In his free time, Don enjoys fishing, hunting, supporting his daughter at her soccer games. Traveling with his family is also very important to Don. His favorite vacation with his family was visiting Hayward, WI because it included many water sports - fishing, jet skiing and water skiing. Don's other love is riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and it is this passion that inspired the Chrome for Kids event.
Don chose to join the Board as a way of giving back to the community and wanted to help where he felt it was most important - our community's youth. "When I learned about [the Club's] mission and how they impacted the kids' lives in the community I realized this was the organization I wanted to volunteer my time for."
Don feels the Club is making its greatest impact by giving the youth of Cedar Rapids a safe place to go. The staff at the Club helps the kids see how many possibilities there are for their future and helps them set a plan to achieve their goals. The programs provided at the Club, in terms of education, can give kids of all backgrounds a foundation to achieve success in life.
Don recalls visiting the Club for the annual Thanksgiving Dinners. This is something many people take for granted, but many Club kids do not have a big Thanksgiving dinner at home, so the Club's Thanksgiving celebration is their only Thanksgiving. Don enjoys volunteering to serve these dinners at the different sites and watching the children smile and interact with their parents. Seeing these interactions make his efforts more meaningful.
We are thankful for Don's many years of service to the Club and his leadership with the Chrome for Kids event!