The Brattleboro Rotary Club bestowed the first annual "Norm Kuebler Four-Way Test Award" upon Brown and Roberts hardware store at the club's weekly meeting on October 27, 2011. 
 
The award honors the late Norm Kuebler, who was a past president of the club, a local businessman, and a longtime community volunteer. Kuebler died unexpectedly at the age of 63 in April 2010.

Kuebler was a strong proponent of Rotary International's code of ethics, called the "Four-Way Test," which asks, "Of the things we think, say, or do: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?"

In this spirit, the Brattleboro Rotary Club each year will recognize a local business that best exemplifies these values. 

Brown and Roberts "is a business right on Main Street that has been at the center of our community for many years," said Rotarian Cindy Jerome, as she presented the award to Paul Putnam, who was in attendance to represent the hardware store. "They have done well by doing good. Brown and Roberts is run by our neighbors, for our neighbors."

The Putnam family, starting with Bernard and Albena, has run Brown and Roberts since 1970. The store has been in its present location, the former Montgomery Ward building, since 1975.

Founded in 1950, the Brattleboro Rotary Club is an active community service club of about 80 members who meet every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. at the VFW Post on Black Mountain Road in Brattleboro.
 
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