Get to Know Rufus Lazzell

Rufus Lazzell

Name: Rufus C. Lazzell
Basin Board: Peace River
Term: First appointed Dec. 3, 2001. Currently in his third term, which expires March 1, 2009.
Occupation: Retired Brigadier General, U.S. Army
Town of residence: Punta Gorda
Hometown: Huntington, West Virginia

Reason you applied to be a Basin Board member: Community involvement

Most important water resource issue: Regionalism

Favorite restaurant in the District: River City Grill

Other boards, organizations or clubs you belong to: Lee County Port Authority’s Special Management Committee, Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program’s Management Committee, Charlotte County YMCA Board of Directors, Boy Scouts of America Southwest Florida Executive Council, Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, Charlotte Regional Medical Center’s Board of Trustees and the Hospital Institutional Review Board, Charlotte/DeSoto College Foundation board member, Charlotte County Cultural Center Board of Trustees, Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society board member, Florida Adventure Museum board member, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, Punta Gorda Business and Community Alliance, Punta Gorda Kiwanis and The Retired Officers Association, Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, Charlotte County Republican Club and the Charlotte County Republican Executive Committee.

Hobbies or sports: Going to museums

Motto to live by: Be respectful of others

Favorite movie or television show: CSI: NY

Favorite book: “Animal Farm” by George Orwell

What did you want to be when you grew up: A soldier

Your most influential role model: My father

Trait you find most overrated: Arrogance

Trait you find most underrated: Humility

Five most important things: Family, religion, citizenship, friends, health

Most important life lesson: “There is nothing more tragic in life than the utter impossibility of changing what you have done.” (John Galsworthy)

There is too much of what in the world: Terrorism

There is too little of what in the world: Kindness

Favorite childhood memory: Christmas Day

Favorite food: Pasta