Welcome to the Rotary Club of Anniston Morning

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community's business and professional men and women. The world's Rotary clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.

Rotary membership provides the opportunity to: Become connected to your community. Work with others in addressing community needs. Interact with other professionals in your community; assist with RI's international humanitarian service efforts. Establish contacts with an international network of professionals. Develop leadership skills. Involve family in promoting service efforts. 

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UCP Executive Director Speaks to Club

Katrina Lipscomb, Executive Director of East Central Alabama United Cerebral Palsy, spoke to the club about the work that UCP does for people of all ages.  It was a very informative and interesting talk with first hand information from Ben Simmon's sister, whose daughter has been in therapy with UCP for three years.

Foch Salem Becomes Our Newest Member

  Foch Salem, a local contractor became our newest member on Friday, September 14th.  Miller Parnell, Foch's sponsor is shown pinning the Rotary Pin on Foch's collar.

District Governor Carol Argo Visits Anniston Morning

District Governor Carol Argo made her offficial visit to the club on Friday morning.  She spoke about RI President Barry Rassin's Theme "Be an Inspiration." She encouraged the club members to go out and ask individuals to join our club and to support the Rotary Foundation.

At the meeting Carol inducted Cory Salley into the club.  Cory is the Finance Director for the CIty of Anniston and she also presented John and Besss Valieant with the Major Donor award from the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation.

Registered Play Therapist Speaks to Club

 Leah Simmons, Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, owner of Ascend Services LLC, and sister of President Ben Simmons spoke to the club this morning about counseling for children and play therapy practices. It was highly interesting and enlighting. She helps those of all ages from children to older adults.

Spirit of Anniston and Historic Plaques

Ann Welch, the Chair of the Spirit of Anniston was our speaker on Friday, August 10th.  The Spirit is working on a project to put historic plaques on all the buildings in downtown which have been designated on the National Register of Historic Places.  This is a great project and the Spirit is to be congratulated for doing this for our city.

Jennifer Poole Speaks to Club

James Edgar introduced Jennifer Poole this morning.  She is a financial advisor from Rainbow City.  She gave a very interesting and informative talk about the principals which Dave Ramsey espouses in his books and radio show.  Most of the members had heard of Mr. Ramsey and were receptive to Jennifer's remarks.

Little Free Libraries Appear around the Community

Anniston Morning Rotarians have been working on a grant project to place Little Free Libraries around Calhoun County. The project is almost to fruition and the first of the libraries were placed last Saturday May 27rh.

President-elect Ben Simmons, Secretary John Valieant and Treasurer James Edgar stand next to the library at the Aquatics Center at McClellan.

100% Paul Harris Club

On Friday March 2, 2012 at our regular Rotary Meeting twelve members were surprised when they were presented with a Paul Harris pin and certificate.  With the addition of these twelve, Anniston Morning is now a 100% Paul Harris Club.  This is a great honor because there are only two other clubs in the District with 100%.

Congratulations to:  Kerry Holt, James Edgar, Jim Freind, Vickie Simmons, Alan Green, Pramod Vadlamani, Theresa Lackey, Melanie Delap, Margaret Hatley, Annie Brunson, Stephen LaFollette and Cindy James.