Befriending Others

October 03, 2014


This week, we are sharing remarks from the Founders’ Day assembly on Friday, September 26. This assembly served as the kick-off to Hands Across Faribault. We thought it would be a good reminder as to why our individual and collective acts of kindness and support are so important. From Mr. Bob Irby ’60, Math Teacher Among the community outreach opportunities that our church offers is one called the Befriender’s Group. I have found this to be a rewardin…

This week, we are sharing remarks from the Founders’ Day assembly on Friday, September 26. This assembly served as the kick-off to Hands Across Faribault. We thought it would be a good reminder as to why our individual and collective acts of kindness and support are so important.

From Mr. Bob Irby ’60, Math Teacher

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Among the community outreach opportunities that our church offers is one called the Befriender’s Group. I have found this to be a rewarding experience. As a member of this group, I visit elderly men in the church community who find it difficult to leave their home or assisted care facility.

The people I have visited have had full and eventful lives. One was a civil engineer who was posted to a number of foreign countries as a representative of the State Department. He would aid in the development of various public works projects. Another was an elementary school principal who shared his views on providing a good educational experience for youth. A third individual was in the Merchant Marine during World War II. He spoke of his experiences transporting material to distant, exotic sites in the Pacific ocean.

As you might imagine, my role was to ask an introductory question of each of these people and sit back and enjoy their responses. I got to relive many of the highlight moments of their lives.

I feel very enriched by this involvement. I received much more than I was able to give during these conversations. The term: “community service” sounds cold and formal. I found this experience to be very personal and rewarding. I hope that each of you find a form of community service that is equally rewarding .