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Profile: Loren Waterman (AFSCME Local 3568)

BACKGROUND:

Loren is a Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officer with the Iowa Department of Transportation. He has been an officer for almost twenty years. He helps protect one of Iowa’s key assets, its roads, by making sure that weight limits and equipment rules are followed on Iowa roads. This not only protects taxpayers’ investments in roads and bridges - it helps keep drivers and passengers safe when they are on the road.

 

COMMUNITY ACTIVITY: BOY SCOUTS

Loren has been involved in scouting since joining the Cub Scouts when he was seven years old. He became an Eagle Scout in 1979. He has stayed involved in scouting for his entire life. His son was also a Cub Scout and Boy Scout.

He is currently a Unit Commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America, in the Three Rivers District Area of the Hawkeye Area Council. As Unit Commissioner, he serves as the liaison between the council office and eight Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops. He travels frequently so that communication between the packs, troops, and council office can be strong. In November 2014, he was awarded the District Award of Merit. In January 2015, he was inducted into the Vigil Order in the Order of the Arrow.

He recently started a project called "Shirts for Scouts.” With the help of Goodwill of the Heartland, Loren and his wife Kathy pick up all the donated scout uniforms that come into the stores that otherwise would have been discarded. Loren and his wife restore the Boy Scout and Girl Scout uniforms and arrange for them to be donated to scouts who could not otherwise afford them.

In addition to his involvement with Boy Scouts, Loren is also is a Eucharistic minister and choir member for St. Mary’s Church in Urbana. He is active in the Knights of Columbus.

WHY HE VOLUNTEERS—IN HIS OWN WORDS:

“Scouting taught me skills that opened doors for me as an adult. It taught me responsibility and leadership. By volunteering today, I am helping young scouts have a chance to learn those same valuable lessons.”

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