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Artesia Rotary Club members look on as Mayor Phillip Burch declares Aug. 12 as Rotary International Day.  Pictured from left are Ben Harvey, Gary Sims, Georgia Underwood, Janice Burke, Ardeth Leslie, Lonnie Leslie, Burch, Jess Holmes, David Walker, Merle Ericson and Chris Simons. Not pictured is Ben Parsons.  Grace Miller – Daily Press

Artesia Rotary Club members look on as Mayor Phillip Burch declares Aug. 12 as Rotary International Day. Pictured from left are Ben Harvey, Gary Sims, Georgia Underwood, Janice Burke, Ardeth Leslie, Lonnie Leslie, Burch, Jess Holmes, David Walker, Merle Ericson and Chris Simons. Not pictured is Ben Parsons.
Grace Miller – Daily Press

By GRACE MILLER
Daily Press Staff Writer
District 5520 Rotary Governor Lonnie Leslie and his wife, Ardeth, of Clovis, and Assistant District Governor Georgia Underwood, of Ruidoso, attended the Artesia Rotary Club meeting Tuesday as well as a proclamation declaring Aug. 12 Rotary International Day in Artesia.
The proclamation was issued by Mayor Phillip Burch at City Hall with several Rotary members in attendance.
Rotary International was initially founded in 1905 as one of the world’s first and largest nonprofit service organizations. The Artesia Rotary Club launched its association in 1988, guided by the Rotary motto “Service above Self,” which inspires members to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards, and promote goodwill and peace in the world. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.