The Montpelier Rotary celebrated the club’s oldest member at its regular meeting on Monday. Denver Lee has been a member of the Montpelier Rotary Club since 1974 and has maintained a record of perfect attendance throughout his time in the club. Denver is 94 years young, was a graduate of Montpelier High School and served as President of the Club in 1990-1991.
Denver was honored with speeches, memories and mementos from members of the Club and guests. Commander Kevin Motter of the American Legion praised Denver’s Army service in the South Pacific during World War II. Denver was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service. Commander Motter also presented Denver with an American Flag on behalf of U.S. Representative Bob Latta. The flag was flown over the U.S. Capitol in Denver’s honor.
Jim Lee, Denver’s nephew related his memories of family get-togethers and Jim’s first job as a plumber’s assistant working with Denver. Jeff Dick recounted Denver’s many years as a volunteer and advisor for the local Superior Farmers 4-H Club. Jeff also noted that Denver was one of the original organizers of the annual 4-H chicken barbeque fundraiser.
Finally, Denver was presented with a proclamation by Montpelier Mayor Steve Yagelski. Mayor Yagelski noted Denver’s consistent position as a role model for young people in the community. According to the Mayor: “Our town doesn’t exist because of elected officials alone – it exists because of individuals like Denver and groups like the Rotary Club who volunteer their time.” Also in attendance were Denver’s children: Roger Lee and Pat Hofbauer and her husband Bob Hofbauer.