Where do you volunteer?
I volunteer with Families in Crisis, serve on the board of directors for the Central Appraisal District of Lampasas County and am the chairman of the congregation at Trinity Lutheran Church in Copperas Cove, which has about 100 families who attend every Sunday.
As chairman of the congregation, I preside over council meetings, review budgets, including expenses, and determine if we have enough money left over after the church’s needs to donate to local charities.
I also chair the annual sausage festival, which is the church’s largest annual fundraiser with money going to our building maintenance fund and several charities in Copperas Cove including Hope Pregnancy Center, Cove House, and others.
For Families in Crisis, I organize a dove hunting trip every year that is a 3-4 day adventure. Several of us were dove hunting together and I realized we had enough people in the group we could do something substantial for a charity. I became familiar with the work of Families in Crisis when the organization had a drainage problem. I am an engineer and I came in to fix it.
My stomach turned at the thought that we had to have a facility like Families in Crisis. I’ve never gone through something like what those women and families have been through and I cannot imagine the pain. So the dove hunt became our largest fundraiser where hunters pay a fee to hunt. I also make hunting knives that we raffle off. The event raises more than $5,000 each year.
For the Central Appraisal District of Lampasas, this is really a marginal function, which provides oversight for residents in the county.
How many hours a month do you spend volunteering?
I spend about 24 hours a month volunteering.
Why do you volunteer?
The Bible says take care of widows and orphans. When I saw the women and families at Families in Crisis, I knew I had to step in. Physical abuse rails me. It is my principle responsibility as a Christian. I guess, too, it is the land surveyor in me. I am always looking for the next territory to conquer. What’s past is past. It’s time to go on to the next thing where we can help those that still need help.
Tell us about your life outside of volunteering.
I am married with children. I am traditional and am still the guy that opens the door for women. My family has had a presence in Copperas Cove since the 1890s and my heritage is German. I own an engineering and survey firm in Killeen and recently opened a second location in Lampasas.