We are often asked what is a Crewette. We think this description by our first president says it best.
A Crewette is a wife and mother. On many occasions she has to fill in and take the place of a father, because, aside from her regular job, her husband in on call twenty-four (24) hours each day to one of the most worthwhile volunteer organizations of our day, the Rescue Squad. She may be a Sunday School teacher and you'll most likely find her with her family at worship. She knows this should be the first and foremost thing in her life for it is the most important, the spiritual welfare of her family. Sometimes she has to go alone, because the call of duty for her husband is no respecter of days. She is thankful he has a talent which enables him to help those in need of the services he renders, which could make the difference between life and death for someone. She prays and seeks the divine guidance of God - for those he serves and for this protection. She is thankful to share this life with him. She may be a PTA president or serve in various other offices of the school. She knows she must be interested in the welfare of her children as well as others. There are plays to go see - meetings to attend - and cookies to make for a homeroom party. She's a marching mother for the March of Dimes. You will find her active in many community projects such as the Heart or Cancer fund drives. She knows these projects benefit people who are in need. She performs many duties as a Crewette. You'll find her in a meeting one night a month, planning ways her organization can best serve their squad. She may have enough hours of first aid training to qualify her to work along with her husband in various types of activities. Her next duty may be to serve food on the banks of a lake or river to rescue squads who search for drowning victims - sometimes this service takes her across the state. On the lighter side, she may be needed as cook and hostess for a district meeting or to help plan a convention. She enjoys the fun and fellowship of a summertime picnic for the squad members and their families. The giant Christmas tree and the children's Christmas party. The family night dinners and banquets. Seeing old friends and meeting new ones at the State Convention and the excitement when trophies are awarded at the Gala Banquet. The fund of working together on projects to raise money. She knows a task worthwhile takes time and work. You may find her at a bake sale, selling the goods she has furnished and baked herself. She may be selling articles from door to door for her squad, or cooking and serving spaghetti or hot dogs. She may be up a dawn at a rummage sale. Yes - all over the state, Crewettes are pretty much the same. She is a busy person, she works hard, she has fun, and she knows the rewards outweigh the hard work, whether material or the ones she carries within her heart. She knows loneliness when left alone in the evenings - keeping dinner warm for hours, or being alone on birthdays and wedding anniversaries. She knows happiness when she has helped with a project that has helped to buy new uniforms, a piece of equipment, or helped furnish the squad hall. She knows sadness for the families of those who could not be helped by her husband's services. But most of all, who knows gratitude to God for the opportunity of sharing this life with her husband in service to mankind, the kind of service it does not take money to get. Yes - all this she does in the name of the greatest of all men who said, "Whatsoever you do to the least of these - You do also unto me, your Father in Heaven."
Dorothy Brooks, 1965