MBA Spotlight: The Martin Rotary Club
Posted: Monday, April 26, 2010 9:05 pm
The Martin Rotary Club was established in 1928 with the following 17 members: D.W. Harper, lawyer; John M. Martin, fire insurance; Lem E. Taylor, dentist; R.H. Reynolds, dry goods; E.M. Burge, restaurant; F.J. Duke, druggist; J.E. Jenkins, water plant superintendent; A. B. Adams, life insurance; R.M. Little, physician; K.H. Warren, wholesale grocery manager; L.F. Hicks, variety store; H.K. Brasfield, jeweler; S.B. Freeman, pressing club; Tom Culp, Gents furnishing store; W.M. Wells, ice manufacturer; E.P. Smith, superintendent of city schools and G.M. Brooks, wholesale produce. They met at the Parkview Hotel.
During the 1940’s, the club hosted the Ms. Martin Beauty Reviews. Women were allowed to join the club in 1988, and Suzanne Speight was the first woman president of the club.
Today, the club has 71 members. The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise, “Service Above Self.”
The club is actively involved in the community, and they host several fund raisers during the year to raise money for projects. These include the Annual Soybean Golf Tournament, ham breakfast, and this year, The Martin Rotary Club has added a New Year’s Eve Gala, all of the proceeds going to fund projects in the community.
Some of the projects The Martin Rotary Club does are funding the building of two of the pavilions at the Martin Recreational Complex, applied for grant money that went to pay for a water fountain at the Martin Elementary School and the Virginia Weldon Park, playground equipment at the Martin Primary School and planting trees and shrubbery at the Martin Recreational Complex.
The club also paved the way to create the original baseball program in Martin and continues to support the program and softball programs today.
Four $1,000 scholarships are given each year to Westview seniors for college. Most recently the club sent shelter boxes to aid the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.
The Martin Rotary Club also has an active Interact Club at Westview and Rotaract Club at UT Martin. Members are young people in high school and college who are active in providing services to help others in the community.
These clubs donates money to help with programs in the community such as Education Edge, the Carl Perkins Center and Reading Railroad.
If you are interested in finding out more about the club or becoming a member, please visit the Web site www.martinrotary.org.