Archive for Thursday, June 21, 2007

An avid sports fan

June 21, 2007

When Brian Bode left the Lansing School Board meeting for the last time June 11, he left as the longest tenured member of the current board.

"We accomplished a lot. The board's on the path to a lot of good things," Bode said. "I guess it was just time for someone else's opinion to be heard."

Brian Bode

Brian Bode

Whether serving on the school board, the parks and recreation board or petitioning for lights on the Lansing High baseball field, Bode has been involved in the Lansing community since moving to the area 10 years ago.

For Bode, who grew up in Lyman, Neb., with a population of just 450, a sense of community is something he learned from his father.

"My dad was involved in village government," Bode said. "(Lyman) wasn't even big enough to be called a town. He instilled in us a civic responsibility to give back to the community."

Bode, a retired lieutenant colonel, was stationed at Fort Leavenworth three times before deciding to settle down in Lansing for good.

Over the years, the city has become a home for Bode's wife and two sons, the oldest of which teaches biology at Leavenworth High School while Bode's youngest, Patrick, just graduated from the University of St. Mary.

"They were Army brats," Bode said. "When you get to that stage after traveling around for so long, you want to have roots. My kids didn't have any roots:if they have any, it's here."

When he's not outdoors hunting, fishing or playing softball, Bode enjoys watching sports and is an avid Nebraska Cornhuskers, New York Yankees and Oakland Raiders fan.

Growing up in rural Nebraska, he only got one television station, and those teams were the ones he watched the most.

"Just because I settled here doesn't mean I have to give up my alliances," Bode said.

NAME: Brian Bode

ADDRESS: 605 First Terrace

OCCUPATION: Dean of Financial and Administrative Services, KCKCC

FAMILY: Terri, wife; Justin, 24, son; Patrick, 23, son

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN LANSING AND WHAT BROUGHT YOU HERE? "I've been here 10 years. I came here after the third time at Fort Leavenworth, returned and stayed here."

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT LANSING? "I like the small town, friendly atmosphere. You have the ability to reach out and touch any city close to here:There's so much potential for growth and of course the great schools."

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN? "I hunt, fish and camp and enjoy my friends."

WHAT MIGHT SURPRISE PEOPLE ABOUT YOU? "People would be surprised that I went to the opera:and actually liked it."

WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED? "My dad told me that everyday when you shave, to look in the mirror and make sure the person looking back at you is someone you still like."

WHAT CLUBS OR ORGANIZATIONS DO YOU BELONG TO? National Rifle Association, American Legion, Association of the U.S. Army, Knights of Columbus

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