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    Buster Brush Community Service Award

Rotary Club of Middlebury
 
A biography of Buster follows this list of recipients.
 
            
                Year                Recipient(s)
 
 
                2019                David Clark
               
                2018                Judy Brown
 
                2017                Beverly Burke,
                                        Kevin Newton,
                                        Kathy Mackey, and
                                        Neil Mackey
 
                2016                Joanne Corbett
 
                2015                Kirk Fiske

                2014                Devin Dwire (MUHS),
                                        Isabelle Moody (Mt. Abe)
                                       Justin Soter (VUHS)

                2013                Friday Night Crew at
                                        Community Suppers
                                        (a program of the
                                        Charter House
                                        Coalition)

                2012                Greg Wry

                2011                Mary Baker

                2010                Bonnie Adkins and
                                        Lee Adkins

                2009

                2008              Addison Central
                                      Teens and
                                       Leonard Barrett

                2007               The American Legion
                                       family of Post #27,
                                       the Auxiliary, and
                                       Sons of the American
                                       Legion

                2006

                2005

                2004

                2003              Maggie Quinn     

                2002              Dick Thodal

                2001              Fletcher Brush,   
                                      Al Stiles, and   
                                      Austin Lambeth

                2000              Richard C. Hubbard
                                      and     
                                      Betty Wheeler
 
 
 
Fletcher Roy "Buster" Brush
 
 
Buster Brush was a valued member of the Rotary Club of Middlebury until his untimely death from a heart attack at age 59 in 2008. Buster exemplified the motto of "service above self."  He served as president of the Club in 1987-1988. 
 
Buster spent decades tirelessly working for myriad community, historical, athletic, youth, and safety causes at the local, county, and state levels.
 
More importantly, he was a mentor to hundreds and a friend to thousands, always ready with open arms and a strong shoulder for those in need.
 
At various times, he served on the boards of National Bank of Middlebury, Middlebury Community House, Middlebury Junior Golf Association, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont, and Addison County Court Diversion. He was a founding board member of the Youth Safety Council of Vermont and the MHS-MUHS Alumni Association. He held the presidencies or chairs of Addison County Chamber of Commerce, the Salisbury Historical Society, the Salisbury Village Cemetery Restoration Project, the Outreach and Function Group with the Vermont Strategic Highway Safety Plan, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation Golf Tournament Committee.
 
Buster worked at Co-operative Insurance Companies from 1980 until his death, holding posts from claims adjuster to customer relations manager to VP of Education and Community Relations. His positions at Co-op allowed him to do more of the work he loved, organizing and overseeing youth driver safety training partnerships, community grants and charitable giving programs, and fundraising efforts for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont.
 
He could often be found at Middlebury's Howard E. Brush Arena, which he helped raise the funds to build. He was an avid MAHA supporter and dedicated assistant coach for the Middlebury Union High School varsity hockey team for 13 years. He also found joy in running his trail in Ripton and playing hockey with friends. And in the wee hours, he'd often be found updating his index of Vermont cemeteries on his Web site, www.underbrush.org. (Buster never met a pun he didn't like.)
 
Buster was awarded the Middlebury College 2007 Citizens’ Medal for outstanding community contributions, the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports-Herb Painter Award, Addison County Chamber of Commerce President’s Award, Make-A-Wish Foundation Appreciation Award, the Middlebury Lions Club's Melvin Jones Fellowship, and countless other recognitions of his work.
 
 
             -adapted from www.brushscholarship.org