Athens Rotary Club

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Athens Rotary Club

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 12:00 PM
Athens State University Ballroom
300 North Beaty Street
Athens, AL  35611
United States
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Our April 15, 2016 meeting will be held at the Leak City training facility located at 807 East Sanderfer Road.
 
 

 
The Athens Rotary Club is pleased to be able to support our local Fully Tummy Project.  The Full Tummy Project identifies students in area schools who are, or may be, at risk of hunger.  The Athens Rotary Club received a grant from Rotary District 6860 to assist the Club’s support of this worthy project.  This year the Athens Rotary Club will be supplying food for between 192-200 students in the Athens City School System during the month of January.  At the Club’s December 11, 2015 meeting all members present assisted in packing 800 bags of food to be distributed by Rotary member to local schools in January.  Rotary members and guests packed approximately 8,800 items in under two hours.  Items included 1,600 cans of microwavable meat and pasta, 1,600 fruit cups, and hundreds of servings of juice, granola bars, and breakfast pastries.  The Club will undertake a similar project in the spring involving County schools.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this project!
 
 
 
 
 

 
The Decatur Daily has a nice article about the Trinity Community Center project, including the $15,000 contribution that Athens Rotary made towards side landscaping.  Athens Rotary also adopted the landscaping duties as a service project.  The article includes several pictures of our Rotary Club at work in our community.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
The Athens Rotary Club is proud to support our community and the Trinity Community Center.  On September 24th the Club presented a $15,000 check to the Athens-Limestone Community Association which oversees the Trinity site. The funds will assist in the completion of landscaping at the site and the Club will assist with some of the landscaping efforts, including tree planting.
 
The site is home to the Union built Fort Henderson, where escaped slaves fought for the Union and were captured by Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.  It is also home to Trinity School, which served as the county's only all black high school until integration. The site tells the story of slave to soldier to student.
 
The new community center which will open later this year will serve youth and adults with job training skills and other educational training opportunities.
 
Athens Rotary Club presents a check for $15,000 to members of the Athens-Limestone Community Association at the Trinity site (Photo courtesy Lora Scripts)
 

 
Don't forget that our May 15, 2015 meeting will be held at "Leak City," the Athens Gas Department training facility located at 807 East Sanderfer Rd.
 
Amy Carter will share with us her passion for raising awareness of Cystic Fibrosis.
Here is a video of Amy from WHNT-19: 
 
 

 
Don't forget that we will meet at Emmanuel Baptist Church on April 24, 2015 to support the Alabama Veterans Museum through their annual fish fry.
 
 
 
During the month of December, Athens Rotary Club filled bags for the Athens City School Full Tummy Project.  Rotary then distributed them to each city school each Friday in January (Athens Intermediate, Athens Elementary, Julian Newman, Cowart and Brookhill).
 
The second portion of the project was to distribute food items to the county schools for their weekend backpack food programs for elementary children at risk for hunger.  Packages were delivered to West Limestone, Blue Springs Elementary, Owens Elementary, Johnson Elementary, Tanner, Creekside, Cedar Hill and Piney Chapel.
 
All totaled Athens Rotary Club provided over 12,000 servings of food items such as granola bars, cheese crackers, peanut butter crackers, fruit cups, beef ravioli, juice boxes and pop tarts.
 
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It has been a busy week in our club and for our club in our community.  "Just Down the Road" performed at our October 3rd meeting just in time for the Fiddler's Convention.  The club also had an international visitor.  Thompson Yin, a 23 year veteran firefighter from Ghana, Africa was in Athens learning about our firefighting techniques to take it back to his home department.  Athens Rotary also presented checks to the Alabama Veterans Museum and the Limestone County Archives.

Thompson Yin visiting from Ghana

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Check presentation to the Alabama Veterans Museum

 

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Jim Hays, Tony Anderson, Billy Craig, Julie Estes, Jim Holland, Guinn Laxson, Tammy Laxson, Dave Thier and Juls Weatherford are the "Just Down the Road" Band

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Athens Rotary Club Board with District 6860 Governor Jerry Sheppard and Assistant Governor Sue Mitchell:

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Left to Right: Jerry Sheppard, East Limestone Rotaract Leaders Amber Watford, Hayden Norwood, Maggie McNamara, and Athens Club President Amy Golden

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Trisha Black and Doug Gates display the Main Street Alabama award for Excellence in Public/Private Partnerships which has been awarded to the Athens Rotary Club

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The Athens Rotary Club & The Spirit of Athens have won an award of Excellence from Main Street Alabama.  The Excellence in Public/Private Partnerships recognized Athens Rotary and SOA for their joint efforts to beautify downtown Athens though project such as "Pecan Park."

