2016 VERSAILLES POULTRY DAYS
HONORARY PARADE MARSHALS
TOM AND SHILA MAGOTO
Tom and Shila (Dapore) Magoto are very pleased and honored to be selected as Parade Marshals for the 2016 Poultry Days parade.
Tom and Shila were both born and raised in Versailles. They were high school sweet-hearts graduating from Versailles High School and then Miami University, Tom with a BA in Psychology and Shila with a BS in Elementary Education. They were married in 1972, the same year that Tom began his 42 year career with State Farm Insurance starting a scratch agency in Versailles. Tom ran a very successful agency and qualified for many industry awards and travel excursions with State Farm. He was also a past president of the Miami Valley Association of Life Underwriters. Through State Farm he started the Versailles Bike Rodeo which has been continued by Versailles Emergency Services and has promoted bike safety and provided hundreds of bike helmets for children as well as adults. Tom also coached summer Girls’ Softball for 14 years and then T-Ball and Little League for over 10 years. He served many years on the Poultry Day’s board and was chairman in 1991. Tom has also been involved with many church and community organizations including St. Denis Knights of Columbus as Fraternal Chairman for ten years, past president of the Heritage Park Board and currently serves on the Ruth and Emerson Booher Advised Fund Board. He directed and helped sponsor the Community Service program that gave Bibles to newlyweds and Birth Plates for newborns. Tom has belonged to many groups including Versailles Chamber of Commerce, Versailles Lions Club, Versailles Eagles, Versailles Area Historical Society, Versailles Music and Athletic Boosters and Versailles and Miami Alumni Clubs to name a few.
Shila taught in the Greenville and Russia school districts before concentrating on raising the family and then becoming Office Manager for Tom in the insurance agency. She was a Girl Scout leader for 15 years, leading two troops at a time for several years. She served on the Downtown Restoration Committee and was one of the founding members of the Versailles Handcrafters and a member of Coterie Club. She currently participates in the Mat-making for the homeless ministry with the ladies at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Tom and Shila are the proud parents of five children: Wendolyn and Kevin Groff, Mocksville, NC, Amanda and Brian Egan, Los Angeles, CA, Kimberly and Josh Brooks, Versailles, John and Denise Magoto, Denver, CO and Brian Magoto, Charleston, SC. They are blessed with nine grandchildren: Logan, Makenna, Xaiden and Kiahna Groff, Graham Egan and Adia, Kierce, Nigel and Xavier Brooks.
Since their retirement from State Farm in November of 2014 Tom and Shila enjoy their winter home in The Villages FL, going to the Grandkid’s activities, traveling and visiting the out-of-state kids and families, and walking their black lab Gypsy.
Tom says “Invite all your friends and relatives to celebrate Poultry Days this year and help the Committee set a new record for chicken dinner sales!”