Rob Richards

Food & Beverage Manager

Clubhouse News

Happy Harvest and Happy Halloween!

It’s that time of year when things just all seem right with the world, and everything just seems to slow down a bit. The leaves are beginning to change color, the days are getting shorter, and the evenings are getting cooler. In case you can’t tell...fall is my favorite season of the year.

It brings so many things that everyone looks forward to each year. So, every year, I include a Paul Harvey transcript about harvest time and those farmers who make it possible. It’s only fitting to share it with you again. It really shows the passion, pride, and purpose in one’s life. So, with harvest season upon us, as a tribute to those that work hard and sometimes go unappreciated (until you actually stop and think about all they do), please read and enjoy the piece below.

    So, God Made a Farmer - adapted by Paul Harvey

    And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker.” So, God made a farmer.

    God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board.” So, God made a farmer. “I need somebody with arms strong enough to rustle a calf and yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild. Somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry, have to wait lunch until his wife’s done feeding visiting ladies and tell the ladies to be sure and come back real soon...and mean it.” So, God made a farmer.


    God said, “I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt. And watch it die. Then dry his eyes and say, ‘Maybe next year.’ I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make harness out of haywire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. And who, planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty-hour week by Tuesday noon, then pain’n from ‘tractor back,’ put in another seventy-two hours.” So, God made a farmer.

    God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds and yet stop in mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor’s place. So, God made a farmer.

    God said, “I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bails, yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-combed pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of a meadow lark. It had to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk and replenish the self-feeder and finish a hard week’s work with a five-mile drive to church.

    “Somebody who’d bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life ‘doing what dad does.’” So, God made a farmer.

As fall rolls around, I am always reminded, as I sit down to write the article for this month’s Willow Talk, of who to thank and what to say. I’ve always attempted to create excitement or write something of interest. I’ve also tried to put a little personality in everything we do and leave something in each article that would make you think or generate emotion.

As I sit here, I reflect on my eighth year anniversary at the Club. It’s hard to believe it was eight years ago this month that I first entered the doors of Willow Bend. It still seems like yesterday, because time sure does fly by.

As always, I would like to say, “thank you,” to everyone I’ve come to know over the years and appreciate your continued support of the Club!

When I first arrived, my goal was to create excitement in the Club with exceptional food and excellent service, and that goal still holds true to this day. I’m always reminding myself that it’s better to lead than follow. While many try to duplicate, I’m very pleased, because imitation is the greatest form of flattery one can receive.

That being said, I’d like to reflect on one of the biggest accomplishments I am most proud of in the Club. Without a doubt, it is my staff at Willow Bend Country Club.

I’ve been in the restaurant business for more than thirty years, and in that time, I have seen many things and worked with many people. Some would say it’s “just restaurant work,” but I believe providing excellent customer service is an honorable profession.

I’ve been fortunate enough to put together a talented group of individuals who feel the same. What this staff can accomplish never ceases to amaze me. We laugh about it among ourselves, but we truly do more with a staff of 20 than I have been able to do with a staff of more than 85 in other restaurants. It can be said, “We the weary have been accomplishing so much with so few that we now attempt to achieve the impossible with nothing.” The crazy thing is, challenges are always welcomed with a smile and a “We got this!” attitude followed by a “What’s next?” grin.

I’d like to thank my Team for being with me through it all. When asked, “How do you do what you do?” I will still reply, “If you are excited every day about your job and leave knowing you’ve made a difference in people’s lives somehow, then that passion, pride, and purpose will always guide you into doing what is right. And then, in the end, it doesn’t really seem like work after all.”

Thanks to everyone, thanks to my team, and happy anniversary!

Now grab that cup of coffee...it's time for this month’s fireside chat wrap-up.

  • Prime Rib Nights: Friday, October 2, 16, and 30.
  • Fresh Catch Nights: Friday, October 9 and 23.

The Clubhouse will be closed for private events:

  • Saturday, October 3
  • Saturday, October 31

Take care, be safe, and may the road rise to meet you.

See you at the Club!

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