Small Talk: Anniston Morning Rotary turns 21
by Annette Maddox
Special to The Star
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Anniston Morning Rotary is 21 years old, and they’re celebrating Thursday in the Green Olive Lounge at Classic on Noble.

Like a lot of 21-year-olds, they’ll have a drink to mark the occasion, along with Classic’s famous shrimp and grits, crudités, Texas caviar and chips, fried green tomatoes with pepper jelly, fried green beans with wasabi, chicken quesadillas and an assortment of desserts.

The event will also honor its charter members: Richard Hawkins, Vickie Tolbert, David Byars, Brooks Clark, Bud Owsley, Betty Wingard, Bruce Adams, Bill Priddy, Bruce Nyman, Perry Reynolds (the only remaining present member), Allen Fletcher, Tom Downing, Pete Conroy, Judge Brenda Stedham, Don Jones, Barbara Turner, Gershon Weinberg, Bill Pitts, Ronnie Smith, George Cox, General Robert Orton, Dennis Wagner, Fred Strader, Tom Young, the late Gerald Minshew and the late Dr. Charles Chandler.

Vickie Simmons, membership chairman, said the club will have special invited guests as prospective new members.

Rotarians are business and professional leaders who work for humanitarian services to help build goodwill and peace. “Service above Self,” the club’s motto, is reflected in the actions of its members.

Rotary International was founded in Chicago in 1905 as the world’s first volunteer service organization. Today, there are 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries.

Anniston Morning Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. every Friday at Classic on Noble.

Officers include president Ed Clark; vice president/treasurer Theresa Lackey; and secretary Cindy James.

The club’s Foundation is governed by a separate board: president Alan Green; chairman James Edgar; treasurer Theresa Lackey; and secretary Vickie Simmons.

You may think of Anniston Morning Rotary as the “Dancing With Our Stars” club, and that is the organization’s most successful fundraiser. For the past four years, money raised — almost $150,000 — from the very popular event has been dedicated to serving our community’s underserved children.

Now, Anniston Morning Rotary is getting ready for its fifth “Dancing With Our Stars,” and is evaluating potential stars for the show.

If you have an idea for a star, they’d love to hear from you. Please call or text Annie Brunson at 256-241-2243 with suggestions.

The club is also planning an exciting one-day fundraiser for a clean water project that promises to be not only fun, but extremely successful. Keep your eye on

While the event Thursday is a private celebration, if you have a calling to be a part of a vibrant service organization and would like to come and learn about AMR, please contact Vickie Simmons at 256-453-7650 for an invitation. Anniston Morning Rotary members are seeking additional business professionals to join them as they move forward into what they’re hoping is the most successful period of their 21-year history.

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Save the date

Nothin’ but net. That’s what teams hope to get when the buzzer sounds for the second annual Doctors vs. Lawyers Basketball Game, sponsored by Regional Medical Center (RMC) Foundation. Game starts at 5:30 p.m. April 5 at the Donoho School Gymnasium. Tickets are $5 for adults, free for ages 6 and under, available in advance at the RMC Business Office, main floor. Proceeds to benefit YMCA’s Strong Kids Program. For more info, contact Vickie Simmons, 256-453-7650,
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