Busy times post-Covid for Farragut Rotary

Tom KingFarragut

After a year of Covid-19, the Rotary Club of Farragut is off and running for the rest of 2021. World Rotary Day is only nine days away. For the first time in two years our stream clean-up team will be busy. Five new members are joining our ranks. We’re hosting the district golf tournament and are resuming our Wednesday in-person meetings in May.

That’s a lot for a club that has been limited to only three normal meetings in the last 14 months.

In May we get back together at Fox Den Country Club each Wednesday at 12:15 to meet – just like pre-Covid. We will still be observing Covid protocols – masks, social distancing, only four to a table and no buffet-style meal. We are limiting ourselves to 50 members maximum. May’s first meeting is May 5.

What else? As the late, great comedian Jackie Gleason used to say – “And away we gooooo!”

Knoxville Rotarians will mark World Rotary Day on Saturday, April 24. Farragut Rotarians and members from Knoxville’s other five clubs will work together for a workday at Westview Elementary School, 1714 Mingle St, NW. Work begins at 8 a.m. and should end around noon. We’ll be giving the school’s grounds a facelift — general trimming, mulching, and planting trees and bushes plus assembling two new soccer goals.

It’s been two years since our Stream Team donned the waders and was in and around Little Turkey Creek to clean up a section of the creek from behind Costco to David’s Abbey Carpets. Our team will be there on Saturday, May 1, starting at 8 a.m., pulling out trash and whatever else it finds.

The 2021 Polio Plus Dist. 6780 Golf Tournament will be played on May 7 at Avalon Country Club just beyond Dixie Lee Junction in Loudon County. Farragut Rotarian Tom Marsh is the tournament director and there are 25, four-person teams entered. They’ll tee off at 1 p.m. Farragut Rotary has three teams entered.

As for new members, we have five in the process of joining the club. The board of directors has already approved Hardin Valley resident and activist Kim Frazier and Constantine Pappas as new members. Pappas is a new Farragut resident, recently relocating from Virginia where he is a past club president. Proposed new members are Julie Greene, a local freelance marketing/PR professional; Mike Such, owner of Junk Bee Gone; and Ralph Henry, a lifelong Concord-Farragut resident working at Matlock Tire in Lenoir City. Ralph and his wife also own the Apple Cake Tea Room in Farragut.

To explore membership in the Rotary Club of Farragut, email Tom King here or call 865-659-3562. Tom King has served at newspapers in Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and California and has been the editor of two newspapers.

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