The Quitman Rotary Club installed its 2018-2019 slate of officers and directors on July 5, 2018 during its regular weekly meeting at UTHealth-Quitman. PDG Bill Hedges presided over the installation.
Shown left-to-right:  PDG Bill Hedges, Foundation Chair; Alice Bower, President; Daniel Armstrong, Membership Chair; Steve Straznicky, Immediate Past President; Martha Scroggins, Sergeant-at-Arms; and Tommy Brown, Club Service Chair.
Not Shown: Denea Hudman - Public Relations Chair and Sam Scroggins, Secretary/Treasurer.
2018-19 Officer Installation 2018-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
Judy Guthrie
Message from 2018-2019 District 5830 District Governor Judy Guthrie, " I am so looking forward to this next year." DG Judy also states, " I anticipate that we will get a lot done and have fun doing it!"
 
Judy joined the Carthage, Texas Rotary Club in February, 2004 and was the first female in her club.  She has served as Treasurer, Secretary (twice) and President in 2008-2009 and again in 2013-2014.  She chaired the Dictionary Project, RYLA and the Scholarship Program for 10 years as well as the Hamburger Sales and Gold Tournament fundraisers.  She served as her club's Foundation Chair in 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.
 
Judy is a member of the Paul Harris Society, and had the privilege of serving as District Assistant Governor from 2009-2012.  She has also chaired the District 4 Way Speech Contest 5 times at Panola College. Judy was the District Foundation CPG Chair from 2014-2016. She attended the RI convention in Atlanta, Ga. in 2017 and Toronto, Canada in June 2018.  
 
Judy attended Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania and went to work for Sears, Roebuck and Company in their training program.  She retired from Sears Corporate in 1995 and then she and her late husband Mike moved to Carthage from Dallas and opened a rural Sears Store.  After selling the store in 2007, she worked for the local radio station in Carthage, KGAS. She volunteers at a food pantry 3 days a week.  She has 2 sons, Tim and wife Darlene in Sacramento, California and Chris and wife Vicki and grandson Nick in Portland, Oregon.
District 5830 Installs Judy Guthrie as its 2018-19 Governor 2018-07-03 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulation to Quitman High School Junior Dalton Brandon who was selected to represent Quitman Rotary in the District's 4-Way Test Speech contest. The primary focus of Dalton's speech was the adverse impact on education by those who lowered themselves to cheating.
2018 4-Way Test Speech Contest Sam Scroggins 2018-04-19 05:00:00Z 0
 50 Things Every Rotarian Should Know (#40 - #50) Steve Garret, PDG 1994-1995 2018-04-18 05:00:00Z 0
50 Things Every Rotarian Should Know (#20-#39) Steve Garret, PDG 1994-1995 2018-04-18 05:00:00Z 0
50 Things Every Rotarian Should Know (1-19) Steve Garret, PDG 1994-1995 2018-04-18 05:00:00Z 0
Introducing the Quitman Rotary Club's 2018 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) selections, Dalton Brandon and Halee Hightower. Both are Juniors at Quitman High School. They will be attending RYLA Camp in Athens, TX on February 23-25.
 
Congratulations to both of these excellent students.
2018 RYLA Selections 2018-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 06, 2017
Troop 385 Scout Jaxon (Hoss) Holland attended the July 6 Quitman Rotary Club meeting to tell the club members about his effort to secure 31 body armor vests in 31 days for the Wood County Sheriff’s Department. Afterwards Club President, Steve Straznicky, presented Jaxon with a $375 check to cover the cost of one of the vests.
 
More can be found about Jaxson's Service Project at http://www.easttexasmatters.com/news/local-news/east-texas-teen-raising-money-to-protect-law-enforcement/748758793?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_KFXK_Fox_51
 
Thirty-one Body Armor Vests in 31 Days Sam Scroggins 2017-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 20, 2016

October 24, 2016, has been established by Rotary International as the 4th Annual World Polio Day.  The 2016 event will be high-lighted by a live-stream World Polio Day program originating at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.  Its intent is to help keep focus on the global efforts underway to completely eliminate the crippling polio disease.  

Rotary International, a global organization comprised of nearly 34,000 clubs across the world, including local Rotary Clubs of Mineola, Quitman, Hawkins/Holly Lake, Winnsboro, and Big Sandy, made polio eradication its top priority in 1985. Since then, Rotary has contributed more than $1.5 billion to polio eradication efforts.  When the initiative started, more than 350,000 people were stricken by polio every year with nearly 1,000 new polio cases every day. Since that time, largely due to the funding support of Rotary International and the “Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation”, wild polio virus cases have been reduced by 99.9% with only 27 cases reported so far in 2016.   

Only two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, have been unable to completely control the paralyzing disease. If health workers can root the wild polio virus out of these two last strongholds, polio is poised to be only the second human disease ever eradicated, after smallpox. Experts hope to see the last case of polio in these countries in 2016 or 2017, bringing this opportunity tantalizingly close.  However, experts also believe that an additional $1.5 billion will be needed to complete the effort.

In order to help do their part, the areas Rotary Clubs have undertaken various fund-raising efforts designated specifically to contribute to Rotary’s Polio Plus “End Polio Now” campaign.  For example, the Quitman club designated all its profits for Polio Plus from its food booth sales at the last Old Settler’s Reunion.  Additionally, every member present at Quitman’s October 20 meeting contributed $26.50 each towards the campaign (see the attached photo).  Altogether in 2016, Quitman Rotary, has donated over $1100 to the Polio Plus effort.

For more information about World Polio Day and “End Polio Now”, visit www.endpolio.org.

Quitman Rotary Supports PolioPlus Sam Scroggins 2016-10-20 05:00:00Z 0