Keeping the Ball Rolling
80 years old, Kay Thull is one example of the volunteer
spirit that drives a town forward.
"Cawker City should be named Volunteer City
because it takes many volunteers to keep a community
of this size going," Thull, Cawker City resident,
says. "Our older population spends many hours
volunteering and now we hope to be able to pass
that on to the younger generation."
|Kay Thull and Marge Briney Schultz
discuss upcoming events at the Cawker City Senior
list of activities could make anyone tired. She
is a Cawker City Museum Board Member, serves on
the school scholarship committee, volunteers at
the senior center, and helps monitor the community
Twine-A-Thon e-mail service.
however, is quick to pass the compliments onto the
are lucky to have a place like this. I’m grateful
God has given me the time to do all that I have,"
Thull says. "I’m appreciative of the
opportunity to be involved and I think that is good
thing about a small town."
Briney Schultz, site director at the Cawker City
Senior Center since 1988, says it takes many volunteers
to keep the center going, and thats just one such
resource in the community. More than 20 residents
volunteer each month to do bookkeeping, mowing or
working in the kitchen at the Senior Center.
be able to offer lunch, coffee and bingo as well
as taking meals to the homebound, takes many volunteers
to make it work," Schultz says.
starts with people.
and Joan Wagner both were born and raised in Mitchell
County and have lived in Cawker City since 1961.
Edgar is active in the Legion and Joan has been
deeply involved in the Cawker City Community Club.
Both serve on the Cawker City Museum Board and are
active in their church.
fact that people care for each other is one of the
biggest things that sets a small community apart,"
Joan Wagner says. "People ask for help and
you don’t mind doing it because you know someday
it will be returned when you need help."
Fitzpatrick moved to Cawker City in 1998 after living
in Salina and St. Louis, Missouri. He has spent
many hours volunteering in his church, the Legion,
and as chairman of the library board.
I moved here, I found the people acted like I’d
lived here all my life and I never really felt like
an outsider," Fitzpatrick says.
and Carol Porter moved to Cawker City in the summer
of 2003. Frank is originally from neighboring Glen
Elder, but spent most of his adult life in other
states. Carol serves on Cawker City Council.
amazing how quickly you get to know people here,"
community is sometimes a state of mind," Thull
said. "I’m not saying this is the only
place where people can be happy, but I certainly
am happy here."