Harris fellows named by Rotary

Published 11:00 pm Friday, June 28, 2013

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The Brundidge Rotary Club honored two public servants for their commitment to their community and their fellow men at the club’s annual recognition banquet Thursday night.

Sherroll Tatom and Lamar Steed were named Paul Harris Fellows and were presented the prestigious Fellowships by Michael Lawler, assistant governor Rotary Zone 4.

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“The Paul Harris Fellowships are named for Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary,” Lawler said. “The fellowships were established in 1957 to honor those who meet the high professional and personal standards set forth by Paul Harris. The recognition is not limited to Rotarians.”

Tatom is a lifelong resident of Pike County and served his country during World War II. He retired from Brundidge Banking Company, where he served in every capacity including president.

“Sherroll served several terms on the Brundidge City Council and, through his position, worked tirelessly to make Brundidge and Pike County a better place to live and work. He is a charter member of the We Piddle Around Theater and popular stage character. He has been a devoted member of Brundidge United Methodist Church and served the church in many capacities.”

Tatom thanked the Rotarians for the recognition.


“I really appreciate this award,” he said. “It means so much to me. I love this town and I’ve served it the best I could.”

Steed was being recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for a second time and received a medallion in appreciation for his service.

Steed, too, is a Pike County native. He has lived and worked in the Brundidge area all of his life. He owns and operates Steed Tire Company and has dedicated 57 years to the business. Steed has served as an officer on the Brundidge and Pike County chambers of commerce and as a member of the Brundidge Industrial Development Board and the Pike County Cattlemen’s Association. He was inducted into the Tire Dealers Hall of Fame.

Steed said that it is an honor to be involved in the city and with so many Rotarians who are committed to community service.

Jennifer Garrett was honored as the Rotarian of the Year. Garrett has served as a club officer and has dedicated herself to service above self.

Also recognized for exemplary service were Rotarians Homer Homann, Steve Thrash, Harry Sanders, Sandy Boutwell, Larry Shiver and Ben Busbee.

Rotarians recognized for perfect attendance during the 2012-13 year were Sandy Boutwell, Moses Davenport, Don Dickert, Jennifer Garrett, Cookie Graham, Homer Homann, Michael Lawler, Jimmy Ramage, Lamar Steed, Chip Wallace, Cot Wallace and Jamie Whitworth.

Recipients of the 2013 Brundidge Rotary Club scholarships in attendance were Carlton Bean, Tyiyah Hooks, Kaleb Smith and Kanonta Hayes. Brandon Till and Jamilya Coleman also received scholarships but did not attend.

Henry Moore, club president, passed the gavel to Jamie Whitworth and expressed appreciation to the club for embracing him.

“I was surrounded with such good folks,” Moore said. “I look forward to our club continuing to do good work in Brundidge.”