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Senior Crew Spotlight | De Dalum

DeDalum\Tell us about your background/family:

My husband Dan and I have been married for 46 years. We have a grown daughter and granddaughter living in San Antonio, Texas. Before retiring, I spent 30 years working at the Menasha Public Library as a reference librarian and cataloger. I have been involved in various volunteer projects since high school.

What do you do for Habitat?
I started volunteering at Habitat years ago when our church service ministry team volunteered for construction work days. I wasn’t particularly good at construction, but liked volunteering for the new-construction paint days and managed to convince the rest of our church the group to choose those dates. One of the site leaders for these paint days was Bill Ott. Bill was also a patron of the Menasha Public Library. When he would see me at the reference desk he would ask me when I was going to start leading the paint days. I would always remind him that I still worked full time, but when I retired, I no longer had an excuse and have been leading some of the new-construction paint days for a few years. I was also part of the Mystery Reader’s group that provided a lunch for the Menasha Rock the Block program last summer and was on the InterFaith Build committee at my church last year. We are already selling cinnamon buns between services at church to help raise funds for this year’s build.

What has been the biggest surprise to you about Habitat?
One of the things I like best about the local Habitat program is the care and time that goes into making the future homeowners successful right from the start. I can only say good things about the Almost Home part of the process.

When not volunteering for Habitat how do you spend your time?
I have over 90 varieties of perennials in my flower beds, so I spend a good part of my summer free time weeding and dead heading. I am also a Master Gardener and work on the charity garden walk this group sponsors each June. I am on our church’s council and help organize projects for the church’s Service Ministry Team. I have been involved for over 20 years in a mystery readers group and enjoy reading in general. I can’t cook but enjoy going on Food Adventures wherever we are. Mostly, I like to keep busy.

What thing about you might surprise the person working with you on a Habitat project?
I have been to all seven continents and over 50 different countries.

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