LAGRANGE ROTARY CLUB PAPERS
DONOR: Members of the LaGrange Rotary Club, 1983-2006
SIZE: 17 linear feet, 13 volumes
8 manuscript boxes photographs/negatives
14 records storage carton 1 box slides
1 OP folder 1 OP Box
41 rare books 1 box snapshots
13 scrapbooks 1 box Audio/Visuals
PROCESSING: DHS, October 1985; RAA, June 1990; BNJ, August 2001; FCJ August 2006; FCJ October 2006
The LaGrange Rotary Club, organized in the Spring of 1923, was chartered September 27, 1923 under the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of West Point. The LaGrange club is part of District 6900 of Rotary International. Membership in a Rotary club is based on classifications of business and professions in the community. Club membership is a cross-section of business and professional interests in the community and emphasis is placed on regular attendance.
Rotary Clubs meet weekly, the LaGrange Club on Wednesdays. Through its members, the club impacts many aspects of local social, economic, and political life, provides many services to the community, and supports many projects worldwide. Scholarships for LaGrange College students, promotion of Victory Gardens in World War II, donation of equipment to local medical and educational facilities, and financial aid to local and worldwide organizations and institutions constitute a few of the projects of LaGrange Rotary Club. Support of programs, such as STAR Student-Teacher program, Rotaract Club, Interact Clubs, Special Olympics, Camp Viola, and Boys and Girls Clubs, exemplify the club's continuing commitment to the future. Support of numerous literacy, housing, and cultural projects highlight their community commitment. Contributions of local members to the Rotary International Foundation, which finances health, welfare, educational, and peace projects over the globe, are among the highest in District 6900.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
These papers relate to the growth of LaGrange as evidenced by a local civic organization. From cooperation with the WPA (Works Progress Administration) in the 1930s, through its eightieth anniversary celebration in 2003, these papers reveal the history of the club and its interaction with the local community. The records date from 1923. Periodic additions keep the collection current.
These papers consist mainly of club records in the form of minutes, committee reports, membership lists, newsletters, correspondence, scrapbooks and news clippings. Membership files include biographical data on some of LaGrange's most prominent citizens 1928-1960. An index to members' biographies is included in the container list. The collection also includes newspaper clippings, photographs, and club memorabilia. The collection is divided into five series: Club Records, Rotary Club Publications, Scrapbooks, Photographs, and Miscellaneous. Committee reports and minutes of director's meetings are especially informative about the club's concerns, objectives, and activities. The newsletters afford a detailed look at the activities of the club and its members.
Series I: Club Records, 1923-Current
11 boxes, 1 OP folder, 1 OP1 box
Records in this series include minutes of the LaGrange Rotary Club's Board of Directors meetings from 1928 to current. These minutes contain committee reports and recommendations by the Board regarding club activities and projects. Membership and officer lists, attendance reports, and financial information from 1923 are located here. Biographical questionnaires prepared by thirty-two of the club's members in 1928 are a valuable source of information on LaGrange's Depression Era business and professional leaders. An attendance and financial ledger for the years 1961-1970 can be found in the Scrapbooks and Volumes. In addition, a Secretary’s Record Book for the years 1927-1931 is available. Administration and activity reports from club presidents, 1929-1941 and 1995-2006, and annual committee reports, 1928-2003, detail club activities. Club correspondence dating from 1929 to 1974 deals largely in attendance matters. Members remained concerned over attendance even when serving overseas during World War II.
Correspondence concerning the planting of area Victory Gardens, and other World War II projects, can be found here, as can information regarding the sponsorship of a patient at the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation.
The LaGrange Rotary's Silver, Golden, and 75th Anniversary celebrations in 1948, 1973, and 1998 are detailed. This includes a scrapbook filled with photos and newspaper clippings pertaining to the Golden Anniversary.
Series II: Rotary Club Publications 1923-1938, 1959-current
2 manuscript boxes, 40 bound volumes
The "LaGrange Rotary Club Bulletin", a weekly publication, was first published November 12, 1923, one month after the club's first meeting. An appeal to find a "proper name" for the publication is in this first issue. The "Rotary in LaGrange" consisted of club news, general information, editorials, attendance records and jokes. Most of the issues until 1938 can be found here. These newsletters provide an informal look at LaGrange and some of its business and professional leaders in the years following World War I up to World War II.
