The Rotary Club of Gilmer on Tuesday discussed its project of renting out American flags for holidays, and heard Rotarian Pete Herrmann discuss a Rotary Club which he recently visited in Florida.
Under its Gilmer Flag Project, the club offers flags for display on Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4), Flag Day (June 14), Labor Day and Veterans’ Day. Annual cost for locations in and near Gilmer is $30 per flag for one or two flags, and a discounted price for more banners.
The club uses mounts for the flags in yards and at businesses, new Gilmer Rotary President Tim Marshall told the local Rotarians’ weekly meeting at the Walking ‘S’ Steak House near Gilmer. Some of the banners may be out for a time before and after holidays, he said.
In a brochure explaining what it does with proceeds from the project, the club says its priority is investing “as much money as possible back into our community.”
The brochure notes that the club provides college scholarships for Upshur County high school students, sponsors a candidate for Queen Yam of the annual East Texas Yamboree, and is the main backer of the annual “Spelling Bee for Literacy,” which raises funds for the Upshur County Literacy Program.
The flags are available by calling Marshall at 903-843-3585 or by writing the club at P.O. Box 113, Gilmer 75644.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Marshall read a letter of thanks from Historic Upshur Museum President Steve Stewart (who is also a Rotarian) for the club’s $125 donation to the museum.
The new club president additionally passed out membership pins showing Rotary’s theme for this club year, “Light Up Rotary.”
The Rotarians additionally discussed the float they will have in this October’s Yamboree parade. With “Forever Dreamers” being the overall float theme for the festival, the club has chosen to have its float honor Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With The Wind, under the artist and authors category.
Herrmann’s presentation concerned his visiting the Rotary Club of the Emerald Coast, which is located in Panama City Beach, Fla., and which he noted has done considerable work in its first year of existence.
In fact, “they agreed to host an exchange student even before they were (organized as) a club”—only to encounter a crisis when “their host families all bailed on them” just three days before the girl from Brazil arrived, Herrmann said. An older couple who had been married three years, and neither of whom had any children, hosted the girl for the entire year and she “had the highest average in her English class,” Herrmann said.
The wife who hosted was named a “Paul Harris Fellow,” a high award given by Rotary International, and Herr-mann said he would transfer “points” he has accumulated so that the husband could also receive that award.
Detailing the Emerald Bay club’s many accomplishments in its first year, Herrmann said he believed it had 28 members—and he said only four had ever been Rotarians.
He also noted that last year, he had visited the Rotary Club of Parker-Callahan, which are two Florida communities.