Officially, the Rotary Club of Silver City was formed in 1923, but the oldest available picture of club membership dates to 1937. Club members shown are: (Standing, left to right) Harold Kelsey, Fred Parrish, Clyde Ely, John O’Leary, Dr. Arthur Gill, Seth Larson, T.A. Shutte, George Johnson, Jack Wilson, Ross Calvin. (Sitting, left to right) Frank Parrish, Fred Smith, Julius Becker (visiting), Jack Amy, Dr. Nate Frazin, Melvin Porterfield Sr., Bob Noble, Hadden W. James, J. Vernon Glenn, Milton Stovall.
The Club was chartered on November 2, 1923CHARTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS:President - Earl Sprague, Physician, NM Cottage SanatoriumVIE-PRESIDENT - A.O. Bowden, President, NM Normal UniversitySECRETARY - William R. Warner Insurance Agent & Forest RangerTREASURER - E.A. Woodhull, Editor of the Silver City EnterpriseSERGEANT-AT-ARMS - William Murray, Merchant, store in CentralCHARTER MEMBERS:Harry E. Bassett, Ford auto dealerJohn H. Blackwell, book and jewelry store ownerFrank B. Brewer, physician, executive officer, Fort BayardW.S. Cox, hardware store and mortuary ownerJames B. Gilchrist, banker, cattleman, banker, engineerRoland A. Laird, house painterDon W. Lusk, newspaperman, editorRaymond B. Ryan, lawyer, district judgeJohn Schadel, bakery ownerA.D. Seitzler, saddle makerFrederick Winn, forest supervisorIra L. Wright, mining engineerMore history is represented by the following listing of club presidents since 1923 and, in the case of recent years, some Rotary activities during those years:2013-14President: Sunny YatesRotary Auction produced sufficient funds to enable the club to award $12,000 to each of the following nonprofit organizations: Literacy Link - Leamos, The Imagination Library of Grant County, The Grant County Volunteer Center.Club received Presidential Citation with Distinction.Club was named Small Club of the Year at District Conference.Alotta Gelato receive Small Business of the Year award at District Conference.Two Students awarded Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and sent to RYLA camp in July 2014Awarded two $1,500 college scholarships to graduating high school studentsHosted Belgian Rotary Youth Exchange Student Emilie Charlez.2012-13President: William KnuttinenFour students awarded Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and sent to Camp RYLA.Alicia Edwards name Local Hero.Club received Presidential Citation.2011-12President: Wayne BarnardSuccessful Rotay Auction raising $40,000, with four non-profit organizations receiving $9,000 each.Hosted South African GSE Team (Rotary District 5520 sent a GSE team to South Africa, but a member of theteam from Silver City had to drop out due to business obligations.)Four students awarded Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and sent to Camp RYLASuccessful participation in Gila Monster Challenge2010-11President: Christy MillerSuccessful Charity Golf Tournament with proceeds going to local fire departmentsHosted Rotary Youth Exchange Program student Benjamin Snaafs from Finland2009-10President: Tony Macias2008-9President: Jim CallenderSuccessful Charity Auction which raised $5,000 each for six different non-profit organizations, plus $3,000 for the Polio Plus program. The auction also produced side-benefits for some of the applicants who were not selected as beneficiaries of the auction.The annual Golf Scramble raised funds for El Refugio and the Humane Society.Three Rotary college scholarships of $1,000 each were awarded to graduating high school students.An ambulance plus $2,000 were donated to support the Guatemala water project.Three RYLA awards were made to high school students.Presidents 2007-2008 and Before:2007-2008 Phillip “Chris” Farren2006-2007 Ray Davis2005-2006 Kathy Eaton2004-2005 James Edd Hughes2003-2004 Laura Howell2002-2003 Mark Erickson 2001-2002 Cynthia Bettison2000-2001 Steve Maxwell1999-2000 Lanny Olson1998-1999 Dennis Hunter1997-1998 Teri Gatton1996-1997 Celia Foy Castillo1995-1996 Kevin Thompson1994-1995 Dan Tressler1993-1994 Steve Jacobson1992-1993 Laura Wygant1991-1992 Robert Taylor1990-1991 Don White1989-1990 Richard “Dick” Rhoades1988-1989 William “Bill” Harrison1987-1988 Tom Turner1986-1987 Librado Maldonado1985-1986 G. Dean Martin, Librado Maldonado1984-1985 John Butler1983-1984 Bob Keil1982-1983 Hilton Dickson1981-1982 Murray Ryan1980-1981 Earl Hathorn1979-1980 Tom Lloyd1978-1979 Ollie McCrary1977-1978 Elton C. Smith1976-1977 Bill W. Nichols1975-1976 R.E. “Bob” West1974-1975 William G. “Bill” Word1973-1974 Fred A. Crawford1972-1973 Ed Walkey1971-1972 William J. “Bill” Colby1970-1971 Tom Hilton1969-1970 Richard C. “Dick” Johnson1968-1969 Frank Woodruff1967-1968 J.W. “Wes” Stebbins1966-1967 Jess Bingaman1965-1966 Sid Curtis1964-1965 J. “Joe” Welsh1963-1964 H.O. “Hubert” Robertson1962-1963 B. “Blaine” Nolan, William D. “Dave” Reams1961-1962 M.L. “Maurice” Parrish1960-1961 N. “Newt” Glenn1959-1960 C.L. “Chauncie” Snyder1958-1959 J. “Jack” Saunders1957-1958 C. “Clyde” Betts1956-1957 David Holt1955-1956 M.W. “Maurice” Davis1954-1955 R.E. “Bon” Demming1953-1954 Hank Romney1952-1953 M.H. “Maurice” Conner1951-1952 Art Gill1950-1951 C. “Carl” Elayer1949-1950 Nacho Galindo1948-1949 C. “Clark” Doherty1947-1948 J. “Joe” taylor1946-1947 Ben Shantz1945-1946 J.G. “John” Harlan1944-1945 George Johnson1943-1944 F.N. “Frank” Parrish1942-1943 T.H. Schutte1941-1942 Edwin E. Slover1940-1941 Clyde Ely1939-1940 Milton Stovall1938-1939 H. James1937-1938 Mel Porterfield1936-1937 John O’Leary1935-1936 Ross Calvin1934-1935 J.V. “Vernon” Glenn1933-1934 J.H. “Jack” Amy1932-1933 W.E. “Bill” Park1931-1932 Seth Larson1930-1931 N.D. “Nate” Frazin1929-1930 R.S. “Ray” Sensanbaugher1928-1929 P.H. “Harvey” Harsh1927-1928 R.P. “Bob” Noble