PTC Rotary doesn’t support candidates

Tue, 04/25/2006 - 4:13pm
By: Letters to the ...

On the front page of the April 19, 2006, The Citizen is an article of “political analysis” by John Thompson entitled: “Who Wants to Run in ‘06.”

In that article Mr. Thompson said, “(Eric) Maxwell ... is a prominent member of the Peachtree City Rotary Club, which is the closest the county has to a ‘kingmaker’ organization.”

He also said, “... Maxwell could win the race with (Randall) Johnson and the Rotary Club behind him.”

It is true that Eric Maxwell is a “prominent member of the Peachtree Rotary Club.” He is a past president.

The Peachtree City Rotary Club emphatically does not support individual candidates for public office; nor does it take sides on political issues. If the club did otherwise, Rotary International would have grounds for dropping the club.

The club does encourage people to vote. It does sponsor a “Get Out The Vote” forum before elections.

Please correct the opinion expressed in The Citizen by John Thompson.

Charles Landrum, president
The Rotary Club of Peachtree City
Peachtree City, Ga.

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Submitted by justaskin on Wed, 04/26/2006 - 7:06am.

Is this right? I had no idea that the Rotary was so powerful until last year. The Rotary was awarded Small Business of the Year by the Fayette Chamber of Commerce (for thier phone book). Most of those there were really surprised. They did not even know that the Rotary was a business. Later I found out that Mary Chapman (mother of Sam) actively lobbied the selection committee for the award. Now her son is running for a Commission seat. Are we going to see the same behind the scenes stuff from her son? There certainly is more at stake than a silly award. Does this bother anybody else?

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Submitted by ptctaxpayer on Tue, 04/25/2006 - 4:30pm.

Boy, is this guy naive !!! The Rotary Club "Debates" in PTC are usually the most rigged forum you can find, backing the candidates they choose. And see how the annointed folks get invited to stuff by Rotarians but the other candidates don't. John Thompson was right in that the Rotary Club is blatantly political and the one in Fayetteville too. Why did you think they started Rotary in the first place ?

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Submitted by H. Hamster on Wed, 04/26/2006 - 4:14am.

Let's see, who started the Rotary? Long time ago for sure. How about Teddy Roosevelt?

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Submitted by mudcat on Tue, 05/02/2006 - 5:59am.

Rotary was not started by politicicans for politicians, but it certainly has become a breeding ground for them. Membership in Rotary shows you care and gives you weekly face time with the business leaders in the county who actually do care. Very easy to network inside and outside the organization. If you get into a leadership position, so much better as it shows you gan govern a large group of influential people and at least get a meeting to end on time. In many ways the Rotary is more powerful than the Chamber of Commerce.

And yes Rotary is a business. They take in millions of dollars, but they also spend it on worthwhile things that helps humanity and the environment.

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