I got to know Bill Ames and his wife back in the ’90s at the Lebanon County Builders Show; I had a display booth adjacent to Bill & Josie’s for several years. They were just starting their cleaning business. Being new in real estate, I was struck by Bill’s enthusiasm and desire to succeed. I lost personal contact with Bill over the years, though I voted for him in his quest to be a county commissioner.
About 3 years ago a small group of us from Ebenezer (including my wife Pat) helped organize a project called the Ebenezer Beautification Committee/Hometown Heroes. We planned an Ebenezer Community Day each year since and had Mike Folmer and Russ Diamond as our featured speakers; Bill was invited and attended both events and has accepted our invitation to speak at this year’s special day in April.
This past Christmas season our Beautification Committee decided to have a Christmas Lighting contest. We thought of asking county commissioners to help us with the judging process; only Bill & Josie volunteered. As it turned out, the judging was a lot of work, but Bill said he & his wife thoroughly enjoyed the experience. They also attended and participated in our prize awarding event.
I never knew until recently that Bill has been dealing with an eyesight problem. You would never know it by his willingness to put forth a 110% effort – whether it’s in the political arena or as a volunteer throughout the county. It is disheartening to see how unethical and dishonest politics has become – even within the party. Why a good man would be willing to subject himself and his family to such treatment is baffling to me. But Bill’s tenacity through it all speaks well to his principles. My wife and I are old-school and proud of it; that’s why we support Bill when his party won’t. One thing is clear to us: Bill is always willing to give his time to help the communities within his district to be successful in their endeavors. Ebenezer is grateful.
Bob & Pat Deck