The Dayton Rotary Club started up their weekly meetings last month. They meet every Thursday at the Community Center in Dayton. Several interesting guests have been welcomed over the last few weeks. On Feb. 17, Steve Floyd, Dayton’s new City Manager and Chief Derek Woods, Dayton’s new Chief of Police were not only guests, but also gave a very informative program. City Manager Floyd has over 34 years of combined municipal government experience. For the past four years, he served as the Director of Public Works for the City of Mont Belvieu, and has previously served as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Lufkin. Chief Woods comes with 24 years of law enforcement experience with many of those being in leadership positions. The Rotary Club welcomed both as guests to Rotary and also to the town of Dayton.
On Feb. 24, the Rotarians met. President Tami Pierce called the club to order. Dr. Luke Chachere gave the prayer with Travis Young leading the club in the pledges. Rotarian Ann Mitchell was in charge of the program. Her guest was her husband, Sean Mitchell the Crimes Against Children Investigator for Liberty County. He is employed by the Liberty County Sheriff’s office but is housed at the Bridgehaven CAC office in Dayton. Mitchell’s program was informative and covered topics such as forensics, children and social media, investigation process and drone investigations. He also discussed how the LC Sheriff’s office supports Bridgehaven and all of our community’s children.
President Pierce reminded the club of the next several weeks and upcoming programs. On March 3 - Dr. Chachere will be bringing the program over the importance and ways to microchipping pets. Captain and Rotarian Ken DeFoor has the program on March 10th.
Mrs. Pierce reminded the club on the upcoming service opportunities for the Dayton Rotary Club which includes:
• Spring Fling Cleanup-The Enhancement Committee of the City of Dayton is looking for volunteers to help @ Crossroads on April 9th from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon. Come out and join the Rotarians along with others to assist at this annual event.
• Reading Buddies @ Dayton ISD will be working with students from March 21-April 29. Registration is currently open from Feb 1-28 for any community member to sign up for the 6-week session from March 21-April 29. The commitment is 30 minutes per week for 6 weeks to make a difference in an elementary student's life. If you are interested, then sign up here and join Rotarians along with other organizations: https://forms.gle/NP9epFVUn93r3rqz8
• Dancing For Our Stars event to raise money for scholarships that will go to Dayton ISD students annually through Lee College Educational Foundation. Rotarian and Dayton ISD Superintendent, Dr. Jessica Johnson, will be one of the eight dancers. She and her dancing partner, Sam Watkins, will be dancing to represent the Dayton community and Dayton ISD. For more information, contact Dr. Johnson @ 936-258-2667 or you can donate directly to Team Dayton ISD’s website @ https://www.lee.edu/foundation/events/dancing/meet-our-stars/johnson-wat...
The Dayton Rotary Club would like to invite anyone who is interested in visiting their club to attend their weekly Thursday meeting that starts at noon at the Community Center.