“Service to others is the rent we pay for our time here on Earth” was the quote that I remember being shared with my classmates and me at a Wenatchee Masonic Center event to celebrate our sophomore year achievements. The quote has been tied to numerous historic people, but it was attributed that night to an “anonymous” author. “How could such a short but meaningful message have an unknown author?” I thought.
The dinner’s keynote speaker, Dr. Gene Sharratt, explained to us that the meaning mattered, not who said it. The speaker made a big impression on me that evening. It was the first time I met Gene Sharratt, then the North Central Educational Service District superintendent. I soon learned that he knew a thing or two about service to others. The quote is also one that my father, Buell Hawkins, repeated so often that I just shrugged it off. It was only later that I fully appreciated it.