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Beretta Chief to Keynote
Club Banquet Oct. 25
Susan Phelps, strategic sourcing and purchasing director at the new Beretta plant in Gallatin, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Gallatin Lions Club Banquet.
The annual banquet, the highlight of the club’s year, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Gallatin Country Club.
In addition to the delicious meal and Susan’s talk, awards will honor certain club members for their outstanding contribution to its activities and goals in 2015. The coveted Lion of the Year award is among the plaques.
Susan holds a bachelor of science degree in Metallurgical Engineering and was pursuing an MBA degree at the time that she started her family. She has held positions at Westinghouse Electric, General Dynamics and Goodrich Aircraft prior to joining Beretta.
The Beretta company was active in Gardone Valtrompia, Italy in the 1400s and has now been passed down through 15 generations of the Beretta family. It opened a plant in Gallatin thus summer.
Susan’s involved in numerous professional organizations.
Susan and her husband Bill have two sons away in college. In addition, she has a step-son in the Air Force and a step-daughter in college.
5th Annual Ride Has International Flavor
The 5th annual Gallatin Lions Club Gran Fondo had a distinctively international taste this year.
Among the 110 bikers who lined up at the starting line on the Square on Sept. 17 were two entrants from India.
Despite the overcast skies at 8 a.m. and a periotic drizzle throughout the morning, most of the bikers completed the ride well before noon. However there were some exceptions.
Lion members trailing the riders had to pick up one couple who just couldn’t finish the 31-mile course. Lions Doug Moore, Jeff Bond and Eric Cantrell, along with David Hardin, owner of Biker’s Choice and a co-sponsor with the club, were kept busy fixing flat tires and airing up others.
Eric called in at 1:50 p.m. to say he had to guide the two bikers from India back to the Square. The riders kept getting lost, Eric said. In all, Eric was on the course for six hours.
Lion Austin Jackson picked up some riders who just couldn’t make it up Scotty Parker Road and he hauled refreshments to the first rest stop. Then went on to the second rest stop to help other Lions dismantle their setup after the riders had passed.
It’s worth noting that Pat Whitley stepped in for her injured husband, Lion Ray Whitley, and manned the first rest stop. Ray was tossed from a horse and injured just a few days before the ride.
Their son, Lion Keith Whitley, is the club’s chairman of the annual Gran Fondo. Hardin is co-chairman.
Lion Allen Parks just couldn’t sleep the night before the ride. “So I was up on South Tunnel Road at 4:30 a.m. in the pitch black dark remarking some direction arrows.
“As daylight dawned,” Allen continued, “I found more and more directional arrows had to be replaced. The arrows were yellow, green and orange, indicating turns for each of the three courses.” Riders were offered a choice - 25K, 50K or 100K tours.
The tours took riders up to some of the highest peaks and along the most winding, crooked roads in Sumner County. “All the color was washed off of them by the overnight rain which rendered them useless.” In a display of club commitment and support, Allen continued, “Doug Moore and I took off just after daylight and put up new arrows at several turns.”