You may have met Bud and Betty. They've been to your State - actually, they've been to every State (yes even Alaska and Hawaii). Oh, and they like museums - any kind - from museums about presidents to ones displaying tractors or airplanes. They're the nice folks in the 36-foot RV with Texas license plates! And, if those are still not good enough clues then maybe you will remember them form their excitement about LeTourneau University. Everywhere they go, they just can't stop talking about the school. "We like to consider ourselves unofficial ambassadors for the University" said Bud Otis, a Kilgore, TX native. But they don't get paid to do it. Actually, it's the other way around. They've established a Trust to benefit the University and their families and also a Charitable Gift Annuity. "The money I have is really not mine" Bud says, "It's God's money." Bud was impressed with LeTourneau University's founder, R. G. LeTourneau, a noted inventor who was well-known for his generosity. He met R. G. and even keeps a stash of R. G.'s books in his RV to give to people.
Neither Bud nor Betty Otis attended LeTourneau University, but they believe in its commitment to excellence in Christian education. These full-time RV travelers aren't just spending their retirement years working to make an impact on others - they've spent their lives investing in people. Bud traveled around the world with the Air Force before retiring in Longview, Texas. Betty was a mother and schoolteacher in nearby Gladewater for more than 20 years, influencing her own children and the hundreds of children she taught during her career. Betty's and Bud's spouses both died more than a dozen years ago and they married each other in 1994. They honeymooned in their motor home, and Betty promptly caught the traveling bug. They sold their Longview home, bought a bigger RV and off they went. "There is something nice about every place you go," Betty said. So, if you see Betty and Bud from Texas pulling into your neighborhood, do them a favor and let them talk about LeTourneau University. They just can't help themselves.