Sault's 'Cronies' to be honoured at annual dinnerTuesday, September 24, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
Annual John R. Rhodes Scholarship Dinner to honour local leaders
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON - September 24, 2013): The 2013 Algoma University John R. Rhodes Scholarship Dinner, sponsored by Northern Credit Union, will take place on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at the Comfort Suites and Conference Centre at 6 p.m.
This year's dinner will honour Jo-Anne Brooks, (the late) Ted Brooks, Damon Godfrey, Jim McAuley, Don Mitchell, Wayne Prouse, and (the late) John Rowswell, a group of local business and community leaders who were affectionately dubbed, and continue to refer to themselves as "The Cronies."
This group has been meeting over lunch for the past 28 years, every Wednesday and Saturday, to discuss issues which directly affect the Sault and area community.
Originally beginning in 1985, the group started meeting to exchange business information and ideas, but after the downturn in employment at Algoma Steel in 1992, discussions became on how to revitalize the city and help the community regrow.
The group became involved in initiatives to help our post-secondary institutions, our health-care providers, and business community.
They have also assisted various social and cultural initiatives both financially and through volunteerism, and have supported various political campaigns throughout the last 20 years, with the idea that they would support the person/party who would best help regrow the city.
"'The Cronies' are a group of individuals who are very committed to the health and prosperity of our community.
They have a real passion for seeing Sault Ste. Marie succeed and grow, not only in the short term but for generations to come.
They are all very humble people who care more about making our community a great place to live, work, and play and prefer not to be recognized for their efforts," said Les Dunbar, chair of the John R. Rhodes Scholarship Dinner Planning Committee. "This dinner is a great opportunity for all of us to thank them for their contributions to our community and to show our appreciation for their efforts."
The John R. Rhodes Scholarship was established in 1979 thanks to generous contributions from friends and family of the late John Rhodes.
The prestigious scholarship, valued at $3,000, is offered to a local high school graduate who best embodies the integrity, leadership, and commitment to community service demonstrated by Rhodes throughout his life as a broadcaster, community member, and politician.
The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years providing the recipient maintains a minimum average of 80.0 percent each academic year.
Tickets for the John R. Rhodes Scholarship Dinner are $125 per person and are available by contacting Bev Teller, CFRE alumni & development officer, at 705-949-2301, ext. 4125, or by e-mail.
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