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Dunavant/Rotary LIfetime Achievement Award

January 28, 2019

Fifteen years ago the Rotary Club of Memphis East instituted an annual Public Servants recognition program and named it in honor of the late Bobby Dunavant, a long time and well-respected Probate Court clerk. One elected and one non-elected local public servant were chosen from public nominations and saluted at each of the well-attended awards luncheons.

This year the East Memphis Rotary Club has decided to call attention to an outstanding individual, former County Mayor William N. Morris, by naming him as the first recipient of the Dunavant/Rotary Lifetime Achievement Award. Morris will be saluted during an April 3, 2019 luncheon event at the Holiday Inn–University on Central Avenue.

East Rotary President Bob Chance said, “Bill Morris served Shelby County brilliantly, first as a multi-term Sheriff (1964-1970) and subsequently as our county Mayor (1978-1994). Following his distinguished public service career, Bill remains integrally involved with the University of Memphis, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and other worthy causes. He represents the finest qualities of servant leadership.”

Richard Marsh, president-elect of East Memphis Rotary will chair the awards program. Tables and individual tickets can be reserved by contacting Lee Hughes at or by phone at (901) 754-1615.

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