The Fredericktown Rotary Club has recognized Abu Chowdhury for his outstanding contribution to the Rotary Club. This year Abu sold 240 tickets to the Rotary Azalea Breakfast. That accounted for almost half of all the tickets sold by Rotary members.
Abu is a native of Bangladesh. He came to the United States in 1963 at the age of twenty as a student to attend at Oklahoma State University and graduated in 1965. Abu also attended Kansas State University and graduated with a second degree in 1969. He returned to Bangladesh to marry Adiba in 1972 and they moved to the United States to begin their lives together. Abu and Adiba are blessed with two children, a daughter Nadia was born in St. Louis and a son Adnan, born in Chicago. Both children graduated from college and are pursuing successful careers.
Abu worked for the Mobil Oil Corporation for twenty years in the Marketing Division winning multiple outstanding awards and recognition for sales and service. After retirement, he ventured out into the business world to try the American Dream. He became a Franchisee of Amoco Oil Company and British Petroleum in Rockford, Illinois for six years. In 2003 Abu and Adiba purchased the Madison Inn and made Fredericktown their home.
Jimmy Thal introduced Abu to the Rotary Club in late 2003. Abu served as the President of the Fredericktown Rotary Club in 2009-2010.
Abu is thankful for the recognition of his fellow Rotarians and is very appreciative of all the Fredericktown residents that bought ticket to the Rotary Breakfast. His outstanding effort in selling breakfast tickets will help Rotary fund more scholarships for high school students in the future. This year the Fredericktown Rotary Club awarded two $1,500 scholarships to Erin Bowing and Stephanie Lawrence. The 2013 winner was Jake Hinkle. The Fredericktown Rotary Club also created Rotary Park and made substantial improvements over the past 10 years.