The Sherwood Rotary Club recently held its annual swearing in ceremony as well as recognizing member achievements.
Dr. Jeff “Jay” Powell, has been named the new president of the club. He takes the place of Beverly Williams.
Powell grew up in Sherwood and graduated from Sylvan Hills High School. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Lyon College and a D.D.S. from Baylor College of Dentistry. Following dental school he moved back to Sherwood to practice family and cosmetic dentistry.
Powell has been a member of the Sherwood Rotary Club since 1999. He has been awarded Rotarian of the Year and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He and his wife Kristin are the parents of two daughters, 8 year-old Alexandra and 4 year-old Drew. Both of his daughters are frequent guests at weekly Rotary meetings.
“Rotary has given me an opportunity to serve the community that I love,” Powell said, “while being a part of an organization that can affect real change not only here in Sherwood but throughout the world.”
He has chaired Sherwood Rotary’s Healthy Smiles Project, which provides dental education to students at local elementary schools.
In 2012, he gave his dental presentation to over 900 local students. He was joined in these dental talks by a giant plush tooth named “Marty Molar,” played by his dental assistant, Amber Taylor, and volunteers from the Rotary Club who pass out toothbrushes and stickers to the children.
One of his goals as president over the next year is to grow the 5K family fun run that started last year at Sherwood Fest.
Dubbed the “Conquer the Climb” because of the challenging last leg of the race, the Rotary Club plans to make this a yearly event. This year’s 5K will be held on Sept. 21 at Sherwood Forest.