Tell us about your background/family:
I have been married to Ginny for 48 years & we have lived in Neenah for the last 40 years. We have 3 great kids & 7 wonderful grandkids. I am a pharmacist and during my business career ran a chain of independent pharmacies through out eastern Wisconsin. I retired 18 years ago and have volunteered with Habitat ever since.
What do you do for Habitat?
When I first called to find out about Habitat, I mentioned that I was not particularly handy with tools, but there was a position open to head up the newly created senior crew advisory committee. So I agreed to give it a try. That position was fun and I learned much about the organization and all the good it was doing. Over the years I have been involved with various committees like outreach, fund development, ReStore, Rock the Block, speakers bureau and Board of Directors. I try to work wherever I can contribute. And once or twice a year I will volunteer to work on a construction site with my church group.
What has been the biggest surprise to you about Habitat?
There are two things that continue to impress me: One is the wide range of ways you can help with our affiliate. Most people, when they think of Habitat, they think of hammering & sawing. I like to tell them that there are so many ways to be involved besides construction. If you can stuff envelopes, make a meal, work at the ReStore, do office work and much more, there is a place for you at Habitat. And by doing so you can make a difference in the housing solution for many people here in the Fox Valley. The second thing that impresses me ( and that I tell people all the time ) is the great people you get to work with at Habitat. I really believe of all the organizations I have been involved with, the staff & volunteers I work with are by far the best, from day one to now.
When not volunteering for Habitat how do you spend your time?Since my retirement, Ginny & I have kept very busy. We both have several volunteer opportunities. Ginny has been involved with the Habitat family selection for over 10 years as well as numerous others. Some of my other volunteering is with SCORE, Wisconsin Alumni Association and our church. In addition we really enjoy traveling and take 2-3 trips per year, both in the US & overseas. And the last major activity, is that I get to help Ginny with her favorite passion in life – spoiling the grandkids.
A good friend & I celebrated our 65th birth day a few years ago & climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa.