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Richard Bates Named 2011 Friend of the Year

 

Dick Bates

When a guy is as active an outdoorsman as Richard (Dick) Bates, it’s a pleasant surprise to learn that he has a big place in his life for books and the library too. Named 2011 Friend of the Year by a unanimous vote of the Friends board, Dick received his award at the Friends annual meeting in October.

Dick became active with the Friends through the used book sales. He volunteered as a book sorter initially, some 15 or more years ago – even before he had retired from GM after 34 years, most of the last of them in human resources with the Powertrain Group out of world headquarters. He has served on the Friends board for more than eleven years as he continues to work every book sale, helping to set up and often acting as a shift chairman. Several times, when the book room was overloaded, Dick has taken as many as 100 boxes of books, loaded them in his truck, and stored them in his garage until they could be returned and unpacked for the sale.

As a holiday home tour volunteer, Dick has spent many hours in the cold, placing and collecting directional signs, delivering mats and materials to the homes and helping direct traffic at times. He does it all with a sense of humor, and a reliability for which we’re all grateful.

If you own a Cooking with the Friends cookbook, you may have sampled a couple of Dick’s wild game recipes. He’s an avid hunter, clay target shooter, downhill skier, back packer and trail rider. He assists his wife, Julia, in her work providing horseback riding for handicapped children, and started a ski program for physically disabled children several years ago at Alpine Valley.

We’re fortunate to have the dedication of this fine man, a worthy Friend of the Year.

If you own a Cooking with the Friends cookbook, you may have sample a couple of Dick’s wild game recipes. He’s an avid hunter, clay target shooter, downhill skier, back packer and trail rider. He assists his wife, Julia, in her work providing horseback riding for handicapped children, and started a ski program for physically disabled children several years ago at Alpine Valley.

We’re fortunate to have the dedication of this fine man, a worthy Friend of the Year.

 

 
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