Martin: Teamwork key to success – NASCAR driver featured speaker at Rotary banquet

June 28, 2017

When it comes to serving the public, Mark Martin and the Rotary Club have something in common: They accomplish their goals through teamwork.

Martin was the featured speaker at the Rotary Club of Batesville’s Officer Inductions and Awards Banquet, which saw approximately 80 members and guests come to Josie’s on Monday night. It marked the end of the year for the club, when outgoing officers exit and new ones enter.

Martin was introduced by outgoing president Amanda Dickey, who spent a few minutes giving a detailed account of his career that encompassed five decades, 1970s-2010s, and saw him win many of the sport’s top honors.

Dickey also said that she had begun attending Rotary meetings to spend time with her father, which is not unusual for many Rotarians today. The Batesville Club was founded in 1940, so it encompasses a few different generations.

“What an amazing introduction; I forgot a lot of that stuff,” Martin said after he took the microphone. “I really can’t believe I did all that. The introduction sounded awesome to me.”

Martin and Batesville go way back. The city is synonymous with the racer as he is Batesville’s most famous living resident.

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