Ninety-plus and still going strong
Posted on June 26th, 2013 by Bob
Being an Easter Seals leader sure introduces me to some terrific people. I am constantly amazed by the dedication and generosity shown by so many individuals who give their time, talent and treasure to advance our mission.
Easter Seals will celebrate its 95th anniversary as an organization next year, and here at Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin, we’ll mark our 80th anniversary.
Jubilee celebrations like these would never happen without the work of generations of leaders before us, and I recently had the honor of being with two of these dynamic leaders, both of them members of our Lily Society. We were celebrating Scott Defebaugh’s 90th birthday, and we celebrated his work with Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin, too.
A veteran of the Korean War, Scott Defebaugh worked at an Easter Seals in Ohio before moving to Milwaukee and joining us at Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin. He led Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin for a quarter century, growing services and after a time, acquiring a building for a Child Development Center.
Bob Haig, an honorary board member here at Easter
Seals Southeast Wisconsin, attended the celebration with me. Bob was on
the board here at Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin when Scott Defebaugh was hired. Bob supports our services in so many ways — at age 98, he still walks in our Walk with Me Milwaukee event (he raised nearly
$1500 this year) and at one time, he personally signed for a loan to help Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin make payroll.
It was truly an honor to be in the presence of these two men. They represent the thousands of men and women that have supported Easter Seals over its history, moving us forward to continue meeting the needs of millions of children and adults living with disabilities.