Nearly 100 years after being formed, the Rotary Club is still turning out funds and services for the community.
The organization, which has a membership of 72 persons, has been giving to Clay County for an approximate 69 years and shows no signs of stopping in the near future.
Sam Crawn, this year's Rotary President and owner of Sam's Do It Best Hardware, has been involved in Rotary for five years. In this time he has held several positions within the club -- you must, he said, to become President.
"Generally you start out as Sergeant of Arms," he said, "but sometimes they skip that. After that, you become Secretary, then Treasurer, then Incoming President, which is basically VP of the organization, then you are voted in as the President.
"By the time you're President, you've probably held every job in the club."
Crawn says that his "initiation" of sorts was shorter because he was not Sergeant of Arms. Additionally, a club member moved, rearranging the club's "rotation" and bypassing Crawn's term as Secretary.
As President, Crawn's duties include conducting business at their weekly lunch and communicating with the District Governor of the Rotary Club. He also attends seminars, some of which are held in other countries. This year's, which is held in Japan, is one he'd like to visit, but "that's a little too high on the financial end for me," he laughed.
His main duty as President lies in monthly Rotary Board meetings, however. Rotary disperses money, he said, to people and organizations who apply with a plan or project that will help the community. Cash is allocated to worthwhile projects at board meetings.
While he is hesitant to name a single Rotary event or action he is the most proud of, Crawn did mention that Rotary spends "about $20,000 per year" on the community and that the club recently donated $7,800 to the local YMCA for their new game room and another $500 to the Clay Youth Football League.
"We donate to worthwhile community projects," he said. "That's what we're here for."