Fort Payne Rotary Club was chartered in February of 1947, and is the oldest civic club in DeKalb County. The club’s President is Phillip Smith and the club’s Assistant Governor is Bubba Masters. Today, Tim Davis, the club’s president-elect, conducted the meeting.
The club is active in the community and sponsors several area high school students each year with college scholarship assistance. The club annually gives a Christmas party complete with Santa and gifts for the clients of the ARC of DeKalb County, and also annually recognizes a lady in the community for outstanding service as the Rotary Rose for the year. I have had the privilege of attending the Rotary Rose celebration for the past 2 years. It is wonderful to see all of the winners of this award – a very special time. The club has been doing this since 1966, combining this event with its annual meeting. The club spearheaded the successful effort to raise $1.1 million to equip every classroom in the Fort Payne School System with an interactive white board and subsequently assisted in funding iPads for every student in middle and high school. Most recently the club succeeded in establishing a Rotary license plate in Alabama and uses the funds from this program for its ongoing scholarship efforts. Other projects include Boy Scouts of America, the city of Fort Payne Pavilion, the Women’ Care Center, United Givers Fund, African Clean Water Project, the Summit of Fort Payne and the Tennessee forest fire relief fund.
The club is proud to have supplied two past District Governors as well as several District officers and plans to continue as a valuable resource in the community for service to others. The Rotary Club of Fort Payne Rotarians are also proud to be a part of the Polio Plus campaign to rid the world of this disease.