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Evening Rotary club celebrates 50 years

Contributed To The Press • Jul 13, 2019 at 12:07 AM

The Johnson City Evening Rotary Club celebrated its 50th anniversary July 8 at Grace Meadows Farm in Washington County.

The club was chartered on Dec. 9, 1968, as the Rotary Club of North Johnson City.

Its first meeting was held at the Broadway Inn in north Johnson City, and was comprised of members transferring from the Rotary Club of Johnson City. A provisional charter was presented to the club’s first president, Dr. Harry Waggoner, by District Rotary Gov. Raymon W. Tamkin.

The club’s first visiting Rotarian from outside the United States was Leslie Phillips of New Zealand, a former vice president of Rotary International.

One of the club’s most successful fundraisers during the late 1970s and early 1980s was a Rotary Sports Show at the Miracle Mall. Proceeds from the shows helped the club to sponsor the Junior Achievement program in Johnson City.

In the 1990s and 2000s, the club held pancake breakfast fundraisers on the morning of the Johnson City Christmas parade. The breakfasts helped fund several projects at Girls Inc., including building a picnic shelter and renovating the study room and a computer lab.

In June 2012, the evening club served as honorary pallbearers for Tim P. Jones, who was a founding member of the club. Jones twice served as club president and was a significant promoter of the Rotary International Foundation.

In the last decade, the club held several car washes to support the Washington County Humane Society and the Johnson City Schools’ homeless program.

In 2018, the club matched a district grant that provided over 150 pairs of shoes to children in a homeless program. The evening club was also presented with a Rotary District 7570 Gold Club Award and a Rotary Citation from the president of Rotary International.

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