From staff reports
The Calhoun City Rotary Club was named the best small Rotary Club in District 6800, which covers northern Mississippi and western Tennessee, at district conference in April.
The club supports a number of local projects, including helping with the annual Ace Cannon Festival; financially backing the Excel Learning Center; buying dictionaries for third-graders at Calhoun City, Vardaman and Calhoun Academy; and holding bingo once a month for residents of Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home.
For the first time this year, the club sponsored and led the Choices program for eighth-graders. Choices shows the consequences of dropping out of school and working minimum-wage jobs. The club joined with the Bruce club to hold the program in all four county schools.
The club also gives a scholarship to a graduating senior at Calhoun City High School each year. The scholarship fund is named for the late Dr. Carter Dobbs, one of two Calhoun Countians individually honored by the district.
Dobbs and the late Gale Denley of Bruce were both honored for distinguished service to and for the organization.
Dobbs was honored for 60 years of membership last year by the Calhoun City club. He went on numerous mission trips, both with other Rotarians and on church trips, to provide dental services. He also spearheaded the dictionary project for third-graders.
Denley, a longtime member of the Bruce club, backed the many projects of that group with presence and with publicity. He was also a fixture at Rotary district conferences.