Behind the banter of Roy Gandy and Rodney Chandler that had an early morning crowd laughing Saturday was the familiar sound of Rotary — saws and nail guns.
A crew of Rotary Club workers took about 30 minutes to build the club’s 500th ramp Saturday, an addition to the porch of Annie Mae Jarrells, a 90-year-old who recently lost a portion of her leg. Jarrell’s daughter, Phyllis, said the ramp will make their lives much better.
“It (the ramp) will mean a great deal,” she said. “When I first brought her home (after surgery), I had to call 9-1-1 to get her in the house. This will be a great blessing. We greatly appreciate it.”
Rotary leaders say they enjoy meeting the recipients of the ramps and learning about their lives.
The 500th ramp recipient was born to Martha Scott and Jerry Maxwell in Danielsville on Dec. 24, 1921. She had five siblings: Hart, Ella, Herbert, Fannie and Oscar Maxwell. Annie Mae attended the old Tabors Chapel School and is still a faithful member of Tabors Chapel CME Church. She worked on a farm in Danielsville and was also employed at sewing plants in Athens and Ila.