In February, 1950, after a twelve-year lapse, a newsletter titled "The Rotary Wheel" was published. The sub-title of this issue proclaims it as the "Unofficial Publication of the LaGrange Rotary Club,” issued as and when time permits. Five years later, the club began a publication entitled "The Wheel of Rotary", comprised of weekly program information, club news, attendance records, and editorials. Since 1958, the newsletter has been published on a weekly basis. Bound copies of these newsletters from 1958 to the current day can be found at RB-34. (Occasional issues may be missing.)
Series III: Scrapbooks 1964-2004
Scrapbooks prepared to "indicate the plans and accomplishments of the Rotary Club of LaGrange for the year and serve as a reminder of your year as Club President" are included here. These scrapbooks represent the tenure of eight club presidents. They are filled with photographs, newspaper clippings, club memorabilia, and annual committee reports. Recent scrapbooks have been added to the collection along with award clipping notebooks.
A scrapbook of the club's golden anniversary celebration in 1973 is also included. Photographs of the festivities comprise the majority of this scrapbook's content along with a few newspaper clippings and related items.
Scrapbooks from one of the club’s sponsored youth groups, Troup High Interact Club, give details of that group as well.
Series IV: Photographs 1923-2006
11 folders, 1 slide box, 4 envelopes of negatives, 1 snapshot box
Group portraits from 1930 and 1950-current make up the bulk of this series. Most of these group photos were taken in front of the Troup County Courthouse or Highland Country Club by Snelson Davis, O.N. Johnson, or J. Hugh Campbell. An identification list accompanies the 1960, 1964, and 1966 photos. Individual photographs of Fuller E. Callaway, Sr., Fuller E. Callaway, Jr., and Hatton Lovejoy can be found here. Photos of the erection of the Lafayette Statue in downtown LaGrange in 1975, the Rotary District 6900 Convention in 1977, the Rotary Health Fair of 1982, Rededication of Lafayette’s Statue in 2001, and meetings and special projects are also included. Photographs of several club events and projects from the years 1999-2003 show Rotary at work.
Enlargements of individual members taken from the 1930 group photo are found here in a slide format. These individual close-ups include Fuller Callaway, Sr., Fuller Callaway, Jr., Cason Callaway, Hatton Lovejoy, Lewis Price, Dr. Wallace Clark, George Cobb, Jr., and B. J. Mayer. Slides taken of club meetings, news clippings and social functions can also be found here. Four envelopes of negatives of a variety of club activities conclude the series. A detailed container listing of photographs and slides can be found following this inventory. Mounted photographs used in various displays and exhibits can be found in Series V.
Series V: Plaques, Displays, Awards, and Miscellaneous Items 1960-2003
8 records storage container, 4 OP containers
Certificates and plaques given to the LaGrange Rotary Club honoring its contributions and achievements make up the bulk of this series. Rotary directories and awards of appreciation honoring sponsorship of the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Program are also filed here.
RB34.58/59, 59/60, 60/61, 61/62, 62/63, 64/65, 66/67, 68/69, 69/70, 76/77, 77/78, 78/79, 79/80, 80/81, 81/82, 82/83, 83/84, 84/85, to current.
Bound copies of "The Wheel of Rotary” from 1958 to the present, with a few years missing.
Bound copy of District Governor’s Monthly Newsletter 1991-1992 Walter Y. Murphy of LaGrange, Dist. Gov.
Bound copy of “75 Years Rotary In LaGrange 1923-1998,” a history of Rotary Club of LaGrange, softback
RB34 Rotary? (Chicago, Illinois: Rotary Club of Chicago) 1934.
SERIES I: CLUB RECORDS
1 1929-1941 Activities and Administration Reports
2-5 1948 25th Anniversary LaGrange Club
6 1973 50th Anniversary LaGrange Club
7 1926-1971 Attendance Reports
8 1966-1970 Audit Reports
9 1936-1959 Budgets
10 Clark, Wallace Dr.
11-13 1930-1980 Committee Assignments and Officer Lists
14 1928-1934 Committee Reports
15-16 1954-1956 Committee Reports
17 1967-1968 Committee Reports
18 1942 Telegram
19 1948 25th Anniversary Letter
1-3 1968-1971 Committee Reports
4 1973-1974 Papers
5 1961 Constitution and Bylaws
6-10 1929-1974 Correspondence
11-12 1929, 1974 District Records
13 History and Organization, pamphlet
14-16 1923-1967 Membership Lists and Reports
17-24 1928-1957 Minutes
25-27 1955-1977 Members, classifications, officers
1-13 1957-1976 Minutes
15 Past Presidents, lists
16 1932-1955 Programs, Weekly (Newspaper clippings)
