BRIEF HISTORY OF ROCKY MOUNT ROTARY CLUB
PART I – 1923 – 1954
The Rocky Mount Rotary Club had its organiszation meeting in the private dining room of the Bland Cafe on April 26, 1923. The club
One of our projects for that first year was entering into a
In 1927 the club bought a Boy Scout Camp at Medoc Mountain. In 1938 the Rotary Club built a cabin for the Boy Scouts on the eastern bank of Tar river. Shortly thereafter they built a cabin for the Girl Scouts called the “Little House” in Edgemont.
We formed a Student Loan Fund, helping worthy boys and girls in securing an education when otherwise it might have been denied them.
During the Depression circumstances were so critically financially, that for some months we tried having our meetings without meals, bringing a picnic lunch, or going out on picnics during the summer. This did not prove very satisfactory since one of the best ways to get a Rotarian to attend meetings is to feed them.
We entered into the program of beautifying the City Lake; which was once only a swamp on the western edge of our City.
During the Depression many young children in our city schools who were not properly fed breakfast and were doing well in school.
The Enfield Club and the Tarboro Club were organized through the efforts of the Rocky Mount Rotary Club.
During World II, Jimmy Grantham, one of our Rotarians, was killed in action in the European campaign. An Educational Trust Fund for his daughter, Miss Joan Grantham, was established.
Rotary – provided financial support for the Exchange Student program that brings foreign students to this country to study and sends American students abroad.
PART II 1954 – 1977 Compiled by
The club purchased an electric cart for Jim Ezzell, a local
In the mid ’5O’s the Club began the practice of inviting each week two student guests a boy and a girl, from Rocky Mount Senior High School to attend the weekly meetings. A Rotary Scholarship to be given annually to a deserving Rocky Mount High School Senior was started in 1956.
During the Rocky Mount Centennial celebration in 1967 many of our
The Christmas Auction has proved to be a good way to raise funds for worthy causes and projects. The first auction in 1954.
The Rotary International Group Study Exchange Program has been supported by our club. In 1970 we hosted six Australians for several days. Again in 1973 another exchange group came from Northern England and spent several days here.
Rotarian Ernest Beal, a former president, was honored on his 80th birthday in 1974 with a special program in which many of his friends expressed their admiration and respect for him.
In 2013 we celebrated the 100th birthday of Rotarian George Hooks who has been a Rotarian for 69 years and counting.
The Rotary Foundation – Club
|1923||Robert Burns Davis||Isaac D. Thorp|
|1923-1924||Robert Burns Davis||Isaac D. Thorp|
|1924-1925||Willard Conger||Isaac D. Thorp|
|1925-1926||Joseph L. Suiter||Isaac D. Thorp|
|1926-1927||Ira W. Rose||Isaac D. Thorp|
|1927-1928||Byrd Charles Willis||Isaac D. Thorp|
|1928-1929||Henry W. Kendall||Isaac D. Thorp|
|1929-1930||Richard S. Conyers||Isaac D. Thorp|
|1930-1931||Clarence A. Griffin||Isaac D. Thorp|
|1931-1932||John R. Bennett||Thomas J. Pearsall|
|1932-1933||I. Woodall Rose||Thomas J. Pearsall|
|1933-1934||Isaac D. Thorp||Thomas J. Pearsall|
|1934-1935||A. L. Brandon||Thomas J. Pearsall|
|1935-1936||L.B. Aycock||W. B. Kinlaw|
|1936-1937||Charles C. Harris||Arthur Bone|
|1937-1938||Chas C. Harris/CW Bailey||Arthur Bone|
|1938-1939||George A Burton||Melvin H. Warner|
|1939-1940||Joe B. Brewer||W.H. Skeels|
|1940-1941||Adam Thorp||W.H. Skeels|
|1941-1942||Hal S. Orr||W.H. Skeels|
|1942-1943||William W. Shaw/H.H. Strandberg||W.H. Skeels|
|1943-1944||J.R. Thomas||W.H. Skeels|
|1944-1945||Alex P. Thorpe, Jr.||W.H. Skeels|
|1945-1946||J. W. E. Joyner||W.H. Skeels|
|1946-1947||Sam S. Toler, Jr.||W.M. Daughtridge Jr|
|1947-1948||Julian M. Aldridge||W.M. Daughtridge Jr|
|1948-1949||Tom S. Newbold||W.M. Daughtridge Jr|
|1949-1950||J. Graham Hammond||W.M. Daughtridge Jr|
|1950-1951||William R. Coleman||W.P. Greathouse|
|1951-1952||W. Avera Wynne||W.P. Greathouse|
|1952-1953||Norman Gold||Josh. W. Munden|
|1953-1954||Frank E. Butler||Josh W. Munden|
|1954-1955||M.S. Hayworth||Alfred L. Stancil|
|1955-1956||R. Graham Dozier||Alfred L. stencil|
|1956-1957||Henry C. Harris||Lawrence O. Vickers|
|1957-1958||J. Vernon Boatner||Harold Tuttle|
|1958-1959||D. Worth Joyner||Harold Tuttle|
|1959-1960||Mel Warner||Elmus W. Pegram, Jr.|
|1960-1961||Josh W. Munden||Elmus W. Pegram, Jr.|
|1961-1962||Ted Williamson||Elmus W. Pegram, Jr.|
|1962-1963||Don H. Cole||Elmus W. Pegram, Jr.|
|1963-1964||Harold Minges||Elmus W. Pegram, Jr.|
|1964-1965||Alfred L. Stancil||Elmus W. Pegram, Jr.|
|1965-1966||W.M. Daughtridge Jr||Orville Williams|
|1966-1967||Joseph Nelson||Paul B. Cone|
|1967-1968||J.L. Parker||Paul B. Cone|
|1968-1969||Charles C. Harris Jr.||Paul B. Cone|
|1969-1970||Vince J. Columbo||Paul B. Cone|
|1970-1971||C.R. Shields||Gary Phillips|
|1971-1972||G. Ernest Beal||Gary Phillips|
|1972-1973||Leo Yelverton||Gary Phillips|
|1973-1974||William Shrago||Leslie A. Shaw|
|1974-1975||Roger Bone||Leslie A. Shaw|
|1975-1976||Dozier P. Hudson||Leslie A. Shaw|
|1976-1977||Bryant Aldridge||Leslie A. Shaw|
|1977-1978||Paul Warren||Leslie A. Shaw|
|1978-1979||Augustus H. Tulloss||Leslie A. Shaw|
|1979-1980||Robert Ward Sutton||George L. Sims|
|1980-1981||S. Bruce Petteway||John W. Aycock|
|1981-1982||David A. Parker||F. Earl Beaudry, Jr.|
|1982-1983||William B. Floyd||F. Earl Beaudry, Jr.|
|1983-1984||Paul H. Peel||F. Earl Beaudry, Jr.|
|1985-1986||Ed Jolley Jr|
|2001-2002||Carl O. Smith|
|2005-2006||C. Ray Brinn|
|2009-2010||Carl O. Smith||Clarence (Sonny) Foster|
|2010-2011||Frank Maynard||Krista J. Ikirt|
|2011-2012||Clarence( Sonny) Foster||Krista J. Ikirt|
|2012-2013||Dave Iery||Richard Sykes|
|2013-2014||Krista J. Ikirt||Richard Sykes|
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