Rotary celebrates banner year
Awards flowed Thursday as the Rockdale Rotary Club reviewed a banner year of community service during its annual Fun Night at Rockdale Country Club. Theme was “Celebrating 25 Years With Women in Rotary.”
Three of four new officers inducted for the coming year are women: Denice Doss, president; Karen Todd, secretary; Michelle Morgan, president-elect and treasurer. Retiring president Gaye Bland will become board chair and Homer Mowdy remains sergeantat arms.
Doss presented Bland with the past-president’s plaque, praising her year of leadership and club accomplishments.
TOP MEMBER—Rotarian-of-the-Year honors, voted by members, went to Beverly Luedke for the third consecutive year. Luedke chaired Rotary District 5870’s wheelchair project, distributed wheelchairs in Peru and attended the Rotary International convention in Bangkok, Thailand.
Three Paul Harris Fellows, each representing a $1,000 donation to the Rotary Foundation, were sponsored by Bill Avrett and awarded to Luedke (her fourth), Jennifer Strelsky and Deedra Jacob (the latter two by drawing).
Judith Matula, sponsored by Sam Peebles, became the first woman member of the local club, in December of 1990, and continues her membership. Since then the club has had many women members and three are past-presidents: Bland, Joan Ratliff and Cindy Jerman.
SPECIAL AWARDS—Avrett, who is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, received a plaque as a 40-year club member.
Special recognition was given to Hal Reagan for 29 years of perfect attendance, and to Bill Cooke who edited The Rotarian, the club’s weekly newsletter, for 21 years.
Auctioneer John Fisher and wife Kay and Glen Fatheree of Veolia were recognized for outstanding support of Rotary fund-raisers.
Jerman, Tom Loth, Bob Wilson and Mowdy received 10-year membership pins. One-year perfect-attendance pins went to Avrett, Bland, Kerry Starnes, Cody Caldwell, Jacob, Doss, Strelsky and Mowdy.
CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS—During the year the club: Awarded $11,000 in scholarships to six RHS seniors; co-sponsored Coats for Kids, Fans for Needy, a shoe drive, and commercial shredder projects; hosted blood drawing and a bone marrow booth at Outdoor Expo; supported annual Thanksgiving meal, Christmas Roundup, RCS food pantry, Tejas Art & Book Festival; sponsored four delegates to Rotary Youth Leadership (RYLA) camp; supported Rachel’s Way, Golden Girls, iTiger programs in RISD.
Also, raised funds for basketball wheelchair; donated to youth baseball and softball leagues and Booster Club Father-Daughter Dance; had entries in Rockdale Fair and Christmas parades; sent care packages to Cedrick Smith during Army basic training; supported UM Army; supported Rotary International’s Polio Plus, annual programs fund, Nothing-but-Nets project and District 5870 Wheelchair Foundation project.