MINUTES OF THE ROTARY MEETING
December 2, 2021
By Dr. Leona Onderdonk Rowan
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by Garrett Williamson, President-Elect of Rotary Club of Mobile, at 12:15 p.m.
Invocation: Ken McElhaney offered the invocation.
Patriotic Song and Pledge: Members sang “America the Beautiful” and recited the Pledge of Allegiance led by Larry Sindel.
Members’ Guests: Bob Chappelle called upon members to introduce their guests.
Student Guest: Julie Otts introduced the school counselor from Davidson High School. She in turn introduced the student of the week, Jackson A. Faggard. Following Jackson’s remarks, Garrett Williamson presented him a certificate.
Moment in History: Tom McGehee presented a brief history of the beginning of Mobile Rotary in 1914 and explained that the organization’s initial meetings were held at the Battle House Hotel.
Program: Member Michael Kintz introduced the guest speaker, David Morris. He is the founder and CEO of QB (quarterback) Country. Located in twelve cities from New Jersey to Dallas, QB Country is the nation’s leading quarterback training and development company. David’s own experience with playing football began at McGill-Toolen High School and continued at Ole Miss as a walk on. He became the first true freshman walk-on quarterback to start in the SEC.
David began his remarks by recalling that when he was a child he attended Mobile Rotary Club meetings with his father. This experience helped form his understanding of and appreciation for service to others. QB Country provides training and development to quarterbacks in the NFL, college, high school, and middle school. David said he became obsessed with football at an early age and his love of the game remained over the years. So, after working in real estate for a number of years, he decided to return to football and he established QB Country in 2010. The company specializes in small group and one-on-one training which fosters strong, positive relationships with trainees. It also emphasizes recruiting and advising. As a result, many of the high school trainees have been recruited and offered scholarships, thereby opening the door to opportunities they may not have had otherwise.
After questions from the floor were answered, Garrett thanked David for speaking to our club and presented him a certificate noting that a donation has been made in his honor to the Mobile History Museum.
Announcements: Garrett announced member birthdays.
Closing Remarks and Adjournment: He announced that Dr. Rendi Murphree with the Mobile County Department of Health will be the guest speaker next week. The meeting was adjourned at approximately 1:00 p.m.