17 1934,1965 Questionnaire, Quiz, and Riddles
18 Rotary International Material
19 1950 Scholarship Program, article
20 1928-1966 Treasurer's Reports
21 1966-1967 Agendas, Weekly meetings
22 1966 Ladies Night
Box 4: Biographies
1 Billinghurst, George E.
2 Burdette, Hiram Speer
3 Burks, Henry D.
4 Callaway, Ely Reeves
5 Callaway, Thomas James
6 Callaway, Dr. Enoch
7 Fincher, Herman C.
8 Finn, John R.
9 Fisher, Thomas Orr
10 Glanton, Henry Dixon
11 Grimes, Ira B.
12 Hudson, J.D.
13 King, Barrington, J.
14 Lehman, Albert, Jr.
15 Lehman, William P.
16 Leman, DeManville Abraham “Moville”
17 Lovejoy, Hatton
18 Mayer, Barney J.
19 Milam, Judson J.
20 Park, Emory R.
21 Parker, Charles R.
22 Perry, John Albert (Ab)
23 Quillian, Hubert Travis
24 Redding, Paschal Edmund (Pete)
25 Rowe, Frederick F.
26 Sargent, George H.
27 Thompson, William E.
28 Traylor, James Edward
29 Trotter, McKie Massenburg
30 Turner, William H., Jr.
31 Wood, Gustavus L. “Gus”
32 Wooding, Howard S.
11956, 1961 Rotary Classifications, 1956, 1961
2 1952-1958 Committee and Program Appointments
3 1958 Rotary Concert, April
4 1957-1963 Rotary Club Foreign Student Project
5 1957 Rotary Club Service Committee
6 1957 International Service Committee
7 1957 Club Service Committee
8 1958 Rotary Club Financial Statement
9 1957 Educational Foundation
10 1958-1961 Board of Directors Minutes
11 1949-1963 Committee Reports
12 1956-1958 Bulletins
13 1958-1959 Correspondence
14 1958 Attendance
15 1957 Club Reports to District Governor
16 1964-1965 Gardner Newman's Rotary Papers
1 1955-1956 Rotary Club Reports
2 1954-1955 Rotary Club Reports
3 1957-58 Report to District Governor
4 1952-1953 Program Committee Reports
5 1957 Correspondence
6 1957 Committee Service Reports
7 1958 Rotary Convention
8 1958 Rotary Club District Institute
9 1957 Rotary International
10 1957-1958 Governor's Monthly Letters
11 1957-1963 New Members
12 1975 Program, February 12: Steve Dugan
13 1957 Report to Governor
1 1958 Make-up Certificates
2 1948-1961 Club Correspondence
3-5 1961-1962 Presidential papers, Tom Hutchinson
6 1962-1963 Correspondence
7-8 1963-1964 Club organization, correspondence
9-11 1975-1994 Attendance Records
12-15 1993-1995 Correspondence
16-17 1994-1995 Presidential papers, Ken Ingram (continued in Box 8)
1-19 1994-1995 Presidential papers, Ken Ingram (continued from Box 7)
21 1994 Paul Harris Sustaining Member Certificates
22-35 1995-1996 Immediate Past President papers, Ken Ingram
36 1996-1997 Financial Records
Box 9 Presidential Papers
1-26 1995-1996 Pat H. Holder
27-29 1996-1997 Wayne Livingston
Box 10 Presidential Papers
1-3 1997-1998 Ajalon E. “Danny” Daniel, III
4-26 1998-1999 Fred L. Jones
27-47 1999-2000 Frank S. “Chunk” Newman
Box 11 Presidential Papers
1-12 2000-2001 Charles D. Hudson, Jr.
13-17 2001-2002 Forrest C. Johnson, III
18-21 2002-2003 Kaye Lanning Minchew
22-26 2003-2004 Stuart Gulley
27-29 2004-2005 Robert L. “Bobby” Carmichael, Jr.
30 2005-2006 Nancy Thuesen Gell
SERIES II: Newsletters
Box 1 Rotary Newsletters, unbound
Folder 1-15 1923-1938 Rotary in LaGrange
Box 2 Rotary Newsletters, unbound
Folder 1 1950 The Rotary Wheel
2 1955-1956 Rotary Club of LaGrange
3 1956-1958 The Wheel of Rotary
4-6 1970 The Wheel of Rotary
7 1972, 1975 The Wheel of Rotary
SERIES III: SCRAPBOOKS
Vol. 1 1961-62 Tom Hutchinson
Vol. 2 1964-65 Charles Hudson
Vol. 3 1965-66 James S. Holder
Vol. 4 1968-69 Henderson Traylor
Vol. 5 1969-70 Waights G. Henry
Vol. 6 1973 Golden Anniversary
Vol. 7 1989-90 Pete Newman
Vol. 8 1995-96 Pat Holder
Vol. 9-12 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986 Troup High Interact Club
