Rotary celebrates successful year with Fair as president

From staff reports

The Louisville Rotary Club held its annual Banquet and Dinner Thursday with awards presented to its members.

The event marks the end of the rotary year and the transition between club presidents. This year, outgoing president John Fair, who served during the 2011-12 year outlined the many positives the club had made in the community and worldwide.

Fair explained that each Rotarian in the club had contributed to the worldwide Rotary fight against polio which has almost eradicated the disease across the globe.

Fair also noted the club’s support of local charities and projects to improve the community including the “Book Buddy” reading program that many Rotarians take part in by reading to children at the local schools.

During the evening, those Rotarians with perfect attendance were recognized as well as the best program of the year.

Those recognized for perfect attendance were: Richard Caperton with 39 years, Dee Luke Wright with 38 years, Chuck Lewis with 38 years and Paul Simmons with 37 years. Fair recognized the each of the Rotarians with perfect attendance for “their true dedication to the club.”

Also recognized was Wilson Webb whose program about Alligator Hunting with Al Porter and Wendell Womack had been voted best program. Each week, a club member invites a guest to present a program to the club to inform and entertain.

The Louisville Rotary Club formed in 1926. Pruitt Calvert who was a founding member of the Club was in attendance for his 86th banquet.

Fair will pass the gavel to Bruce Lee, 2012-13 president, at the June 27 meeting.

The Louisville Rotary Club meets each week at Lake Tiak O’Khata at noon. Ask a Rotarian about attending a meeting.