Moving right along…
Trevor Bissey. Trevor is the mayor of Clay City. He’s also involved with Clay City’s American Legion and Lion’s Club. One of the things Trevor really does well at is acting as a Booster for his town. In that capacity, Trevor served on the Route 50 Coalition, a group dedicated to seeing U.S. Highway 50 widened to four lanes, as their chairperson. I did a photo for them to use in an ad which I featured here a while back.
The competition. These guys work for the other newspapers in the area. At left is Lindell “Smitty” Smith, of the Clay County Republican; and on the right is Rob West, of the Hometown Journal. See ya, guys. It’s been real.
A few of the members of Chapter 80 of the Disabled American Veterans. Dennis Lousig-Nont, Chuck Schryer, and Sue and Doug Stout. These guys are awesome to work with. They let their guard down near me, tell jokes, have fun, let me know what the real deal is. For that, I do what I can to try and give them good stories and hopefully, help find them volunteer drivers and money for vans (They drive vets to their hospital appointments). So in other words, if you’re reading this, thinking, “I’ve got free time and can drive a van,” CALL THEM UP. And seriously, don’t these folks look like people you’d want to work with?
Stacy Bullard. Stacy is the Chief of the Village of Xenia’s Volunteer Fire Department. He’s another one who I always look forward to working with. Even when he’s busy, even if it’s at the scene of a fire he tries to talk to me. He doesn’t have to; I won’t be insulted, but that’s just how he rolls. Also Xenia Fish Fry: It’s the fire department’s big annual fundraiser. One of the early times I came there, he ferried me around on a gator. We don’t have gators and ATVs and such in the City (Because that would just be too cool), so that was pretty dang awesome.
Steve and Ruthie Welty. The Welty’s are big in the American Legion in Flora, big on honoring our vets, and big on making sure that future vets don’t get marginalized the way so many Vietnam era guys did. Steve has been the post commander. Now I believe he’s District Vice Commander (expect an edit if I mixed that up) and may be working on a state level position sometime. Ruthie founded the Illinois Women Veterans Group here in Flora. For a number of years, they hosted a POW/MIA recognition day, which featured a parade, a meal for POWs, a program and speakers. Lately, Ruthie has helped to found the Shooting Stars Patriotic Drill Team, a healthy activity for young women (and men).