|Member Profile: Ray Heffington
|Editor: Derek Mears
||Every week we will feature a different Rotarian from our Club continuing this week with one of our board members, Ray Heffington. The goal of this weekly feature is to share why Rotary is important to us, how it has impacted our lives, and pass on a club history.
Classification: Real Estate (Appraisal)
Rotary Accomplishments: Board of Directors (2)
Paul Harris Fellow (2)
Ray (I) was born in Sturgis, Kentucky in 1942, graduated from the
University of Kentucy in 1965 at which time I started in my first
official job as a Real Estate Appraiser in Lexington, KY. From there, I
went to the Tennessee Highway Department. I left Tennessee for the
Florida Department of Transportation, then moved to Security First
Federal Savings and Loan in Daytona Beach. I started Heffington and
Associates in 1978.
Civic organizations: Participation ran from DeLand Jaycees, to Sunrise Kiwannis. to DeLand Breakfast Rotary
Professionally, I am a member of the Appraisal Institute, holding the MAI designation.
In 1971, my wife, Lonna, said "let's move somewhere there is lots of
sunshine and lots of water." The intent was to get the children, Kim
and Todd, outside more and out of the overcast and wet skies of
Nashville, Tennessee and western Kentucky. I arrived in Florida in
January of 1972 as an employee of the FDOT.
After joining Rotary in 1998, reality, as always, made one realize
Rotary is what you make it. Being involved with the many community
projects has made me realize what a rewarding organization it can be.
Especially, most recently, participating in the origination and
continuation of Volusia Honor Air. What a great experience to be joined
with other Rotary Clubs to accomplish a single desired goal. This is
true also of our banner project, "The Wild Game Feast".
One experience that made me realize I was hooked on Rotary was my first
makeup meeting, in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Africa. To meet the
members (20+/- strong) whose major project was to build an orphanage
for local children whose parents were dying, or had died, of AIDS was
super special. If those members could do that, Rotary can do anything.
They made me a believer. The Rotary Clubs locally sent three boxes of
school supplies to the school principal in Victoria Falls who
befriended me at the meeting. Sometimes it takes awhile to truly
understand the meaning of our Rotary Motto but keep trying