|Jim Bowman (right) being presented with his award for perfect attendance for over 50 years by Arnd Rehfuss, a member and previous president of the Campbell County Rotary club.|
Imagine showing up every week for over 50 years to improve the lives of people, not just in your community, but all over the world.
Jim Bowman (87) has been a volunteer with 100% attendance with the Rotary club for over 50 years and is proud of the charity work he's been a part of. On August 31, 2016, Jim received an award for his perfect attendance. Bowman, a retired lawyer, started out as a member of the Cincinnati chapter, but around 1990 he switched his membership to the local Campbell County, Kentucky chapter.
The award is now called the 100% James Bowman Award.
Bowman says, "When I joined, being a member of the Rotary was a respected position in the community. I'm proud of our accomplishments."
Scott Johnson, the chapter's current president, said "If we had more members like Jim, we'd be able to do much more."
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The Rotary, a global network of community volunteers, was founded in 1905 as the world's first volunteer service organization. They quickly expanded around the globe as an organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders that unite worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace. There are 34,282 member clubs in more than 200 countries. They work on challenging projects such as illiteracy, hunger, disease, poverty, and environmental concerns. They are the world's largest private provider of international scholarships and help more than 1,000 students annually to serve as cultural ambassadors and study abroad. They also partner with seven prestigious universities around the world to earn a masters degree in peace and conflict resolution. Their flagship program is PolioPlus, a program that is immunizing children in 122 countries. The Rotary spearheaded the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and with the help of the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Center for Disease Control land Prevention they are within two years of eradicating polio worldwide. Clubs are open to every race, culture, gender, and creed, and are non-political.
The local Rotary chapter has been involved in many local charity events including recently donating over 160 pairs of shoes to the Brighton Center and volunteering every year to be bell ringers for The Salvation Army.
Arnd Rehfuss, the previous president of the local chapter, said "We do a lot of events in partnership with businesses. Our next charity event is partnering with Home Depot for a Health and Safety Fair."
Alan Goderwis, the store manager of the Cold Spring, Kentucky Home Depot, attended the award ceremony for Jim Bowman.
It was also attended by Jim Bowman's son, Ken Bowman, and Nedrah Stagner, an active member of the rotary. She commented, "The Rotary is growing and looking for new members. The more members, the more we can contribute to the community."
To join the rotary, all you need to do is show up at one of their meetings. They meet every Wednesday at the Barleycorns in Cold Spring, Kentucky for lunch from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
|Back row, left to right: Arnd Rehfuss, Ken Bowman, Alan Goderwis, Scott Johnson, Nedrah Stagner. Jim Bowman is sitting in foreground.|