Dave Kalkbrenner - Adult - Class of 2018

David Kalkbrenner Buckeye Leadership Workshop

David Kalkbrenner Buckeye Leadership Workshop

Name: David A. Kalkbrenner, P.E.

Education (institution, degrees, years, etc.): BSCE – Civil EngineeringOhio University, Athens, OH 1991 (Ohio’s First University!)

Hometown: Worthington, OH

Current Employment (Company/Title/etc.): Senior Project ManagerGeotechnical Consultants, Inc.Westerville, OH

First year Attended BLW / Numbers of years Attending BLW: First Attended in 1993.  Never stopped coming back and have attended 20 straight years.

Favorite Movie and Why: Probably The Breakfast Club.  A classic movie that captures the trials and tribulations of growing up, the stereotypes that exist in our world, and the theme that we all share such common ground.  Plus I love hopping around and belting out classic 1980 songs like The Simple Minds “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”.

Favorite Book & Why: Easy question:  A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.  The characters are simply fantastic and the book plays with the idea of our destinies, God, friendship, and the pursuit of lingering questions.  Within one page, you can have tears streaming down your face from laughter and sadness.  A must read for anyone who has never read this book.

What 3 songs are included on the soundtrack to your life: John Mellencamp – Little Pink Houses; Van Morrison – Tupelo Honey and Crazy Love R.B. Morris – Call Me Zeke

Dream Job: Running a summer camp and living in a world where your clients never get older, where you can continue to impact young lives, and give children the chance to choose who they want to be and then follow that path.

Hobbies: I enjoy deer hunting in the fall, chasing bunnies with our beagle Chet in the winter, quilting, gardening in the summer, and finding time to bumble around in my wood shop in the basement

Favorite Food Item(s): Mexican fare of all types.  The fresher the better with big, bold flavors and a frosty adult beverage or two.  I also really enjoy cooking and eating wild game from hunting.  I believe in the concept of being a “local-vore” and trying to consume things grown and raised as close to home as possible.  A venison steak with garden veggies fits that bill.

Favorite Part of BLW: When the checkbook balances and everything is accounted for!  In all honesty, it is really cool to serve as registrar and be a point of contact for people that have attended past workshops.  I get the periodic, random calls or e-mails from people who attended once, twice, or multiple times but have not been able to come back to BLW for many years.  Those moments reinforce the idea that the workshop is a great experience that lives on in the hearts and memories of many people who attend.

Favorite BLW Moment (and why): Evening program when the theme was New Years Eve.  At the end of the night, we had a balloon drop in the lodge at Recreation Unlimited.  It was great until someone broke the first balloon.  The remaining 500 balloons followed in short order.  Total time elapsed: like 10 seconds.  The sheer noise of the process was truly epic.

Why You Serve on the BLW Committee: Serving on committee gives me a chance to give back to others and help them experience a camp-like setting, experience new things, and share in new friendships.  I also get to secretly hang out with some pretty cool folks that have become some of my greatest friends and happen to be scattered across Ohio and many miles beyond.

Favorite Article of Clothing & Why: Bib overalls or my engineer boots.  The bib overalls are comfortable and mean I am probably doing something I really enjoy.  The engineer boots just make me feel like a bas a** some days.

How will your epitaph read: Good food, good friends, and good conversation are all you really need. 

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose: Calvin from Calvin & Hobbes.  That dude is always on an adventure and causing some havoc.

The best part of waking up is:The snooze button.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Play an instrument.  Years ago I tried the harmonica, but never really pursued it.  Just wish I had he ability to play something.

When you have an hour of free-time, how do you pass the time? What is this “free time” you speak of?Where’s Waldo? Hiding from the 4 neighbor boys across the street.


Joe Richards - Adult - Class of 2018

Joe Richards Buckeye Leadership Workshop

Joe Richards Buckeye Leadership Workshop

Name: Joseph Matthew Richards the 3rd

Education: Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation, First Class Standing & Bachelors Degree in Geography - Lakehead University 1996

Hometown: Dresden, Ontario, Canada - Home of Uncle Tom's Cabin - the end of the underground railroad.

Current Employment: Executive Director, Pearce Williams Christian Centre since 2005

First year Attended BLW / Numbers of years Attending BLW: 2007 - every year since

Favorite Movie & Why: Shawshank Redemption - We should never give up on a dream and we need to deal with the challenges that life gives us.

Favorite Book & Why: The River Why - David James Duncan - a great exploration into what life can be and what life should be.

What 3 songs are included on the soundtrack to your life: No One Is To Blame - Howard Jones; Romeo & Juliett - Indigo Girls; Any Gershwin Song.

