From the classic car he owns to the way he looks at life, Hastings resident Dan Rutt is a throwback to a simpler era.
Rutt, 60, was recently recognized with the Leadership Hastings Outstanding Alumni Award for his work with recovering substance abusers at Revive Ministries Inc., Horizon Recovery and Counseling Center and the Unity Houses during a Leadership Hastings commencement ceremony at Lochland Country Club.
Established in 1987, Leadership Hastings is an enrichment program coordinated by volunteers and designed to foster the community’s quality of life through leadership development, awareness enhancement and community involvement.
Rutt, a 2004-05 alum of Leadership Hastings, was chosen from a pool of 30-40 candidates submitted for consideration by community members. Erik Buderus was among the award committee members involved in the selection process.
“We had a number of great candidates and Dan just stood out to us,” Buderus said. “The unique things he does in his line of work at Horizon — like the Recovery in the Park Celebration — don’t just affect a couple dozen lives. The people he is providing services for has such a broad scope because it not only affects them but also their families, friends, children … so literally Dan has probably affected tens of thousands of people in the work he does.”
As Rutt sees it, he’s just paying forward the many blessings bestowed on him by God and his parents, Clarence and Charlotte Rutt.
Raised on a dairy farm a half-mile outside Hastings, Rutt said he learned three important lessons from his folks early on that have served him well to this day:
1) Keep God and Jesus first.
2) Work hard.
3) Give back.
“I’ve come up with a new philosophy: prayer, silence and patience,” he said. “That’s kind of how I live my life now. I was always a spiritual guy in the beginning and always believed in prayer, but my silence and patience wasn’t very good!”