Volunteer of the Month: Larry Schunck

— The day before Pancake Day is when the large tents are erected and dozens of tables and hundreds of chairs are set up. And then there are the grills. This is when Schunck forms teams of volunteers from the rotary to unpack the grills from the heavy wooden crates they were stored in for the previous 11 months. After the crates are unloaded from a large trailer by a forklift, the grills are unpacked and scoured from top to bottom, and leading by example is Schunck. He said one problem is that the grills are about 50 years old and it’s hard to find replacement parts so they have to improvise to keep them usable and safe. (This column would be remiss if it did not acknowledge the efforts of Mark Hansen, Fred Cholet and others in this effort.)

Not only has Schunck been getting his hands dirty taking care of the grills, but he also leads the club in ticket sales. “I sell about $2,000 in tickets each year by walking and talking to my neighbors, friends, and businesses,” he said. “An organization or event does not get to celebrate a 60th anniversary without good leadership and many dedicated volunteers, and for 6o years, the Rotary Club of DeWitt has had that.”

In addition to his involvement in Rotary, Schunck is interested in sports, and for the past 10 years has been making Adirondack-style rustic furniture at his camp on Big Moose Lake in the Central Adirondacks. Schunck is still active in scouting, and soon, one of his sons will become a third generation Eagle Scout. He lives in Jamesville with his wife Karen and two sons, Kenny and Matt.

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