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Member Spotlights
Member Spotlight
 
Welcome to our Member Spotlight Page where you
can get to know some of our many members
from clubs all over District 5910. 
 
Darbie Lindsey
The Rotary Club of East Montgomery County
 
 
Darbie Lindsey is a first generation member of the Rotary Club of East Montgomery and the Executive Director of New Caney New Horizons, an organization that provides training and employment opportunities to help individuals with disabilities live as independently as possible.  Darbie was introduced to Rotary by her supervisor.  During her membership, she has participated in many projects and assisted in a variety of committee functions.  Her current role is Chair of Youth Services.    Initially Darbie thought of Rotary as a networking opportunity with other businesses and business minded individuals in the community.  She soon realized that it was an opportunity to assist others both locally and globally.  Darbie often reflects on the significance of the 4-way test.  In her role as the director of a work training program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Darbie says “…the 4-way test has significant meaning as the principles build integrity within our patrons, our staff, and within myself….and as we are approached and approach others in collaborative efforts, keeping these 4 simple lessons in mind helps to build strong, positive working relationships within our community.” As chairperson of Youth Services within her club, Darbie has been actively involved with RYLA.  She has screened applicants, performed orientations, and assisted with transportation.  Darbie says, “It has been so encouraging to witness the caliber of person we are able to send to RYLA and hear about their experiences upon their return. To see these worn out, disheveled, EXCITED students come home with new connections and ideas for the future gives me great joy in a time when too many have diminished faith in our future generations.” 
She has found her membership rewarding.  When asked about a Rotary moment, Darbie said that it was late in the summer of 2020 when her Club installed a Little Free Library in an extremely socially and economically disadvantaged area of her county.  This had special meaning to Darbie because she is an avid reader and literacy projects are of special significance to her.  The library was installed during a break in what turned out to be a week of rain.  Once the storms passed, she was able to fill the little library for the first time and was amazed to find that the community had begun to fill the library with books to share with their neighbors.  Most of the books were tattered and in need of repair, but this act of generosity between neighbors to share the gift of literacy with one another confirmed that her club had chosen the perfect community to place the Little Free Library.  Over the following weeks, as library was stocked, Darbie was amazed at how a simple red box had touched not only the children of this community, but entire families.  Darbie says this is why she continues to be proud of being a Rotarian, and encourages others to be an active Rotarian because, “You’ll gain far more than you give.”