Meet: Two-Time Campaign Fund Solicitor Bob Wolterman
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On the Road Again: Sacred Heart parishioner helped at Little Flower with 1955 campaign
by Paul Clark
Bob Wolterman was there for the last one, and he’s here for this one.
Bob and his wife Jennifer belong to Sacred Heart parish in Fairfield, where Bob serves as chairman of major gifts for the local effort. In 1955, Bob solicited gifts for the previous campaign as a teenage member of St. Therese the Little Flower of Jesus (“Little Flower”) parish in Cincinnati’s Mount Airy neighborhood.
“I was only in the eighth grade,” Bob recalls. “My uncle was a campaign captain, and they went out in teams. I was asked to go out with another person. We were assigned four or five people. We were well-received.”
Sacred Heart, wasn’t founded until two years after the 1955 capital campaign, but has grown to more 7,000 members today.
Bob, 74, is a retired veterinarian. He’s also a hunter who bagged a wild boar in Florida last year, so he knows something about patience in pursuit of a goal. In any case, he’s found a friendly reception as a volunteer soliciting gifts.
“I don’t mind asking people for money,” he said. “People are friendly. They invite you in.”
Bob supports the campaign in part because of his belief in Catholic education, a cause that will receive half of the amount collected by the campaign. The goal for education alone is $65 million.
“We’re more of a middle class parish,” Bob said, “so we’re one that will particularly benefit.”
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