Rotary Club of Geneseo, Illinois

Member Spotlight: Barry Snodgrass

 
 
Name: Barry Snodgrass

Rotary member since: 1991

Your occupation: Owner of Becker & Becker Plumbing, Heating and Cooling

Your former occupation(s): Snodgrass Asphalt

Tell us about your family: Wife Lorrie married 40 years this year, 2 daughters Hilary and Ashley. Hilary is manager at Sherwin Williams Commercial Div. in Bettendorf.

Ashley is an Architect in Thousand Oaks Cal. By LA. Hilary married and has one daughter 6 months. Ashley is not married.

What’s an interesting fact about your business most people don’t know? How regulated our plumbing industry is. The laws governing plumbing are very restricting on how work is done. Most things seem easy to people but it is not or they would do themselves. Big box stores, u-tube, and the Internet have affected our business. Hard to find young workers that want to do work like this. Regulations make doing things new more expensive and harder.

When you’re not working, how do you like to do to spend your time? Hunting and fishing, going to our place in Green Valley, Arizona. Spending time going to Canada to fish with the lads. Spending time with my family our horsing around.

Tell us about your dream vacation. Going back to Zimbabwe, Botswana, or Namibia to hunt lion with no dogs. Taking my family over to Africa to see before it is gone. Africa is changing very fast already.

The old Africa is gone from my first trip.

Why did you join Rotary? Seemed like a great thing to do when you want to be part of the community. Liked how they were local and international in their projects. It was something to be part of that you could be proud of.

What has been your favorite Rotary moment? Getting my Rotary Merit Award. That was a big honor and having 7 exchange students stay with our family. What a fine experience to have them and you go through. You learn so much and makes you and them a better person. Rotary has expanded my view of people, cultures and the world.

What advice would you like to give new Rotarians? Get involved and have fun with it. We don’t want people to be fuddy duddies in our club. Grow with the club and make the club grow.

If you could change one thing about your club, what would it be? Make it more social, perhaps smaller projects for building fellowship.