Dream Job: Work at summer camp for a living - doing it right now.

Hobbies: Reading, Guitar, Useless skills - yoyo, juggling, magic tricks; website development.

Favorite Food Items: Pretty much anything - especially Turkey Roll from BLW

Favorite Part of BLW: Arriving each year and seeing everyone - the hugs, laughter and friendship.

Favorite BLW Moment: Going to my first evening program dressed up as your favourite game piece - I was a Hungary Hippo and Marble...

Why You Serve on the BLW Committee: To share.  To learn.  To grow.

Favorite Article of Clothing & Why: An old Green Bay Packers Sideline Hoodie - just great memories - and I'm a shareholder.

How will your epitaph read: "Joe Richards - What the hell was he thinking?"

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose:  Gandalf

The best part of waking up is: Getting another chance to have the perfect day.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? How do cry.

When you have an hour of free-time, how do you pass the time? Being me - reading, playing games, just relaxing...

Where’s Waldo? Who is Waldo?  That must be some sort of American Thing...


Chuck Wurth - Adult - Class of 2018

Chuck Wurth Buckeye Leadership Workshop

Chuck Wurth Buckeye Leadership Workshop

Name: Charles (Chuck) Wurth

Education (institution, degrees, years, etc.): Bachelor's Degree 1977 The Ohio State University Wildlife Management; Master's Degree 1997 The University of Toledo Educational Technology

Hometown: Kalida, Ohio

Current Employment (Company/Title/etc.):4-H Camp Palmer Inc. Program Manager (January 1977)

First year Attended BLW / Numbers of years Attending BLW: 1981 to 2014 makes 33 years.

Favorite Movie and Why: My movie is “It’s a Wonderful Life”. It is the story of how the world would be different if you had not been there. A wonderful and inspirational message for all to hear and believe. It is the story of trying to do it all yourself when others are willing to help. It has a lot of life messages for me to relearn continually.

Favorite Book & Why: My book is Longitude; The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel. It is the story of a very knowledgeable man who did not carry the credentials of the time according to the astronomers, mathematicians and watchmakers. This is the story of navigating through politics while protecting an idea from those who would steal or discredit your life’s work. John Harrison made a chronometer that kept time on sea that when compared to a clock in England (Greenwich) could then determine where a ship was on the sea. His discovery has saved thousands of lives. 

What 3 songs are included on the soundtrack to your life: Let Your Light Shine – The Buckeye Leadership  Workshop version; When I am on My Journey Don’t You Weep after me – the BLW version; The River by Garth Brooks

Dream Job: I have it. I work at 4H Camp Palmer as a program manager with the opportunity to empower children of all ages to make the best better.

Hobbies: Hunting; Fishing; Camping; Reading; Storytelling; Traveling 

Favorite Food Item(s): Pancakes, Waffles, Oatmeal, Sausage, Pizza, Hamburgers, Steak, Barbecued Ribs, Cheese, brown breads, chocolate, cow tails, fudge.A really good meal is mashed potatoes, beef and noodles and corn all sort of molded together.

Favorite Part of BLW: Just getting to learn about others and how they live, feel and think. Sharing what you know and learning from what they have to offer.

Favorite BLW Moment (and why): When I was made the director of a puppet show when I just started coming. Mrs. Alkire saw a young, inexperienced and insecure person with little confidence and a huge desire to be successful. She nurtured that desire and mentored that individual to the point where he began to see and believe in himself.

Why You Serve on the BLW Committee: To pass on my belief that everyone brings something to the party. That we need to search out all that we collaboratively have and find ways to make us all successful. I want people to define what success looks like to them and then be successful. I want people to be comfortable and proud of who and what they are.

Favorite Article of Clothing & Why: I have a multi-colored, striped pull-over fleece that I rarely wear because I do not want to wear it out. It brings back a memory of a time when my entire family was at Hocking Hills (Ohio) together.

How will your epitaph read: The life of Chuck Wurth could be summed up in parts of two Robert Frost Poems. The poems would be The Road Not Taken and Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening.  “I took the road less traveled by. And that has made all the difference”. “But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep”.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose: Popeye the Sailor Man. “I am what I am and that’s all that I am, I’m Popeye the Sailor Man. Toot. Toot. “

The best part of waking up is: Seeing the sunrise for a new day …. And breakfast.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Build beautiful things from wood, metal, stone, rope and words.

When you have an hour of free-time, how do you pass the time? Day dreaming, reading, watching video or television; walking somewhere.  Retreating into my inner self to see what I can find.

Where’s Waldo? Lost on an adventure; and that is how it should be. It’s the adventure of travel and not the destination; and that is what it really is all about.