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Greensboro Power Squadron

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A Habitat Day with GPS Past Commanders

Several members of Greensboro Power Squadron’s Past Commanders elected to do a one-day service project with Habitat for Humanity. We met at 8:30 on Thursday morning, October 14th at 4607 Stephens Oak Way where we spent the day working on a “rehab” house. This was one of 10 homes purchased by Habitat. (One of our members, using his trusty GPS, arrived 30 minutes late after finally realizing that he’d mistaken Church Street for Summit Avenue --- but that’s another story!) Our on-site Habitat representative/construction foreman, Ritchie, had a long list of projects ready for us on our arrival and, at the end of the day, admitted that he was truly amazed at what we had accomplished.
Mack Gordy and Stewart Colson spent a great deal of the day working on resetting counter tops in the kitchen, re-nailing the pull-down stair case to the attic and, with the amazing brilliance of Chuck Kammeyer, removed and replaced exterior vinyl siding. Chuck and Vinnie Gordy reset a double sink countertop in the master bathroom, installed shower rods in both upstairs bathrooms, and fitted all interior doors with new door stops. Mike Hackett and Tom Hamlin cut through the interior kitchen wall to the outside of the house for installation of a microwave oven vent. Tom managed to drill a hole into one of the electrical wires shorting out many of the outlets in the kitchen. (Perhaps “someone” should have used that “trusty GPS” to locate those wires!!!) Needless to say, downstairs work was slowed somewhat until the electrician arrived to reset the power!
John Oberholtzer, Mike and Tom spent the rest of the day routing out new interior doors for door knobs/latches, etc. for the upstairs bedrooms and hall and then hung the bedroom doors. Aside from the smoke from the router setting off fire alarm several times, we simply plugged our ears momentarily and proceeded with the work at hand. We brought our gourmet sandwiches from home and ate lunch around the tailgate of Chuck’s Tahoe. Not only did we get a lot of work done – we enjoyed each other’s company with lots of laughs as we kidded each other about our carpentry skills – or lack thereof!
All in all, it was a great day! Fric and Frac would have been proud of us! We all went home tired but with a feeling of accomplishment, knowing that the proud new owners will love their home and will benefit from our labor!



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