ROCHELLE — Steve Tobler dedicated many years of service to the Kings School community so it is fitting that they respond in kind, dedicating a school scholarship in his honor.
On Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 12 p.m., the community is invited to participate in the first ever Steve Tobler Scholarship Golf Outing at Fairways Golf Course in Rochelle.
In Tobler’s memory, Kings School is establishing the scholarship to a Kings School student who will be graduating from Rochelle Township High School.
The event will be a shotgun start, scramble format and includes a round of golf with a cart and an evening meal prepared by the chefs of Salt 251.
Belinda Luxton came up with the idea and along with the school’s staff and friends of the Toblers, the idea took off. Luxton is a former Kings School teacher, recently retired from the small one-hallway school.
“I wanted to do something significant to recognize the many facets of Steve’s service and dedication to Kings School,” Luxton said. “A scholarship bearing his name seemed the right way to go. I may have had the idea but we (staff) are working as a team to get this project going. Everyone brings their own particular insights and giftedness to the table of ideas.”
Tobler was a student, a parent of four sons, and a grandparent to a granddaughter who all graduated from Kings School. They also graduated from RTHS with the exception of his granddaughter who is a sophomore.
“Steve was born and raised, lived and farmed his whole life in the Rochelle and Kings area,” said Pam Tobler, speaking about her late husband. “Steve loved and cared so much about the community and Kings School that he served on the school board for 12 years and was a founding member of the Kings School Foundation.”
Luxton said when she thought of other play days that have raised money, particularly the Chana Play Day, it seemed only natural to have one to benefit the Kings community.
For those who might not choose to play, but still would like to participate in the fun and have a meal, Luxton said the cost of $25 covers the choice of steak or chicken, roasted potatoes, medley veggies, and a lettuce salad.
The play day will also feature awards for golfing skills and include fun games throughout the day. The outing is limited to 72 golfers. Pros and novices alike are welcome to attend. Reservations are needed by July 15 and will be taken at the Pro Shop at Fairways Golf Course or to Kings School, 100 First Street. For more information, contact Luxton at 815-739-8122.
“Our family is so thankful to the Kings School staff for thinking so much of Steve that they would sponsor a scholarship in his memory. Steve loved helping people, so he would be honored to be helping high school students continue their education. The golf outing (or as Steve would call it ‘cow pasture pool’) will be a fun way to raise money for this scholarship that will benefit students for years to come,” added Pam.