Norm Braksick Receives MI Rotary Award

Norm Braksick Receives MI Rotary Award

Norm Braksick, shown in this photo from 2004, worked for 30 years at The Upjohn Co. and was president of the Asgrow Seed Co. before retiring in 1997. In late 1998, he agreed to help form the Foods Resource Bank, a nonprofit international organization involving faith, agriculture and world hunger.

The Portage Rotary Club honored retired corporate executive and ongoing volunteer services leader Norman Braksick with its 22nd Annual Community Service Award last Wednesday.

The award recognizes many years of volunteer work that Braksick has provided to benefit the Portage community and other communities worldwide, the club's leadership says. 

“Norm is one of those behind-the-scenes type of leaders that leverages his motivational skills to get things done,” Rotarian Joe Yantis* said in nominating Braksick for the accolade. “Norm is the go-to guy to get it done.” Rotary member Shirley Johnson* agreed, noting, “Norm can be gentle while at the same time very convincing and influential. He has such a great combination of personality traits that it is no wonder he can make things happen. He’s just an all-around great guy.”

Braksick worked for 30 years in the animal health industry as an employee of The Upjohn Co. He was vice president of that Portage-based company’s North American Animal Health Operations, and was president of the Asgrow Seed Co. He retired in January of 1997. But in late 1998, he agreed to help form an organization involving faith, agriculture and world hunger. According to information provided by Portage Rotary, he served on the board of directors of the Foods Resource Bank in 1999 and from 2000 until 2005 volunteered as its executive director.

As the Foods Resource Bank’s volunteer executive director, he helped establish it in the United States and he continues to help it establish new growing projects in southern Michigan and northern Indiana.

Braksick was honored at the Portage Rotary Club’s regular weekly meeting on Wednesday April 10 at the Portage Senior Center, 320 Library Lane in Portage. As recipient of the award, Braksick is allowed to choose a nonprofit organization to receive a $500 cash donation in his name. According to the club, he plans to split the money between the Portage Community Center and the Foods Resource Bank.

“Rotary’s motto is ‘Service Above Self’ and it seeks to encourage and recognize individuals who give unselfishly to the community without expectations of personal gain,” Portage Rotary President Elizabeth Campbell said in a press release. "It is obvious that Mr. Braksick exemplifies that philosophy. We are proud to honor him.”

Braksick was raised on a farm in Missouri and earned a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry from the University of Missouri before working in corporate America, retiring and applying his extensive agricultural background to provided services for the FRB.

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