Athens Review, Athens, Texas

June 28, 2013

Nelson new Athens Rotary Club President

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

Athens — The Athens Rotary Club has started a new year with a new President. Robert Nelson of Athens was installed Thursday as the 2013-2014 President of the Athens Rotary.

Nelson, owner of Nelson's Door Co. has been a Rotarian for more than 20 years. City Manager Pam Burton was the president in 2012-2013. She has now passed the gavel to Nelson.

The Rotary theme for 2013-2014 is “Engage Rotary, Change Lives.” Nelson said he has a lot of ideas for his tenure as President.

“You will get more information later, but we are looking at a blood drive and honoring law enforcement and first responders in the community, as well as some other projects for the year,” Nelson said.

The Rotary Club is an international club that gives back to the local community. The Athens Rotary part of Rotary International also has a goal to eradicate polio worldwide.

Nelson, a retired educator, now owns three Sylvan Learning Centers, as well as Nelson Door Co.  Sylvan Learning, located in Mesquite and Tyler, also has a satellite location at the Cain Center in Athens. Nelson is married with two children, Brad and Laura Nelson.

Deputy Assistant Gov. Mike Moore was on hand to install  the Athens Rotary Officers. The Board of Directors include Cliff Barrett, Kelly Deskill, Chris Russell, Steve Shaddox, Adam Piper, Erv Jenkins and Dennis Gilmore. Pam Burton will stay on the board as Past President.

Nelson wants the local club to get involved in the Rotary and it's community.  The Athens Rotary meets each Thursday at the Athens Country Club. The next meeting will be held on July 11. Nelson has scheduled Sandy Forster to be the guest  speaker. Forster, a past District Governor with Rotary, will talk about the Rotary Foundation.