TTU’S Bagley named co-Rotarian of the YearC. Pat Bagley, Tennessee Tech University dean of the College of Agricultural and Human Sciences, has been named co-Rotarian of the Year by the Cookeville Rotary Club.
Also named to the honor is Brad Davis, a financial advisor with Edward Jones in Cookeville.
The awards were announced at the recent Rotary Gala held at the Leslie Town Centre. The awards, presented annually by the 145-member Cookeville Rotary Club, are given to one or two Rotarians who have gone above and beyond expectations.
During the 2009-10 year, Bagley served on the board of directors for the Cookeville Rotary Club for International Service.
In citing Bagley for this award, Cookeville Rotary Club President Vince Taylor described Bagley’s involvement in three projects in the area of international affairs.
In January with a group of 21 students and faculty members from TTU, Bagley toured a boys’ orphanage in Puebla, Mexico. A carton of 160 boxes of goat’s milk soap was purchased and resold to club members to raise more than $700 in support the orphans in Mexico. Bagley also provided leadership for a Group Study Exchange Rotary group from Pakistan, which visited Cookeville in April. Bagley’s third activity involved an international grant to provide adults in Bolivia books and teachers to promote adult literacy. For this activity, the Cookeville Rotary Club received its first matching grant from Rotary International, with a total of $30,000 being raised to support this project.
Brad Davis, in being cited as co-Rotarian of the year, provided leadership to initiate the first Rotary Club Soccer Tournament attended by 50 soccer teams, some as far away as Memphis. This first tournament was a huge success, bringing many overnight visitors into Cookeville for the weekend. Davis anticipates the tournament expanding to twice per year, with both a fall and spring tournament being hosted for next year.