COLUMBUS – A former teacher and well known Columbus volunteer, Chris Dixon, was given the Rotary’s Service Above Self Award Thursday morning.
Chris Dixon says he taught at Columbus High for 31 years, teaching 40 years in total, before retiring from the profession in 1995. Dixon says it wasn’t what he thought his career would be originally, but said one he tried it, he knew teaching was the right fit.
“I started teaching when I was 17 years old, because you could go to school and get a temporary degree to teach country school. And I had an older brother who was helping my dad out on the farm, so there was not farm work for me to do. So a buddy and I decided we’d be school teachers, so that’s why I come out to be a school teacher.”
Since retiring from teaching in 1995, Dixon has continued to volunteer through organizations like the Boy Scouts (served as Scout Master for 17 years), Platte County Food Pantry, and even working as a financial officer on the Higgins Memorial Project, where he and his wife helped organize the sponsorship bricks that helped fund the memorial.
“I just retired from teaching at the school, and a history teacher up there decided that it would be a nice thing to do to have a memorial down here. So he called me and says, Chris I want you to be my financial officer, I want you to go out and raise $50,000 to build that boat,” says Dixon.
Dixon and his wife Lauretta have been married for over 64 years, and Dixon says he still continues to maintain his title as Master Gardner, in addition to the volunteering opportunities that he continues to pursue.