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The volunteer of the month for August is one of our favorite cart drivers, Stanley French. Stan has been volunteering at KRMC for over six years and has given more than six hundred hours of his time to KRMC.
Stan was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. After completing school, he went into the Air Force for four years. After he left the Air Force, he began to work for Montgomery Ward, where he would spend the next 36 years working in the service and repair department. He tried to retire once but ended up going back to work part time for something to do until the store closed for good.
After he fully retired, Stan and his wife Sharon moved to Kingman. The Frenchâ€™s opted to move to Kingman because Bakersfield had got too big and the pollution too bad. Kingman offered similar weather with nicer people, and the small town feel they had growing up.
Stan and Sharon have been married for 33 years. Together they have three kids ranging in ages from 36-40. They also have eight grandkids and two great-grandkids.
Outside of volunteering his time at KRMC, Stan enjoys reading and spending time with family. He enjoys the time with his grandkids; it keeps him active. There are some occasions where he will go golf, but the weather has to be just right!
Stan enjoys many aspects of volunteering at KRMC, but he had heard a saying that inspired him to volunteer: â€œIf you want to be happy for an hour, take a nap. If you want to be happy for a day, fish. If you want to be happy for a lifetime, help someone.â€
Stan enjoys meeting new people every Tuesday when he drives the cart. Heâ€™ll tell you that meeting people is his favorite part of the job, along with getting to be outside most of the time. If youâ€™re out and about taking a break on a Tuesday afternoon, make sure you wave to Stan as he passes in the courtesy cart; heâ€™ll be happy to meet you if he hasnâ€™t already!