How did you first get involved with RTS?
My first involvement with RTS (Christmas in April at that time) was 2nd year of existence.
Mary Herche (Junior League friend) talked me into helping out. The next year Karen Wickstrand talked me into just “visiting” a man named Bill. Bill and his house were in bad shape. I sponsored Bill’s house and spent six weeks getting everyone I knew involved in the process. We restored Bill’s home and heart into a warm and cozy place. His surviving daughter enjoys it to this day.
What do you enjoy most about being a board member for RTS?
The best part of being a board member (now completing my third and last three year term) is commitment all members have to serve. We all personally donate our time and talent and ask our friends/business associates to do the same. All members are “givers” and great stewards of the RTS mission. Our backgrounds are varied, we trust and respect each other and support our strong leadership. I value my lifetime friendships I have made through RTS. Additionally, my friends and parish value me for introducing them to RTS. We will always tell the stories of the homeowners we have helped… even if the stories include rats (dead or alive), non-working plumbing or electricity or frail women scaling a dumpster ladder as we drive off looking for that one special thing that might have accidentally been tossed.
What are your hopes for RTS in the years to come?
My hope for RTS is for the continued and professional growth. In all my years I have never seen such a great staff, board, sponsor and volunteer base. I am proud to be associated with RTS and plan to support all future efforts.