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The Batesville Rotary Club has a long, proud history.  The club was chartered by Rotary International on November 25th, 1940.  The club was sponsored by the Newport Rotary Club.  Herbert W. Parker of Jonesboro was the District Governor of what was then District 138.

The club began meeting on October 23, 1940 to begin the process of receiving a charter.  Meetings took place at the Marvin Hotel on Main Street.  At the time of the club's inception, there were 23 charter members:

Jim Adams Reeves Anderson Charles W. Barnett Virgil Butler
S.E. Coleman Farrell Conner Dr. L.T. Evans Kennard Felts
Preston Grace, Sr. Dr. Paul Gray Max Harmon Bill Headstream
Walter Hix Roy N. Jeffery J. Hugh Kennard P. Fay Lindsey
Herschel Parks Jewell Pounders Lawrence Smith Loyd R. Steelman
W.S. Stokes Jared E. Trevathen Victor Wade  

Jared Trevathen was elected as President, S.E. Coleman was elected as Vice-President, J. Hugh Kennard was elected as Secretary, Dr. L.T Evans was elected as Treasurer, and Lawrence Smith was elected as Sergeant-at-arms.  It should be noted that a fire at Arkansas Power & Light on April 12, 1944 destroyed all of the club's original records, and much of the information about the early history of the club is incomplete.  While not listed among the original charter members of the club, Doyle Rogers and Leland Roll are considered charter members, as Rotary International lists their memberships as beginning in November of 1940.  Both Mr. Rogers and Mr. Roll are still active members of the Batesville Rotary Club.

Past Presidents

Jared E. Trevathen
1940-1941
S.E.  Coleman/Charles Barnett
1941-1942
P. Fay Lindsey
1942-1943
Lorenso Evans
1943-1944
Harry King
1944-1945
Jewell Pounders
1945-1946
William Headstream
1946-1947
Fuller Highsmith
1947-1948
Fred Schooler
1948-1949
Walter Hix
1949-1950
Farrell Conner
1950-1951
Dr. Paul Gray
1951-1952
Jay McCall
1952-1953
Edgar Metcalf
1953-1954
Jim Rutherford
1954-1955
George Cummins
1955-1956
David M. Evans
1956-1957
Edward L. Lyons
1957-1958
J.R. Bolin
1958-1959
K.D. "Toby" Stokes
1959-1960
Adrian Fike
1960-1961
Charles "Chuck" Frey
1961-1962
Doyle W. Rogers, Sr.*
1962-1963
J.K. Southerland
1963-1964
Tom Vinson
1964-1965
Robert A. "Lit" Craig
1965-1966
Leland Roll*
1966-1967
Bill Sensabaugh
1967-1968
Manuel Conyers
1968-1969
Jimmy Wann
1969-1970
Jon Milum
1970-1971
Jim Sherrell
1971-1972
Harold Jones
1972-1973
Carl Shaver
1973-1974
H.D. Bailey, Jr.*
1974-1975
Jimmy Watkins*
1975-1976
Nelson Barnett*
1976-1977
Preston Grace, Jr.*
1977-1978
Bill Eno*
1978-1979
Vernon Vinson
1979-1980
Hollis Flowers
1980-1981
Buford Maddox*
1981-1982
Sam Highsmith
1982-1983
Max McElmurry*
1983-1984
Al Byrd
1984-1985
John Freeman
1985-1986
Bud Shreeve
1986-1987
Mike Kendall*
1987-1988
Jerry Taylor*
1988-1989
Bob Carter
1989-1990
John Bennett
1990-1991
Jerry Rose*
1991-1992
Fred Wann*
1992-1993
Johnny Kent*
1993-1994
David Timko
1994-1995
Benson Hardaway
1995-1996
Polly Livingston*
1996-1997
Alan Moore
1997-1998
1998-1999 1999-2000
2000-2001 2001-2002 Bill Olson*
2002-2003
Debbie Allen
2003-2004
John Harris
2004-2005
Jeff Showalter*
2005-2006
Audrey Pool*
2006-2007
Tim Bruner*
2007-2008
Cathy Drew*
2008-2009
Mark House*
2009-2010
Dwight Ford*
2010-2011
Ronald Richardson*
2011-2012
* - indicates current member

Past District Governors

Dave Evans Jimmy Watkins Sam Highsmith
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