Service above self is the motto of the Rotary Club and Dr. Ali Morad has gone above and beyond to represent his Rotarian values.

Morad, 88, was the guest speaker at the Ripley Rotary luncheon on Wednesday, March 20. He spoke about his years with Jackson General Hospital and the effect being a member of the Rotary has had on his life.

“The Rotary has been very good to me,” Morad said. “As a Rotarian I have gone overseas to help with children in orphanages as well as helping people here in Jackson County.”

Morad received his medical degree through Johns Hopkins University. Many times in his career he has gone back to learn new things and seek the advice of those with whom he attended school.

Morad recalled a time when he was introduced to the Pinnells.

“They invited me to dinner and there was so much food,” Morad said. “They stuffed me.”

It was his time with the Pinnells that led him to his decision to work at Jackson General Hospital. Through them, he fell in love with Ripley and Jackson County.

“There is a closeness here,” Morad said. “I enjoy having that closeness, the feeling of family.”

Morad also spoke about times when he would perform surgeries on people who could not afford to pay for the services.

“I serve people to make God happy, not to make money,” Morad said. “Just seeing my patients doing good is worth a million dollars to me.”

His mother always taught him to be humble and kind and that is something he says all parents should teach their children.

“I appreciate all the people I have met here and all my patients,” Morad said. “I live to serve and that is what a Rotarian should do.”

In other business:

• Jillian Bright mentioned that Free Family Movie Night at the Alpine is this Saturday, March 23. The movie being shown is Ralph Breaks the Internet. Anyone interested is recommended to go to the Main Street Ripley Facebook page to request their free ticket.

• Ceason Ranson reminded everyone of the Main Street Dinner on March 30. Tickets are still available for $20 each or $200 for a table of 8. There will also be a dinner theatre and the menu will be, “A Taste of Ripley.” For more information look up their Facebook page at Main Street Ripley or call 304-372-1637.

• Make It Shine will be hosted by Main Street Ripley from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 6. This will be a time to clean up Ripley.

• Ranson noted Charter Night has been moved to April 18 due to a schedule conflict.

• Steve Westfall stated there will be an Education Forum at Ripley High School from 6-8 p.m. on April 23.

• Dr. Bill Kuryla mentioned the 24th World Scout Jamboree will be held at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia from July 22 to August 2.

• Denise Toler reminded everyone about the Community Health Fair at the Jackson County Armed Forces Reserve Center in Millwood from 7-11 a.m. on Thursday, May 2. It is open to the public.

• Toler also noted that the Ford Drive will be on September 7. She stated it could raise as much as $6,000 for the Rotary.