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Jerry Bey III, Jerome F. Bey, wife Bonita
Jerome Bey, Jr, named Versailles Citizen of the Year

Jerome Bey, Jr. was recently awarded the 2017 Citizen of the Year.  Presenting the award on behalf of the Chamber was the recipient’s son, Jerry Bey III. 

“Thank you for teaching us the importance of having God in our life.  Thank you for teaching us the value of family.  There is no better example than your 46 years of marriage to Mom, who just happens to be a pretty special person herself.” 

“You truly believe that Versailles is the best town on the planet.  From Easter egg hunts to Poultry Days to Memorial Day services you have had a hand in making all of these things successful.  On behalf of your family and your friends, the citizens of Versailles and the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce, I would like to congratulate our 2017 Citizen of the Year, Jerome F. Bey,” concluded Bey III.

Jerome F. Bey, Jr. addressed those in attendance expressing his gratitude to the community of Versailles, his family and attributed his accomplishments as a direct result of the support of his wife of 46 years, Bonita.  Bey expressed his deep love and pride for the community and its residents, He spoke of the importance of volunteering and how it enriched his life. He also challenged everyone to involve themselves with the community to the extent of their time and talent.

Bey, a lifelong resident of Versailles, served four years in the US Navy and has devoted much of his community service through the Versailles American Legion Post #435, having served as Commander, and a present day Trustee.   He is also a member of the Honor Guard, the Memorial Day Master of Ceremonies and Coordinator of the community’s annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Jerome also served ten years on the Poultry Days Committee and still helps annually with the Poultry Days clean-up, was a Cub Scout Den Leader, and an assistant Scoutmaster.   He even served four years on the Versailles Development Association which is now known as the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce--the organization presenting him with the distinction of Citizen of the Year.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Bey assisted the Versailles Life Squad, volunteering set and costume designing for high school musicals, and worked on behalf of the Versailles Alumni Association.

The Beys have six children and their spouses: Jerry and Sundra, A.J. and Cindy, Lisa and Chris Heid, Sandy and Mark Buynak, Benjamin and Emily and Antony who is in the United States Navy, and eighteen grandchildren.

Travis Faber on behalf of Ohio Senator Keith Faber presented Bey with a Proclamation by saying “A man’s success is measured by his family and his family’s success is the result of his example given.”
Prior to the Citizen of the Year presentation reports were given by Aaron Moran as president of the Chamber and as School Superintendent.  Mayor Jeff A. Subler gave a village report the Towne & Country Players were awarded the People, Pride and Progress Award for extraordinary service and dedication to the Greater Versailles Area Community.

The T&CP is a 501c3 non-profit community theater group dedicated to keeping the arts alive and within the grasp of the community.  The group was first formed in 1972 under the name of the Versailles Community Chorus and each year produces multiple performing arts programs.  Since its inception the group has won numerous awards for costume designs and represented the US in Scotland in 1990.

The group is responsible for the summertime entertainment at the fountain square, other venues have been musicals, murder mysteries, comedies, dramas, dinner theater, children’s theater, library lawn presentations, Easter and Christmas cantatas, even Halloween parades and Christmas concerts.
The theater group established the Esther Pitsenbarger scholarship in the mid 90’s and has awarded more than $10,000 in college tuition while immortalizing Esther Pitsenbarger, who was a beloved teacher who knew and utilized the power of music to ignite her student’s development.  The group also implemented a Lifetime Achievement Award again bearing the Pitsenbarger name. 

The award was presented by Chamber secretary Kathy Magoto, who spoke of community endeavors performed beyond the stage.  She praised the member’s enthusiasm and dedication to the community, stating that individually the members volunteer within their churches and throughout the community.  Magoto continued by saying, “An organization is nothing without its members and it’s that individual devotion and dedication that makes Towne & Country Players a living legacy and most worthy of the People, Pride and Progress Award.”

The Towne & Country Players also received a Proclamation from Ohio Senator Keith Faber, presented on his behalf by Travis Faber.

The evening also included the re-election of six board directors to new 2 year terms:  Scott Langston, Fred Poeppelman, Rodd Hale, Leslie Comer, Jackie Briscoe, and Aaron Moran.  Other board directors are: Dan Watren, Mitch Eiting, Brian Wagner, Jerry Bey III, Ron Mescher and Kathy Magoto whose term expires in 2018. 

Jerome F. & Bonita Bey, children and grandchildren
Towne & Country Players:  (LR)  Tammy Collins, Bonnie Phlipot, Keith Rawlins, Angie DeMange,
James Kelch, Ron Asman, Kim Borchers, Therese Pohlman, and Lynn Blakeley


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