You thought Robert C. Wrenn had done it all. The 51-year Greensville County Circuit Court Clerk has been featured in USA Today, three national magazines and the Washington Post.
What has the navy veteran not done? It turns out Wrenn has never been the grand marshal for the Virginia Peanut Festival Parade. He can prepare to check that mark off his to-do list. When the 57th annual Virginia Peanut Festival Parade gets underway at 11 a.m. on Sept. 28, Wrenn will be seated as the grand marshal.
“It’s a real honor,” Wrenn said. “I was surprised to be asked.”
Wrenn retired as Clerk of Court in March, but he remains active in the community. In November he will head the Rise Against Hunger campaign at the Meherrin Ruritan Club packaging meals for those in need throughout the world. Speaking of the Meherrin Ruritans, Wrenn is a past National Ruritan president. During his year as the national leader, Ruritan National had its most substantial membership increase in 44 years.
Wrenn is also active as a member of the Emporia Rotary Club. He has served as district governor and president of the local chapter of Rotary. His service to the community can be summed up in the Rotary International “Service Above Self” motto. It has not gone unnoticed.
His accolades include the Lifetime Achievement Award and Volunteer of the Year Award from the Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce, as well as its Citizenship Award. The Daughters of the American Revolution bestowed its Excellence in Community Service Award upon Wrenn. He was recognized by the Woodmen of the World with the Outstanding Citizen Award and earned the Unsung Virginian Award from the Virginia, Maryland, Delaware Association of Electric Coops. The list of awards and recognitions Wrenn has received are countless.
Through it all, Wrenn still has the time to fulfill his passion for riding his bicycle.
He hops on his bicycle every day weather permitting, or sometimes despite weather that may not be so permitting. Every year on his birthday, Wrenn rides his bike 100 miles. His passion for riding his bicycle was part of the reason he organized the “Great Peanut Tour” bicycle ride 33 times. The event was in conjunction with celebrating the Virginia Peanut. It was held the weekend following Labor Day and attracted as many as 1,625 riders from 26 states.
If Wrenn isn’t on a bicycle or spending time with his wife of 67 years, Ann, you might find the community icon hang gliding, hiking the Appalachian Trail, kayaking or serving others through his service as a member of the Main Street United Methodist Church. In fact, he joined a team on a mission trip to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Wrenn has certainly just about done it all.
He was an Eagle Scout earning 54 merit badges and spent 37 years in scouting. He was also appointed to the Community College State Board by three governors. He was twice elected to chair the board and also served on national boards. What else can Wrenn do?
On Sept. 28 Wrenn will add another feature to his mission accomplished list — grand marshal of the Virginia Peanut Festival Parade.