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By Mollie LaSalle
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Rotary Club of Woodville President Lee Mann addresses the club at its last meeting of 2023.  MOLLIE LASALLE | TCBRotary Club of Woodville President Lee Mann addresses the club at its last meeting of 2023. MOLLIE LASALLE | TCBWOODVILLE – The Rotary Club of Woodville’s current president Lee Mann presided over the last meeting of the club for 2023 at the Pickett House, and gave a recap of the club’s year.

He began his remarks by saying that “all of the club’s events this year were successful, especially the annual gumbo fundraiser, and the Santa breakfast”. He gave John Wilson a shout-out, for bringing the gumbo event together, as he has done in years, past, remarking that Wilson “works himself to death every year to make it successful”. The Breakfast with Santa was a hit again; they served 88 adults and 78 children, and with the Interact students helping, the total was closer to 200.

Several Rotarians volunteered to ring the Salvation Army Bell this Christmas season in front of Walmart. Club president Lee Mann, who was among the bell ringers said, “it’s always interesting to ring the bell and a lot of fun, you see people come by you haven’t seen in years. It was just a lot of fun”. The two weeks that the club rang the bell saw a total of about 2K donated;all of the money collected in the kettles stays in Tyler County.

Several members of the club were awarded Paul Harris fellows this year. Roschelle Springfield was honored, along with Janay Wigley, John Wilson, Fred Turner and Christina Hood. Mann received the prestigious Wood Fain Award, which honors exemplary service and outstanding devotion to the ideals of Rotary and service to the club. The award is named for the late Woodville Rotarian and business and civic leader Fain, who served as Rotary District 5910 District Governor 1955-56.

WISD Superintendent, and club president elect, Lisa Meysembourg announced that towards the end of January they anticipate a ground-breaking ceremony at the new school construction site.

Mann is also in the planning stages to have a Rotary golf tournament, to take place at Rayburn Country Club, possibly in late May of early June. He added that he is still in talks with the owners and a lot of the details are still being worked out; he hopes to add this to the list of events and fundraisers that the Woodville club participates in during the year.

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