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Rotary International District 6880

Rotary Review
Bill Trant, Governor

January 2018

Each year in January, around 530 Rotary District Governors-

Elect representing 35,000 Rotary clubs and over 1.2 million Ro-
tarians from around the world gather in San Diego, California.
This year, during the week long event, they met the Rotary Inter-
national President-Elect, Barry Rassin, and prepared to lead their
respective Rotary districts. Rotary's annual training meeting
gives incoming district governors the chance to share ideas for
strengthening clubs and improving communities with Rotary
leaders from around the world. District Governor-Elects listened
to keynote speakers and informative presentations which were
meant to inspire and prepare them to lead their district success-
fully. Participation in idea exchanges, roundtable discussions, and workshops also help
them to find new ways of creating positive change. The International Assembly helps to
ensure the success of upcoming Rotary leaders who come from a variety of backgrounds
and vocations.

Rotarians set aside the month of January to showcase one of the avenues of ser-
vice, Vocational Service. This avenue of service rests in the very fabric and origins of Rota-
ry. Paul Harris brought together people from different professions and businesses to meet as
friends instead of rivals. Rotary developed into a leadership organization that “recognizes
all useful occupations as worthy of respect.” Look at your club. It is made up of local busi-
ness, professional, educational and civic leaders who meet regularly to get to know each
other, and formulate ideas to improve the world around them. Talk to your fellow mem-
bers, find out what they do every day. You might be surprised, and you might even learn

Don’t forget to sign up for the District Conference at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Ms. There
is more information in this newsletter.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Bill Trant
2017-2018 District 6880 Officers

District Governor Immediate Past District Governor District Treasurer

Bill Trant Barry Cavan (Joan) Bob Mills (Dianne)
P.O. Box 2604 4691 Chrystan Road P.O. Box 165
Opelika, AL 36803-2604 Montgomery, AL 36652 Troy, AL 36081
334-705-0041 (H) 334-272-6662 (H)
334-749-8700 (W) 334-590-7677 (C) 334-372-2318
334-728-9700 (C)
Vice Governor District Secretary
District Governor Elect Jim Golson (Nancy) Michael Hill
Samuel Adams 457 Kimberly Drive 1912 Northgate Drive
(Sam & Mary Virginia) Auburn, AL 36832 Opelika, AL 36801
3225 Boxwood Drive 334 -502-5064(H) 334-745-4415 (H)
Montgomery, AL 36111 334-329-9533 (C) 334-844-1604 (O)
334-263-9430 (H) 334-744-5795 (C)
334-356-6700 (W)
334-301-0597 (C) District Communications Officer
District Rotary Foundation Eric Lewis (Wendi)
District Governor Nominee Robert J. Kelley (Donna) 507 Forest Edge Place
James Edward Dotherow III 2002-2003 Selma Montgomery, AL 36117
(Skip & Terry) 4330 Highway 22W 334-409-9147 (H)
3618 Bankhead Avenue Selma, AL 36701-0810 334-279-9100 (W)
Montgomery, AL 36111 334-872-0115 (H) 334-221-0066 (C)
334-284-2513 (H) 334-872-1390 (W)
334-313-1543 (O) 334-327-0712 (C)
334-313-1543 (C)

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Are You A Polio Pro . . . .
Cellphones Help in the Fight Against Polio
Submitted by DG Jim Golson

By Ryan Hyland Photos by Khaula Jamil

Mobile phones and simple text mes-

saging may be the keys to victory in the
world’s largest public health initiative: the
eradication of polio. As the disease retreats
from the global stage, thriving in only a few
remote areas in three countries, it’s up to
health workers to deliver vaccines and
share information with speed and accuracy.

