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Darrell Dasher: Giving Back Every Day

The old saying, “If you need something done ask a busy person” must have been thought up for Darrell Dasher, because he is extremely busy and he gets a lot done! In addition to a demanding job, he finds the time to officiate at three different youth sports and be active in numerous civic and community spirited organizations.

His roots in Georgia run deep. Born and raised in Sand Hill, he still lives about one hundred yards from the house he grew up in. Darrell served in the U.S. Army for four years, in fact he says, “It’s the only time I have lived away from home,” and he attributes his service to his country with installing a “lot of discipline.”

Many people know him as the Rincon Branch Manager at Yates-AstroTermite & Pest Control, a company he’s been with for 21 years. “I love it, “says Darrell, “I really like all the relationships I’ve made with the people in the community, and I honestly enjoy taking care of our customers.”

One way Darrell gives back is through sports officiating. “I used to play softball but then I got older and wanted to stay involved and give back, so I started officiating.”

For 20 years he has been officiating youth basketball, baseball, and football. Being an official is a huge time commitment, he would be at games four or five times a week, and at tournaments they could sometimes have ten games in one weekend. He says he “likes interacting with the kids and doing something positive for them.”

Unfortunately, he is currently out for six months with back surgery, but he looks forward to getting back to it as soon as possible.

Darrell is a member of the Rotary Club of Effingham County, the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, and several local business networks. He is also a board member of the Ebenezer Boys Home, just one of many children’s charities he helps support. As a member of the Effingham Shrine Club and the Alee Pirates—a Shriner unit operating under the Alee Shrine in Savannah—he is involved with fundraising for the Shriners Hospital for Children.

He is also a member of Clyo Lodge #280, the “Oldest Existing Chartered Lodge of Freemasons in Effingham County.” Their fundraisers help support the Masonic Home of Georgia, a residential child care facility that provides care to children in need. They host an annual golf tournament, raffles, yard sales, and the popular BBQ butt sale.

When he’s not officiating, at a meeting or helping out with a community project, Darrell can usually be on the water or on the greens.

“I like fishing, boating, golfing. I play a lot of golf and I like being outdoors.”

Acknowledging he is a busy man he says he keeps his calendar by memory and says, “I do enjoy it all even if it gets to be a handful.”

For those looking to follow his lead and help out in their community his advice is to “jump in and get involved, join the Rotary, join the Chamber of Commerce. You’ll meet all kinds of great people and give back to your community. Just do it- you’ll be glad you did.”