I began my volunteer time with Royal Purple in Bashaw, Alberta in 1997. We moved to this amazing community in 1996 and the ladies there welcomed me like any rural community does, with open arms and kind hearts! I have been a member for almost 25 years and I love this organization. I started on the Bashaw Drill Team (when we had one) and then quickly moved through the chairs, I have been President and Treasurer several times. I was raised in Red Deer, Alberta by parents who always volunteered in the community. I began volunteering when I was a teenager, starting as a community sport volunteer – coaching softball, teaching kids learn to skate. One of my most memorable volunteer positions was as the manager for the Basebelle Angels Fastball Team, we won Bronze Medal at the Canada Summer Games in 1973. I always volunteered on the Social Committees wherever I worked, volunteered with my sons’ hockey teams and associations. Volunteering with Royal Purple in Bashaw is a fit for me. I have 2 sons, Jared and Travis, and one granddaughter, Olivia. With my partner Dave, I accumulated 6 more sons and their wives and so far 10 grandchildren! Yes, we have a very busy life and I love it! I was an Oil and Gas Production Accountant for most of my working life. I worked in Calgary for 20+ years before taking a job at the Nevis Gas Plant (near Stettler) in 1995. This let me live the dream of moving out of the big city and onto an acreage. The Nevis Gas Plant closed in 2019 and I was retired not by choice. I love being retired now, but it was a huge adjustment for me. In 2018 you might say I was coerced by a few of the members from the Alberta Royal Purple to take on the Alberta National Director role. I agreed to do it for one (1) year, just to help them out. During the first year I admit I was a bit overwhelmed and really didn’t think I would stay for a second term. I reconsidered after the spring meeting, I just thought it wouldn’t be fair of me to leave after I was starting to understand the tasks necessary to make this organization function. In the fall of 2019 I was asked if I would think about moving up to Vice President. I immediately said “NO” not for me. I had been given notice that my career at Nevis was ending and my partner, Dave said to me, “you keep saying no, BUT what are you going to do with your time if you aren’t doing Royal Purple? You need to DO something.” He had such a valid point I had to change my answer and the rest as you can tell is history…. I am very grateful that I am part of the Canadian Royal Purple. My theme is “we grow stronger together!” I truly believe this! Let’s work together to make this a bigger, better, STRONGER organization!