Longtime resident receives Good Starts Here Award
Ron Deffenbaugh has been a “good neighbor” in Shawnee since he came to the community more than 60 years ago, according to Mark Hembrey.
Hembrey spoke about Deffenbaugh on Wednesday, May 8, at the Shawnee Tourism Celebration luncheon at Shawnee Town 1929.
Deffenbaugh, who started Deffenbaugh Industries in 1957, was named the recipient of the fifth annual Good Starts Here Award through the Shawnee Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Deffenbaugh has made various contributions to Shawnee’s tourism efforts, said Hembrey, chair of the Shawnee CVB.
“The support this recipient has provided has been bringing visitors to Shawnee for a very long time,” Hembrey said about Deffenbaugh. “Community events have had his company’s name on them as a sponsor for as long as anyone can remember.
“They all actually started the barbecue contest almost 20 some years ago and now it is one of many events that are part of the fabric of our community.”
Due to health reasons, Deffenbaugh couldn’t attend the ceremony. Representatives from CVB, parks and recreation, the city and the chamber of commerce presented Deffenbaugh with his award May 6.
Mark Rosenau and Charlie Wetzler of the Deffenbaugh Association represented Deffenbaugh at the luncheon and accepted the award on his behalf.
The Mill Valley High School Jazz Band performed before the luncheon.
Justin Nichols, Shawnee Chamber of Commerce chairman, gave the welcome and introduction, while Tom Coffman of Deffenbaugh Industries gave the sponsor’s remarks.
Charles Pautler, director of Shawnee Town 1929, gave a presentation about the Shawnee Town 1929 campus.