Dick and Judy Laird introduced themselves to Kiwanians on Tuesday evening. Both grew up on farms. Judy a small rural farm in South Carolina. Dick on a farm south of Anderson. Living on a farm instilled a work ethic that persists to this day.
Judy decided she wanted to leave the farm and become a teacher. She received her BS in education and went on to get a job in Florence, South Carolina while she pursued her Masters at Frances Marion University.
Dick left the farm and received his BS and MS from Ball State University in Education. He obtained a job teaching college level courses at Frances Marion University. They had their first date in 1978 and were married in 1980. Dick had a part time job selling insurance while he was teaching and soon found that he was making more from insurance than his full time teaching, In 1980 they moved to Greenfield where he established a State Farm agency. In 1990 he was honored for being one of the top agents in the country for selling Life Insurance.
The Lairds have three children and four grandchildren. They enjoy traveling.