Chaplain Recognized For Volunteer Service
On February 2nd Lt. Col. Robert ”Bob” Sholl, our squadron Chaplain, was recognized for his many years of service as a volunteer in an event held at the Grayson County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Sherman. Sholl was nominated for “12 Who Care”, a program sponsored by local television station KXII-TV that recognizes and honors Texoma-area citizens who have made significant contributions in support of their local community.
A video of the event was featured on KXII’s evening news broadcast on February 3rd. A copy of the video is available for viewing on the station’s website by following this link:
(Video Transcript from KXII-TV, Sherman TX, February 3, 2012)
SHERMAN, TX — This week’s 12 Who Care nominee is a Texoma man who works behind the scenes coordinating volunteers during emergencies. Even though he’s retired, he refuses to take it easy, and still spends most of his time helping others.
Bob Sholl was just a child when the Great Depression hit, but he watched it’s effects ripple throughout the community in the years that followed.
“Family had to take care of family and families had to take care of friends and neighbors took care of neighbors and that was the environment I was raised in,” Sholl said.
And it’s the way he’s lived his life ever since.
“It’s just been instilled in us all of our lives,” Sholl said. “If you have a talent and you have the opportunity to help others, you go ahead and you do it.”
Sholl is an Air Force veteran. He’s been an amateur radio operator since 1952. He’s a member of the Grayson County Amateur Radio Club and Amateur Radio Emergency Services Group. He joined the Texoma Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol in 1970 and eventually won the Gil Robb Wilson Award. He was a minister for several decades. The list goes on and on. Sholl retired from the Federal Aviation Administration, but those who know him say he works harder as a retiree than many people do in their careers.
“He works through elections. He works through his church. He works with us here in Emergency Management. He works through Civil Air Patrol. He works through Amateur Radio. He is always on the move. He’s an example to people like us,” said Sarah Somers, Grayson County Emergency Manager.
So, his friends and fellow volunteers wanted to show Bob Sholl how much they appreciate all he has done, and is doing.
“What’s going on?” “Well your colleagues have turned you name in to KXII 12 Who Care Program, and we’d just like to let you know that you’re being recognized for your volunteer service to the community and we appreciate you. So, let’s give Bob a round of applause.”
While Sholl is humbled by the recognition, he says tomorrow is just another day full of opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others.
“It’s just a feeling within you, it’s a desire,” Sholl said. ”And, it’s always there when you get up in the morning when you get ready to go to bed at night you think — what am I going to do tomorrow? Who am I going to help? Where am I going to be needed?”
That’s why Bob Sholl is one of our 12 Who Care.