Club member Dennie Pendergrass talks to the Club
The Fernandina Beach Rotary Club recently enjoyed a presentation by member Dennie Pendergrass. Pendergrass shared his background with the club, including his 10-year stint in the Army as a lieutenant and engineer in such conflicts as the Vietnam War. After his military career, he spent 30 years as the chief of operations for the city of Columbia, MO. He said while city management might have been his vocation, his avocation since youth had always been football -- playing the game, coaching it and officiating games. He began officiating high school football while stationed in Germany in 1974 and continued for 28 years, including at the Division II college level. He had stopped officiating in 2002, but since moving to the area has had time to get back to his love of football by working with the Jacksonville officiating circuit on evaluating crews of local officials. Pendergrass said it was his way of getting his "Friday Night" fix while supporting youth athletic programs.