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The classification speech, a cornerstone of Rotary organizations nationwide and globally, remains one of the service organizations most distinctive features today.
By nature of the four founding members' diverse occupations - a lawyer, engineer, tailor and a coal dealer - the classification principle promotes diversity and fellowship. By following this principle, Rotary becomes a cross-section of the business and professional life of the community it serves.
In addition, the classification principle ensures that no one profession or business becomes the dominant force within the club.
New Rotarian Kate MacArthur is a native Floridian who grew up in Philadelphia. She is the Economic Development Director for the Chamber of Commerce and City of Zachary.
MacArthur studied economic and foreign policy at Gettysburg College and eventually abroad in S. Korea and Japan, later attending the University of Southern Mississippi.
She says she attended an LSU game one Saturday night and knew that Baton Rouge was where she needed to be.
MacArthur worked for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) before leading economic development in Myrtle Beach, S. Carolina, a town she calls "a rural city with a tourist conglomerate.""Economic development is essentially the marketing of a geographical area and the assets of it as a place to live and work," MacArthur said in her classification speech.
MacArthur's daughter, Savannah, 4, attends Zachary Early Learning Center.
New Rotarian Dr. Stephen Jones, one of Lane Regional Medical Center's newest physicians, leads Lane Family Practice & Sports Medicine clinic on Old Scenic Highway in Zachary.
Dr. Jones is originally from Baton Rouge and a 1999 graduate of Catholic High School.
He received his Medical Doctorate degree from Meharry Medical College of Medicine in Nashville and completed his Bachelor of Science at Xavier University in New Orleans.
Jones has used his education and experience to care for Division I college athletes, as well as high school athletes in Jackson, Miss.
Prior to joining the Lane RMC family, Jones served as a Chief Resident at LSU Health Sciences Center in Kenner, where he was honored with the Chief Resident Award and the LSU Family Medicine Chairman’s Award.
"I chose sports medicine because I wanted to help athletes understand the effects of their sport and injuries on their bodies. As a former athlete, I know the anxiety that surrounds being taken off the field or court and not understanding the medical reasons why one cannot keep competing," Jones said.
MacArthur and Jones have both begun to embrace the Rotary philopsopy Service Above Self by volunteering for various community events.