Ed Dailor ’59 usually takes his friends to play golf in South Carolina or Florida during the winter months. This year, the group did something a little more uncommon: repairing flood damaged property in New Orleans.
“When I read about what HWS students had done in New Orleans I knew there must be something we could do too,” said Dailor, referring to the nearly half-dozen community service trips taken by Colleges’ students in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Dailor called Ave Bauder ’81, Director of Public Service, to ask how he could become involved with the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans. Soon, Dailor and his group, which included Joyce Arthur of the Colleges' Bookstore, landed in the damaged city and were put to work rehabilitating apartment buildings.
Over their five day trip they steam cleaned rugs, painted hallways and repaired drywall, helping to make the building inhabitable once again.
The service also built lasting friendships among Dailor’s golfing partners. “We really got to know each other,” he said. “Before we were casual acquaintances, now we’re a band of brothers.”
A tour of the city gave the volunteers a full view of the destruction. “It was devastating,” said Dailor, who will make a presentation about his trip to the Geneva Rotary Club in the future, “there’s still so much to do.”
Dailor is glad to be a part of the Colleges’ commitment to service and recognizes the program for shaping a new generation of young people committed to outreach. “Now that students have seen the destruction of Katrina first-hand they know what it is like to be of service to someone else,” he said.
Hobart and William Smith have been recognized by inclusion in the President’s Honor Roll for Distinguished Service in Katrina Relief efforts by the Corporation for National and Community Service. They have also been named one of 81 “Colleges with a Conscience” by the Princeton Review.