Our good friend, Chuck, is a retired pastor. His last position was as executive director of Churches United of the Quad City Area. They had their 61st Annual Meeting last week and invited him to be honored. His wife recently had knee replacement surgery and needed someone else to accompany him. The timing worked out well for my to tag along. We headed out Thursday morning and stopped for lunch at Culver's before finishing out drive.
We checked in to our Moline, IL hotel and rested for a couple hours before heading over for dinner. They catered from Fazoli's and had a great spread of pasta and salad.
Chuck was executive director from 1992 to 2002 and was instrumental in many of the services still provided by the organization. He was also called upon to lead a community event in the weeks following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He shared a great story about that time and passed on a key to the city he was gifted back then to the current executive director.
I've long known how great of a man Chuck is and felt lucky to hear stories from others of how he has impacted their lives as well.
We headed back to our hotel after the meeting and drove home Friday. I think the last time I spent a night in a hotel alone was for some work training back in 2010. It was a nice little break along with some great car conversations.