He donates time at Rec Center

October 25, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

Name: Robert Petties

Age: 56

Resides in: Hagerstown

Where do you volunteer and what do you do there?: He is the "volunteer" acting director of the Memorial Recreation Center on North Avenue in Hagers-town.

What prompted you to begin volunteering?: A member of the board since March, Petties is the only one who no longer holds down a full-time job. He retired a year ago after 33 years as a railroad police officer.

So when the previous director left, "I didn't give it a second thought," Petties said.

Your biggest reward as a volunteer?: "Each day I can see a difference ... there is a feeling of accomplishment."

What impact has volunteering had on your life?: "When I first retired, there was a big void in my life," Petties said.


He said he has filled that by rededicating his life as a Christian, first working at his church and then at Memorial Recreation Center.

"I wanted to give back," he said. "It's all about outreach."

What keeps you busy when you're not volunteering?: Petties describes himself as a sports fanatic with a particular love of car racing. He said he also enjoys traveling by RV.

Want to volunteer at Memorial Recreation Center?: Call 301-790-0203 to find out how and when you can help youngsters at the center.

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