The Athens Rotary Club is proud to support our community though the Athens Police Department’s Operation Childs Play. Athens Rotary recently presented a check in the amount of $2,500 to the Athens Police Department to assist in the purchase of equipment for Operation Childs Play. The goal of the program is to foster understanding, trust, and build relationships between the community’s youth and Athens Police officers. The officers are provided with balls and Frisbees with the APD logo and phone numbers. Officers are encouraged to not only distribute them but to join in a game with the children.
"The Athens Rotary Club is pleased to have an opportunity to sponsor this program with the Athens Police Department,” said Athens Rotary President Bill Ward. “Working together in our community and around the world to promote peace and understanding through service and stewardship is the cornerstone of Rotary Clubs worldwide."
Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self.”
“We appreciate Rotary thinking outside of the box with us so our department can continue to enhance respect and dialogue between officers and citizens of all ages,” Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said.
Photos by Blake Williams
(L to R) Rotary Board Members Paul Mamanna, Mason Matthews, Police Chief Floyd Johnson, and Rotary President Bill Ward
Athens Rotary President Bill Ward is interviewed by local media
The Athens Rotary Club celebrated its annual Awards Day on June 24, 1016. Tere Richardson was honored as the club’s Rotarian of the Year and 2015-2016 President Shane Black passed the gavel to Bill Ward.
Bill Ward and Shane Black
Denver Betts prepared a wonderful song celebrating Shane's year as our President
Shane reacting to Denver's Song
Tere Richardson was recognized for her outstanding work with the club's "Rotarian of the Year" Award
Link to Photos:
Thank you to everyone who participated in this project!
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
Check presentation to the Alabama Veterans Museum
Check presentation to the Limestone County Archives
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
Athens Rotary Club Board with District 6860 Governor Jerry Sheppard and Assistant Governor Sue Mitchell:
Left to Right: Jerry Sheppard, East Limestone Rotaract Leaders Amber Watford, Hayden Norwood, Maggie McNamara, and Athens Club President Amy Golden
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
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,
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
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.
Thank you Bill Perkins, for going above and beyond the call of duty at CASA Mud Volleyball!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
(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.
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.”
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.
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).
Pictured 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 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.
Only one card remains in the deck…the elusive Joker!