ROYAL CENTER — He’s a former Lions Club president who helps take a donkey on tours of nursing homes and the Veterans Home each Christmastime. She’s a regular sight in her daughter’s Pioneer Elementary classroom.
And both say they volunteer because “it’s what we’re supposed to be doing.”
Bill and Mary Lou Foerg, a retired Royal Center couple, were nominated for the Pharos-Tribune’s “Good Neighbor” award by Mary Lou Foerg’s sister Judy Graham, who lives in Lucerne.
“They have a servant’s heart they share with a lot of people,” Graham wrote in her nomination letter. She described a variety of organizations and projects the Foergs have been involved in, ranging from activities at their church, St. James Lutheran Church in Logansport, to participation in the Royal Center Lions Club and independent volunteer efforts, like helping with outdoor maintenance for friends in need.
The Foergs, whose surname rhymes with “burg,” didn’t grow up in Royal Center — Bill is from Pulaski County originally, and Mary Lou grew up in Fulton County. They settled in Cass County in the early ‘70s and moved to Royal Center in 1979.
They’ve been involved at St. James Lutheran since about 1976, estimated Bill Foerg.
That’s far longer than the current pastor, K.C. Dehning, has been in the area — Dehning began leading the congregation in June 2009. But he’s seen the Foergs’ dedication to their roles.
Bill Foerg is an elder in the church and heads up the team of ushers. Mary Lou Foerg coordinates the church’s funeral dinners. And the two co-chair St. James’ missions committee, directing plans for several bake sales throughout the year and leading the committee when it decides at the end of the year what ministry to direct funds raised to.