David Moore doesn't beat around the bush.
"This was what we call a banner year," he said after his final meeting as president of the Thomson Rotary Club last week. "We set some goals -- high goals -- for ourselves, and we attained them all, and we even exceeded some of the goals."
Most notably, over the past year Mr. Moore said that the club has achieved what he called a "300 percent year."
"We had 100 percent perfect attendance for this year, and we were the only club out of 64 clubs in the district to achieve that goal; 100 percent of the club participated and donated to the Georgia Rotary Student Program, we exceeded our goal there; and for the Rotary Foundation that we annually have a fund drive, we doubled our expectations there. We had 100 percent participation and raised twice as much money as we thought we would," he said.
Just over $20,000 was raised for those two fund raisers alone, both of which support various rotary organizations. The Thomson Rotary Club also saw a bump in its membership, up to 77.
"It was a very challenging, but very rewarding year," said Mr. Moore.
Taking Mr. Moore's place will be Dot Knox, who, as president-elect this past year, got some hands-on experience with the club's board of directors.
"She worked well with the board; she was in all the board meetings, helped make decisions, and saw all of the inner workings of it as a president-elect and a former board member. It was her year to put her thoughts together and decide what she wants to do and accomplish in her year as president," he said.
Mrs. Knox will be the first woman president of the Thomson Rotary Club, which will celebrate its 67th anniversary this year.