On this American holiday, we want to recognize a special group of individuals serving Longview. Each Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, and today, Independence Day, the Rotary Club of Longview flag committee places American flags throughout the city. Jayne Bigony serves as chairman of the flag committee and oversees 17 teams that place more than 1,300 flags throughout Longview.
“This project is very much a labor of love, and definitely a multi-person, group effort that symbolizes the Rotary theme, ‘Service Above Self,’ ” Mrs. Bigony said.
Chartered in 1920, the Rotary Club of Longview is a not-for-profit organization of business and professional leaders. It is the longest serving service club in the community and recently received the Highest Performing Rotary Club Award in District 5830.
“The flag program is the organization’s only fundraiser,” Mrs. Bigony said. “The money raised supports numerous local programs, such as Teacher of the Month grants, the East Texas Literacy Council Spelling Bee, the Thanksgiving Food Drive, Toys for Tots, and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, to name a few.”
In addition to her commitment to Rotary, Mrs. Bigony is active with Habitat for Humanity and Zonta International, and is a sponsor of rescued animals charities. She is a member of the East Texas Builders Association (ETBA) where she has served in many capacities, including vice president, secretary-treasurer, and chairman of the membership committee, the budget committee, and the Parade of Homes, and is a past recipient of the ETBA Associate of the Year Award. Mrs. Bigony is a charter member of the Home Owners Warranty Council and a lifetime SPIKE member.
Originally from Paris, Texas, Mrs. Bigony graduated from Paris High School. She received her associate of science degree from Kilgore Junior College, where she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Mrs. Bigony received her bachelor of business administration degree and secondary teaching certificate from Stephen F. Austin University. She is a 30-year State Farm Insurance Agent and has been married to her husband, Ron, for 36 years.
Thank you, to this dedicated “team” of Rotarians who rise at 5 a.m. and place the more than 1,300 American flags throughout our city.
“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”
~ William Faulkner