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May 2018

 

What motivated you to start volunteering at NAMI MC?
 My wife and daughter got involved and it was interesting.

How long have you volunteered with NAMI MC?
 About three-four years?

What’s your favorite part about volunteering with NAMI MC?
I enjoy doing stuff whether it’s organizing the library, stuffing envelopes, delivering things to schools, or stopping the toilet from
running.

How has volunteering at NAMI MC impacted your life?
I enjoy contributing to the community. I also volunteer STEM teaching at Montgomery County Schools, plus working with professional societies: American Society for Microbiology, American Association for Advancement of Science, International Association for Food Protection, and the Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention.

Do you have any advice or insight for those interested in volunteering
with NAMI MC?
Do it. Giving is better than receiving. “Giving is a blessing” and “A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the
great.” Proverbs 18:16. “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
Kahlil Gibran, “The Prophet”

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I rode a motorcycle to Alaska and back through Texas (in Augh-ust) to attend a family reunion and a scientific meeting. I have
a reputation as a penny pincher; so when Stephanie and I arrived in her Mercedes at a Maine gathering, folks exclaimed “Now we know why you’re cheap”. In ‘68, ‘70, & ‘72, Mary, Kathy and I vacationed in Mexico and spent $5.00 and day for all three. That when “$5.00 A Day” was only to cover meals and hotel for one.

When you’re not volunteering, what do you like to do for fun?
Before I broke my hand in 2012, I enjoyed hopping on a motorcycle and enjoying the roads around South Mountain. Now I do literature searches and write articles about food safety issues.

 

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