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Motivational speaker during talk

Ron “Gus” Gustafson twirls a ball during a talk. The former Lyons resident has spoken at schools and prisons. He is author of the book, “Fully Armed.”

Ron (Gus) Gustafson will be the featured speaker at the annual Men’s Ministry Chili Feed.

The public is invited to the event set for Friday in the Shaw Ministry Center, Fremont Nazarene Church, 960 N. Johnson Road.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and chili for the judging needs to be there by 6:30.

Chili for contest can only be made by a male.

The chili will be judged and prizes given for: Best Tasting; Most Unique; and Wimpiest.

Eating begins at 7 p.m.

Men, women and children are invited to the family friendly event.

During the event, Gustafson will speak on “Turning setbacks into comebacks.”

Originally from Lyons, Gustafson was 9 years old when he lost his right arm and shoulder in a childhood farm accident.

He went on to become a standout basketball player in high school.

Later, Gustafson walked on to play basketball at what’s now the University of Nebraska at Kearney, but had three knee operations during his first two years.

When the knee injury stopped his collegiate basketball career, he was devastated.

But Gustafson redirected his energy and became successful in business.

Gustafson’s motivational speaking began about 24 years ago, when a college friend-turned-teacher asked him to speak to her high school class.

The next day, the principal asked if he’d speak to the entire school. Another principal then asked what he’d charge to speak at that school.

Gustafson has been a motivational speaker for about 23 years with only four states in the U.S., where he’s not spoken.

Those interested in coming to the chili feed are asked to call the church office at 402-727-6445 and leave your name, number of attendees; if you’re bringing chili for the contest or just to eat or no chili at all; and if you’re bringing a dessert.

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Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She covers news, features, religion stories and writes the weekly faith-based, Spiritual Spinach column.

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