Anne Ford 2014-11-11 16:53:09
Cape Girardeau Noon Lions Club, Missouri Age 52 | Financial Adviser When you grow up on a family farm, you run all kinds of equipment by the time you’re about 10. My dad did custom combining, and after I got out of my eighth-grade year I started driving the combines. We went from Texas to the Canadian border with our combines to cut wheat, and then in the winter and fall, he’d take all the equipment down to Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee and cut soybeans and things like that. During summers, while my friends were at the lake, I’d sometimes get in an airplane after school. I’d fly to Texas, my mom would pick me up, and I’d go straight to the field. You kept going till late in the night because the machines never stopped. I learned to do without a whole lot of sleep. That work ethic kind of gets in your blood. After you’ve put in 18- to 20-hour days on a combine, going to an office from 9 to 5 is not that big a deal. My dad was a Lion, and I always helped his club out when I was younger. When I came to Cape Girardeau, one of the individuals at the bank suggested, “You ought to go look at the Lions.” It made sense to me. I thought, “Hey, that’s what I did growing up.” When I told my dad I’d joined the Lions, he just smiled and said, “You’ll enjoy it.” I think if I had chosen any other club he’d been OK with that too, but obviously there’s a sense of pride in knowing I’m doing what he did. We were a very big, close family, and we still are to this day. And the Lions club is a family. If you need ‘em, you know they’d be there. One of the biggest things people pay attention to in our meetings is the health of the members. Is anybody sick? Is there anybody we should be concerned about? That closeness is tough to come by. When you find it, you grab it and you hold onto it.
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