Go Team Overbrook: Town celebrates by showing team loyalty

Overbrook’s new library was aglow with community spirit Saturday night, as the Rotary Club hosted the first public event in the library since its opening on Jan. 6.

 

It wasn’t the official grand opening of Overbrook’s new library, but it was a celebration of the community spirit that helped build the library. Saturday night, the Overbrook Rotary Club hosted Community Spirit Night, which was deemed a “big success” by Overbrook’s mayor, Don Schultz.

About 100 people showed up in their team colors to enjoy tailgating food served by the Rotary Club, take part in a silent auction, and listen to a performance by the Santa Fe Trail High School Jazz Band. All funds raised during this first community event held in the library’s community room will go toward landscaping around the library.

Also during the celebration, the mayor, on behalf of the city of Overbook, presented a plaque to a reporter Rick Montgomery, who accepted another plaque for photojournalist Rich Sugg. The two included Overbrook in a feature project about the future of small towns, published last fall in the Kansas City Star and kansascity.com.

Overbrook Rotary Club President Levi Davis also presented two special awards during the evening acknowledging the community service of retiring police chief Ed Harmison and Marni Penrod, president of the Overbrook Library board. The two were awarded Rotary Club’s award that recognizes those who advocate goals of world peace and international understanding, the Paul Harris Fellowship.

Harmison’s years of service as the town’s police chief and Penrod’s involvement in ensuring the library was built were noted as examples of the Rotary Foundation’s goals.

“You have set examples for many by your contributions to your community,” Davis told the two honorees. “Your personal involvement makes your community a better place in which to live.”

The Paul Harris Fellowship awards were sponsored by the Overbrook Rotary Club, which contributed to the Rotary Foundation on Harmison’s and Penrod’s behalf, with the contributions going to those in need around the world.

“It can buy cows to supply milk to an entire village or supply sewing machines to widows so they can become self sufficient,” Davis said of the Rotary Foundation contributions.

Also during the evening, the winner of the Rotary Club’s Valentine Weekend trip to Branson, Mo., was selected. Susan Seay’s name was drawn as the lucky winner.

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Overbrook Rotary Club President Levi Davis, right, presents Paul Harris Fellowships to former Overbrook Police Chief Ed Harmison, left, and Overbrook Library Board President Marni Penrod.

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Overbrook Mayor Don Schultz presents a plaque to Rick Montgomery, of the Kansas City Star, in recognition of Montgomery’s recent writings about Overbrook.

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