Spirit of Athens Director Trisha Black and Athens Rotary Club President Amy Golden accept the award from Alabama Lt. Govenror Kay Ivey, 

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The Athens Rotary Club welcomed three new members on August 22,2014:

(L to R) 2014-2015 President Amy Golden, David Pryor, Lora Scripps, Kenny Baskin, and Judge Jimmy Woodroof

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Join us for the first "Rotary After Hours" on Thursday September 18th from 5:30pm-7:30pm.  We will meet at Limestone Bay Trading Co. in Mooresville.  Bring your spouse or significant other and meet Rotarians from the Huntsville and Decatur clubs.  This event will count as a meeting makeup for the Athens Club.

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Thank you Bill Perkins, for going above and beyond the call of duty at CASA Mud Volleyball!Image

 

 
 

Volunteers are still needed to help with CASA Mud Volleyball (Saturday July 19th), and the Rotary International Day of Service at the Birdie Thornton Center (Tuesday July 29th).  Please e-mail Tere Richardson at tereannr@aol.com if you are able to serve.

 

 
 

Our club was fortunate to have a visit from HK Derryberry and Jim Bradford this past week.  HK wants to keep in touch with all of his friends via facebook.  He currently has about 1,100 followers and is looking for more.  If you are a facebook user you can follow him at www.facebook.com/hk.derryberry.

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(Photo courtesy of hkderryberry.com)

 

 
 

Rotary Awards Night will be held Saturday June 28th.  The evening begins with dinner and awards at from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, followed by live entertainment from the band “Simon Sez.”  The band plays a wide range of music from Motown to current day, and they will perform until 11:00pm.

Simon Sez are: Drew Carter; Andy Clem; Greg Young; Whitney Young; Jim McDole; and Buddy Carter.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simon-Sez/263257480508281

 

 
 

The Athens Rotary Club acted quickly to purchased and delivered supplies to those in need the day after the devastating April 28, 2014 tornado in Limestone County.  The club also donated $500 to an area food bank.  As we pray for and support our neighbors, this is a good reminder of Rotary’s motto in action…”Service Above Self.”

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Don't forget that our April 25th meeting will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Church in support of the Veterans Museum Fish Fry.

 

 
 

On Saturday March 5th, volunteers from the Athens Rotary Club worked on the new “Pecan Park” located at the corner of Marion and Green Street.  Rotarians planted trees, flowers, shrubs, and assisted with landscaping in the new green space that the City of Athens prepared beneath the old tree. 

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Athens Rotary Club welcomed three new members on January 31, 2014:  Wayne Kuykendall (proposed by Doug Logan), Louis Tominack (Jeff Hodges), and Jennifer  Williamson (Sally Marks).

 ImagePictured from left to right: Jimmy Woodroof, Jeff Hodges, Louis Tominack, Sally Marks, Jennifer Williamson, Wayne Kuykendall, Doug Logan, and 2013-2014 President Jim Moffatt.

 
 
 

Athens Rotary is proud to welcome Lee Noah to our club!

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Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson updated the club on activities within the APD.  The department recently rounded up drug dealers as part of a six-month undercover operation known as Operation Harvest Festival.  APD also recently began operating four SUVs that run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) from the cities CNG station.

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Only one card remains in the deck…the elusive Joker!

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Donna Jo and John Curtis hosted the Athens Rotary club at their farm on November 1, 2013.  The Limestone chapter of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association provided lunch.  The fall weather and colors could not have been more beautiful!

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Don't Forget:  The October 18th meeting will be at the Athens Gas "Leak City" training facility at 807 East Sanderfer Rd off of Hwy 31 South.  For directions call Mason Matthews at 256-434-6122.

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The Athens Rotary Club recognized Everett Osborne as its 2013 Paul Harris Fellow.  Judge Jimmy made the presentation and they were joined on stage by approximately seventeen previous Paul Harris Fellows from the Athens club.

Everett Osborne

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 Left to Right: Judge Jimmy Woodroof; Everett Osborne; 2013-2014 Club President Jim Moffatt

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