July 10, 2014

Rotary Club of Mayo installs new president

July 10, 2014 Joyce Marie Taylor Suwannee Democrat

Mayo — The Rotary Club of Mayo welcomed Chan Perry as their new president on Wednesday, July 2, to serve a one year term, replacing outgoing president Sheriff Brian Lamb. Perry has been a member of Rotary for eight years. He is also the site manager of Drummond Community Bank in downtown Mayo.

Perry and his wife Angie have three children, Grace, who is 16, and twin 12-year-old sons, Adam and Joseph. The entire Perry family is very active in the community, as well as sports programs for the kids.

This year’s vice president is Brian Lamb, Sergeant at Arms is Steve Land, Secretary/Treasurer is Leenette McMillan Fredriksson, and Martha Humphries will be the President elect for next year. Perry said the board of directors will be announced soon.

What is Rotary?

“When you think about Rotary, what comes to your mind?” Perry asked the group.

Some of the answers were “service” and “business leaders”.

Perry explained, “By definition, Rotary International is a service organization whose stated purpose is to bring businesses together, professional leaders, in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, help build goodwill and peace in the world.”

Luke 12:48 in the Bible, Perry said, states “To whom much is given, much is required.”  He said as business leaders and members of Rotary, they are significant role players in the community.

“We’ve all been blessed,” he said. “When we compare ourselves to the Donald Trumps of the world, no, we’re not. If you have a home and you have a car, you’re in the top 95 percent of the wealth in the world. Now, that’s crazy,” he added. “We’re kind of skewed in America, wouldn’t you agree with that? When I heard that statistic, it blew my mind.”

Upcoming projects

The Rotary club is currently working on a fundraising project in conjunction with Mayo Correctional Institution. Club members have been out scouting for old bicycles that will be turned over to Mayo CI Warden Scott Crews, who will turn them over to the inmates to repair, re-paint and shine them up like new. The Rotary Club will then distribute the revamped bikes around Christmas time to needy children in the community.

Another fundraising project coming up soon is the Annual Mayo Rotary/Quarterback Club Golf Tournament, which will be held Aug. 2, at Lake City Country Club. So far, there are 18 teams committed to playing, according to Rotarian Joey Pearson. Sponsors are still needed, so if interested please get in touch with any Mayo Rotary Club member.

“It’s our biggest fundraiser,” said Perry.

The “Adopt a Town” project is an ongoing community activity that Rotary Club members participate in by putting up American flags in front of local businesses in Mayo eight times a year for special patriotic holidays and events.

“We get $40 per flag from the businesses that it gets put out in front of,” Perry said. “We use that additional money for scholarships, projects, and for different ways to serve the community.”

On Wednesday, Aug. 13, the Rotary Club will be sponsoring their annual teacher’s luncheon.

“It’s an opportunity for us to say thank you to all the teachers, faculty and staff of the school system for all they do for our students and the community,” said Perry. “It’s a good opportunity to serve those guys because they serve on a daily basis.”

Pledge of Allegiance

Perry brought up an interesting subject on how the Pledge of Allegiance is said, which the Rotary Club does each time they meet. The phrase in the Pledge he referred to was “One nation, under God.”

“I prefer “One nation under God, instead of “One nation” pause “under God”,” he said. “When we say the Pledge of Allegiance, that’s not just a piece of cloth with paint on it,” he said, pointing to the American flag. “That’s a big deal. There’s people who have given of their life for this country and for that flag, and we are one nation under God.”

Perry requested that in the future when Rotary members are reciting the Pledge of Allegiance that they get rid of the pause.

In closing, Perry said, “I’m looking forward to a good year.”

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