Rotary golf event dedicated as Charles Robinson Memorial

By Thomas Wilson
star staff

  A local civic club's golf tournament fundraiser benefiting college-bound students will bear the name of the late publisher of the Elizabethton Star.
  The Elizabethton Rotary Club announced their annual golf event to fund college scholarships would be dedicated as the Charles Robinson Memorial Golf Tournament this year. Rotary president Carmella Price made the announcement at Wednesday's club meeting.
  "This is just our way of paying tribute to a fellow Rotarian," said Rotary member Mike Hardin. "I think it is a great tribute to a good friend, an avid golfer and a great Rotarian."
  Price and Hardin honored Robinson's parents, Frank and Ann; his sister, Carol Goodwin, and his wife, Angie Robinson, who attended the luncheon.
  Robinson died July 7 only hours after suffering an apparent heart attack while jogging. He had been publisher of the Elizabethton Star since 1980. He was a longtime member of the Rotary Club and disseminated the "Betsy Buzzer" to club members at each meeting detailing Rotary news and membership information.
  The tournament has been held since the mid-1980s to fund a four-year scholarship for one student each year. The scholarship fund presently supports four students at East Tennessee State University. The club raises funds while the university board selects recipients and administers the scholarship.
  "In the past four years we have raised an average of $6,000 for our scholarship," said Hardin. He said the club hoped to establish additional scholarships with other higher learning institutions in the future.
  The first annual Charles Robinson Memorial will be held Sept. 15 at noon at the Elizabethton Municipal Golf Course. The tournament will join teams of four players with door prizes awarded. An entry fee of $100 includes lunch, green and cart fees. All proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club scholarship fund.