Otis Sanford, Hardin Chair of Excellence in Journalism professor and columnist for
The Commercial Appeal, has been elected assistant treasurer of the Memphis Rotary
A member since June 2007, Sanford was elected to the position in spring of this year.
His duties as treasurer began this month. As assistant treasurer, he will help the
treasurer manage club finances and sit on the executive committee.
“I was honored when I was nominated for an office in Rotary,” Sanford said. “The club
does outstanding work in the community and is a significant contributor to the public
affairs of Greater Memphis through the speakers who come to our Tuesday meetings and
The Memphis Rotary Club was chartered on Feb. 1, 1914, making it the 96th club in Rotary International. With about 200 members, the club is among the 75 largest
clubs worldwide. The membership consists of local business professionals, including
attorneys, physicians, educators, CEOs and government officials.
The club’s focus over the past 35 years has been Memphis City Schools and has given
more than $2 million for education-related projects and more than 50,000 hours of
In recent years, the club has diversified it’s focus, including international efforts
by partnering with Stop Hunger Now to package almost 200,000 meals for hunger relief
and Clean Water U to install clean water systems in developing countries.