WELCOME to the 28th Annual King Mackerel Tournament here in “The Ferry.” Five years ago, while vacationing on Topsail Island, I was introduced to the KMT and Sneads Ferry when I decided to get lunch at Madison’s and drop in on the local Rotary Club to see what they were all about. I was a visiting Rotarian from Indiana at the time. I left that meeting with a full stomach, a full introduction to the King Mackerel Tournament, and an empty wallet after purchasing raffle tickets and tee shirts.
Since then, my wife and I have relocated here and I became a member of the Rotary club. For this year’s tournament I have the honor and privilege of serving as the club’s president. That’s quite a leap from last year when I experienced my first KMT in person that included the honor of carrying the traditional tournament gut bucket. I also got to see our community come together in support of this annual event, and how that support comes right back into the community. That’s the spirit of Rotary.
An event like this is only possible when there are willing and hard-working club members who step in and step up to do the work. I’m grateful for a club with members who are selfless with their giving and effort.
We also have great sponsors to help make the tournament successful. For that, we are grateful. With that success, we’re able to give back to the community through awarding youth scholarships, providing aid to individuals, families, and organizations, and conducting a number of service projects throughout the year, like the new rescue tube stations along North Topsail Beach that were installed last year.
There are over 35,000 Rotary clubs throughout the region, nation, and world that allows Rotarians to join efforts and do great things everywhere. Rotary members believe in a shared responsibility to take action and work together to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies.
The mission of Rotary is to provide service, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace. We also just like to have some fun. So come and join us for lunch at Madison’s on any Wednesday at noon.
I’ll see you at the Captain’s Dinner and the Tournament! It’s time to go fishing!
President, Rotary Club of Sneads Ferry