WINNSBORO — The Winnsboro Rotary Club swore in its new officers, including president (2014-2015) Lori Schaeffer at the annual banquet at the Carolina Event Center on Tuesday.
Other new officers include President Elect Sam Arnette Jr., Treasurer Tony Perez, Secretary Sara McMaster and Sergeant-at-Arms Jim Beaughman.
Schaeffer didn’t envision herself becoming president after second guessing her role in Rotary during the beginning of her membership, but then found herself handling pecan sales, BBQ sales and on the board of directors. She also spearheaded the creation of the first ever Rotary 4 Way Test 5K run/walk.
The model of Rotary is service above self, which Schaeffer emphasized during her speech.
“You only get out of Rotary what you put into it and I had to learn that,” she noted. “I want to be a Rotarian and that is what I’ve become. I find that if you give up yourself, you find out more about what is going on. I would like to lead a club of Rotarians who can give up themselves when they’re able to and support each other.”
She stated that her biggest goal during her term is to find a way for Winnsboro Rotary to give to the international level and do an international project.
The board of directors will welcome new members Mickey Gibson, Virginia Schafer and Arthur Lathan on July 1. The trio will take over for Sam Arnette Jr., Brandi Close and Lori Schaeffer, while joining J.R. Green, Frankie O’Neal and Susan Taylor on the board.
The assembly viewed a slide show presentation of Winnsboro Rotary Club’s past year’s accomplishments during dinner. Some slides included Rotary’s hosting of Fairfield County School District’s Teachers of the Year ceremony, hosting Sri Chimnoy’s Peace Run and holding the Rotary 4 Way Test 5k run/walk on Sept. 21, 2013. Original music from Rotarian Susan Taylor accompanied the slide show.
“We are a service organization and we’re making sure that we’re changing lives,” current president Vernon Kennedy Sr. said following the slide show.
Two new awards that Winnsboro Rotary instituted this year include the “Service Above Self” award and “Rotarian of the Year” award.
Special guest Jimmy Burroughs won the “Service Above Self” award, which he was surprised by.
“I had no idea I would be receiving an award tonight,” Burroughs commented.
Burroughs is a 1974 graduate of Winnsboro High School and began a career in Winnsboro’s law enforcement in 1979. He was promoted through the ranks and received a degree in Police Science. In 1985 he was named Winnsboro Chief of Police and then retired in 1999.
Burroughs worked with Fairfield County Schools until 2003, when he became ordained as a minister through Christ Central Ministries.
He has served on several state and local boards and is presently a member of the Midlands Work Force Board, as well as serving as the director of the Good Samaritan House in Winnsboro.
The Rotarian of the Year award was given to Arthur Lathan.
“Every generation has a Rotarian that goes above and beyond the call of duty and it seems like they’re always there,” Mullen noted. “When I was president, this particular person (Lathan) had my back on everything. When I need someone to go some place with me, he was the first one to volunteer. Anyone that has worked with Arthur (Lathan) knows he is a very special man and really goes out of his way to give up himself.”