Rotary and its partners in the Global

Polio Eradication Initiative are strengthen-
ing the lines of communication by giving Pakistan health workers are replacing traditional
cellphones to health workers in Pakistan and paper-reporting with accurate and timely cellphone
Nigeria, where a single text message could -based reporting.
save a life. In Pakistan, Rotary
has been working to replace traditional paper-based
reporting of maternal and child health information, including polio immunization data,
with mobile phone and e-monitoring technology. Community health workers across the
nation have received more than 800 phones through a partnership with Rotary, the Paki-
stani government; Telenor, the country’s second-largest telecommunications provider;
and Eycon, a data monitoring and evaluation specialist. Organizers plan to distribute a
total of 5,000 cellphones by the end of 2018. Health workers can use the phones to send
data via text message to a central server. If they see a potential polio case, they can im-
mediately alert officials at Pakistan’s National Emergency Operations Center. They also
can note any children who didn’t receive the vaccine or parental refusals – and record
successful immunizations. In Pakistan, the polio eradication effort aims to reach the na-
tion’s 35 million children under age five. The result is a collection of real-time infor-
mation that officials can easily monitor and assess, says Michel Thieren, regional emer-
gency director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergency Program.
Pictured above is guest speaker for Jan. 2, 2018, Julie R
Waters with the Jace Waters Foundation. The Jace
Waters Foundation was founded to honor the
memory of James Clifford Waters III, “Jace”, who
passed away at the age of 29 after a heroin overdose.
His parents, Jim and Julie Waters, created the Jace E
Waters Foundation to help provide a sober environ-
ment residential living for those who have completed
a recovery program to practice life skills for a suc-
cessful transition back into society. Changing lives! T
Guest speaker, Mr. John Manning, RHS Agri-science D
teacher. Whew, he and his students are very busy.
Thank you to Joe Roh for this program. (below)

Incoming Pres. Jeff Plato presented

our club with banners for 2016-2017
achievements given out at the recent
Mid-Year Conference as follows: 1st
Place EREY 100% per captia, 1st Place
EREY 100% average giving, 1st Place
Annual Fund giving per capita. Way
to go Robertsdale Rotary Club!

On Wednesday, Dec. 20, the Auburn Rotary

Club hosted Bashira Chowdhury (left), director
of the Bee Biodiversity Initiative at Auburn
University, and Charles Ray (center), a re-
search fellow with the Alabama Cooperative U
Extension System. They spoke to Rotarians
about their research into preserving the popula- B
tions of honeybees and other pollinators. Pic-
tured with them is club Secretary Tyler Adams
On Wednesday, Jan. 3, the Auburn Rotary Club
hosted Dr. John Kush, a research fellow in the
Auburn University School of Forestry and
Wildlife Sciences. Dr. Kush (center) shared
with Rotarians the conditions surrounding pre-
scribed burns as a forest management tool, as
well as their ecological and safety benefits. He
is pictured with program host and dean emeritus
of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences,
Dick Brinker (left) and club President-Elect
Hope Stockton (right).
Our speaker for this D
week's program is Eliza-
beth Smith, the Bureau
Director of Communica- O P
ble Disease and Support
Services at Mobile
County Health Depart-
ment - MCHD, since I E
1816. Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Science in
Food and Nutrition from the University of L -
Alabama. In addition, she completed the Coor-
dinated Program in Dietetics from the Univer-
sity of Alabama, and she earned a Master of P
Public Administration from the University of A
South Alabama. Mrs. Smith is a registered S N
dietitian nutritionist. She has been on staff
with the Mobile County Health Department for I
the past seventeen years. Over the past ten
years, she served as the Director of the Wom- N S
en, Infants, and Children Program (WIC), Di-
rector of Nutrition Services, and currently, she
is Bureau Director over Communicable Dis-
eases, Nutrition Services, Social Services, and
Fetal Infant Mortality Review. Prior to joining S R
the Mobile County Health Department, she
worked at Cooking Light Magazine. E T

Congratulations to Kathryn Pearson for graduating

from the Rotary Leadership Institute. Pictured
with Kathryn is Rick Pate.

What did you do at lunch today? The Brewton Rotary Club had a paper air-
plane flying competition with Earl Blackmon to learn about #Lean and
how #ContinuousImprovement can help businesses grow.
Auburn Rotary U
Club Names B
Citizen of the Year: U
Jay and Susie
Gogue N

When Jay and Susie Gogue moved to Auburn in 2007, “Gogue” was barely a household word, and neither likely would have been
stopped in the aisles of a local grocery store. Ten years later — at its Wednesday, Jan. 10 meeting — the Auburn Rotary Club cel-
ebrated the Gogues’ decade-long legacy of bettering Auburn University and the city it calls home by naming the couple as its co-
citizens of the year.

