Saturday, March 7th, the Monteagle-Sewanee Rotary Club hosted the 2nd annual Chili Cook-Off and what a great day it was! Once again, we welcomed a large and enthusiastic crowd. Students, community cooks and professional chefs entered 21 teams. Approximately 200 people came to sample chili and homemade cornbread and enjoy the fun!
The success of this fundraising event is shared by many. I’d like to thank all of you. From our sponsors to ticket buyers to the people and businesses who donated services and items for the event, I am in awe of your generosity. A special thank you to our judges – John McCardell, Karl Sjolund, Henry Lodge, Caroline Sweetin and Nellie Fagan for your tasting and professionalism in selecting the prize winning chilis! First place was award to Theta Kappa Phi Sorority; Second place award went to Good Night and Have a Pleasant Tomorrow; and Third place went to The Blue Chair/Tavern. People’s Choice Award was won overwhelmingly by Enrique Madico’s Latin American Chili.
Thank you to our generous sponsors: Habanero sponsors - University of the South Board of Regents, Lodge Manufacturing, and Richard Courtney of Fridrich & Clark. Cayenne sponsors - Woody’s Bicycles and John and Bonnie McCardell. Jalapeno sponsors – Goodson Wealth Management, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Tower Bank, Jessica and Joey Favaloro, and Charlie and Melanie Kettle. Chili sponsors – Monteagle Wine & Spirits, Village Wine & Liquors, Sewanee Market, Anne Chenoweth/Village Realtors, The Frame Gallery, Sewanee Inn, Blue Oak Projects, LLC, Janet Cooper, Bob Askew Art, University Realty, Jay & Laurie Fisher, Rhea & Nancy Bowden, Greg Maloof, Jodi McCullah, John & Kathy Solomon, Rich Wyckoff, Studio Interiors, Inc., May Kamalick, John & Tan Hille, Amy Burns, Kathy Henslee, Dan & Carolyn Hatfield, Citizens Tri County Bank, Monteagle Inn & Retreat Center.
Many thanks to The Blue Chair and Tavern, Chef Rick at McClurg Dining Hall, and Mountain Goat Market for donating gifts in kind.
Heartfelt thanks to all the members of our Rotary Club and the University Rotaract Club for making this event successful. The energy that you brought to the fundraiser was appreciated. Everyone was dedicated to making this fundraiser a huge success.
2020 Chili Cook-Off Chairman
Monteagle-Sewanee Rotary Club
March 7, 2020
Mary Sue Cushman Room
Bairnwick Women’s Center
Mississippi Ave. on the campus of
The University of the South
The opportunity to serve another “Relay for Life” was concluded this last weekend. Again, we are so proud of the students and their commitment to the cause. In their second year, they have raised $42,775+, but what is more important, they gave their heart and soul to making it a success. Members of the community, students, faculty and staff supported the effort with hundreds of people attending. This year (due to weather) we moved inside to the Fowler Center, and in so doing, found it to be a more intimate and energy filled venue - we may have found a more permanent home. But what was even more remarkable was the ease with which all made the adjustment. It was a beautifully exercised team effort. Our thanks go out to all that contributed in time, talent, and treasure. A special thanks goes out to our Corporate Sponsors ( Citizens Tri-County Bank, Duck River Electric, Woody's Bicycles, SVEC); Raffle contributors (High Pointe, CVS, Smokehouse, Sewanee Inn, Sewanee Golf), and to Facilities Management at the University; Sewanee Athletics for use of the space and managing the event; the Rotaract Club and its leadership, and the American Cancer Society, and its representative for the event, Marlene Delong. The goal of bringing HOPE and HONOR to those impacted by cancer was richly achieved.
Donations are still being received and encouraged. A "Relay Angels” fund has been established; send checks to:
American Cancer Society
ATTN: Sewanee Relay - Angels Team
6221 Shallowford Rd. Ste 102
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Alan Clark of the Franklin County A.M. Rotary Club leads a discussion concerning leadership with the 27 members of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Franklin County Class of 2019. Entitled “The Leadership Initiative,” the ideas presented were developed by Clark and other members of the A.M. Club. The workshop kicks off the Leadership Class each year, and has done so for the past five years.
“We try to make it participative, and learn so much ourselves about leadership from the class discussions,” said Clark. “The new ideas are used to update the presentation each year. “
From research Clark conducted about leadership beginning in 1998, he published The Leadership Initiative two years ago with input from Rotarians Dr. Brad Schapiro, Dr. Garrett Orr, the late Burl Hiles and others. “Leadership is an evolving concept that has an everday affect on our lives,” he added. “We take into consideration several different leadership styles and have participants discuss their own theories of leadership, as well. Hopefully, they come away with a better understanding of the dynamics of leadership and their own philosophy of it. “
Dr. Alan Clark is currently an Affiliate Broker with Lynch-Rigsby Realty and Auction and the editorial writer for the Herald-Chronicle. He is retired from the US Army where he achieved the rank of Colonel and is also retired from Education holding a Doctorate in Education Administration from UTK, and has worked at all levels from Kindergarten through Graduate School, in public and private environments, and in both military and civilian. The Leadership Initiative is available for any organization that desires to understand how to meet the challenges of change in the 21st Century.
Interested organizations may contact Clark on his website alclarkvoice.com, or by calling 931-691-1452. The Franklin County A.M. Rotary meets Thursdays at 7:00 am at SUNRISE The Breakfast Place in Decherd. The public is always invited to attend.
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