The Murfreesboro Rotary Club swore-in its centennial president on Tuesday (7/2/2019). Rev. Dr. John A. Hinkle, Jr. was handed the gavel from outgoing President Melissa Cassidy.
After the swearing-in of President Hinkle and the next fiscal year's board and officers, the club's new leader applauded Cassidy who was honored with her second Paul Harris Fellowship in appreciation for her year of service.
The new president of the 100-year old civic organization told of the importance of taking time to personally invite prospective members to one of the club's noon lunches at the Stones River Country Club. A membership committee headed by Amelia Bozeman.
By the way, Murfreesboro Rotary officially celebrates it anniversary on October 1st. The Rotary torch was passed from Nashville Rotarian James Cayce to James M. Butler in Murfreesboro on October 1, 1919. These two Jims were good friends, sharing an interest in Jersey cattle and both serving on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee State Fair Association.
Jim Butler discussed Rotary with Collier Crichlow, who had first heard of the organization during a visit to Fort Worth, Texas; and the idea of having a club in Murfreesboro took seed.
Other civic leaders became interested, and the Murfreesboro Rotary Club was organized in August of 1919, receiving its charter and became the first civic club in Murfreesboro.
The Murfreesboro Rotary Club meets at noon on Tuesdays at the Stones River Country Club, 1830 NW Broad St.