MARCH 9, 2021
March 9, 2021
By: Bill Mitchell
A Little Background
My father and his 3 brothers grew up at the Waterville Boys Club in the 1930s and 1940s. They went there virtually every day to play sports and compete with all the other boys of that time. The Jabars, Ted Shiro, Len Saulter, Mr. Canavan, Mr. Nagem, and others. This was an amazing group of young men that had no idea what their futures held as they grew up in Waterville. In high school they played football together, baseball, and basketball. They were all very smart and very athletic. After high school most went on to serve in the military and took advantage of the GI bill and went to college at little to no cost while waiting to see if they’d be called into combat during World War 2. All were very motivated and willing to learn and work. They really had no choice since they all grew up in poor, but caring, families.
Paul J. Mitchell, Sr. Remembered
My father enrolled in the Navy, which he subsequently was honorably discharged from, and then graduated from University of Maine. He went on to earn a graduate degree from Columbia University in New York. Upon graduating, he took a job as a claims adjuster with Liberty Mutual and eventually moved back to Waterville to purchase the J. B. Friel Company, which today is known as GHM Insurance Agency. Over his long career in Waterville, my father accomplished a lot. In his earlier years, he served on the Board of Aldermen (now known as City Council), and was selected as the first and only Executive Director of the Waterville Urban Renewal Authority and essentially oversaw the rebuilding of downtown Waterville. In addition to owning and running GHM, he was a partner in a residential real estate development company, owned apartment houses, and went on to serve on the Waterville Planning Board, Waterville Sewerage District Board, a lifelong Rotarian, a member of Knights of Columbus, a Trustee for the University of Maine system, and many other civic and insurance achievements. In his later years, he was named Citizen of the Year by the City of Waterville.
Paul Mitchell Gives Back
My father starting giving back as a young man. He volunteered for many good causes, supported his church, was involved civicly, served as volunteer President of the Maine Insurance Agents Association, and many other great causes. I grew up watching my father in action. I didn’t know it then, but my father was teaching me by example. It was his life, and it’s become my life in many similar ways. My father has always lead by example. He’s taught me a good work ethic, to treat people with respect and honesty, maintain a high level of integrity, and give back to the community who has been so supportive of us.
A Lifetime of Support
My father and I have worked hard over the years to be as supportive as possible to the people of Maine, especially central Maine, where we live and work - my father passed away in February 2018 at the age of 92. Over the 35 years we worked together, we’ve supported many great organizations and causes including Waterville Boys & Girls Club, Waterville Rotary Club, George J. Mitchell Scholarship Institute, University of Maine, Waterville Opera House, St. Joseph Maronite Church, and many more. Since the inception of our annual golf tournament, we’ve raised over $500,000 donated to the AYCC/Waterville Boys & Girls Club meal programs.
The tradition lives on …
In memory of my father, It pleases me to announce that we’re bringing back Quotes for Kids in support of the AYCC Weekend Meals Backpack Program to help feed hungry Maine kids. For each insurance quote we do, GHM will donate $10 to the program. And $10 feeds two children for an entire weekend. It’s that simple! Last year we did about 1,000 quotes. If we do that again in 2021 we’ll donate $10,000 – that’s enough to fill 2,000 backpacks over the next 12 months. That may sound like a lot but if you do the math we need to fill 7,800 or so backpacks to satisfy the demand of kids just at the AYCC. That’s why we encourage you to let us quote your insurance, and urge you to tell your friends and family about this program. Together we can make a difference, and help our kids grow up to be the future Paul Mitchells and be productive and contributing citizens.
What can you do now?
There are many ways to help. Participate in a fundraiser, volunteer, donate $10 or $50 or $100. Contribute other things like non-perishable food or goods. Call AYCC and ask. I’m sure they can use your help.
Another way to help is by letting GHM give you a quote on your insurance. Not only will you likely save money, you’ll get free advice to help you make well informed decisions about your insurance, and you’ll feed two kids this weekend.
To get a free quote and see how much you could possibly save on your car insurance, give GHM a call at 207-873-5101 or 1-800-244-9046 or use our online car insurance shopping portal today! Or go to www.ghmagency.com/quotesforkids for all types of insurance.
Foremost Insurance Group
Patriot Insurance Company
Philadelphia Insurance Companies