Woodstock Rotary celebrates 92nd anniversary

Steve Morlan, right, receives the Volunteer of the Year award from Rotarian Rich Church. Rich Cooley/Daily

The Rotary Club of Woodstock celebrated its 92nd anniversary with a special awards luncheon on Feb. 22 at the Woodstock Moose Lodge.

The Clower Award was presented to Art LaFlam, who is well known for waving the American flag on the bridge over Interstate 81 in Woodstock on patriotic holidays.

The J. Carl Coiner Award went to Jerry Fisher, recognizing his long-term service, many years as the coordinator of the Christmas basket program and the annual golf tournament.

Steve Morlan, who joined Rotary International and the local club in 2016, was recognized as Volunteer of the Year.

Stan Williams received a Paul Harris Award, the highest recognition an individual Rotarian can receive.

Jerry Fisher is congratulated on his Coiner Award by wife Pat and son Dana. Courtesy photo

The club’s largest fundraiser, its annual shrimp and catfish dinner, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. April 29 at the Moose Lodge.

Over the years, the club has provided more than $100,000 in college scholarships to local graduates. In recent years, the majority of scholarships have been funded by the endowment of the late Marlin P. Krause, of Fort Valley, to the Woodstock Rotary Club Foundation.

The club supports Coats for Kids, sports activities for kids, leadership training for teenagers, dictionaries for middle school students, literacy programs, emergency packages for the elderly, women’s protection, Little League, and the Pregnancy Center. Last year, the club erected a clock tower in the Woodstock Town Square.

— From a news release