April 21, 2008

Cambridge Who's Who Member Rose Anderson Recognized in the Henry Daily Herald for Her Efforts in Community Service

“Born to Help Others” written by Nicklaus Lovelady of the Henry Daily Herald applauds Cambridge Who's Who member Rose Anderson for her commitment to community service and her lifelong efforts to help others.
Born to help others
By Nicklaus Lovelady


Rose Anderson of Hampton is your average mother of two, with one exception — she has an exceptionally large heart.

On Thursday, she drove around her friend Frances Exum to the veterinarian to have Exum’s cats examined. Because Exum is at an age where she can no longer drive, Anderson volunteers to take “Ms. Frances” to places she needs to go.

That’s typical for Anderson — always doing something for someone else.

“I can’t drive any more, so when I need to go some place I’ll ask Rose and she’s always there,” Exum said. “So instead of driving Ms. Daisy, it’s driving Ms. Frances.”

When Exum began to describe Anderson, every adjective she used was synonymous with someone known for their generosity.

Anderson said her selfless spirit began to blossom when she was a child growing up in Kansas City. Her mother, who was big on community service, would force Anderson and her sister to take part in different missions around town as early as six years old.

She continued serving others in various capacities as she grew into adulthood including working with the Kansas City YWCA, shelters for abused women and children, and helping to establish a nonprofit thrift store.

“I’ve done whatever I can, whenever I can to help serve my community,” Anderson said. “I believe in empowering others to know they are worth more and are able to do more.”

When Anderson moved to Hampton 13 years ago she brought along her spirit of helping others.

For nearly 10 years, the housewife worked as a Veterans Administration volunteer. Anderson spent countless hours tending to the needs of local World War II veterans.

In 2004, Anderson was the driving force to get the Henry County High School marching band an equipment truck. Prior to that the band had to rent U-Haul trucks whenever they wanted to go to a band competition.

“She is the reason the band has the equipment truck,” Henry County High School Band Booster president Pauline Wilhoit said. “She took on that endeavor and managed to work miracles to make it happen.”

Anderson said one of her greatest volunteer efforts came while working as a troupe leader with a local Girl Scouts group. She said one of her girls received the Gold Award, which is equivalent to the Boy Scout’s Eagle Scout.

Her volunteer efforts over the years led Anderson to be recognized as a Cambridge Who’s Who Woman of Distinction award recipient.

While receiving awards are great, Anderson prefers a warm thank you from someone she has helped.

“Most of the time it will happen in an airport or somewhere really busy. All of a sudden I’ll hear someone call my name,” she said. “They’ll run up and hug me and say thank you for helping them out.”

Rose Anderson joined Cambridge Who's Who as a lifetime member in June 2007. Ms. Anderson has also been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who as a VIP member. Cambridge Who's Who offers its members recognition and exposure of their accomplishments, credibility in their field and networking opportunities to stimulate career growth. Cambridge Who's Who applauds Rose Anderson for her commitment to community service and bettering the lives of those around her. We wish her continued success in her endeavors.