BELOIT—Carol Fryar is a wonderful volunteer who seems to be ever ready to answer the call for help.
Fryar retired early to move to Texas with her husband, following his job opportunities. Once retired, they motor homed across the country for three wonderful years, until becoming a widow brought her back home again. Her mom was here, and mom enveloped Fryar into a number of her activities at her church.
When the call would go out for assistance for funeral luncheons, special church dinners or events at First Baptist Church in Beloit, she responded. “Mom was always working with the women of the church, and I learned from her experience regarding buying food and set up.” But she soon established her own position in the church as she served as president of the ABW (American Baptist Women’s group) which was dedicated to fund raising to support mission work.
Fryar similarly began volunteering for the Beloit Meals On Wheels program, helping her mom with the Baptist church route. In addition to making a monthly delivery, Fryar recalls answering when special requests were made to help with special mailings and newsletter assembly. Fryar eventually made a move to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, but continued her support for the program.
Executive Director, Ellen Wiegand, appreciates Fryar’s 20 years of service. “We can always count on Carol to show up and be that person who brightens someone’s day by knocking on their door and delivering a hot meal. Her spirit of caring is truly awe-inspiring in the community.”
It is Fryar’s caring nature that finds her continuing with the once a month delivery, providing the nourishment that the clients need. She recalls with great fondness a special client who was so very frail, but always so very positive. “She would always comment on what a beautiful day it was. She just made my day.”
As treasurer of the Old Rectory Sales Committee of St. Paul’s Episcopalian church, Fryar always answers the call to serve as cashier at an estate sale, helping with pricing of items if needed. Committee Co-Chair Judy Sarow values Fryar’s participation. “She very friendly, truly a joy to be around. She fits in so nicely as we all get along as a working group,” Sarow said.
When Fryar saw an ad in the paper that the library was looking for volunteers to adopt a shelf, she responded. In addition she also makes time to deliver library books to homebound members and new reading material every six weeks.
For the past eight years Fryar has served on the city Traffic Review Committee, which she has found very interesting, learning about the rules and regulations for traffic flow, stoplight placement and speed limit restrictions. As the committee meets to discuss traffic issues they make recommendations to the City Council.
Caritas has benefited from Fryar’s volunteering in the past as she helped people select their groceries during visits to the program, and helped stock shelves with foodstuffs.
Perhaps what most captures Fryar’s heart these days is when she gets to make the call… that is calling BINGO at Riverside Terrace every other Tuesday following the evening meal. Fryar’s mom was a resident at the residential facility, and after her mom passed away, Fryar learned they needed help with this favorite activity for the residents.
“I like to tease the residents during the game. I might call a wrong number just to see if they are paying attention,” she said. Fryar’s efforts are greatly appreciated by residents Jack and Imogene “Jean” Ehle. “She’s a great volunteer,” said Jack, who continued, “This means a lot to us folks here.”
“This gets us out of our apartment,” said wife, Jean. “You don’t get rich, but it’s a lot of fun.”
Activity Assistant, Rose Swanson, adds her praise saying, “It is such a blessing to have Carol come to call BINGO. They look forward to her visits. BINGO is a top priority here, and Carol is a favorite.”