Franks named as district head

Published 9:13 pm Tuesday, July 7, 2009

There’s no better way to say it. Tuesday was a “big day” for the Troy Rotary Club.

For the third time in the club’s history, one of its own was inducted as the new district governor, one of only two in the state of Alabama.

“It’s a big deal because a lot of clubs never have a district governor,” said Carol Franks, who was sworn in Tuesday.

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And, not only was Franks one of only three Troy Rotarians to take on the role, she was the second woman ever elected to that office.

In her role, she will serve as the leader of 49 rotary clubs spanning south of Montgomery, collectively with more than 2,700 members.

“We have a really strong district, and I really just want to keep that strength and intensity going,” Franks said.

Franks has been a member of the Troy Rotary Club since 1995, when she was asked by a former club member to attend a study exchange program in Sweden.

While she wasn’t a member when she went on the trip, she returned and was invited to join. Since, she quickly became involved and hasn’t looked back.

“I’m truly honored,” Franks said.

“Traditionally, this has been a very strong district. I will work as hard as I possibly can to keep the tradition moving forward.”

Franks was nominated by her peers in the Troy Rotary Club for the seat, and after interviewing, she was chosen. She has been in training for the last two years.

Troy Rotary Club President Robert Hawkins said Franks’ appointment is well-deserved.

“Carol’s been very active since she joined the club,” Hawkins said.

“She’s going to do a super job. We’re real proud to have the district governor from our club. We expect big things from her.”