November's Rotarian of the Month
              Bill Pickens
Every Rotary Club has one (if the club is very fortunate, they might have two or three), that member who works quietly behind the scenes to get the job done, every time and usually without being asked.  In the Morris Rotary Club, for several decades that member has been Bill Pickens.   He joined the local club in January of 1988 and is a Paul Harris Fellow but Rotarian Bill has repeatedly shunned elective office.   However, he is still the “go-to guy” for many club projects.
A highly-respected local contractor, he is the club’s lead on occasional building projects.  These have ranged from renovations to the pavilion in a village park to constructing a structure to showcase the historic Linn tractor, an early heavy-construction tractor once manufactured in Morris.  
But Bill’s talents aren’t limited to hammers and nails.  He’s also a lead on the club’s projects involving food.  He is as comfortable peeling potatoes or washing dishes as he is at ensuring the proper preparation of barbecued chicken.
In addition, Rotarian Bill and wife Linda have stepped forward to host various club events at their hilltop home overlooking the Butternut Valley.  To the Morris Rotary Club, Bill is a shining example of a true Rotarian and he’s the club’s unsung hero.  We proudly offer him to District 7170 as a Rotarian of the Month.