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Local Tates to Lead Chautauqua Parade
Posted By Janna On September 11, 2013 @ 9:33 am In Headline News | No Comments
Phil and Nancy Tate will lead the parade as grand marshals during the 28th annual Chautauqua to be held on the square in Gallatin on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14-15. The parade will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Phil is a lifelong citizen of Daviess County and has spent most of his years serving the community in one way or another.
Phil was born March 21, 1946, in Gallatin. A graduate of Gallatin High School, he attended Culver Military Academy, a naval school in Culver, Ind. He then received a bachelor of science degree in business and public administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Phil formerly owned and operated Tate Marine on Lake Viking, Tate Oil Company in Gallatin, and served in the United States Army Reserves. He has been a city alderman, ambulance district director and volunteer fire fighter. His past memberships have included the County Health Board, Gallatin R-5 Board of Education, Industrial Development Corporation, and the Gallatin Rotary Club.
Phil was inspired to get things done on a more regional level and served in the state legislature as Democrat representative for Daviess, Gentry, DeKalb, Grundy, Harrison and Mercer counties and part of Sullivan County in the Missouri House of Representatives until 1997.
He served three governors from 1997-2003 as director of business expansion and attraction for the state of Missouri and as president of the Missouri Hawthorn Foundation.
He’s had a little more time to sit back and relax since retiring as director of job creation for the community of Kirksville in February 2012.
“I now have more time to fool around with my hobbies,” he said. “Nancy and I also love to take little road trips where we can see different state capitols and enjoy the history in different states.”
Phil is still involved in the community as an active member of the North West Missouri Roundtable — an organization of professional economic developers from the communities of North West Missouri region who meet monthly on economic development issues and projects.
He also presently serves on the board of the Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri — a 21-member 501 C (3) charitable organization dedicated to the economic revitalization of an 18-county region in Northwest Missouri.
“We feel so fortunate to have lived, raised our son, and been part of this wonderful community,” said Phil. “For me it has been 67 years and for Nancy it has been 44. There can be no higher honor than to be recognized by the people with whom you live and work — side by side — every day. We sincerely thank the Daviess County Arts Council for choosing us to lead the annual Chautauqua parade.”
Nancy was born and raised in Columbia. She graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia in 1965. She graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1969 with a B.S. in elementary education and has graduate hours in elementary education.
Nancy and Phil met at MU and were married in 1969.
They moved to Gallatin and Nancy began teaching at Gallatin Elementary School — now Covel D. Searcy Elementary — in 1969.
She retired in 1998 and substituted in the district for the next 11 years.
Their son Aaron graduated from GHS and then earned a Ph.D. from Cornell University. He currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Nancy is presently a member of Beta Sigma Phi-Laureate Delta Rho chapter; Daviess County Retired Teachers Association; Daviess County representative on Serve Link Home Health Care/Hospice Board in Trenton; Kappa Alpha Theta Facilities Board – Mizzou; GHS Boosters. She is a former member of Daviess County Fine Arts Council; Children’s Mercy Hospital Regional Council; Dockery Park Board; Daviess County Care Center Citizens Advisory Council; and the Gallatin Theater League.
Phil and Nancy follow many local sporting and academic activities in the Gallatin R-5 district and enjoy going to the events.
They are mentors and friends of two young people from Kansas City. The brother and sister are from a family of 10 in the inner city. The undivided attention received at the Tate home gives the children a chance to discuss aspirations and problems while experiencing small town and country life.
“We take in plays, children’s movies, swimming, baseball games,” said Nancy. “And of course we have silent reading time every single day they visit. We try to mix in fun with the cultural activities. The kids love it up here.”
The Tates are active in the United Methodist Church.
“It is our extreme pleasure and honor to be leading the parade,” Nancy said.
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