Ninth Annual Bedford Rotary Club “Toast” – Bob Bridge

(BEDFORD) – The Ninth Annual Bedford Rotary Club will toast Bob B. Bridge on Sunday, January 26th at 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Christian Life Center at 1515 19th Street.

Bob Bridge

Scott Callahan will be the Master of Ceremonies of the toast.

Callahan got to know Bob Bridge in 1979. Callahan played basketball, football and baseball and Bridge was the sports editor at the Times-Mail.

Audio: Scott Callahan’s comments on Bob Bridge

“I could not think of a better guy to be an honored guest. He is a great guy who I have known for a long time,” Callahan stated.

Bob B. Bridge is a strong supporter of Bedford, has received numerous awards and is a Hall of Fame inductee. 

Some of the speakers invited to toast Bob are Dr. Dennis Turner, Hope Flores, Dr. Jim Sowders, Missy Adams, John Flinn, Chris May, Mike Short, Sean Duncan and others.

Bob Bridge covered sports for over thirty years for the Times Mail newspaper, covered both city and county government and is an award-winning columnist.

Bob Bridge was the original host of WBIW’s Talk of the Town.

Missy Adams, who is a very dear friend of Bob and also worked at the Times Mail, will have many stories to share.

Those attending will have great time honoring a man who loves Bedford and goes out of his way to support the youth of the county.

The toast helps fund scholarships for area high school students which now has now moved to an endowment.

“If the Rotary would no longer exist, this scholarship would continue on,” says Ray Housel, who is a foundation director. “We always honor students. We have been successful in the past and is one of the many reasons why we host this event. In the past, there has been enough money raised to fund the Endowment,” Housel Continued.

The toast is in its ninth year. Some of those previously honored include:

  • Mayor John Williams
  • Pete Pritchett
  • Dr. Medhat Girgis
  • Lt. Becky Skillman
  • Steve Warren
  • Dr. Jim Sowders
  • Senator Brent Steele

If you are interested in attending the toast tickets are available at Copy Trolley, Travel One, Bedford Chamber of Commerce, Scott Callahan’s Office, and from any Rotary Club member. The cost is $20 each, or 8 tickets for $150.

The Bedford Rotary Club has celebrated more than 100 years of Service 2019.

The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service in personal, business, and community life. Members are also encouraged to have high ethical standards in business and professions. Rotary also encourages the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons in the ideal of service.

The International Rotary helped to eradicate Polio worldwide with over 385,000 cases in 1985. Last year, there were only 100 cases reported in the world. This continues to be projected for the club.

Bedford Rotary Service Projects:

  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library
  • I Like Me Books
  • Community Reading Projects
  • Bedford North Lawrence High School Projects
  • Christmas Bell Ringing Campaign
  • RYLA Student Leadership Retreat
  • Teachers Warehouse Bloomington

International :

  • Rotary International Youth Exchange- Inbound or  Outbound Students
  • Polio Eradication
  • Clean Water

The Bedford Rotary is always looking for new members you can go to their Facebook page and find out how to become a member.