Keeping Up With Our Seniors
I’m back! How thrilled I am to once again have an opportunity to Keep Up With Our Seniors at the Bailey County Senior Citizen’s Center. I will be having a weekly article in the Muleshoe Journal and I hope you will take time to read it and learn more about our center.
There has been quite a bit of change at the center in the past year or so. Change can be a good or a bad thing. My goal will be to keep you informed on the events happening at the center and/or changes being made.
The most recent change is the replacement of three new board members. They are Earl Behrends, Robert Johnson, and Gary Hooten. We are excited to have all three of these individuals. There is no doubt they will improve our center and meet the needs of our members. I believe these three men mentioned above will be an asset by improving our center and fulfilling their mission to help it grow and progress. There is no doubt that they all have resources, assets, and abilities to make a big difference in the operations of the Bailey County Senior Center.
In this article today, I would like to introduce you to the newly elected President of the Center’s Board. He is Earl Behrends.
Earl was born in Hereford, Texas and graduated from High School there. He then moved on to college and graduated from Lubbock Christian. From there, he moved to Dimmitt where he married his wife, Donita. Earl and Donita have three children—Lyndee, Garrett, and Jessica. Both Garrett and Jessica graduated from Muleshoe High School. Earl is also proud of three grandchildren.
Earl and Donita are members of the Church of Christ. He is a deacon at the church and has served as Sunday School Teacher for the Jr. High and High School students. As you can see wherever Earl is—he gets involved.
Earl worked at the USDA for 30 years in the soil conservation service. He began the job in Dimmitt and was then transferred to the Muleshoe office. He is now retired. But Earl is the type of person who would never really retire. He now works at a couple of part-time jobs and is a volunteer where needed. He has been a great asset to our center through his volunteer work. We are thrilled he has stepped up to role of Board President and are looking forward to working with him.
Earl has served on the Muleshoe City Council for 11 years. He was also a member of the Muleshoe Lions Club. In his younger years, he was very active in the 4-H Organization and the FFA (Future Farmers of America).
I asked Earl, “What was the very best day of your life?” He didn’t even have to think about it. He told me quickly, “The day I married Donita in 1982.”
Lee Iacocca once said, “The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family.” Earl and Donita are the “rock” that stands steady in the Behrends family.
On the light side, I asked Earl “What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you?” He told me a hilarious story of the time the entire family went on a vacation to New York City. Donita and the kids wanted to ride on the subway and they did. Earl agreed to participate in the ride too, but no one had told him to hang on to the bars as the train took off. As a result, he fell to the ground, rolled to the other end of the train where he found himself sitting in the lap of some lady who was a total stranger. Of course, Earl was embarrassed, but that embarrassment turned to anger as he looked up and saw Donita and the kids hysterically laughing at him. He has never gone back to New York!
After our laugh, we got back to our interview and I asked him, “What caused you to get involved in our center?” He told me that he had witnessed how blessed our community is to have such a place. “So many people worked so hard to make it happen. I am hoping more people will get involved and see how important it is for our elderly,” he added.
Success requires action. No doubt Earl will succeed in his efforts to improve the current activities and needs of our members. I know Earl well enough to know that when he has a goal to reach, he pursues it—when he has work to do, he does it. He is never deterred by criticism or any other diversions. He is a man who is in the right place at the right time and our center will be the better for it.
Keeping Up With Our Seniors