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July 24, 2015


New president helps out in the community


Dr. Rittle volunteersImmersing himself in the Arkansas City community, new Cowley College president Dr. Dennis Rittle was among the volunteers that donated their time to service cars Saturday in Arkansas City.


Dr. Rittle’s son, Daniel, also helped with the event where volunteers from First Assembly of God Church in Arkansas City serviced more than 20 vehicles. Among the work being done were oil changes, replacing oil and air filters as well as windshield wipers, and topping all fluids.


Volunteers also provided inspections of the vehicles and identified more significant problems that needed to be fixed.


Auto Zone in Arkansas City donated materials, while Big N’ Smalls BBQ provided lunch at no charge to the volunteers. Brandon Lynn donated use of the facility to work on the vehicles, while Daniel Yocum came up with the idea for the community event.


“We were hoping to lend an extra hand to families that may be struggling to make ends meet,” Yocum said. “Car repairs and oil changes are at the bottom of most of these people’s list, so we thought why not try to fill a void.”


Along with community members, a few incoming fall students at Cowley College took advantage of the free service.


“That fact made me proud that we could help the community as well as the College community. Everyone wins,” Dr. Rittle said.


Volunteers were, Dr. Dennis Rittle, Daniel Rittle, Brandon Lynn, Worship Pastor Brandon Hollis, Pastor James Newman, Curtis Corell, Cathy Corell, Ileta Baucom, Rita Baucom, Deangelo Shire, Ben Tudor, John Vargas, and Daniel Yocum.


Yocum said he plans to conduct a similar event in October. To find out how to volunteer for the event contact Yocum at 918-606-1951 or find him on Facebook.