Ray Cook, our "Old-timer  Icebreaker" this morning is not new to Rotary. In 1998 he was a founding member of a Club in Illinois and joined the Valle Verde Club in 2001 when he and his wife, Sue, moved to Green Valley permanently.
     Like so many, Ray's army career had a touch of wanderlust. Drafted in 1959, he was moved around the country from base to base  and eventually overseas to Korea. It was the same with army schools - basic training, heavy weapons training, radio school---all in just 2 years. He said his goodbyes to the army as a sargeant.
     His educational career also had a touch of the wanderlust -- Blackburn College, Eureka College, University of Illinois until finally getting his degree in his mid-fifties  from Eastern Illinois University.
     Professionally, Ray spent the bulk of his 30 year career as a laboratory tachnician and supervisor. When Enron purchased the company, Ray was uncomfortable with the new owners and was in the enviable position of being able to take early retirement. "One of the best decisions I ever made."
     In terms of his personal life, he and Sue were married from 1959 until her death in 2008. They raised 3 sons. He latter married an old friend, Dottie and they moved to the Peaks in 2014. Dottie passed away in 2018, Ray is still at the Peaks and still prints the Cactus Chronicle each week. Well done, Ray. A good life.