Vol. 13 2003-2004 Stuart Gulley
SERIES IV: PHOTOGRAPH INVENTORY
1 Fuller E. Callaway, Sr. n.d. Photo Studio Harris and Ewing, Washington, D.C.
2 Fuller E. Callaway, Jr. n.d., b&w. Photo by Taskett Studio, LaGrange, Georgia.
3 Fuller E. Callaway, Jr. and Waights G. Henry photographed in front of the Lafayette Square Fountain as statue of LaFayette is being installed.
4 Hatton Lovejoy. b&w.
5-6 Unidentified individual
7 Group of 6 men, including Gardner Newman. b&w.
8 Five members of the local club with Renrick Guernsey, a Past President of Rotary International. A silver anniversary photo, 1948, b&w. Photo by O.N. Johnson, LaGrange, Ga.
9 Charles Hudson, 1970, b&w, with an enlarged copy of the club's October 8, 1930 group photo.
10 Southwest LaGrange YMCA
11 Jim McAllister and two unidentified people.
12 Club photos, n.d., b&w. Photo by Johnson
13 1960, b&w.
14 c. 1950-1960, b&w. Photo by Johnson.
15 1962, b&w. 2 copies.
16 1964, b&w. Photo by J. Hugh Campbell, 3 copies.
17 1966, b&w. Photo by Campbell. 2 copies
18 1969, b&w. Photo by Campbell. 2 copies.
19 1979, b&w.
20 Club photos, 1980, b&w.
21 Rotary Club sponsored baseball team, 1978, color.
22-24 Rotary Convention, 1977, color. Mr. and Mrs Charles Hudson.
25 Club photo, n.d.
26 Visit to Elm City Plant, 26 May 1948
27 Unidentified, unidentified, Charles Hudson, n.d.
28 Bradfield family with foreign exchange student, n.d.
29 James T. Gresham
30 Memory and Forrest Johnson, 14 May 1963 (not numbered) 15 snapshots of unidentified Rotary convention (not numbered) 45 snapshots of Health Fair 1982
31-46 15 snapshots of unidentified Rotary convention (not numbered)
47-92 45 Snapshots of 1982 Health Fair
93-97 Various group photos (undated)
98 1974 Group Photo
99-100 Elske Wortman, Exchange student
101-106 1997 State Convention
107 Rotary Group Photo
108 Rotary Club Members, c. 1958
109-112 Rotary Sponsored Youth Teams 2003
113 Venezuelan Group Study Exchange 2003
Box 1-4 Copies and close-ups of individuals in group photos.
Box 1 Includes a group photo (c. 1950's) not found in photo collection.
Box 2 From 1930 group photo.
Box 3 Shows 1950-1951 club and a Rotary meeting, n.d.
Box 4 Includes 1942, 1951, 1963, 1969, and 1980 clubs.
Box 5 Close-ups of individuals, including: Fuller E. Callaway, Jr., Lewis Price, Hatton Lovejoy, Fuller E. Callaway, Sr., Ely Callaway, Dr. Park, George Cobb, Jr., Cason Callaway, B.J. Mayer, and Dr. Wallace Clark
Box 6 Rotary Club meetings, celebrations, and newspaper clippings
Box 7 Manor Realty Company, Hudson Hardware Company safe. Included are slides of Fuller E. Callaway, Jr. and Waights G. Henry in front of the Lafayette statue, and other miscellaneous photos
1 Jekyll Island Conference
2 1998 District Governor Ann Henderson’s visit to LaGrange
3 1998-1999 Meetings, Activities
4 1999 Group Study Exchange
5 2000 Camp Viola Project
6-12 2000-2001 Rotary Programs
13 2000-2001 Meetings, Activities
14 2001 Programs, June
15-16 2001 Career Day, Rosemont Elementary School, March
17-36 2001 Lafayette Statue Rededication, French Rotarians Visit
37 2001-2002 Meetings, District Conference
38 2002 July 4th Sweet Land of Liberty Parade
39 2003 Group Study Exchange
40 2002-2003 Meetings, Activities
SERIES V: PLAQUES, DISPLAYS, AWARDS, and MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS
Miscellaneous Plaques, Best Club Bulletin District 690, 1959-1960. Awards of
Appreciation, honoring sponsorship of local STAR program. Rotary International stamp and
decal District 690 Yearbook, 1957-1959 Rotary International Directory, 1970-1980
1 1994-95 Rotary Club Roster (notebook)
2 1994 Rotary Sponsored Little League Baseball Team, 3 mounted print
