2010-2011 Community Champion: Pepper Roberts

Director: Kirsten Turk Nghiem

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Glenc says ... on Wednesday, Jun 15 at 10:16 PM

Mr. Roberts was my inspiration to do something with my life. He taught me my first computer language, and told me I would accomplish nothing. Thank you Mr. Roberts for the kick in the pants I needed and all the great work you have done for others.

Jim & Ellen T says ... on Saturday, May 14 at 1:20 PM

It seems like a miracle to us who have seen the wonderful physical changes and the general attitude of the veterans and volunteers at the VA golf course since the arrival of Pepper to the scenes. Thanks Pepper!!!!

Steve Kubiszewwki says ... on Friday, May 13 at 4:33 PM

Please move ahead to complete this stage of the development of the course. This is a very worthy effort to provide better support for our local veterans with something which works.

Mike Eagan says ... on Friday, May 13 at 1:45 PM

"Bravo Zulu," Pepper. You're an outstanding model for us all.

Skip Dreps says ... on Friday, May 13 at 11:06 AM

Pepper has Heart, Endurance, Respect and Optimism. He embodies what a HERO is all about. Its is an honor to know Pepper as he provides an example for all of us to follow.

Charles F. Begley says ... on Friday, May 13 at 9:34 AM

Pepper my son Nicholas Chad Begley and, myself was visiting Roger Gatts in Tacoma when i first met you. Thanks you gave my son a few pointers on golf now i can't beat him.

Karyssa Booth says ... on Friday, May 13 at 8:25 AM

Had tears as I watched this thank you for being such an inspiration.

Donna Orlowski says ... on Friday, May 13 at 7:31 AM

Pepper's volunteer work is amazing. He is an inspiration to all, as we can see by the other volunteers he has inspired to help as well. I hope he wins - he deserves it!

JillLazusky says ... on Friday, May 13 at 3:07 AM

I am the CEO of GolfersLinkUp.com, a new social networking and informational site for golfers. This effort was forwarded to me and I wanted to let you know that we have posted it on our site, in our new charity events section! Good Luck!

ken harden says ... on Thursday, May 12 at 5:20 PM

he's the best!

Pam Sprowl says ... on Thursday, May 12 at 4:42 PM

I had the pleasure of working with Pepper, and I can testify that [while he would be embarrassed to hear it] that he's a living saint. He and his team deserve all of the praise and support we can give them - because he will generously pass it along.

Bob Bearden says ... on Thursday, May 12 at 8:16 AM

Great job that Pepper and all other volunteers for what you continue to do and have done for our veterans, active duty, Guard and Reserve, along with their families. Thank you.

JD says ... on Wednesday, May 11 at 5:16 PM

One of a kind, heart and soul!

Otto says ... on Wednesday, May 11 at 10:06 AM

Great cause. Great man. Thank you, Pepper!

Jim Martinson says ... on Tuesday, May 10 at 8:34 AM

What a great guy with such a big heart. Pepper had a vision as to what he could make work for all veterans with or without disablities. As a wounded Vietnam veteran I am thankfull for all you have done.

CSM Jim Davis Bagram Afghan says ... on Tuesday, May 10 at 7:37 AM

As the former CSM for the Warrior Transition Battalion at JBLM, it was an honor to service with Pepper and his staff. The countless hours they spent caring for men and women who service this nation is truly heartwarming. " They Never Gave Up"

Jan Elmer says ... on Sunday, May 8 at 9:27 AM

Thank you for being such an inspiration to so many. Your teaching has touched the lives of everyone that knows you. It has been my priviledge to be a volunteer at American Lake for the past 18 years.

Mary Binns says ... on Sunday, May 8 at 9:05 AM

Mr. Pepper is a remarkable and kind human being.

Sue Kolb says ... on Sunday, May 8 at 7:39 AM

He has touched many of people's hearts and inspired many lives including myself. It has been an honor knowing him as a friend and volunteering with him at ALVGC. Respect him deeply for not only his accomplishments but also his genuine caring for all.

Jerry Smith says ... on Saturday, May 7 at 5:55 PM

We cannot begin to repay are Veterans for their service. They are the true hero's of our nation. If we can make even one day brighter for our hero's by supporting them thru Pepper and his volunteers I applaude you all. You are truely doing Gods work.

Al Davis says ... on Saturday, May 7 at 3:24 PM

Pepper is a fantastic individual. What he has accomplished, along with the help of Bruce McKinty and Roger Gatts, just to name a few (also Jim Jackson, Bob Funseth, Wolf, and many others, like 200) is unbelieveable.

Colleen McLaughlin says ... on Saturday, May 7 at 6:33 AM

Too many see a need and ignore it. Pepper saw a need and acted. He is a special man who deserves our vote!

Don Cowart says ... on Friday, May 6 at 3:18 PM

This man is a saint. Enough said.

