Brewer Speaks to Rotary Club
by Bob Augustin Jr.
The April 11, 2008 meeting of the Lawrenceburg Rotary Club was one that no one will ever forget. The meeting began routinely enough with members enjoying their lunch. Since Lawrence County was under a Tornado Watch, several members were monitoring the approaching storm front on their cell phones . Then Rotarian Jack Grinnell received a message that the city of Lawrenceburg was now under a Tornado Warning. Grinnell and Rotary President Bill Phillips immediately left the meeting to report to the Emergency Management Center to assume their duties there. Other Rotarians left to return to their places of business to prepare for a possible storm.
Within minutes of their departure, the power went off in the meeting hall and the city's Tornado Warning sirens began to wail. Pat Hollman filled in for President Phillips and called the meeting to order.
While some Rotarians watched the skies outside the meeting hall and others continued to monitor the storm's progress on their cell phones, Jeff Johnston introduced Lawrenceburg Golf and Country Club President Chase Brewer. Brewer gave a brief, very brief in light of the situation, history of the Lawrenceburg Golf & Country Club. Brewer said in 1954 seventy-three individuals put up $1,000 each to build the golf course and club house as a industrial recruitment tool. At that time, Brewer stated, only a dozen or so folks in Lawrence County could play golf, but the investors proceeded with the venture and, within a couple years, Murray Ohio moved to Lawrenceburg. With the coming of Murray and many other industries, the Golf and Country Club grew and flourished over the next several decades.
While not being the primary reason an industry relocates to a new community, it is as important a factor in attracting industry today as it was fifty years ago. Consequently, Brewer said, the Golf and Country Club was conducting a membership drive to assure its continued existence and provide the people of Lawrenceburg with a first-rate recreational facility and industrial recruitment tool.
Pictured above are: Rotarian Jeff Johnston, Chase Brewer, President of the Lawrenceburg Golf & Country Club and Rotarian Pat Hollman.