I graduated from a small high school in central Illinois. I continued my education first at Springfield Junior College before transfering to Illinios State Universtiy to complete my teaching/education degree (B. S.) in K-9 teaching. Shortly after I started teaching, Congress abolished the "draft" for young men, and I was drafted in the early summer of 1971. I applied for a "military leave of absence" from my teaching and volunteered for a three year commitment in the U. S. Army completing several MOS occupations: infantry, clerk school, and stenographer school at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, IN.
I was assigned in early summer of 1972 to serve at the 7th Army Headquarters Office in Heidelberg, Germany, in the Office of the General Staff.
Upon returning I continued my teaching career and eventually obtaining my Masters Degree and working as an Educational Administrator in the Springfield Public Schools. After retiring from my teaching career, as I am a work-oriented individual and applied to work for the State of IL.
Prior to my State of IL job I worked part-time for Lowe's, Guardsmark Inc., DHL to keep the development of my Social Security Credits for my retirement years; however, Government laws prohibited that from happening.
Being a people-oriented person, my wive of 49 years has been most gracious for my involvement in work.
I dam a team-oriented worker. The task and those I serve are first an foremost in my planning and daily work accomplishments.
It is always better to give than to receive and to bring someone in line with a smile and a positive compliment.
From 1972 to 1993 I was very involved with the Fraternal Order of Elks. I was an officer for 12 years becoming an Exalted Ruler and Chairman of the Board during my last year of service. I also worked for the Illinois Elks Association by being Youth Scholarship Chairman for 8 years and directing the assignment of well over $3 million in scholarships to graduating high school seniors going on to college. I had been selected as "Elk of the Year" which is a most prestigious honor.
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