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Fig Giving Back: Scudder Stevens
WHEN SCUDDER STEVENS talks about his thirty years in Kennett Square, he doesn’t describe a succession of events. Instead, he describes a web of people and relationships: “We’re all connected.”
Stevens, a general practice lawyer, began to get involved with volunteer efforts in Kennett through the Rotary, which lead to a position on the board of the Senior Center. Among his favorite memories from those years was wearing a duck costume for the annual duck race fundraiser. “It was actually fun,” he says.
In the past three decades, Stevens has additionally served on the Kennett Library board and helped found Historic Kennett, the Brewfest, and Kennett Run (up until two years ago, he ran the 10k.) He’s also running to serve a second term as a Supervisor of Kennett Township, where he lives.
About thirty years ago, Stevens’ family of four moved into the historic farm house where his wife Mary Claire had lived with her own parents. For a while, Stevens even gave farm life a try, raising sheep and chickens. Ultimately, though, he says, “I had to decide whether I was a sheep farmer or a lawyer.” Law won out.
Perhaps this is to Kennett Square’s benefit, since it allowed Stevens to stay connected to Kennett’s thriving volunteer community. Stevens, though, claims it’s also been to his benefit: “The positive energy I receive from those who care for this community is energizing and inspiring. It is a very gratifying experience to share with others a strong commitment to where we live.”