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Joan Knows: Couples that go above and beyond

There is an anniversary photo of Mike and Betsy Penny that appeared on Facebook recently. Charming couple, smiling as they celebrate another milestone.

It struck me that for this duo, and for others I shall lift up, they have earned the presence of a third-party “shadow,” representing hours of service to school, church and community.

For Betsy, the obligatory hours as a St. Charles City Council member did mount up and up. We see them cited as participants and/or leaders in the pace of the community.  

The anniversary sequence for Steve and Lela Lowe features the beginning of their marriage, when Steve was an officer in the military. A smiling portrait full of anticipation!

Steve surfaces next at Aurora College.

He is master of their computer domain, well-respected for his knowledge and discipline.

Lela finds her place as a volunteer at Lazarus House.

Today, Steve has become a deacon and serves many functions at his Episcopal church in Geneva. They are both mainstays, as they do their shifts at Lazarus House and give leadership to the agency’s vitality. They promote visibility.

Not sure when the Andrinis celebrate their anniversary, but the portrait must include a large bird on Bob’s shoulder, emblematic of his Audubon Society leadership. Note that Bob becomes Big Bird after an important career as a biology teacher.

Readers, now comes a time of opportunity to embellish your portrait, with that wholesome third party, if you are just at the edge and ready.

Locate an agency or cause that matches your talents and values.

Your talents begin with yourself, your will to help and very likely what your faith directs you to do.

Knock on the door. Tell them that Joan sent you. IF they never heard of me – that’s my problem. Just step right in.

By now, March Madness has begun.

Steve Martin has assembled another parade. Basketball brackets are crumbling. Baseball opening days are nearly here.

MY teams and your teams can build our spirits or break our hearts.

At our house, we are off to a good beginning as granddaughter Mazy’s Wredling Middle School girls basketball team just brought home its tournament trophy. Way to go, Redhawks!

Batter up!

Joan Arteberry is a longtime resident of St. Charles.

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