December 5, 2012 | LXXII, No. 36

Volunteer of the year nomination: Bob Hendrickson

I believe that Robert (Bob) Hendrickson would be a person worthy to nominate for Volunteer of the Year for 2012.

I have known Bob for more than 30 years.

As a teacher, Bob impacted the lives of his students, those in the Resource Room and all the students at Nespelem Elementary School.

For years Bob served as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout Master.

How well I remember the Scout Family gatherings to make pizza, go sledding, and race pinewood derby cars.

My favorite memory is watching and laughing as boys with rolled-up newspapers smashed soda crackers on paper plates that were tied on their heads! Bob was always there for the children in the community and their families.

After Bob retired from teaching ,there was more time to volunteer in the community and in the church where Bob and Sandy worship. Bob, the Fix It Man uses his skills to help so many people out in times of crisis. I remember when my husband was out of town visiting his family in San Francisco and our ancient water heater (in the dugout dirt basement) stopped working. It was beyond repair. Bob had already fixed it a couple of times and the heater was a 1950s model. Bob came to the rescue. He helped to order a new water heater which we relocated in the house and made other preparations in the house so the water heater could be installed. All this work and no charge! Yes, Bob is a business man and repairs, fixes, rebuilds, recycles, resuses; but many times there is no charge, especially, when the people are facing “hard times.”

Bob Hendrickson is a man of values. Those values come from his belief in family, church, and community life. The Grand Coulee Area is a better place because of the giving spirit and the hard work of Robert (Bob) Hendrickson. Bob is a man who will help out those who many people pass by or turn their back on. He volunteers his fix-it skills, his giving spirit, and his listening ear.

These are some of the reasons why I believe that Robert (Bob) Hendrickson is deserving of the honor of being Voluteer of the Year for 2012.

Nancy Armstrong Montes

PO Box 402

Nespelem, WA 99155

509-634-4695

njam52@hotmail.com

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