The Auburn Rotary Club has honored an individual, individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations as its citizens of the year
since 1983. The award is bestowed to those who exemplify Rotary International’s local or global service focus. Elected or public
officials nominated for the award must have community contributions beyond their immediate public service duties.

In presenting the award on the behalf of the club, Citizen of the Year Committee Chair Martee Moseley said “Team Gogue” was a
well-deserved moniker often used by locals referring to the couple’s community impact.

“It was very clear that in all they have done professionally and civically, they have operated as a team,” she said.

To mark the honor, the Gogues received a framed certificate noting that their civic contributions have bettered the Auburn commu-
nity and modeled Rotary International’s tradition of “service above self.” In addition, the Auburn Rotary Club made a $1,000 con-
tribution to a charity of the Gogues’ choice, which was the Food Bank of East Alabama.

“Every once and a while, we talk about the Auburn Experience — the words we use are ‘compassion with action.’ As a communi-
ty, this place has tremendous passion, and it’s where we do something about it,” Dr. Gogue said when accepting the award on be-
half of himself and Mrs. Gogue. “It’s quite an honor that you recognize both of us, and we’re most appreciative.”

After leadership appointments at Clemson University, Utah State University, New Mexico State University and the University of
Houston System, the Gogues — who both graduated from Auburn in 1969 and will celebrate their 50th anniversary this year —
moved to Auburn in July 2007 upon Dr. Gogue’s appointment as Auburn University’s 18th president. His 10-year tenure as presi-
dent was marked by increases in student enrollment, the research enterprise and outreach partnerships.

The Gogues’ dedication to supporting the community outside Dr. Gogue’s day-to-day duties as president equally endeared the
couple to the community and created an enduring legacy for the university and the community alike. Their shared vision for a
world-class performing arts center that would benefit both the university and city led to the naming of the Jay and Susie Gogue
Performing Arts Center in their honor. Construction of the performing arts center is expected to be completed by August 2019.

Previous Citizen of the Year award recipients present for the ceremony included Auburn Bank, represented by President and CEO
Bob Dumas (1983); retired physician Dr. Jim Mathews (2002); Dr. J. Terry Jenkins, retired Auburn City Schools superintendent
(2007); Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts, represented by Museum Director Dr. Marilyn Laufer (2011); Auburn Mayor Bill
Ham (2012); K. Ted Wilson, retired financial adviser and founder of Wilson Investment Group (2014); Dr. Mary Burkhart, retired
director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University (2015); and Auburn Chamber of Commerce President Lolly
Steiner (2016).

