Reilly Johnson-New Member

 Reilly Johnson, the Anniston City Main Street Director, was inducted as our newest member this morning.  Reilly was presented with her Rotary pin and her Membership Certificate by President Ben Simmons.  She was warmly received and we look forward to her great contributions to our Club. 

Sheriff Matthew Wade Talks to Club

Sheriff Matthew Wade spoke to the Club on Friday February 23d.  This was shortly after the school shooting in Florida and much of the conversation was about how to protect children and our schools.  it was an enlightening discussion and the club members were totally engaged.  

Library Director Speaks to Club

The club went off site this past Friday to the Calhoun County Public Library where Theresa Kiser, the Library Director,  discussed all of the various things the library is doing.  She discussed the Alabama Room where individuals can do genealogy research; to the DVD and book collection in the main library.  She also discussed the Johnson Brothers photo library as well as all of the on-line activities that are available.  It was an excellent presentation and made the members want to come back and explore the library on their own.

Code Enforcement Officer and Right Place Director Speak to Club

Tana Bryant, the Anniston Code Enforcement Officer and Lori Floyd, the Director of The Right Place spoke to the club this morning regarding homleessness and its effects in Anniston and the County.  It was a very informative and enlightening presentation.  It gave us much to think about and how we might help with this vexing problem.

Anniston Morning Receives Awards

DG Pat Cross presented awards to Anniston Morning Rotary Club past president Joe Jankoski. The club received the Star Award, EREY Award and End Polio Certificate for Foundation giving. They also received greatest membership growth for a club of under 40 members and greatest membership growth in the district.

Anniston Rotarians Attend PETS

President-Elect Jennifer Maddox, Anniston Rotary and President-Elect Ben Simmons, Anniston Morning Rotary along with Assistant Governor Tommie Goggins and Past District Governor John Valieant attended President-elect training in Chattanooga, Tennessee from Mar 23-Mar 25.  The training is held every spring and has attendees from the states of Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee.  This year there were over 400 in attendance.  Rotary International President-Elect Ian Risely from Australia was the Keynote speaker on Saturday afternoon.

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.

Ben Simmons Inducted as President

Ben Simmons was inducted as president this evening at a special meeting of the Anniston Morning Rotary Club with members, spouses and children in attendance at the Green Olive, at Classic on Noble.  The ceremony was conducted by Assistant Governor Tommie Goggans.  Jennifer Maddox, the president of the Anniston Rotary Club and her husband Mark were in attendance.  It was a fun and festive event.

District Governor Sue Mitchell Visits Club

District Governor Sue Mitchell, a member of the Decatur Daybreak Rotary Club, made her official visit to our club on Friday morning July 21st.  She shared with the club the goals for the year and the various activities which the club could become involved in.  It was a good meeting and we all enjoyed the interchange of ideas regarding membership, projects and the Rotary Foundation.

World War II Veteran Speaks to Club

Plemer East, a 92 year old Worl War II veteran, spoke to the club this morning.  His talk was most interesting and informative about life before the war during the Great Depression and his life during the war in Italy, France and Germany.  His is a most inspiring story about one of the members of The Great Generation.

Amber Burr Speaks to Club

Amber Burr was our guest speaker on Friday morning November 3d.  She gave a very interesting talk about how to persevere and become successful.  She and her husband own Heath Chimmney Services in Oxford.  

Multipurpose Recreation at McClellan

Our speaker this morning was Meagan D. Ross. Meagan works for the Recreation Department for the City of Anniston and is the head coach of the Barracuda Swim Team.  Meagan's topic this morning was how to use the soon to be acquired 1000 acres at McClellan for multipurpose uses; ie horse backriding; mountain bikes, walking trails and campsites.  She explained that it makes so much sense to have the land be used for several venues as opposed to just mountain biking. She spoke about the economic benefits to such use.  She is having an organizational meeeting this evening at Peerless Saloon to discuss how to proceed.  Meagan will be giiving a presentation to the MDA Board on December 4th.  

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Anniston Morning

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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.