Fred Pickard recently decided that it was time to retire from the Board of Directors of Lee’s Summit CARES after serving faithfully for the past 15 years. Many character traits describe Fred, but I feel the two he demonstrates most on a daily basis are kindness and perseverance.
As a member of the LSC Board, he was always a willing volunteer. He would work at Prescription Drug Take Back Programs, assist with Parent University, find materials for Red Ribbon Week, and help man a booth for Downtown Days. A few years ago, he worked alongside his daughter to donate Ben and Jerry’s ice cream at a high school student forum on substance abuse. You name it. If there was a need, Fred was there.
He has also served Lee’s Summit well on the Public Safety Advisory Board, always interested in ways to protect the youth of our community. He devoted many hours working with the Elks Club and the LS Police Department to identify students for the Shop With A Cop program each year.
Captain Jim Green of the LSPD tells the story of retired Captain Gilmore’s daughter who was in high school and was thinking about becoming a meteorologist. Fred had retired from the National Weather Service, and his job was to maintain and calibrate all the equipment and monitoring devices for the Pleasant Hill station. When Captain Gilmore said something to Fred about his daughter’s aspirations, Fred went back to his former employer and brought Gilmore’s daughter a huge weather balloon and a trunk full of items the weather service no longer used and taught her everything about them.
Lee’s Summit CARES Board members were surprised when Fred resigned, but wish him the very best.
According to Julie Doane, Vice President, "Fred will be missed not only for his work with LS CARES, but also for his fun-loving sense of humor. He has known my Dad for many years, and I am happy to say he is now my friend. I always looked forward to seeing him each month and I will miss my Fred-time."
Cheryl Nash, LS CARES Treasurer, said, "I always appreciated Fred’s straightforwardness. You could always count on Fred to tell you the truth, and I admire that about him."
Kim Fritchie, President, summed up her feelings about Fred by saying, "Fred exemplifies the selfless giver. Through his work with LS CARES, the LSPD, the LS Safety Advisory Board, and the Elks Club, he has selflessly served the citizens of Lee’s Summit by giving his time and energy to others for many years. We will certainly miss him."
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