2018-19 Officers and Directors: Front row R-L: George Strub, District Governor Judy Guthrie, and Carrie Campbell. Back row L-R: Dwayne Canup, Sonny Parsons, Don Cochran, and Rick Peterson. Not pictured: Randall Lucas. Photo by Linda Baggett

After a brief rainstorm on Sunday evening (July 8th), Big Sandy Rotarians, family, and friends gathered at New Beginnings Christian Fellowship for a fabulous meal of ribeye steaks, baked potatoes, crisp salad, and cheesecake. The occasion? Installation of new officers and directors for the Rotary Club of Big Sandy. President (2016-17) Don Cochran welcomed the crowd and as with all organization meetings in Big Sandy, this one began with a prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, plus the Peterson family led the group in “God Bless America.”

District Governor Judy Guthrie “pins” incoming President Carrie Campbell. Photo by Patti Rozell

After supper, Judy Guthrie, 5830 District Governor from Carthage, Texas installed the following officers and directors: President Carrie Campbell, Vice President Don Cochran, Secretary/Treasurer Rick Peterson, Club Service Director Dwayne Canup, Community Service Director Sonny Parsons, Vocational Service Director Sue Murphy, Foundation/International Service Director George Strub, and Youth Service Director Randall Lucas.

Ms. Guthrie touched on the presentation of Rotary International President Barry Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, 2018-19 presidential theme, “Be the Inspiration,” given to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Be the Inspiration, given to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.” Rassin stressed the power of Rotary’s new vision statement, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” This describes the Rotary that leaders must help build, he said. (see the Rotary International website for more information on Rotary and the causes they sponsor, i.e. fighting diseases, providing clean water)

Vice President, Don Cochran, gave a brief overview of the Club’s activities and accomplishments, citing a combined eleven scholarships between Rotary and Chamber; sponsoring several area high school students at Rotary’s RYLA camp; sponsor of the Frontier Girls and Boys organization; providing waffle breakfast several times each year; and their financial backing for the Annual BSISD Teacher/Staff Luncheon.

Newly installed President, Carrie Campbell, thanked those who had made the banquet so elegant: George and Sarah Strub, Rick and Lois Peterson, Dwayne Canup, and Nancy Church. Outgoing President, Jay Ratcliff, was presented with a plaque for his service. President Carrie also stressed increasing membership and the importance of all working together. And true to our community spirit, representatives from other organizations…Big Sandy Area Lions Club, Big Sandy Chamber of Commerce, Big Sandy Ministerial Alliance, City Council and City supervisors, Big Sandy PD and VFD, Municipal Development District, HUD Housing, and BSISD…attended this celebration.

Before closing the meeting (right before the Rotary 4-Way Test – Google this because it’s a great roadmap for your day!), the tradition of auctioning any ‘leftover’ steak began. Auctioneer extraordinaire, Jay Ratcliff, began with cooked steaks then progressed to uncooked, perfectly seasoned ones ready for the freezer. Auction revenue for the event was $335. These ribeye steaks were from the Meat Market at Two Rivers Grocery and fork-tender as always! Thanks, Keith Langston!

The Rotary Club of Big Sandy meets at noon, every Monday at New Beginnings Christian Fellowship. Lunch is available for $7. No reservations are needed, just drop by.