April 15, 2009 Edition

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Rotary Club of Lawrence Co.
nears goal of obtaining charter

Amber Hampton (left), administrator of The Children's Shelter, expresses her thanks to the Rotary Club of Lawrence County for their gift of $2,600 to the shelter. Anthony Pinkston, club president, presented the check.
John Bland

The Rotary Club of Lawrence County is well on its way to obtaining its charter. Anthony Pinkston, club president, announced at Tuesday's meeting that the charter papers had been filled out and were ready to submit to Rotary International. "Congratulations for your hard work," he told members.

The club also completed its first community service project with a donation of $2,600 to The Children's Shelter. Pinkston explained that part of the money raised was given by Hays supermarket manager David Snyder, and the staff and customers of Hays. Snyder is a member of Rotary.

Tuesday's meeting was held at the shelter, where Amber Hampton, administrator, gave Rotarians a tour prior to the lunch meeting. The club regularly meets each Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Moni's Steakhouse and Grill in downtown Walnut Ridge.

Girl Scouts was the topic for the Rotary meeting program. Carol Caldwell, Girl Scout membership marketing specialist and resident camp director, and local Scout leader Rhonda Snyder gave a program about the virtues of Girl Scouting how it builds courage, character and encourages community service.

As of Tuesday, the Rotary Club had 24 members, surpassing the 20-member mark needed to obtain the charter. The group began meeting regularly earlier this year.

Besides Pinkston, other officers are: Michael Fort, president-elect; Manuel Mooney, secretary; April Allison, treasurer; Boyd Bailey, sergeant-at-arms; and Terry Lambert, Dr. Ralph Joseph and Boyd Bailey, directors.

Other members are: Lorraine Doane, Angela Flippo, Amber Hampton, Gary Johnson, Harold Johnson, Don King, Mike Montgomery, Julie Ponder, Spencer Ponder, Elizabeth Roberts, Dickie Smith, Milton Smith, David Snyder, Sherri Sparks, Perry Tidwell, Tom Waldron and Michael Winberry.

Visiting Rotary members from other clubs at Tuesday's meeting included: Lynn Robert and Willie Simpson, who are members of Jonesboro Rotary clubs, and Greg Cash, a member of the Pocahontas Rotary Club.

Those interested in finding out more about Rotary can contact Pinkston at 870-637-3005.

Rotary officers noted that Rotary International has been a leader in the eradication of polio worldwide. Rotary International also has a Rotary Foundation's Group Study Exchange (GSE) program that allows young business and professional people the opportunity to visit and study in other countries.

Lynn Robert, who resides in Walnut Ridge, said he spent four weeks in India on a Rotary Group Study Exchange 10 years ago. He added that a group from India is presently spending five weeks in Arkansas with the program.

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