MILLEDGEVILLE — When George Clark joined the local Rotary Club in Eastman 64 years ago, a loaf of bread cost less than a dollar, a gallon of gas was 20 cents and Harry Truman was president of the United States.
Six decades later, Clark still personifies ‘Service Above Self’ as his personal mantra.
Clark was recently recognized by the Milledgeville Rotary Club for his years of service and dedication to Rotary. A regular Thursday noonday meeting of the local club was transformed into George Clark Day last month, as the Milledgeville Country Club was decked out in red and black — the colors of Clark’s University of Georgia alma mater — in his honor. In keeping with the Georgia Bulldogs theme, special guest speaker for the program was Chantel Dunham, director of development for University of Georgia Libraries, who brought along a few slides featuring 1939 yearbook photos from Clark’s days at UGA.
Clark was described by fellow Rotarians as a considerate and passionate man devoted to the principals of Rotary. Clark joined Rotary in Eastman and then went on to take up membership in the Cochran club after worked relocated him. Clark spent many years working for the department of agriculture and his job often transferred him around the state.
“Rotary has been a good trip for me,” he said. “Each place I went, someone had already decided I was a member of the club.”
When Clark moved to Milledgeville, joining the local club was without question.
“He has been a person who serves wherever he is,” said Milledgeville Rotary President Jeff Gray, “and that’s been the story of his life.”
The 94-year-old, who was also honored when he reach the 50-year membership plateau, said becoming a Rotarian has worked well for him in life.
“This club has been extremely kind to me.”When George Clark joined the local Rotary Club in Eastman 64 years ago, a loaf of bread cost less than a dollar, a gallon of gas was 20 cents and Harry Truman was president of the United States.