The Annual Rotary Partner's night was held at The Monroe-Kimbrel Gardens at Watson-Brown Foundation last Thursday night under clear skies and perfect weather. String Music was provided by Ryan Kho, Jonathan Aceto, Ruth Berry, Carl Purdy and Sara Neal Lokey.
Many Rotarians were recognized as Paul Harris Fellows and the family of the late Don McNeill was presented the District 6910 W. Lee Arrendale Award.
The W. Lee Arrendale Award for Vocational Excellence was implemented during Rotary year 200-2001 by Rotary International District 6910 and the Rotary Club of Habersham County. Lee Arrendale's service as a Rotarian and business leader was extensive. This award, in memory of Arrendale, seeks to recognize the importance of service of the individual to society, to promote high ethical standards in the community, to inspire vocational leadership, and to set an example of the need to pursue and strive for vocational excellence.
McNeill graduated from Presbyterian College in 1966 and went to work with his father at the box factory. He later went to work for First Federal Savings & Loan which became Regions Bank.
"Even before he knew about the Rotary Four-Way Test he conducted business by those rules. It made no difference if you were the laboror stacking lumber or his best paying customer, the ideals of the Four-Way test applied," said George Lokey who presented the award.
Rotary's Four-Way test: 1. Is it the TRUTH, 2. Is it FAIR to all concerned, 3. Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS and 4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned.
Lokey added, "Don adhered to the ideals of the Four-Way Test in all that he did. He set a good example for others of the need to pursue and strive for ethical, vocational excellence."