The Carthage Rotary Club installed its new officers on Thursday afternoon.

New officers are: President Keri Perot-Vance, Vice President Cameron Phillips, Secretary Barbara Cordell and Treasurer Mary Moss.

Vance, in her welcome address, thanked club members for believing in her and remarked it was funny that Judy Guthrie was the one installing officers, since Guthrie was the one who brought Vance to Rotary in the first place.

Vance noted this year’s Rotary theme is “open doors.”

“We’re going to have some challenges this year with coronavirus and everything that’s going on in our nation,” Vance said. “We’re going to have to make some changes, and we’re going to have to do some things that are maybe out of our comfort zone, like being a little more technologically savvy, but I think we can do that. We have a lot of wisdom and experience in this room and a lot of young, new people that want to make a difference. So I think combined together that’s going to further our club.”


Carthage native Meredith Shamburger has worked for the Panola Watchman since 2018. Before that, she worked at sister papers in Longview and Marshall; the Dallas Morning News; and The Daily Voice, a hyperlocal news company in Westchester County, New York.