For over 40 years the Panola County Shrine Club, an extension of the local Masonic Lodge, has provided flags to the community on patriotic holidays, and now the Rotary Club of Carthage is taking over that legacy.
“The Rotary Club is extremely honored that the Shriner Masonic Lodge would consider us to continue their legacy of honoring our nation’s flag by allowing us to put those out around homes and businesses around our county, and we plan to continue and expand on their program,” Rotary Club president Keri Vance said.
The purpose of the program is to promote patriotism throughout the community on major holidays. All proceeds will go to the Rotary Club of Carthage or its local foundation to fund community projects such as college scholarships, community organizations, food banks and more.
The Rotary Club will provide a 3’ by 5’ U.S. flag that is made in the U.S. to subscribing businesses and individuals on six holidays, to be put up a day or two before the holiday and removed within three days after the holiday. The subscription will include the flag(s), pole(s), and a PVC insert in the ground to hold the flag(s).
One flag will be displayed for $50 per year. Two to 10 flags will be displayed for $40 per flag per year, and 11-20 flags will be displayed for $30 per flag per year. Flags will be displayed on Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Flag Day, 9/11, and Veterans Day.
Shriner president Sam Allison, director at large Phil Grimes, and secretary/treasurer Danny Jernigan visited with the board of the Rotary Club Jan. 21 for a smooth transition of flags and history of the program.
“We’ve been doing it for a long time,” Grimes said. “Our organization is just not growing the way we would like, and younger people are not stepping up to really help like we need, and I was really glad when Aubrey (a Rotary Club member) contacted me. I said this is an opportunity to really get the program back going again... We just want y’all to be successful. We want y’all to take the program on further than we’ve been able to and do better than we’ve done, have more people involved and have more.”
For updates, check the Rotary Club of Carthage Facebook page. They plan to post a sign-up sheet soon.