The Auburn Rotary Club is one of 33,000 Rotary International clubs in more than 200 countries and geographic areas. The world-
wide Rotary International network includes more than 1.2 million neighbors, friends, community leaders and problem-solvers
who, for more than 110 years, have come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. The Au-
burn Rotary Club meets weekly on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at Saugahatchee Country Club. For more information about
the Auburn Rotary Club or how to become a member, visit
The Demopolis Rotary Club held its Christmas party at the Demopolis Country Club on December 14. Rotarians
John Wallace and Woody Collins organized the event which included dinner for Rotarians and their fami-
lies. John Wallace even put on a dancing demonstration! Rotarian Ashley Coplin organized a cookie decorating
station for the children and a few adults. No Christmas party is complete without Santa. Rotarian George Durbin
performed admirably. Rotarian Jay Reynolds got the gifts and Rotarian Rob Fleming made sure to capture the
happy night on film. It was a truly nice time with fellow Rotarians and their families as we get to know each other
better. A long time Rotarian in the club commented that he believes the Demopolis club is probably closer togeth-
er than it has ever been in over 30 years. From Demopolis, we hope everyone in District 6880 will have a joyous
and happy new year!!
Mayor John Laney gave
Lorenzo Moore is leaving his vocational speech to
the club as a new mem-
the club to move to Birming-
ber. Mayor Laney is a
ham as part of a job transfer
chemical engineer who
with his employer Robertson
rose to a regional vice
Bank which is opening a
president over four con-
new branch there. Lorenzo
struction material mills
has been an excellent Rotari-
employing 650 people
an since joining the club in
before retiring. He has
November of 2016. He has
now become Mayor of
had an outstanding attend-
Demopolis. He dis-
ance record and has been
cussed how he strives to
involved in many of the
use the four way test as
community events spon-
a guide in fulfilling his
sored by the club. He will
responsibilities as
be deeply missed. We all
mayor. Mayor Laney
wish him the best. Lorenzo
discussed his goals as
is pictured with club presi-
mayor and improve-
dent Jason Windham. (left)
ment of the infrastruc-
ture of the city. Those
goals include quality
Freddie Armstead, Marengo County Com-
education and technical
missioner, is pictured with club
training; good regional
president Jason Windham. Mr. Armstead
healthcare emphasizing
who has been a commissioner for 32 years
the recent partnership
spoke about the current state of the county
between the hospital
commission at our January 3 meeting. Mr.
and UAB; protective
Armstead said that the commission is debt
services; and outreach
free and has a AAA rating. He talked about
letting people know that
working relationships and investments made
Demopolis is ready for
in the county. These include: a $2 million
business. He believes
investment in the Demopolis hospital; money
two of the more critical
to the Industrial Development Board for a
responsibilities of the
truck driving school and training course;
city council (and two of
working with Thomaston on water and storm
the biggest ways the
shelter projects; Linden on a sewage project;
City can make improve-
a drainage ditch in Demopolis and multiple
ments for its citizens)
completed and planned road projects. Arm-
are the appointment of
stead was complimentary of the working rela-
quality board members
tionship between the current commissioners
to the various boards
and was especially complimentary of our
and the funding provid-
club's president who also serves as a county
ed to those boards. (left)
commissioner. (right)
The December 19th Troy Rotary meeting was hosted by
Sabrina Pennington and David Phelps. They invited Gary T
Wilbert, Director of Development of the Trojan Warrior
Fund. Gary discussed the North End Zone project, which
will be finished in the summer of 2018. The project will
add 402 club seats to the stadium, as well as facilities for
staff and student-athletes. He spoke of the many accom-
plishments of Troy’s athletic programs, and noted how
important it is for the University to provide resources for
student-athletes to succeed both on and off the field. Pic- Y
tured are David Phelps, Gary Wilbert, Sabrina Pennington,
and President James Bruce. (RIGHT)

Consul General Mr. Takashi Shinozuka was a distinguish

visiting Rotarian at the January 16 meeting of the Troy Rota-
ry Club. He has a law degree from the University of Tokyo.
He was appointed First Secretary at the Embassy of Japan,
First Secretary at the Embassy of Japan in France, Director
of Second International Economic Affairs Division at the
Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Bureau, Director for the Office
of Abandoned Chemical Weapons in the Cabinet Office, and
was Vice Grand Master of Ceremonies in the Imperial
Household Agency. He is now in Atlanta, Georgia as Consul
General for the Consulate of Japan (for the Southeastern
states) and is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta.
Mr. Takashi is joined by his wife and twin daughters. They
attend the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Buckhead, Atlanta.
President Bruce thanked Mr. Takashi (Thomas) for attending
with a gift basket of Troy area products. (BELOW)
The Troy Rotary Club donated $500 to Turkeys
from Heaven, a local ministry which provides
Christmas meals to hundreds of families. Taylor
Jinright accepted the donation on behalf of Kelly
Sanders. Pictured are Bob Mills, Taylor Jinright,
and President James Bruce. (ABOVE)

