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Bland named Rotarian-of-Year

Civic organization celebrates ‘diamond’ anniversary here


Denice Doss holds past-president’s plaque presented by new president Michelle Morgan (L). At right is Karen Todd, secretary. Denice Doss holds past-president’s plaque presented by new president Michelle Morgan (L). At right is Karen Todd, secretary. Awards highlighted the annual Rockdale Rotary Club Fun Night last Tuesday at the New Salem Clubhouse at Fair Park, and the event also marked the club’s “diamond” (60th-year) anniversary.

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:


Gaye Bland (R) received the Rotarian-of-the-Year award from outgoing club president Denice Doss. Gaye Bland (R) received the Rotarian-of-the-Year award from outgoing club president Denice Doss. 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.


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