Helping Hands, April 24, 2013

  • Friday, April 26, 2013

Richard Hassel is a member of the Murrells Inlet Elks Lodge # 2797. He helped write a grant to receive $10,000 for opening costs of a new emergency dental clinic offered by Helping Hands of Georgetown.

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Grant committee member with Murrells Inlet Elks Lodge #2797
Native of Milwaukee, Wisc.
Resident of Surfside
Retired after 23 years of active
service in U.S. Air Force, former stock broker, infrastructure wiring
designer, now a marketing consultant   

What do you like about being part of the Elks Club?
I’ve had a very interesting life. I have moved 28 times and it has been a real adventure.
Now, it is time to give back a little bit. That’s the reason I got involved with the Elks in the first place.
I wanted to do something for other people and since the Elks club’s whole philosophy is, “What can we do for our community?,” it was a perfect fit for me.
When I found out what kinds of things the Elks Club is doing, and how dedicated they are, I wanted to be part of it.

What projects have you been involved with as a member of the Elks?

I was part of a grant committee for the new emergency dental clinic offered through Helping Hands of Georgetown.
The other members of that committee were David Chacon, Bill Carman and Sally Arnett.
This group of four individuals got together and were able to accomplish a goal, to help provide a very critical service for Georgetown County.
We wrote the grant and received a $10,000 grant through the National Elks Foundation to help with start up costs for the clinic.
The clinic now provides emergency extractions for uninsured Georgetown County residents who meet certain requirements.
They do the extractions on Thursdays at the clinic at Helping Hands of Georgetown.
It is first come, first served and they take the first eight people in line at 3:30 p.m. Six of them get extractions.
More than 20 dentists, along with dental assistants, are volunteering their time for this clinic.
For more information, people can call 843-527-3424, or visit helpinghandsofgeorgetown.com.
It is an important thing — to be able to help other people to succeed.
Helping Hands is doing that — providing food, clothing, and now dental care.

What advice can you give to people for helping in the community?
I think everybody should sit back and look at their lifestyle and ask themselves, “What can I do personally to help my fellow man?”
If everyone could help out in some way to take care of people in the community that would make a very positive impact.

Can you tell me about your family?
My wife of 46 years, Judith, is a professional artist who creates lifelike dolls.
To see her work, visit carolinamoonstudio.com.
We have five children and four grandchildren.

– as told to
Clayton Stairs

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