For immediate release - Feb. 14, 2005
TAVARES — On Friday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m., the Lake County Historical Museum will unveil its first new exhibit of 2005.
The exhibit will feature Rotary International Club memorabilia from around the nation, including some from clubs established in the area. In Lake County, there are eight Rotary clubs, including three based in the City of Leesburg.
The Rotary memorabilia is provided by longtime Eustis Rotarian Clayton Bishop, who through the years of travel around the nation and parts of the world has acquired a diverse collection of the club’s heritage. The Rotary artifacts includes old member badges, four plates from a 1992 Rotary International convention held in Orlando and a speaker’s water pitcher celebrating the club’s silver anniversary.
A nationwide service club, Rotary International is one of the largest and oldest clubs in the world. About 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31,000 Rotary clubs located in 166 countries. The principal motto of Rotary Club is “Service above Self.” Rotarians provide humanitarian service across the globe including a worldwide effort to eradicate polio.
“I thought it was a pretty good idea because we have a lot of people that are Rotarians and they make big contributions to Lake County with various projects,” said Dr. Diane Kamp, director of Lake County museums.
The Rotary artifacts to be displayed in the museum are but only half of Bishop’s total collection. On Feb. 23, Bishop will celebrate 48 years of perfect attendance in Rotary International.
“I’m proud of my attendance, but I always tell people not to worry about the ‘x’ amount of years, but try to have 100 percent attendance every week.”
A former floral shop owner, Bishop has made three internationally-sponsored Rotary trips, twice to Haiti and once to Guatemala, to help improve the poor quality of life found in those countries by building a clinic and a new water system for the facility. In addition, Bishop has attended about 17 Rotary International conventions and has plans to attend the 2005 convention to be held in Chicago.
There is always something new to see and do at the Lake County Historical Museum, 317 W. Main St., Tavares. For more information, call Kamp at (352) 343-9600.
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445