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Tell Me About It: Club founder still loves volunteering


August 24. 2013 2:25AM
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1. How did you get involved in volunteering?



I hadnít been in the insurance business too long and a gentlemen called me up, Bill Houston, and he was a field rep for the national Exchange Club. He asked me if I would like to join in forming a club here. I told him I didnít know what the Exchange Club was. He said, ďWeíre just a national service club, I got an undertaker and a banker and weíre starting this club.Ē That got me involved.



2. What has been your favorite project over the years?



Law officer of the year. For 42 years Joe DaPore and I have co-chaired law officer of the year and thatís where we pick an outstanding officer and honor him at a luncheon. Itís very gratifying for both the officer and for our Exchange Club. My second, probably, is the Ssheriffís Office. I have volunteered there for 52 years.



3. Your support of law enforcement is well-known, how did you get involved with that?



When we were in the bail-bond business we had people who went off and skipped bond. Sheriff Clay Cotterman, who was sheriff at the time, my partner was a good friend of his. He asked him if he would appoint me as a special deputy to go after these people. He did.



4. Are you still a special deputy today?



Oh yeah, I still work. I work security at the museum, I work visitation. I donít go out in the car anymore. I havenít for quite a few years.



5. What accomplishment are you most proud of in volunteering?



Thatís hard to say. I enjoy the museum and I work there on different projects. Iíve been on the board for 15 years or 20. But I think my biggest love is law enforcement. I was one of the originators of Crime Stoppers. I served on the state board for crime victims services. I just believe in putting the bad guys away.



6. What was it like being named president of Exchange Club 50 years after you founded it and held that title?



It was a lot different, of course. We have a lot of progressive young people in there and I told them I really didnít think it was fair to make me president again but they insisted on it. Itís harder to get members. All the clubs today are having that problem getting members, volunteers. We have a lot more projects with a lot fewer people.



7. Are you better known as an insurance salesman or a volunteer?



I hope insurance. I run pictures and ads in The Lima News every week. I do 4,000 calendars a year and a lot of [public relations] work for insurance. Thatís my livelihood.



8. What are your future plans in volunteering?



Well, as long as my health holds up just keep doing what Iím doing. I enjoy it.






Tell Me About It: Club founder still loves volunteering


Tell Me About It: Club founder still loves volunteering


Tell Me About It: Club founder still loves volunteering


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