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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Meet Kevan

I like to refer to him as Mr. Thomasville. Meet Kevan Callicut, manager of our Thomasville A Cleaner World, for the last 10 years and an A Cleaner World employee for almost 22 years.

If you know Kevan, then you know why I call him that. He is really involved in the community and is incredibly generous with his time. He’s been involved with the Thomasville Jaycees. Currently he’s on the board of directors for the Thomasville Chamber of Commerce, Thomasville Habitat for Humanity, PACE, and Shepherd Homeless Shelter. Plus he’s active with his church, coaches several ball teams, and is the PTO President at two schools. And now he can add school board member to his volunteer resume.

I’ve always been amazed by his energy. After all, our managers work 55 hours a week. Plus he has a wife and two kids. After reading a nice article about his latest adventure in the online The-Dispatch (http://www.the-dispatch.com/article/20120726/News/307269986), I had two questions for him.

First, how in the world to you fit all of this in?

“It’s very hard,” he said. “I’m fortunate to work for a great company that recognizes the importance of community service, and they allow me the flexibility in my schedule to participate in meetings. And of course, I drag my kids with me everywhere. It’s not unusual to see my son sitting beside me at a Habitat meeting.”

That has transferred into recognition by his kids of the importance in being involved in the community. They can identify leaders and city officials that most kids can’t. Plus they know the important roles those folks play.

Second, why in the world would you put something else on your plate?

“It runs in the family,” said Kevan. “My dad was really involved in the community, and that was a part of my life as I was growing up. Plus I have this curse of not being able to say no.”

To that I say the folks in Thomasville are awfully fortunate to have Kevan as a part of their community.

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