Occupation/Company/Organization/Position: Career employee with United States Postal Service in Indianapolis. Prior to that I actively served for 22 years in the military befor retiring in 2014. I studied at Columbia Southern University.
What neighborhood do you live in? South Edgewood/West of Homecroft.
What is the most inspiring place in Indianapolis? My wife Jean and I have a tandem bicycle we take all around the city. We like to ride and walk the 5000 block of North Washington Boulevard due to large trees and no traffic. Also, we enjoy the canal bike rides from the zoo to 16th Street and back and use the Monon Trail. We love Fountain Square area and the Circle in the summer. Moreover, we enjoy people who care about the city. It’s contagious.
The many investors and new homeowners really inspire us. Seeing a vacant home sell for $50,000 and 9 months later sell for 299,000 feels great and things like that are happening all over the city. Indianapolis is truly in a transformation period. If anyone ever needs verification of this, KIB and 2 Chicks and a Hammer can provide many stories.
How long have you volunteered with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful? Over 3 years.
Why do you support KIB? I serve because it makes sense. I’ve studied bees at Purdue and in North East Afghanistan. If you know bees, some species are very hygienic. This practice in a colony can be learned. People are similar. We take pride in and enjoy seeing results. Trimming of public bushes, sweeping of streets and policing trash at US 31 and Banta Road, having large dead trees removed when no one else will – it all matters. With our dense population we have to act. The tidy areas we enjoy around Southport High School make the entire community more attractive. This is to enjoy living. There are other intended consequences to taking care of things. Human behavior in a clean, green environment is always more lively.
What impact do you feel that the work with KIB has on the community? I feel strongly about the cleanup efforts or work on Banta, Manker, Camden, Cragmont, and Buck Creek Parkway. It makes a difference not just with daily road traffic, recognizing clean lots and streets, but on-going. This type of volunteer work has to be discussed with others often, especially people not currently engaged in any way. This is how it spreads! Believing in your work. It’s fun and needed.
Being involved in the community, it’s our life. We enjoy the local YMCA. We enjoy Indianapolis Indians baseball.
What else are you involved in within the community? I’m a participating member of CIBA, the Central Indiana Bicycling Association, and a proud life member VFW post 1120 Ernie Pyle. Man, there are good people that serve as volunteers there.
Why would you encourage others to support KIB? Encourage others to work outwards. From the home to the yard to the street, and to look outwards at public spaces such as creeks and intersections. Everyone can provide a hand.
If you were describing KIB to a friend, what three words would you use? Necessary, future, volunteer.