By Roseanna Renaud, Post 240 Historian
Charles ‘Chuck’ Tutsch was recently selected as the Bennett County American Legion Post 240 Legionnaire of the Year for 2013. A Paid Up For Life Member of the Post for the past fifty-six years, the 83-year-old is a superb example of community volunteerism and a mentor to many. He considers it an honor to attend every Legion funeral, assisting the Post Chaplain and playing Taps with the Honor Guard. Each Sunday morning you can find him on the road at 5:30 a.m. headed for the Post Home, where he works at the Legion Breakfast. He does whatever needs to be done, cooking, clearing and cleaning dishes, or Post maintenance. All of this accomplished before later joining his wife, Joyce, for church in Tuthill.
For Chuck, service to God and Country is a life-long passion. He has been an EMT for fifty-two years, serving on the Tuthill Volunteer Fire Department for fifty years. School board member, Elder in the Tuthill Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Masonic Pioneer Lodge #219 in Martin are just a few of his community roles. And it wouldn’t be quite the Bennett County Fair each year if he wasn’t lending a hand with the annual barbeque. When it comes to helping others, Mother Teresa probably said it best, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” That pretty much sums up Chuck Tutsch.
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