Leadership Presented at Rotary
by Halei Lamb | February 6, 2018 3:41 pm
The Rotary Club of Swainsboro held its February 5, 2018 meeting at Catered Creations in Swainsboro.
Al Lawson welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order.
Zac Frye gave the invocation and Tanya Lane led the pledge and Rotary Four-Way Test. Rotarians welcomed guest Carmen Tanner to the meeting.
The Rotary member profile was Billy McNeely. McNeely was born and raised in Emanuel County and graduated from Swainsboro High School. Following a period with Union Bag Company in Savannah, Mr. McNeely began working for Jimmy Morgan at Fordville in Swainsboro. He began in service and moved to parts before eventually becoming a salesperson. Later, Mr. McNeely purchased the dealership with Butch Parrish. Prior to his retirement, he and Mr. Parrish sold the dealership to Tim Redding. Mr. McNeely spoke of his love for Rotary and how much he enjoyed attending Rotary each weak and how he cherishes the friends he has made and continues to see at Rotary.
Bill Conner introduced Rev. Chris Mitchell, pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Wrightsville, who spoke on leadership.
Through the story of the Apostle Paul’s trips to Rome as told in Acts 27, Rev. Mitchell offered the traits of an effective leader. A leader can be trusted because he puts others first, a leader takes initiative, a leader uses good judgment, a leader speaks with authority, a leader encourages others, a leader never compromises absolutes, a leader focuses on objectives and obstacles, and a leader sets an example.
The Rotary Club of Swainsboro is a unit of Rotary International and a member of District #6920.
Article by Mitchell J. Fagler, Swainsboro Rotary Club
Pictured: Bill Connor and Pastor Chris Mitchell