The January 16th Troy Rotary meeting was hosted by David Price & Greg Price. They invited Jeff McClure Director of the Pike
County Schools Alternative Learning Center. Jeff has worked in education for 20 years. He attended Troy University where he
received a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Education. He has completed additional M.S. degrees in School Counseling. Jeff has
worked as a curriculum specialist, a software trainer and presenter, a behavior specialist, and a classroom teacher throughout his
various educational assignments. At the Pike County Alternative Learning Center (ALC), Jeff has a morning assembly to coordi-
nate the day's activities. The assembly includes: pledge to the flag, moment of quiet reflection, reciting a personal belief statement,
and reciting a character statement. Jeff used an effective video presentation to outline the Alternative Learning Centers programs.
He suggested that education should be modeled more like industry businesses. He presented 9 industrial programs leading to an
associate degree in cooperation with Troy University. Jeff asked “where will skilled workers come from when most are 55 years or
older today.” Grants and most funding models are for needy students and go away with improvement. Jeff displayed an architectur-
al drawing for a new ALC center. He concluded with three primary reasons that new employees get fired: 1 don’t show up to work,
2 on the cell phone, and 3 can’t pass drug test. Pictured are President “booty” Bruce, Jeff McClure, and Greg Price. (ABOVE)
The January 9th meeting of the Troy Rotary Club was
hosted by Benny Pinckard and Michael Precise. They
invited L.C. May, brand manager for Conecuh Ridge
Distillery and grandson of Clyde May. L.C. spoke of
how Clyde May began moonshining in Bullock County
in 1946, after returning from World War II. At the
time, there were many competitors in the area, but O
Clyde set his business apart through hard work and his
commitment to producing the best moonshine. Clyde
believed that, “if you’re not going to do something
right, just don’t do it.” He tasted every batch of moon-
shine to make sure it met his standards. In addition to
being hardworking, Clyde was also creative. He want-
ed to create a smoother product, and experimented
with different methods in aging the moonshine. He
discovered that by adding apple slices at the end of the aging process, he could make smoother moonshine;
this type of whiskey became known as Alabama-style whiskey. Clyde’s son Kenny May created the Cone-
cuh Ridge brand in 2002 to produce the whiskey legally, and in 2004, Clyde May’s Whiskey was named
the official state spirit of Alabama. Because distillation was illegal in Alabama at the time, the whiskey
was produced in Kentucky; now that distillation is legal in the state, Conecuh Ridge will move all produc-

Chad Clark, president of the Rotary Club of Fair-

hope, addresses the 100 third-grade students at J.
Larry Newton School before club members distrib-
uted copies of A Student’s Dictionary from The

Dictionary Project (https:// Each student received a
personal copy of the dictionary to use at school or at
home. In early December, club members also dis-
tributed dictionaries to the 289 third-graders at Fair- I
hope Elementary School. This is the twelfth year the
club has participated in The Dictionary Project, in
line with Rotary International’s goal of supporting

education, one of its Six Areas of Focus.

On a frigid day in January, the Rotary Club
of Fairhope recognized seven new P
members who had completed its orientation
program for new members. Graduates E
received permanent badges and Four-Way
Test and Object of Rotary plaques.
L-R: Angela Jones, Bob Harrison, Al Beck,
Michelle Anderson, Taylor Strunk,
David Johnson, Rachel Rome, and Mem-
bership chairman Paul Stanley.
Navy Lt. Will Dorriety, weapons officer for the
USS Toledo and a Naval Academy graduate,

accompanied his dad, Greg Dorriety, to the
Point Clear Rotary Club's Jan. 18, meeting held

at the Sweetwater Café at the Colony on Battles
Road. (below)

Craig Nelson, past president of the C
Point Clear Rotary Club, was pre-
sented Jan. 18,with his third Paul L
Harris Fellowship pin. (above)
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Funchess and Mr. and Mrs. Steve
Longfield took part in a recent event held on behalf of
the Point Clear-Fairhope Rotary Youth Club. The
youth club is a major recipient of Point Clear Rotary's
charitable contributions each year. (left)

Edward Theodoro,
NJROTC instructor at
RHS, and cadet Emily
Mann were our guests
November 30. They
talked about the correct E
way to dispose of a flag.
We also collected toys for N
Toys for Tots, which Mr. T
Theodoro is in charge of
at school. They were in- R
vited by Terry Simpson.
Also pictured is club pres-
ident Jeremy King. L
We recently celebrated Christmas by having a Wild West themed party at B
member Cynthia Nall’s home. A great time was had by all. (below) A
Volunteering at the local M
Montgomery area Food
Bank. Pictured Donna Mari- O
etta & Hootie Gipson. (left)
Montgomery Rotary January
8th, pictured with Graham
Champion and our speaker Hon.
Mac McCutcheon – Speaker of
the House, AL House of Rep.