Cindy Schuckenbrock says ... on Friday, May 6 at 12:50 PM

I'm happy to vote for Pepper. His enthusiasm and dedication to the American Lake Golf Course and what it can do for out vets is amazing.

Tony Lamb says ... on Friday, May 6 at 10:28 AM

Pepper is an inspiration to all . It is a pleasure to play at the VA with my Dad, almost every day. Thank you Pepper. My vote is for you.

Pam & Ed Konsmo says ... on Friday, May 6 at 10:10 AM

We're honored to cast our vote for Pepper. He's a great guy and a hard worker - God bless you, Pepper. Our best wishes.

chaplin bollinger says ... on Friday, May 6 at 7:52 AM

you are the man thinking of our fellow vets! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Benie gregory says ... on Friday, May 6 at 5:32 AM

We need more brothrs like Pepper in this world, His thoughts are aways about he veterans, God Bless pepper

Tony Leodora says ... on Friday, May 6 at 4:21 AM

Any work on behalf of our veterans is honorable. Pepper's efforts go above and beyond.

Jaci Turk says ... on Thursday, May 5 at 5:25 PM

I appreciate people like Pepper, who put one foot in front of the other and get things done. What a great place. Our vets deserve to have a place like this. Thanks for your comitment and sacrifices. Well done.

Michelle says ... on Thursday, May 5 at 4:03 PM

Pepper has helped many Blind veterans learn to play the fine game of golf including myself.

Shelby Griffin says ... on Thursday, May 5 at 10:38 AM

It isn't every that a person like Pepper comes along. Seeing Pepper's commitment to our veterans, and the many hours he puts in at the golf course, is the reason I am a volunteer today.

John Lamb says ... on Thursday, May 5 at 10:24 AM

As a blind, disabled veteran of 3 wars. I have gained a great deal of respect for Pepper Roberts. His tenacity for accomplishing difficult tasks, and achieving contributions for the golf course have all contributed to my rehabilitation.I vote Pepper

Andy Anderson says ... on Thursday, May 5 at 9:00 AM

Since Pepper has been here at the Golf course I have seen a big transformation take place in everybody that knows him

Otto & Carolyn Balmer says ... on Thursday, May 5 at 8:17 AM

Pepper is a very caring and dedication person. He definitely is a "Hero" to us.

James Melton says ... on Thursday, May 5 at 7:48 AM

To know Peppers is a blessing. He is always the same.Happy

Miriam J. Gash says ... on Thursday, May 5 at 7:18 AM

I have one (1) vote for Harold Pepper Roberts.

Betty Begeal says ... on Thursday, May 5 at 6:22 AM

What an outstanding man! Peper has surely inspired others to join him in honoring our incredible veterans. Truly a man who continues to make a difference. Thank you for making this video and sharing it.

JAMES H NICHOLS III says ... on Wednesday, May 4 at 11:44 PM

It is my pleasure to HONOR and know Pepper Roberts through his wonderful work, dedication, and devotion he serves to the Vets and Disabled Vets on the Golf Course. I served with the Wounded Warrior Transition 2008 and saw many smiles on OEF/OIF faces

Jesse Chavez says ... on Wednesday, May 4 at 7:19 PM

I have had the honor to know Pepper for the last 12 years. There is a quote that reminds me of Pepper and it goes like this: "I am only one, but still I am one. I can do everything but I can do something, and I refuse not to do that something".

Donna Goebel says ... on Wednesday, May 4 at 11:44 AM

A touching tribute to our veterans. I never know how to honor them. Their losses are sometimes so great, I become immobilized emotionally. Harold Pepper has found a way that is worthy and I applaud his humanitarianism. This is an act of love.

Larry Kenney says ... on Wednesday, May 4 at 8:35 AM

In 1967 I spent several months in Great Lakes naval hospital in Illinois. I had malaria but most of the other patients on our ward were amputees. It was there I learned the true meaning of the word hero. Now I have another definition.

David N. says ... on Wednesday, May 4 at 8:28 AM

If there is one common goal among humans it could be simply to live a life that makes a difference. Congratulations, Pepper, you pass with flying colors!

Ashleigh Huckins says ... on Wednesday, May 4 at 8:11 AM

Great film and great story. Nice work on the documentary. If we all took pride in following through with our unique vision just imagine the difference we would make in small communities and the nation at large. GOD BLESS AMERICA

joe says ... on Tuesday, May 3 at 11:54 PM

I use this Gold Course Regualarly and I love how they have all the adapted wheelchairs and instuctors for us who are disabled vets

Francis E. Jeffery says ... on Tuesday, May 3 at 9:23 PM

Pepper is more than a Name, it is the definition of a man that had a vision and knew what to do with it. The present golf course is an excellent monument of a man who was not afraid to think and carry it out. Padre Jeff

Sandra (Sabroff) Weber says ... on Tuesday, May 3 at 4:54 PM

What a wonderful person. We need to acknowledge our veterans for without them we would not be free. My ancestors served - Dad WWII, Grandfather WWI, 2X Great Grandfather Civil War, 3X great in War of 1812 & one in 1 in the Rev. I admire them all.

