Volunteer of the Week: Dick Judd

Dick Judd, of Dowagiac, is the owner of Judd Lumber Company and a member of the Dowagiac Rotary Club. Judd is currently the longest serving Rotarian serving in the local service organization.

How long have you been a member of Rotary?

I came back to Dowagiac in 1963, and I joined [the club] in 1964.

What made you want to join?

My grandfather, William, was a charter member of the club back in 1920. My dad [Richard] was a lifelong member, so that would make me a third-generation member. Now, I have a son-in-law [Matt Cripe] in the club as well.

What have been some of the things you were involved with through Rotary?

I have been through all the offices. In those days, you were treasurer for a year, then secretary, then vice president, before you became president. I was president the 1972-93 year.

I’ve helped [fellow Rotarian] Ron Gunn when we had the winter basketball tournaments. It was something we always did. One year, we had a White Out, where they got the junior high teams together from all over the tri-county area. In the winter, we had a tournament, and we would get volunteers to help referee. It was a fundraiser, but it was also an opportunity to get all the young people in basketball together. I remember working with Don and Lauren [Woodhouse] and my wife Sandy, and we would man the popcorn stand or man different things.

What is the thing you have enjoyed most about your time in Rotary?

I like the fellowship, comradery and the ability to exchange ideas, to learn about others in the community and keep up with current events, what is going on in the city and county. It’s also fun.

Why do you think Rotary is an important part of the Dowagiac community?

We have supported different things, like Rotary Park. People also recognize us for our work with Rotaract and Interact clubs. We also support youth in the community, with the scholarships we give out every year. We try to get them started on the right foot.

Cassopolis

Cassopolis residents host Juneteenth event at Clisbee Park

Berrien County

I&M provides update on power outages

Dowagiac

Dowagiac natives return from out of state to host Juneteenth event

News

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church partners to host inaugural Juneteenth festival

Berrien County

Indiana man sentenced to 180 days for stealing catalytic converters

Berrien County

Homeless man gets jail time for assaulting police officer

Berrien County

Some southwest Michigan residents still without power, cleaning up damage following Sunday storm

Berrien County

SMC, LMC among nine community colleges to receive state grants for students enrolled in Futures for Frontliners, Michigan Reconnect programs

Berrien County

Southwest Michigan sees severe storms overnight

News

Niles Police Logs: June 10-15

Cass County

Aircraft crash sends Indiana man to hospital

Dowagiac

Dowagiac man ejected from vehicle in Howard Township

Berrien County

Michigan stepping up speed enforcement during regional traffic safety campaign

Cassopolis

Edwardsburg man sentenced to Adult Treatment Court following home invasion

Dowagiac

Benton Harbor man gets jail for role in Dowagiac fight

Cass County

Man involved in Dowagiac murder sentenced to 26-50 years in prison

Cassopolis

Community members speak out against ‘culture of bullying’ at Cassopolis Public Schools

Cass County

Cass County commissioners approve sidewalk leveling, cleaning contract

Dowagiac

Community rebuilds Little Free Library dedicated to late sister following vandalism incidents

News

Niles bicycle shop to host Pride Ride

Buchanan

Berrien Springs woman dies when vehicle collides with semi in Buchanan

Berrien County

Berrien County Board of Commissioners to resume in-person meetings July 1

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 893,002 cases, 19,598 deaths

Cass County

Dowagiac man, daughter injured in Newberg Township crash