Dorothy Hahn - Volunteer Extraordinaire

At the age of 92 years young, Dorothy Hahn just keeps on a keepin’ on.

 She will be serving buns and barbequed beef again at Townsend’s Rodeo Barbeque picnic during and following the annual rodeo parade, Sunday, August 6, at Memorial Park across the street from the county courthouse.

This marks the 54th consecutive year for the Rodeo Barbeque, which until three years ago was always put on by the Broadwater County CattleWomen.  Now it’s sponsored by the Broadwater Health Center Auxiliary.

Dorothy is a longtime member of both the CattleWomen and the BHC Auxiliary.  She explains why the Rodeo Barbeque was passed onto the Auxiliary: the CattleWomen just got too old.

                “I loved the idea of everyone getting together at the Rodeo Barbeque but there were so many older people in the group, they had to give it up,” she said.

                Like the Rodeo Barbeque, Miss Dorothy is an institution in Broadwater County.  Known for her award-winning pies, she has been involved in this community since she met her future husband Paul while visiting her aunt here in 1943.  They married in 1944 and raised three children on a ranch that is now under the water of Canyon Ferry Lake, down Hahn Road on the way to Winston.

                “We had 1,100 head of sheep, 150 cows and whatever else walked on two or four legs.  The life was lots of hard work, but very rewarding,” she remembers.

                Mrs. Hahn is no stranger to hard work.  A middle child of seven raised in Packwood, Iowa, near Ottumwa, she graduated valedictorian of her high school class, but since it was during the depression, she could not afford to go onto further schooling.  While in high school she sold newspapers after school hours, then when she graduated she went to work in a grocery store. She clerked, cut meat, priced goods and sometimes ran the store by herself when the boss went for supplies.  She worked from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. for eight dollars a week.

                Dorothy’s sense of community is keen.  She understands how important being involved is to keeping a community alive.  She has served at the Methodist church, Townsend Food Bank, the hospital Auxiliary.  She called bingo at the nursing home where she volunteered for 34 years. She proved herself to be a fearless comic actress in variety shows staged by the Townsend Rotary Club.  As a fanatic follower of Broadwater High School sports activities, she attends all games and supports the teams as she can.  Her favorite charities include Florence Crittenton Home, Intermountain Children’s Home, God’s Love and St. Jude Hospital.

                Sponsors of this year’s Rodeo Barbeque are Bruce Seed, Graymont, Inc., Northwestern Energy, Broadwater Realty, Williams Plumbing and Watson Irrigation.  The Broadwater CattleWomen supply the custom-built grill for master barbequers Keith Kirscher, Vic Sample and Larry Woodring.   Townsend volunteer firemen will help on the serving line again this year.  And as usual, the Auxiliary will rely on Townsend Rotary Club members for setting up and putting away picnic tables and chairs and other chores that need doing.

The lunch begins at 11 a.m. and goes through the parade time, ending at 2 p.m.  Meal price is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.  All proceeds go to benefit Broadwater Health Center’s nursing home.