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Rotary celebrates Henry Lewis’s 90th birthday


At Thursday’s Rotary meeting, the club celebrated Henry Lewis’s 90th birthday. Henry was born May 26, 1926. He became a Rotarian in 1953. He joked that he had no choice as his dad was a Rotarian as well as his boss, Stew Pearce. He told the club that he witnessed the founding of Rotary in Carmi in 1938. His father, also Henry Lewis, was one of the charter members and the first meeting was at the Presbyterian Church where his dad was minister. He noted that Carmi has had 3 district governors in its history. Stewart Pearce, Sam Ziegler and Wade East were the district governors for all the Rotary clubs south of Route 50. He told the club that Stewart Pearce was an attorney that he went to work for when he came back home. Mike Croghan, Henry’s brother in law, told some interesting facts about Henry and led the club in singing happy birthday. Henry received many cards and the Rotarians enjoyed eating cake and ice cream.

In club business, members discussed the recently held fish fry. It was a success and the Rotarians wish to thank the community for their support. President Tom also reminded the Rotarians of the Patriotic Caroling to be held on July 2nd. Mike Croghan will be assisting in this endeavor. Anyone wishing to participate can contact any Rotarian. Lyn Stephens won the 50/50 drawing and did select the pink ball to win the large pot. Sherri Logan was named the phantom by Helen Sexton. Andy Williams and Little Giant prepared a delicious meal of ribs, baked beans and scalloped potatoes. Pictures are provided by Kenny Harrelson. The club meets at noon on Thursday at the First United Methodist Church. Anyone wishing to get involved is encouraged to come help Rotary with the many local projects and charities that are supported.