A volunteer at Fairhaven Community since 1984, a donor since 1999, and a board member since 2013, Robby is a cherished member of United Church Homes’ family. His personal mantra when asked about why he does all of the things he does includes: “because it’s the right thing to do.”
Robby learned how to help people as a young boy when he worked at Lee’s Trading Post (a local five and dime store that his parents owned and operated in Upper Sandusky). His first interaction with Fairhaven was as a Cub Scout and his leader, Martha Troup, introduced the troop to residents who lived there because they needed care and friendship. Robby remembers visiting a resident who was 100 years old and blind. He liked coming to Fairhaven because he didn’t have any grandparents nearby (as they lived in Wisconsin). For Robby, Fairhaven residents became his surrogate grandparents.
Helping people is ingrained in Robby. He was a Cub Scout, a Boy Scout, a college athlete, a 30+ year faculty member, a basketball official for 33 years, as well as a high school football, tennis, and track coach. Robby has been a volunteer at Fairhaven Community for over 32 years. He continues to host Trivia with Robby Lee for the residents each month. He considers his volunteer work a way to pay it forward to all of those individuals who influenced his life.
Robby and his wife Sharon have been married for 42 years and have two daughters and two (soon to be three) grandchildren. Their oldest has her PhD and is the director of student success for the Michigan Community College Association. She and her husband have two children, Molly and Ross Arnold, who call him Grampa. Their youngest daughter is a school psychologist. She and her husband live in Germany and are expecting their first child in 2017. Robby has been a wonderful mentor to his children who are now carrying the service torch their father has held proudly for so many years. With his undying influence, his grandchildren are certain to follow.
We thank you for your servant leadership and your commitment to Fairhaven Community.
DO ALL THE GOOD YOU CAN.
BY ALL THE MEANS YOU CAN.
IN ALL THE WAYS YOU CAN.
IN ALL THE PLACES YOU CAN.
AT ALL THE TIMES YOU CAN.
TO ALL THE PEOPLE YOU CAN.
– John Wesley