bring a plethora of guidance, support and leadership to help make any occasion beneficial. Working with Rotary Club, another Service-Before-Self organization, has allowed me to grow my ability to plan events, organize and lead volunteers. My focus is not only to have fun and enjoy the community service or volunteerism but to appreciate what it is you are giving back and the amount of gratitude that we get in return. A feeling of graciousness and giving is enough to make anyone come back for more. Volunteerism isn’t even something that you need to look for; it’s in front of every one of us every day. You can open a door for someone, carry groceries for someone elderly, pick up trash, give food to someone hungry or even unknowingly smile when someone really needs it, all beneficial. It’s what I enjoy doing, it’s what I will do forever and along the way I will somehow, someway help thousands.
I’m just happy to do it.