Reflecting on retirement with Bob Hegardt
Last updated 2/22/2007 at Noon
“You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give” is an inspirational and thought-provoking quote by Sir Winston Churchill. Though it remains a challenging task for many to achieve, through selfless hard work and seamless determination Bob Hegardt achieved such a mission in his personal life and successful business career at Banc of America Investment Services, Inc. in Bonsall.
Now that Hegardt has recently reached the opportunity to bask in his retirement days on the golf course, he can do so with a smile, knowing he has made an indelible imprint within the town of Fallbrook. “I’ve always believed in giving back to the community,” said Hegardt. “You get back what you give.” Much of what Hegardt received in return were incredible friendships made within the community.
Along with volunteering for special projects spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Fallbrook, Hegardt volunteered countless hours to the Ingold Community Sports Park in Fallbrook. What he thought would be a one- to two-year project evolved into a 12-year-plus commitment.
Hegardt explained that the project started when he was president of the Fallbrook Rotary about 12 years ago.
“When I was coaching the soccer teams back then, I realized that there was an inadequacy of practice and playing fields,” Hegardt said. “Not being a city, we really didn’t have a normal city park. So, we had to go out and do it ourselves.”
Hegardt was also president of the Fallbrook Sports Association. This nonprofit organization championed the huge sports park undertaking by erecting various playing fields on a 17-acre property located off Olive Hill Road. By forming an allegiance with the San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation and receiving generous in-kind private donations, the dream of the Ingold Community Sports Park came to fruition.
Hegardt lingers on the sidelines of the Fallbrook Sports Association to pitch in when needed, while his son Ron has been elected president of this nonprofit organization. “I am now chairman emeritus,” said Bob, chuckling.
On weekends, Hegardt enjoys spending his time at the Ingold Community Sports Park, watching the children play. He can also be spotted in the crowd cheering on his grandchildren in the youth soccer games.
Hegardt admits that when he was an active financial advisor, time management played an important role in allowing him to devote numerous volunteering hours. While he assisted people in creating sound investments for their future, he knew the significance of building a future for his own community. Hegardt’s answer was crystal-clear when asked how he juggled all those responsibilities.
“You just make the time,” he said emphatically. “You make the time for the things that are important, and Fallbrook is a wonderful community.”