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Paris Rotary Celebrates 100 Years of Service

Posted 11/23/21

PARIS (November 18) — The Rotary Club of Paris celebrated its 100th year of service during a banquet at the Paris Convention Center on November 18. It comes as the City of Paris celebrates its 200th anniversary.

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Paris Rotary Celebrates 100 Years of Service

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PARIS (November 18) — The Rotary Club of Paris celebrated its 100th year of service during a banquet at the Paris Convention Center on November 18. It comes as the City of Paris celebrates its 200th anniversary.

President David Jackson welcomed the attendees of Rotarians and their guests to the centennial event. Special guests were District Governor Dr. Michael Babb and District Governor-Elect Eddie Allred.

The special guests were introduced by Assistant District Governor Tory Daughrity, a past president of the Paris club.

Special awards were presented to two Paris Rotarians. Immediate Past President Tim Boyd was presented the Best Use of Social Media to Promote Rotary Award and Dr. Eugene Gulish was honored as the Humanitarian of the Year Award for his medical services in Africa, providing orthopedic services. Both were district awards presented by Dr. Babb on behalf of immediate past district governor April Lieberman.

Babb spoke about Rotary’s influence and service to humanity. He told of the ripple effects of a stone tossed in water and how Rotary’s services touching the lives of people today and tomorrow.

Paris Rotary first met February 18, 1921 with 16 charter members, including Will Warren (jeweler), Amos Rhodes (furniture dealer), Clovis Aden (banker), Fred Bryant (lawyer), John Rison (newspaper publisher), Gus Flake (grocer), John Johnston (dentist), Jim Porter (ice and coal dealer), Will Sparks (dry goods merchant), Hal Laurence (theater manager), Charles Trevathan (druggist), Milton Wiggins (doctor), Tom Leach (buggy and harness dealer), Edgar Trovillion (hotel operator), Charles Landsdell (lumber dealer), Wayne Holman (light and power company superintendent).

The Paris Rotary helped organize nine new Rotary clubs in West Tennessee, including McKenzie in 1937.

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