Franklin Noon Rotary Club members are used to rolling up their sleeves and volunteering in a variety of ways throughout the community.
Recognition is not needed most of the time, since Rotarians live by the motto of “service above self.” The club’s monthly meeting at the Williamson County Enrichment Center Thursday shined a spotlight on its volunteer spirit, however.
Denise Carothers, the director of resource development at the Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee, announced Franklin Noon Rotary will be awarded the Ed Moody Award of Excellence at the club’s upcoming Steak & Burger Dinner in May.
“You have given your time, talent and treasure to us, just like Ed Moody,” she said. “I know he would be very proud that his legacy is living on through you towards the Boys & Girls Club, because he loved the club.”
The award honors the revered Williamson County businessman, Ed Moody, who helped establish the Franklin Boys & Girls Club in 1989. Moody co-founded Moody Tire Co. after World War II with his brother, Tom.
Carothers shared how Franklin Noon Rotary’s involvement has been an invaluable resource to the Boys & Girls Club, especially since Moody’s passing in 2013.
“Fellow Rotarians wanted to continue his work with the Boys & Girls Club,” she said. “They wanted to do something in his memory to keep his legacy going, but at the time, we didn’t know what that was going to be.”
In 2016, Franklin Noon Rotary found the perfect opportunity to partner with the Boys & Girls Club: sponsoring the food and beverages offered at the annual Steak & Burger Dinner fundraiser.
Rotarians are busy every year firing up grills and crafting juicy steaks and burgers for the event.
“Mr. Moody exemplified everything that is good about being a Rotarian,” Franklin Noon Rotary Club President Valerie Clarke said. “It is a great honor to have the Franklin Noon Rotary Club recognized by this award.”
The 31st annual Steak & Burger is set for Thursday, May 14 at Liberty Hall in The Factory at Franklin. For more information, visit https://bgcmt.org/event/steak-burger-dinner/.