Rotary installs new president, names citizen and Rotarian of the year

Contributed report

June 28, 2014

The LaGrange Rotary Club on Tuesday night held its end-of-year banquet at LaGrange College’s Turner Hall. With 147 Rotarians and guests in attendance, the event was one of the club’s most successful ventures.

The evening included a review of the club’s accomplishments for the year, award presentations and the introduction and pinning of the new 2014-2015 club’s president. Rotary District 6900 Governor Franklin B. McBurney and Assistant Governor Court Dowis were the club’s honored guests.

Club President T. Scott Malone thanked the club’s board members and committee chairs for their participation while he highlighted the various projects of the club.

Forty nine members were recognized for their perfect attendance for the year, which included 11 out of the 15 members who were just inducted to the club during the 2013-2014 Rotary year.

For the past 10 years Dalton Hammock has been the club’s foundation director. Tuesday night he was honored for his years of dedication of service to the club. Malone thanked Hammock and presented him with a special award.

Troup County Commission Chairman Ricky Wolfe was named as the recipient of the club’s Charles D. Hudson Service Above Self, Citizen of the Year Award.

“Ricky is being recognized for his leadership and his years of valuable contributions to the residents of this county,” Malone said. “Ricky was easily the club’s first choice for this year’s award.”

Wolfe graciously accepted the award and thanked the club members for the honor.

Malone then presented the club’s Charles D. Hudson Service Above Self, Rotarian of the Year Award to Jake Behr. Behr, the chair of the club’s membership committee, has sponsored 20 new members to the club in the past two years. Behr has also had perfect attendance since he had joined the club in October of 2009. Rotary International just recently honored Behr with the silver level of their Membership Sponsor Award.

Both Wolfe and Behr received cheers and a standing ovation when they were named for their respective awards.

Buckhead Rotarian Mark Johnson, a mentalist, provided a lively entertainment segment for the evening. Johnson, also a graduate of LaGrange College, amazed the audience by correctly identifying Cathy Smith’s favorite vacation location, home, which she had written down before the demonstration. Johnson also divided a deck of cards between Malone and Wolfe and after studying Malone’s cards for only a brief time, successfully was able to identify who was holding any specific card in the entire deck.

The evening was concluded when Malone introduced LaGrange College President Dan McAlexander as the club’s 2014-2015 president. Malone ceremoniously presented McAlexander with the club’s Rotary president pin. McAlexander then thanked Malone for his year of service and presented him with parting gifts. McAlexander’s year officially begins on July 1.