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Excerpt from "Why I am Proud of the Royal Order of Raccoons"
By Raymond Sreboth
"On the Fourth of July 2008, two Royal Order of Raccoon members,
Dr. Fred Schmidt and David Rhodes,
Played the part of Good Samaritans to
the max! We were in attendance in the crowded Lodge Hall, also
known as the Stevensville Big Boy Restaurant, where the
Raccoons have been meeting six days a week for some 20 years.
Since the establishment is located on the busy Red Arrow Highway
Very close to an Exit/Entrance to Interstate 94, it is often crowded.
Many locals and scores of tourists of all shapes and sizes from
Various parts of the globe were enjoying the ambiance on a fine
Holiday morning. Just as we were about to entertain a motion to
adjourn, RUSSELL, the Big Boy manager, approached our booth
and inquired if we knew where a rental car might be available. He
explained that a couple of patrons from Illinois experienced car
trouble and needed to get to the Grand Rapids area."
"Soon, the lady in distress came over to explain the circumstances
and to ask for help. We began to make random suggestions about
possible resources but we learned the car rental agencies and repair
shops were closed for the holiday. Dr. Fred made some calls to
people he knew that might be able to help but to no avail. It soon
became apparent that this was a difficult situation for the lady and
her husband, both of whom could be described as very mature
individuals. The upshot of all of this resulted in Dr. Fred agreeing to
get the car to his home where it could remain over night so that he
could arrange for repairs when shops were open. Dave Rhodes, the
Baron of the Baroda Alps, volunteered to drive the stranded pair to
the Grand Rapids area, some ninety miles distant, where they could
enjoy the holiday with relatives who would see to it that the folks
could get back to this area to collect their car for the return trip back
to Champaign-Urbana, IL."
MORAL OF THE STORY FOR BIG BOY MANAGERS:
You or members of your staff might not always be able to
personally assist those in need who happen to be in your
restaurant, but knowing WHO to ask for help in such a
situation can make all the difference in the world.
Dr. Fred Schmidt