Created: Friday, 23 June 2017 16:36
The Bertrand Area Chamber of Commerce would like to announce Renee Davis as the 2017 Bertrand Days Grand Marshal.
The Chamber recognizes Renee for her dedication and service to the community of Bertrand.
Renee has a passion for people and graciously designed landscapes, that have blessed many communities.
Renee has spent countless hours organizing the Bertrand Days Flower Show.
It all began when she took her grandmother Rubie Smith's place in the Garden Club when she passed away. Most of the women were 40 years older than Renee. Lots of wisdom was passed down to her.
The Garden Club always puts on a beautiful flower show at the Fair, so as the years passed Renee became chairman and has worked countless hours organizing the show, carrying it out with many volunteers for people to enjoy as part of the Bertrand Fair festivities.
2017 Celebrates 50 years!!
Renee and Janean McCracken have worked side by side for many years with other volunteers to create numerous beauty spots all over town. Caring for them is a priority.
Renee and Janean landscaped the Bertrand Community School, just a couple of years ago together.
Renee grew up on the farm just northeast of Bertrand, daughter of Merna and the late Darell Smith, where she discovered a love for horticulture through her grandmother Rubie Smith, at an early age. Her grandmother become a great influence in her life.
After graduating from Bertrand 1967, (she will celebrate her 50 year class reunion this weekend at the alumni banquet) she attended college at Kearney State, where she majored in physical education and minored in music and biology.
Renee's favorite college experiences included being a resident assistant, college cheerleader, a member of the Kearney State Marching Band as a Majorette, taking care of the college greenhouse and setting up biology experiments for classes.
Renee also has a passion for officiating high school volleyball dating back to 1970. In 1971 she was paired with Lynne Gillespie of Amherst by college instructor Rosella Meier, and they continue their travels through the area. She loves going to different schools, meeting new friends and renewing old friendships.
Scott Davis and Renee Smith were united in marriage June 20th 1970, at Westmark Evangelical Free Church. The couple lived in Kearney until Renee finished her degree. Scott taught and coached in Amherst and worked at Klone's Sporting Goods.
In 1974 the couple came back to the area to farm and homestead in the country close to where she grew up. The couple raised their family of three sons, Tony-1974, Reggie-1976 and Andrew-1979.
Scott and Renee turned their overgrown acreage into a beautiful oasis throughout their lives on the farm. They created a place for friends and family to gather and enjoy the serenity of the four and a half acres of flowers, trees, bushes, annuals and perennials, that is known as Rainbow Nursery, which was established April 1979, when Andrew was born.
Renee began selling flowers, vegetables and bedding plants she grew.
Renee recalls being asked to landscaping the Bank of Bertrand as her first major landscaping project. The business expanded in a new direction and flourished after the project was complete.
The Davis' share their gorgeous yard with others, allowing them to take beautiful scenic photographs. The Bertrand Senior Classes take photos in the yard every year, along with family and friends pictures.
Renee has utilized her talents in numerous ways throughout the years, substitue teaching in area schools, teaching piano lessons, judging flower shows, decorating for events and has served on boards. She is very energetic and attributes this trait to her mother, Merna, who is 97 and resides at the Bertrand Nursing Home.
She has been very active in her church at Westmark, directing the summer junior choir, presenting programs and musicals for about 40 years. Teaching Christian music with inspirational messages to kids is a passion and is shared with community churches, nursing homes and in our community.
Renee is the President of the Westmark Free Church Women's Ministries, a member of the praise team and plays piano. She also plays for special church services at Williamsburg First United Methodist Church.
There are several memorials throughout the community that are near and dear to her heart. Her family has a special planter in memory of her grandparents Willis and Rubie Smith at the community building she plants annually, knock-out roses planted next to the swimming pool in memory of her dad Darrell Smith; and a berm at the golf course and patio at the school, in memory of Scott and Renee's son Andrew, who also had a passion for landscaping.
Scott and Renee also enjoy spending time with their children Tony and Suzanne Davis and Reggie and Shannon Davis and their children Will and Ben, all of Kearney, taking part in their life events.
The couple's latest project is a new basketball court in the hay mow of their beautiful old barn. The Davis' gave a donation to the BerMis FFA Chapter in Memory of Andrew. A few of the kids and sponsors swept, took up a few old particle boards from the old basketball court their boys used and pulled nails to get it ready for the carpenters. The north wall of the barn is lined with family pictures on blue carpet. A concert in the barn celebrated the completion.
Scott is now a retired territory rep for rain and hail crop insurance and Renee continues operating Rainbow Nursery and together the couple will continue to beautify the farm together.
Renee commented, "I'm so proud of our community and it's so important for everyone to do their part!!"
"We feel very blessed to live in the Bertrand Community!"
Renee will be honored Sunday during the annual awards ceremony in the park and will travel down main during the parade on Tuesday afternoon.