December 16, 2004

Rotary Club Moves Into To New Home On Square

The Scotland County Rotary Club had its first official meeting at its new home, 130 S. Market St., on Tuesday.

Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce President Chuck Kigar was the featured speaker, discussing plans to erect a “Welcome to Memphis” sign. Rotary and the MACC are two of the groups interested in building the sign before next summer.

The club has been meeting at the Payne Funeral Home and the Antique Fair building while renovating the former Shelter Insurance office. Rotary will lease the building from John and Maxine Cook.

A partition was removed and a kitchen added to prepare the building to host the weekly Rotary meetings. In addition, Rotary will use the building for several functions, including Bingo. Rotary plans to have Bingo on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from January to March.

“We felt that this building gives us a better base of operations from which to conduct our business,” said Rotary President Jeff Behrens. “We will have a permanent place to have our meetings as well as host various community events”.

Behrens thanked all the Rotarians who donated their time to work on the building, especially Scott Westhoff, who oversaw most of the renovation. He also thanked the Antique Fair, Bob Gregory, the Payne Funeral Home, J’s Foods, the Genealogical Society, the Methodist Church Ladies Groups, Linda Baker and Shelley Small, and all those who helped Rotary continue to meet while the building was being completed.

The Rotary Club meetings are at noon on Tuesday at the Rotary Building. Anyone interested in joining Rotary can contact Behrens, Westhoff or any Rotarian.

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