Rowan is Booster grand marshal
It's hard to argue with the Hudson Boosters' selection of Terry Rowan to be grand marshal of the 2005 Booster Days parade.
In 14 years of volunteering with the local youth sports organization, Rowan has held just about every job it has to offer. He's coached softball, baseball and football teams, served on the baseball committee, coordinated the girls softball traveling program, been the baseball commissioner, and worked as both baseball and football equipment manager for 10 years. He's also helped out with Booster Days and the annual Easter egg hunt, not to mention building baseball dugouts and ball field bleachers.
"If ever there was a need, Terry was one to step up and help out in any way possible," Booster President Troy Timm said in announcing Rowan as the 2005 grand marshal Monday night.
Rowan joined the Boosters in 1991 when his children began participating in its summer softball and baseball programs.
"We pretty much made the Boosters a family affair," he said, noting that his wife, Cindee, and their four children also did their share of volunteer work for the organization. Cindee and the kids ran the concession stand at the North Hudson Elementary School ball fields for five summers.
"I thought it was helpful to teach the kids that you should pay back," Rowan said. "And I think it gave them a certain amount of pride to help out."
The kids - Jessie, 24, Sean, 22, Mandy, 19, and Tara, 17 - have moved on to other places and interests, but Rowan continues to volunteer with the Boosters, although to a lesser degree than in the past.
"Once a Booster, you're always a Booster," said Timm. "Just because he's grand marshal doesn't mean he's out of the club. That's not part of the deal."
Terry and Cindee reside in North Hudson. They both work as analysts for 3M Co. in St. Paul. Tara, who will be a Hudson High School senior next fall, is their last child still in the nest.
Cindee has been in charge of food preparation for the North Hudson Pepper Festival for a number of years and the Rowans were the festival's Good Neighbors several years ago.
"So this is kind of nice - we get to ride in both parades now," Terry said.
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