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John Beattie is referred to as a “staple” of the Arvada community.
Three days a week, Beattie, 72, can be found picking up and dropping off food from all around the metro area to be used at Community Table, formerly the Arvada Community Food Bank.
“The food bank has a pool of up to 700 volunteers and John consistently gives us more time doing very difficult jobs for us — he literally brings in thousands of pounds of food a week,” said Mark Stratford, director of food programs at Community Table. “He just does it out of joy and not out of recognition. It’s just built in him and he loves to serve his community.”
That love of service is the reason Beattie has been named the 2018 Man of the Year by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce. He will be recognized April 4 during the chamber’s 67th Annual Awards Luncheon.
“It completely surprised me,” Beattie said of receiving the award. “I would never have thought I would qualify. It was really a surprise.”
In addition to the time Beattie puts in at the food bank, he also makes a big contribution to the Boy Scouts of America, having been involved as an adult since 1981, when his sons were participants. He himself was a Boy Scout for 10 years in his youth.
Beattie is currently Scout Master of Troop 600 in Arvada, which is sponsored by the St. Anne’s parish Men’s Club. He also is in charge of organizing regional camping trips for the Scouts and the Scout food drives.
“I feel that being involved in the community and giving back to the community is important,” Beattie said.
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