“Sure, I’d love to come in and talk about my experience with Junior Achievement. I have to run to the airport that morning, but I can come by after that.” With that, my meeting with Ed True was scheduled. What I didn’t know was that he was going to the airport to drop off international students as part of his work with the Central States Rotary Youth Exchange Program. Making time to speak with us about JA, in between his other volunteer responsibilities, is indicative of Ed True’s life philosophy of giving back to the community.
A retired Air Force pilot, True has been living in O’Fallon for 35 years and has been an Alderman since 1999. He began volunteering with Junior Achievement 39 years ago, working with eighth graders. He explains his experience teaching students as rewarding and credits it with his career move into teaching.
“I was not in the teaching field per say, but at least I started doing it with JA and now, today and for the last 15 years, I’ve been teaching at the college level.”
In addition to his volunteer work with JA, True has served as a board member for the Leukemia Society, Boy Scouts of America, Senior Olympics, O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce, Bradley Alumni Association, St. Louis Sports Commission, Public Safety Committee, Parks and Environment Board, as well as local school boards.
Thanks to volunteers like Ed True, JA was able to reach over 140,000 students during the 2013-2014 school year. We are so excited to honor True with our first ever Volunteer of the Month award for his decades of service.