The satisfaction of ringing a bell
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. On the sunny side of Wal-Mart in Glenwood Springs, Bob Bradshaw rings a shiny bell next to a Salvation Army Red Kettle.As a member of the Glenwood Springs Rotary Club for the last 25 years, Bradshaw gives a little time each year to help the Salvation Army raise money for people and families in need around the holidays.”I’ve been doing it for as long as the Rotary Club has been a part of it,” Bradshaw said. “I may have missed a couple of years but, for the most part I’ve helped out.”The chime of the bells and the Red Kettles are synonymous with the holiday season and Bradshaw is proud to be a part of it.”I can see them when they get out of the car,” he said. “When they hear the bell, they get their money ready.”
The kettle program is necessary for the community with all the money going to help people throughout the valley Bradshaw said. But, there’s also a little competitive spirit between the separate service clubs in town to see who can raise the most.”You try to raise more than you did the year before,” he said. “More than the other clubs, too, but the main point is to raise money for those who need it.”Being a resident of Glenwood Springs since his family moved here in 1951, Bradshaw likes to help out his community when he can. Being a part of the local Rotary Club has been a way for him to give back.He’s participated in several community service projects through the club over the years. International projects have taken him to Japan three times, and he’s hosted the youth exchange program, bringing students from around the world into his home so that they can study in America.”I get a lot out of it,” he said. “I enjoy it very much.”His reason for joining the club was to connect with his peers. He moved his family to Denver for about seven years because of work. There, he had a group of people that were similar in age and interests. But when he moved back to Glenwood to start a business of his own, he found that he missed being part of a group.
“It was nice to be around people again with the same interests and similar hobbies,” he said.Now 67 and retired, he and his wife of 37 years, Barbara, still enjoy time outside.”My wife and I still ski,” he said.Other interests include all the things he’s enjoyed all his life. He’s a hunter, big and small game. He even took a little time on Friday to go rabbit hunting after his bell ringing at Wal-Mart. He likes to read about historical figures such as Teddy Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln and John Adams. But his involvement with the Rotary Club, like helping out with the Red Kettles, is still one of his favorite ways to pass the time.The part he enjoys the most is watching the kids.
“I always let them ring the bell,” he said. “They really seem to like it.”Contact John Gardner: 945-8515, ext. email@example.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
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