1988: OUR PIONEERING CLUB IS BORN
The Rotary Club of Central Johnston County came to life in 1988 with 26 members at our "Charter Night" banquet on April 24 (our official charter date is March 29, 1988).
Jim White a long-time leader of the Smithfield Rotary Club recruited women, minorities, persons of different faiths, and newcomers alongside the traditional nucleus of men from various professions to form the basis of Central Johnston Rotary. That tradition of seeking diversity in membership has continued since then, even after Jim's death in 2009.
Another of Jim White's legacies is our club's outstanding record in individual giving to the Rotary Foundation. Bolstered by "Groups of Four" members who pledge to give $250 annually over a four-year period, Central Johnston Rotary achieved status as a "100 Percent Paul Harris Fellow Club" in 2000, and has upheld that standard since then. Altogether, the club's members have contributed more than $330,000 to the Rotary Foundation since 1988.
The club's first major community-service project was the Rotary Golf Classic, launched under the leadership of Linwood Byrd in 1989 to raise money for college scholarships. Another early project that continues today was providing volunteer "bell ringers" for the Salvation Army's Christmas Red Kettle campaign (one of Jim White's favorite endeavors). For a complete list of our club's present-day service projects, follow this link.

JIM WHITE
Pictured at left are charter members in attendance at our club's 25th anniversary celebration in 2008: (left to right) Landis Bullock, Claud Dunn, Carlton Pernell, Wingate Lassiter, Linwood Byrd, Warren Grimes, and Willie Smith.

PAST PRESIDENTS SINCE 1988
(NOTE: presidents serve one-year terms, July 1-June 30)

JIM WHITE
1988-89

WARREN GRIMES
1989-90

MIKE WILLIAMS
1990-91

DAVID ARNN
1991-92

LINWOOD BYRD
1992-93

ALLEN BROOKS
1993-94

WILLIE SMITH
1994-95

KIM McCULLERS
1995-96

NEAL DAVIS
1996-97

WOODIE HATHAWAY
1997-98

DEBBIE ELAM
1998-99

CLAUD DUNN, JR.
1999-2000

LANDIS BULLOCK
2000-01

GARRY GAVITT
2001-02
EVERITT JONES, JR.
2002-03

PETE CONNET
2003-04

DONNA SHUMATE
2004-05

MARK HALL
2005-06

WINGATE LASSITER
2006-07

CHRIS KEY
2007-08

JOY CALLAHAN
2008-09

CARLTON PERNELL
2009-10

MARTIN TETREAULT
2010-11

KEITH DIMSDALE
2011-12

WOODY WILKINSON
2012-13

RICHARD DAUGHTRY
2013-14

JOHN DUNN
2014-15

JASON WENZEL
2015-16