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John Barfield – Entrepreneur and Philanthropist – January 26th, 2016

John BarfieldTuscaloosa native John W. Barfield, 88, was born to a family of sharecroppers, moved north with his family as a child and, after serving in the U.S. Army, began working as a custodian at the University of Michigan, a job he, along with his wife, Betty, parlayed into a successful cleaning business.

Discovering he had a talent for entrepreneurship, Barfield would go on to establish several more companies providing a variety of products and services that have grown into a multibillion-dollar operation.

Now retired, Barfield still lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and has written a memoir, “Starting From Scratch: The Humble Beginnings of a Two Billion-Dollar Enterprise,” which he wants to use to raise money for those less fortunate. Barfield, who joined the Rotary Club of Ypsilanti in the 1960s, was struck by Rotary’s initiative to eradicate polio and eventually challenged his club to raise enough money to immunize one million children in developing countries. They raised enough to vaccinate just under half that number.

Last year, he approached the Rotary Foundation with a proposal to help finish the challenge by donating $15 from the sale of each of his hardcover books to Rotary’s PolioPlus program.

“I hope Rotarians will support it,” he told The Rotarian magazine for a story in the December 2015 issue, “because if we can save another 500,000 children from polio, it would be a wonderful legacy to leave. That’s my dream.”

“The secret to a long and healthy life,” he told the magazine, “is caring for people and doing as much as you possibly can for others, especially those less fortunate. That’s what I’d like to be remembered for.”

Elizabeth Huntley – Attorney & Child Advocate – January 19th, 2016

Elizabeth HuntleyElizabeth “Liz” Huntley is a committed child advocate and a passionate litigation attorney. She practices law at Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC in Birmingham.

She is a leader in numerous professional and community organizations,
including serving on the boards of the Alabama School Readiness Alliance,
Children’s First Foundation, Children’s Village, Leadership Alabama and Project Gear (president and co-founder).

Liz regularly serves as a motivational speaker for groups and organizations throughout the country and recently published a book about her personal story titled “More Than A Bird.”

She earned her law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law where she now serves as chair of the Farrah Law Society board of trustees. She received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University, where she is a member of the board of

Liz and her husband, Tony, live in Clanton with their three children.

Derek Osborn – Executive Director – PRIDE of Tuscaloosa – January 12, 2016

Derek OsbornDerek Osborn has been executive director of PRIDE of Tuscaloosa since October

PRIDE (Parents Resource Institute for Drug Education) is a non-profit agency whose mission is to inform and educate parents, students and the community about the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs.

Derek, a Tuscaloosa native, graduated from Hillcrest High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, with a concentration in law and the courts, from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

He began his career as a court referral officer for the state of Alabama, assigned to Sumter, Marengo, Hale and Greene counties. As a CRO, Derek was in charge of the evaluation, placement and compliance of people convicted of drug or alcohol
related offenses. He went on to be a trainer of new CROs for the Administrative Office of Courts in Montgomery.
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