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Thailand elephants subject of Thursday Rotary meeting

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Photo credit: Kenneth Dwain Harrelson

At Thursday’s Rotary meeting, Helen Sexton introduced her brother Roy Pollard as the program. Roy teaches English in Thailand and is home for a few days visiting relatives and friends. He lives and teaches about 60 kilometers outside the large city of Bangkok. He talked to the Rotarians about the Asian elephants which live in the country. Their history goes back thousands of years. The elephants have been used in the logging industry, wars and other jobs suitable for such a large animal. They eat bananas, leaves tree bark and fruit. They have been taught to play soccer and even paint. One of the Rotarians commented that he could use one to paint his house. Currently, a major use for the elephant is tourism. Rotarians thanked Roy and wished him a safe trip home. Roy noted that it is about 24 hours of flight time and layovers.

In club business, members discussed ideas about the May fundraiser. Pastor Randy Douglass showed a short film and talked about the free program at Rig Ministry this Saturday evening. Rev. Don Piper, author of 90 Minutes in Heaven, will be speaking at 7pm. Also, Mentors for Kids will hold a trivia fundraising contest in the basement of the First United Methodist Church. Kelly Pyle won the 50/50 drawing and but did not select the pink ball so the pot rolls over. Lynn Stephens named Tom Logan the phantom. Andy Williams and Little Giant prepared a delicious meal for the Rotarians 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.