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This Woman’s Work is Definitely Never Done

From Left: Rhonda Herrington, Deborah Laine and Randy Dietel

“What would it take to change the world? Rotary’s 1.2 million members believe it starts with a commitment to Service Above Self.”
Rhonda Herrington is a very busy lady and there is very little that slows her down. Even as her husband is recovering from pneumonia, Rhonda seems to be a beautiful butterfly flitting from his bedside to her other obligations as the newly elected District Governor for our District, with a level of energy one might expect in one of the students she taught for over 35 years. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Palestine where she has served as president, director and was the club’s bulletin editor for ten consecutive years. She served for eight years as District Chairperson of RYLA, for two years as District youth Service Director, for three years as an Assistant District Governor, and was District 5910 Convention Co-chair in 2004. Rhonda is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, member of the Rotary Roll of Fame, and recipient of the Avenues of Service Recognition. She has been a Rotarian since 1998 with 18 years of perfect attendance. She has had the pleasure of hosting 5 Rotary Youth Exchange students in her home, from Thailand, Corsica, Germany, Brazil and Soviet Republic.
Rhonda has been involved with directing Zone Tones for Zone 21b and 27. Professionally, Rhonda has been an educator for 35 years. She is District Director of Fine Arts for the Palestine ISD. She has been State President of Kindergarten Teachers of Texas ad Chairperson of one of the standing committee of the Texas Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international organization of key women educators. In her free time she is the founder and director of the Anderson County Community Chorus and Orchestra; is music director at Grace United Methodist Church in Palestine; on the Board of Directors of the Palestine Public Library; President of Anderson County Meals on Wheels; on the Board of the ICEE (Institute where Creativity Empowers Education Success). In 2013, she was named Volunteer of the Year by the Palestine Chamber of Commerce.
As she stood before the Texas City Rotary and spoke of the good work done by this organization, one could see the sparkle in her eye and the pride she carries with her regarding Rotary and the amazing work being done.
Some of us still remember the horrors of the polio epidemic of the 50’s which was the worst outbreak in the nation’s history. Of nearly 58,000 cases reported that year, 3,145 people died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis, with most of its victims being children and it’s most famous victim being President Franklin D Roosevelt.
Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. For as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life and thanks to Rotary International, we are close to completely eradicating the disease worldwide. Texas City Rotary meets every Tuesday at 12pm at the Lowry Center and is open to all who would like to know more about this organization or are looking for a way to be of service to our community. Tuesday, October 17th, you can hear Another opportunity to see just what Rotary is all about will be an evening of Rotary Fellowship planned for Tuesday, October 24th at 5:00 p.m. at Gus’s Restaurant on Palmer.

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