Laurie MacGowan Maus says ... on Tuesday, May 3 at 2:44 PM

Mr. Roberts taight me geometry in high school and I thought then that he was one of the kindest, greatest and most interesting people I'd ever met. I'm very proud of what he achieved at the American Lake VA golf course - for all our veterans! Thanks

Bob Crouch says ... on Tuesday, May 3 at 11:50 AM

Pepper is an great inspiration to all veterans. I am proud to know and vote for him

Jean M Bushey says ... on Tuesday, May 3 at 10:28 AM


Brittany Santiago says ... on Tuesday, May 3 at 9:12 AM

What a beautiful vision Pepper had. I feel so blessed to live in this country and can not imagine all our service men and women experience when they return home from serving. Thank you all!

Ron Finney says ... on Tuesday, May 3 at 8:12 AM

Pepper's love and appreciation for the veterans is very evident in his words of inspiration and hard work in making American Lake a first class place of healing for our fine service men and women.

steve reynolds says ... on Tuesday, May 3 at 8:07 AM

the first day that I volunteered at American Lake I meet Pepper he said thank you for your service . That was three years ago I want to thank him for letting me see the smiles on our Vererans when they come out here and have FUN

Robert Branscomb says ... on Tuesday, May 3 at 6:56 AM

If you were to type Pepper's name in "google", this is what you would get.. dedicated - devoted to a cause or ideal or purpose; Pepper is to Veterans as to wind is to sail, I vote for Pepper. Robert Branscomb

Carl T. Fynboe says ... on Tuesday, May 3 at 6:26 AM

This story of the unselfish service and contributions of Harold Pepper Roberts to the lives of our veterans in the development of the American Lake Golf Course is awe-inspiring. I am proud to say I consider it an honor to know him. God bless him!

Julia Moore says ... on Tuesday, May 3 at 4:55 AM

What a great story! It makes you think about how many other "Peppers" are out there making a difference. Thank you Kirsten for making me aware. Very touching.

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The Reverend Vernon Elgin says ... on Monday, May 2 at 9:03 PM

Great personality, great athlete, great believer. As one of his former pastors, I am honored to know and vote for Pepper. He has amazing personality and energy. He is truly a celebrity.

Steve Jacobs says ... on Monday, May 2 at 8:57 PM

What a great documentary illustrating how we Americans can get along just fine without government help. Just protect our borders and our freedom, and leave our golf courses alone !!! God Bless "Pepper" Roberts.

Cheryl Ulrich says ... on Monday, May 2 at 8:42 PM

I have a special place in my heart for all the Veterans who have given us this great country and the freedom we enjoy every day. Thank you Pepper for taking care of those who have served and who deserve everything we have to give. My vote is yours.

Phil says ... on Monday, May 2 at 4:48 PM

Great story, well presented. We need more "Peppers" in this world to help honor our servicemen and women.

Lin Wicks says ... on Monday, May 2 at 3:21 PM

I have been a volunteer for only a month and that month has been the most amazing time of my life as a golf professional. It is obvious watching Pepper fight off tears as he speaks of the volunteers and veterans that this man has a great heart.

Mark Dyce says ... on Monday, May 2 at 1:30 PM

What an amazing soul! We need more "Peppers" in our world. Such an honor to vote for such a giving man.

Janna Jacobs says ... on Monday, May 2 at 11:41 AM

God bless the vision and application from Pepper and all these heroic volunteers! You have given the ultimate sacrifice of yourselves for the security and safety of our country!THANK YOU!! What a beautiful, peaceful environment for you to now enjoy!

Kirsten says ... on Monday, May 2 at 9:41 AM

I am honored to have worked on this project. I am humbled by the actions of this hero, and reminded how important it is to "Pay it forward". Thank you to all the veterans who serve our country and the volunteers that make this golf course happen.

Edith Booth says ... on Monday, May 2 at 8:33 AM

I met Pepper when I visited from England and was very impressed with his story. From his dream has come a wonderful golf course where veterans can play golf and he deserves every possible commendation. He is a tremendous source of inspiration

Robert Lee says ... on Monday, May 2 at 6:48 AM

Knowing Pepper on a personal level i would expect nothing but greatness from him he is a inspiration to every one and the world needs more people like him .

Jon Scott says ... on Sunday, May 1 at 6:35 AM

As the head agronomist for Jack Nicklaus, it has been my pleasure and honor to be involved with Pepper and the American Lake Golf Course improvement project. I have been deeply touched by every volunteer I have met and their committment to our Vets.

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