Farragut Rotary adds five new members

Tom KingFarragut

Fred Adomat, Charlie Barnett, MD, Jeff Devlin, Tory Kinson and Larry Sheumaker have one thing in common now – they are the newest members of the Rotary Club of Farragut as the club continues to attract new members.

Barnett and Sheumaker have come back home. Both began their Rotary memberships in the 1980s long before Farragut Rotary was meeting at Fox Den Country Club.

The club membership is now up to 91.

Charlie Barnett MD

Barnett, a longtime physician in Knoxville who retired in October, left the club years ago to devote his time to medicine and family. But before he departed, he and Robert Montgomery, MD came up with the idea of Free Flu Shot Saturday, in Farragut only, with Farragut Rotarians becoming the administrators and volunteers to make it all work. It eventually spread throughout Knoxville and Knox County. Barnett’s sponsor is his brother, Dan, who is a past president of the club.

Sheumaker joined the club and also is a past president (1991-1992). He left in 1996 to join West Knox Rotary, now the Rotary Club of Bearden. He became president of that club as well and is a past assistant District 6780 governor. He is a commercial real estate broker who works with Noah and Knick Myers at Cornerstone Realty. He also owns Martinwood Properties, a commercial real estate investment firm specializing in leasing and development. His club sponsor is past president Tom King.

Our newest member, to be inducted Wednesday, is Jeff Devlin, assistant chief of operations for Rural Metro Fire in Knox County. His induction puts the club’s membership number at 91. Devlin, 51, is responsible for all of Rural Metro’s day-to-day operations. The 31-year veteran was previously a battalion chief, commanding the eight western-most fire stations. His office is at the Rural Metro station on Campbell Station Road. He and his family are longtime Farragut residents. He’s also sponsored by Tom King.

Asst. Chief Jeff Devlin

Kinson, whose membership was sponsored by Bill Nichols, was a Rotary Youth Exchange student 33 years ago in Ecuador. He recently resigned from the Rotary Club of Maryville to join our club. His father was a Rotarian in Illinois when he was growing up. After graduating from The Citadel, he was recruited for a sales role with Black & Decker based in Miami with a promise to network with their Latin America office. After a few promotions, he found his dream job that spanned Central America and the Caribbean.

Adomat is the owner of East Tennessee Mortuary Services on Middlebrook Pike. Fred, 74, is a past president of the North Knoxville Rotary Club. He is a native of Atlanta and a Vietnam veteran. His late grandfather was a member of the Buckhead, Georgia, Rotary Club in 1957, and his father was president of the Rotary Club of Sarasota, Florida, in the 1960s. His sponsor is Tom Pattison, DDS.

To explore membership in the Rotary Club of Farragut, call 865-659-3562. Farragut Rotary meets each Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at Fox Den Country Club. Tom King, a past president of Farragut Rotary, has served at newspapers in Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and California and has been the editor of two newspapers.

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