Rotarians celebrate 80 years

I had the pleasure of attending the 80th Anniversary of the Pleasanton Rotary Club last Thursday, July 13, thanks to an invitation from our own Leon Zabava.

Anecdotes about the club were told by several members (Lee Ricks Jr.’s 50-year-old bowling shirt)after a delicious meal at Lew’s Patio and Grill’s banquet room.

Outgoing president Walt Rakowitz told a wonderful story about who do we thank for being contributing members to society. It starts from a long line of influential people – perhaps generations – to really know who may have been inspired. (Walt, I won’t steal your thunder, but you should print out your speech for others to read.)

In all, 6 men were named Paul Harris Fellows. They were Boyd Grimshaw, Lee Ricks III, James Warnken, Robert “Bobby” Kinsel III, Toby Hill and Rusty Garvin.

The highlight for me, though, was getting to sit next to my former boss at First National Bank in Pleasanton, W. S. “Bill” Dean and his lovely wife Beth. Bill is a past District 5840 Governor of Rotary and assisted in the induction of the Paul Harris Fellows as well as inducting Kevin Aniol as the new president.

Little did I know when Bill would inform us every Thursday at noon that he was leaving to “go rotate” that it was how the club got its name.

Five Chicago businessmen, including Paul Harris, decided to meet at lunch the same day and same time every week back in 1905. They would rotate the location to each other’s offices. Here they would discuss business, how to improve etc.

The cornerstone of the the Rotary Club is their four-way test. It is recited at every meeting and function:

Is it the TRUTH?

Is it FAIR to all concerned?


Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

The way I see it, this would be a great test for everyone! Congratulations to our Rotarians, here’s to another 80 years!

SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.

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