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State Deputy 2019 - 2020

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Bob Baemmert

Hello Brothers,

One of the events that my wife and I always enjoy and make time for is The  Bloomsday Race, held in Spokane. There is something so cool about being in a "race" with 55,000 other people. Valerie and I have just finished our 24th Bloomsday. One of the things that has become more and more visible in Spokane these last few years is the striking increase in homeless people that live on the streets. It's one of those things you notice but maybe you choose not to really see, or you hear but choose not to really hear. So much need. So much hunger. So sad.

This month I got an opportunity to help those folks in downtown Spokane. I was talking to Art Smalley from Colbert Council 8872 and he invited me to join he and his Council to feed those very people I was talking about. So I did! I got up early, drove to Spokane (about 2.5 hours one way) and I met them right downtown on 3rd and Pacific Ave. and away we went. Art and the Council set up a Mobile Food Van from Second Harvest, paid for the food and we all volunteered by handing out something to these folks that got in line to circle the truck.

I was a little unsure how it would be, but I was really surprised at how grateful those people were and how "blest they felt"  for us to do this. A number of them expressed that feeling. I, in my own way, felt fulfilled that I could actually help! I know, full well, that without the setup from Art Smalley and Council 8872 I would have never been able to do this Corporal Work of Mercy. Art told me that they try to afford a truck load- about $2,000- every quarter and sometimes the Catholic Charities of Spokane goes in for half. Sure was great to be a part of their day! I drove home with a big smile on my face. 


Keep on doing God's work, have a great month, and God Bless,



Bob Baemmert

State Deputy - Washington State