Phyllis Rauchle new director of Main Street
Posted: Friday, July 30, 2010 9:56 pm
By: Donna Ryder, Associate Editor
By DONNA RYDER
Main Street-Union City has named a new executive director.
It was made known today that Phyllis Rauchle of Union City will become just the third person named to that position since the organization was formed in 1991. She will begin work on Sept. 1.
When long-time executive director Glenda Chrisp announced in June that she was stepping down after CornFest activities in September, the board began looking for a replacement.
Past president Lindsay Frilling, who served on the selection committee, said they met several hours before accepting résumés for the position and then spent many more hours reviewing the 15 which were received.
The applications, which came from Obion and Weakley counties, were nar-rowed to four, with those candidates being interviewed.
Mrs. Frilling said the committee was looking for a well-rounded person and she personally was impressed with Mrs. Rauchle’s stable work history and her “extraordinary volunteer work.”
Mrs. Rauchle has worked in administrative and bookkeeping positions since 1976, first for the Dental Center in Union City, where Drs. Jerry Sullivan, Travis Shumate, Franklin Clark and Ed Reese practiced; then with Dr. Shumate and presently for Dr. Carlos Rodriguez.
She’s very active in the community, having served on several commissions and boards, including Union City City Beautiful Commission, as president of Poplar Meadows Country Club, as vice chairman of Union City Parks and Recreation Board, as secretary of Union City Junior and Senior Babe Ruth Baseball Leagues and as executive officer in charge of publicity for Community Concert Association of Union City/Obion County.
In 1995, she coordinated a trip for 200 people to Atlantic City, N.J., and acted as news correspondent for radio station WENK/1240 when Ali Shumate represented Tennessee at the Miss America pageant. She has been a hostess for the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant since 2000. She has produced the Obion County Fair youth musical since 2001 and served as an associate member on the Obion County Fair Board from 2003-08.
She is a member of First Baptist Church in Union City, where she serves on numerous committees and is active in music programs.
In 1983, she was named Outstanding Young Woman of the Year.
“I’m humbled by the support,” Mrs. Rauchle said, adding when the announcement was made that Main Street would be looking for a new director several people called her asking her to apply.
“I was raised in Union City and so was my husband (Mike Rauchle). We have a huge investment in this city,” she said.
“Mike has been so supportive of me in every civic, county and community board I’ve served on. We’ve served on several together.
“All of these years, everything I’ve done was volunteer. So, I started thinking about it. I can give back to the community a small portion of what it has given to me. I love Union City and I love what Main Street has done and I want to try to continue that,” she said.
Mrs. Chrisp said she is pleased and excited to welcome Mrs. Rauchle to Main Street and she looks forward to working with her. “I think she will do an excellent job and I feel comfortable leaving my post with her.”
Mrs. Chrisp will remain with Main Street through the end of September after CornFest activities have been completed. She will also be the instructor for Adult Leadership of Obion County for one more year, when Mrs. Rauchle will have to participate as a class member. Mrs. Rauchle will then take over that responsibility the following year.
Phyllis Rogers, who is serving her second stint on the Main Street board and who was also on the selection committee, took over as president on June 1. She said she has known Mrs. Rauchle for a number of years.
“This is an exciting time for us. We hate to see Glenda go, but we feel very good about our choice.”
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 7.30.10