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Philanthropy Manager Dave Spicer Announces Retirement

Dave Spicer, Horizon House’s Philanthropy Manager, is not retiring. He’s calling this next chapter “repriorment,” in which he’ll be re-prioritizing his strengths, gifts, and interests to figure out what he can do with the time that he used to be at work. Dave, who’s worked at Horizon House since 2014, has many strengths and interests. His next chapter will be well spent – he’ll be traveling, gardening, giving back, and more! He may even find time to relax.

Dave is most excited for becoming President of his Rotary Club (again) beginning July 1, 2019. He’s been President before, and has been in Rotary more than half of his life. Rotary International is a service organization that brings together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. Through his Rotary Club, Dave has helped raise funding and been involved in a lot of projects including bringing fresh water to many towns throughout Ethiopia. Dave’s presidential kick off will be a 3-week Rotary convention in Hamburg, Germany. From there, he and his wife will travel a bit. He has dreams of visiting Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Eastern Europe, China, Vietnam, and Central and South America. That will surely keep him busy!

Dave also plans to be more active as an attorney. Dave has been a practicing attorney for 39 years, acting full time with different law firms for 25 years in a varied trial and civil litigation practice and then leaving to join the nonprofit sector in 2005. He still maintains a small law practice out of his home and engages in estate planning, wills, and trusts. Since 1980, he has served as a Board member with 15 different nonprofits in the social and human services sector. His next law-related endeavor is to become a Guardian Ad Litem, which is an individual appointed by the court to represent the best interests of a child or incapacitated person involved in a court case. Like he pointed out, he’s not retiring. He’s re-prioritizing.

With all of his remaining “free time” (he already sounds pretty busy and we’re only a few paragraphs in), Dave will be spending it outdoors (he’s wanting to hike a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail), in art classes (for sketching and oil painting), and gardening (he and his wife have already started a pea patch).

Dave looks back on his time at Horizon House very fondly. He’s been a tremendous friend to many residents, seen most often having lunch with residents and getting to know them. As Dave says, “I’ve spent thousands of wonderful hours with our residents and it has been the most animating and inspiring part to me. I’ve loved this place and loved working here. We’ve raised good money, which has only been possible because of how special our residents are.”

Dave will be missed, but something tells us he’ll still be popping into Horizon House for some visits. Thank you for all you’ve done for Horizon House Residents and Staff, Dave!


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