3 1995-1996 Georgia Rotary Student, Elske Wortham, mounted print
4 1998 Rotary Health Fair, West Georgia Commons Mall, 4 Mounted Prints
5 1998 Boys and Girls Club, mounted print
6 1998 Salvation Army Bell Ringers, mounted print
7 1998 Recreation Department, mounted print
8 2000-2001 LaGrange Rotary In the News (Notebook)
9 2001 Lafayette Rededication, 23 Mounted Prints
10 2001 Visitor Folder Presented to French Delegation
11 2001 Lafayette Square, mounted print
12 Star Student Photo, mounted print
13 Folder: Thank You Letters from School Children
Assorted Banners from U.S. and International Rotary Clubs
Badge: Lt. Gov. Wayne Livingston, District 6900, 1998-1999
Plaques Presented to LaGrange Rotary Club by
Boys and Girls Club (3)
Business Council of Georgia (STAR)
Troup County Chamber of Commerce
Rosemont Elementary Club
Rotary District Governor, William M. Mulkey, 1997-1998
Rotary-1994-95 Presidential Citation
Rotary-1997-98 Presidential Citation
Rotary International-75th Membership in Rotary Certificate
Waights G. Henry, Jr. District Governor Plaques (2)
Rotary Sponsored Little League Baseball Team, 1993
Box 5 Material from 75th Anniversary Exhibit
Box 6 LaGrange Daily News special edition 100 Years of Rotary 2-23-2005
Time Magazine 100 Years of Rotary June 2005
District 6900 History of Rotary 1915-2000
LaGrange Prayer Breakfast program 2005
Special lapel pins (2)
Rotary of LaGrange booklet “Character in the Workplace”
District 6900 Conference Catalogue 2002
LaGrange Club Member Manual 1996
LaGrange Club Directory 1999
Conference Awards 2003
Commemorative water bottle 2005 (empty)
Commemorative wine bottle 1998 (empty)
Box 7 Audio/Visuals
1 VHS LaGrange Rotary’s HIV/AIDS Awareness video 2002
2 VHS District Conference 2002
3 VHS LaGrange Rotary’s PolioPlus Benefit Ballet, featuring Nancy Gell in The Swan, 2004
4 CD LaGrange Rotary’s Literacy Projects
5 CD Club Directory photographs
6 VHS Introduction to Rotary
7 VHS Paul Harris, Rotary Founder
8 VHS Lafayette Statue Rededication, 2001
9 Audio Cassette Rotary’s Character Education tape
10 VHS Rotary International’s 100th Birthday Message 2004-2005
11 CD Boyd Park Dedication 7-4-2004
12 CD International President Glenn Estess visiting LaGrange 2005
13 CD Humanity in Motion
14 CD Record Number of Paul Harris Fellows, LaGrange Club
15 CD Rotary Literacy Project
16-18 CDs Rotary Pictures 2003, 2004, 2005
19 CD Rotary Documents, Pictures
20 CD District Governor Visit, LaGrange 9-25-2004
21 CD Rotary Service Awards 2004-2005
Box 8 Citations/Awards
Presidential Citation 2004-2005
Governor’s Citation 2005
Runner – Up Perfect Attendance 2004-2005
Best Display 2005
Governor’s Citation 2006
Centurion Club Citation 2004
OP (Oversize Papers)
A souvenir edition of the LaGrange Daily News, dated February 20, 1980, honoring the 75th anniversary of Rotary International. (2 copies)
OP Box 1
3 Rotary Banners (Awards for Club, 1998-1999)
Poti Diploma issued to Ken Ingram
Georgia Rotary Student Program Roster, LaGrange sponsored students,1950-1996
Rotary Club Charter (Certificate)
Mounted Membership Photo
OP 2 1923-1998 Framed Plaque on 75th Anniversary (Presented to LaGrange Rotary by
Al Lipphardd, District Governor, District 6900
OP 3 2005 framed Proclamation of Troup County Commissioners for Rotary International Day 2-23-2005
OP 4 framed certificate of LaGrange Rotary’s partnership in Jimmy Carter Work Project 2003
Local History, 1923-1934
Manners and Customs, 1923-1934
Societies and Clubs
Warm Springs Foundation
Troup High Interact Club
Jimmy Carter Workshop
RELATED PAPERS AT TROUP COUNTY ARCHIVES
MS-65 George Forrester Papers