Bland named Rotarian-of-Year
Gaye Bland was awarded the club’s top yearly honor: Rotarian of the Year.
Bland, immediate past-president of the organization, serves the club as its Rotary Foundation chair and serves Rotary International District 5870—a five-county Central Texas area— as assistant district governor.
Presentation of the award was made by Denice Doss, outgoing president. Doss also received the past-president’s plaque from incoming president Michelle Morgan as Fun Night marks the Rotary’s annual “changing of the guard.”
Service awards—Plaques for outstanding club service were presented to the following:
Kerry Starnes, chair of the club’s annual fertilizer sales and also program chair; Joan Ratliff, community services chair; Karen Todd, club secretary; Kent Bowermon, Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) chair; Lee Jenkins, club fellowship chair; Homer Mowdy, golf tourney chair; Michelle Morgan, treasurer who also served the past year as president-elect.
New officers, in addition to Morgan as president, are Jenkins, vice-president; Sandee Calame, secretary; Marla Wallace, treasurer; and Homer Mowdy, sergeant at-arms.
Perfect attendance awards went to Morgan, Mowdy, Bland and Doss, and Hal Reagan was recognized for 30 years perfect attendance.
Paul Harris Fellow—Multi- Paul Harris Fellow Bill Avrett presented Bowermon with a Paul Harris Fellow, signifying a $1,000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation. Bowermon is two-time past-president of Rotary Clubs in other cities and in Rockdale heads the club’s scholarship committee and its youth leadership Camp RYLA events.
Projects— Club projects/ achievements for the past year:
Support for Christmas Roundup; shoe, clothes and coat drives for needy students; co- sponsored commercial shredder in Rockdale; sponsored Rockdale Police Department’s officer-ofthe month award; supported Sports Boosters’ Father/Daughter Dance.
Also, awarded five $2,000 scholarships to RHS seniors; prepared meals for local Senior Citizens Center; sponsored heater and fan drives for those in need; sponsored a circus performance at Apache Pass; sponsored delegates to Camp RYLA; supported Rotary International’s Polio-Plus program.
The evening featured a steak dinner with Homer Mowdy again serving as the club chef.