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Senior Crew Spotlight | Bob Flemming

Bob FlemmingTell us a little about your background (where you grew up, your family, your career, etc.)
I was born and raised in Oshkosh Wi. I have been married to my wife Sue for 42 years. We have two grown daughters, and three grandchildren. I am a retired machinist, having worked at several shops in the area before serving an apprenticeship in West Bend WI. My last 33 years were in the machine shop at the Kimberly-Clark Kimtech Plant in Neenah. There we built new machinery and repaired old parts that were used in the Kimberly-Clark production mills. Seven years of my time at Kimtech writing programs for CNC machine tools to use in the machining of metal parts.
What made you decide to volunteer for Habitat?
After years of working myself, I wanted to do something to “Give Back” to the community. I enjoy learning new things, working with my  hands, and figuring things out, so Habitat was a great fit for me.
The training classes that Kevin “G” teaches in the spring were a great way to learn the new skills needed, and to have a “running start” when you get to a site.
When not volunteering with Habitat what do you do? (other volunteering, hobbies, work, etc.)
Besides visiting with the kids and grandkids, during the summer months I volunteer on the lawn cutting crew at church.  I also do amateur sports car racing for a hobby. I am a member of two car clubs, that race in Wi. and northern Illinois. I own an older model of a car called a “Formula Ford”. Most of the people I race with are about my age, so I often refer to it as “Giezer Racing”.
What do you enjoy most about Habitat? (what work do you like most, what keeps you coming back, etc.)
I enjoy all phases of construction.  New House Construction, Home Repair, Home Rehab, and Home Rental Repair are the areas I like most. I like working with the Senior Crew members, and the Habitat Staff.
What is something about you that might be a surprise to those with whom you volunteer?  
I guess that I do the sports car racing, is a surprise to some people.

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