Congratulations to Charlie Thomas, Clare Weil,

and Donna Marietta, our club's latest graduates of
Rotary Leadership Institute. Pictured here with
Rick Pate, a Montgomery Rotary Club Past Presi-
dent who now serves as an instructor and coordi-
nator for Rotary Leadership Institute. Thank you
for your commitment to Rotary! (above)
Membership & Attendance for December 2017
Clubs in District 6880
Members Chg Average
Members Meetings ATT %
Club 6/30/20 YTD-Chg From Attend
Current Held Rank
17 Last Mo. %
Andalusia 62 62 0 1 3 45.16 39

Atmore 38 38 0 0 3 37.72 46
Auburn 114 117 3 -1 2 60.66 24
Bay Minette 31 26 0 4 68.27 17
Brewton 66 65 0 3 45.00 40
Brundidge 24 23 0 3 92.00 2
Central Bald- 28 26 4 86.24 6
win Sunset -2 -2
Chilton County 9 8 -1 0 4 59.38 27
Daphne/ 18 19 1 0 3 87.50 5
Spanish Fort
Demopolis 42 42 0 0 3 95.28 1
Dothan 160 151 -9 2 3 89.04 4
Dothan Tues- 130 133 3 0 4 52.82 33
day Rotary

Elba 19 18 0 3 61.11 23
Enterprise 61 61 0 -1
3 72.51 14

Eufaula 0 0 (Oct) 20 n/a 0 0.00 50

Evergreen 17 17 0 0 2 91.20 3

Fairhope 85 79 -6 -1 3 71.91 15
Fairhope Sun- 55 59 4 3 42.00 44
set -3
Foley 65 62 2 54.55 31
-3 -3
Geneva 28 28 0 0 3 78.57 11
Greene Coun- 0 0 0.00 51
ty 0 () 0 n/a

Greenville 31 29 -2 29 3 60.00 26
Gulf Shores- 16 16 0 0 3 82.00 8
Orange Beach
Huntingdon 0 0 0.00 52
College 0 () 0 n/a

Jackson 26 27 1 0 4 79.17 10

Lee County 31 30 0 3 66.66 19

Sunrise -1
Linden 6 5 -1 0 2 20.00 48
Luverne 29 27 -2 0 3 80.00 9
Mobile 282 282 0 2 2 38.38 45
Mobile Sunset 61 52 -9 -6
2 10.00 49

Mobile West 36 37 1 0 3 54.95 30

Mobile-Sunrise 65 63 -2 1 2 51.61 35
Monroeville 15 15 0 0 2 68.00 18

Montgomery 111 110 3 54.29 32

-1 -2

Montgomery 44 39 3 52.38 34
Capital -5 -5

Montgomery 40 42 2 0 3 83.33 7
Montgomery 18 23 5 0 3 60.32 25
North Mobile 7 10 3 0 1 70.00 16

Opelika 84 83 -1 -4 3 49.40 38
Opp 27 28 1 0 2 44.83 42
Ozark 0 56 56 0 3 57.00 29
Phenix City 35 32 -3 -3 3 74.23 12
Point Clear 110 106 -4 0 1 45.00 41
Prattville 32 34 2 2 2 44.10 43
Prattville- 30 33 3 0 3 50.00 37
Robertsdale 38 37 -1 0 3 64.15 21
Selma 40 40 0 0 3 63.48 22
Tallassee 21 19 -2 0 4 36.00 47
Troy 84 90 6 -1 3 59.11 28
Tuskegee 13 12 -1 -1 4 64.58 20
Wetumpka 25 27 2 0 3 74.10 13
York- 0 8 8 0 1 50.00 36

Totals, Net 2409 2446 57 4 2.82 61.18%

Gain, Avg
49 of 52
clubs report-