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Senator Boozman speaks to Rotary members

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Rotary Club held its luncheon on Tuesday at St. Bernard's Auditorium with Senator John Boozman speaking to the club.

The Rotary Club is a charitable organization comprised of people who work together to try and better lives of people both locally and nation wide.

Rotary members, like President Thom Beasley, say these meetings are an important opportunity for everyone involved.

"These meetings are very important because we have lots of business people, we have a lot of people in the medical industry here. And business getting jobs, the opportunity to create jobs. To work with healthcare to improve it. Hopefully, to fix problems that may not have been fixed yet."

Around two hundred Rotarians showed up to listen to the featured guest speaker, Senator John Boozman.

Beasley says the city of Jonesboro was up on the list of Senator Boozman's places to visit.

"He made it a high priority to come to Jonesboro and meet with people in the business community, with the city government. He's got a long history of helping with health care, with agricultural concerns, business concerns, infrastructure, highways. He's one of those people who I think is going to be good for everybody in this part of the state, the whole state and the nation as a whole."

Beasley says this was an important step for community residents to meet the new senator and vice versa.

"It's just real important for the senator to get to know more and more people in east Arkansas because he's represented the third district in Northwest Arkansas. He knows quite a few of us over here, but he's making it a priority number one to learn people around the state."

According to Beasley, Senator Boozman agreed this was a good opportunity.

"We're just a broad spectrum of what East Arkansas is and so he felt this would be a great place and I'm just very fortunate that he agreed to come."

Senator Boozman spoke to Rotarians about, first and foremost, the workforce.

"I think the name of the game right now is jobs, jobs, jobs. And we're going to be talking about the importance of providing stability so businesses can have confidence in government so that they'll start hiring people again. And then, also, that we ourselves the consumers have some confidence so we start spending money again and stimulate the economy."

Senator Boozman says there's one major area Congress is going to be hard at work on.

"The other thing is that we have to control the deficit and we have to get a grip on the out of control spending. And so, I think you're going to see Congress working really hard on that to get a handle on that."

The Jonesboro Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at St. Bernard's Auditorium.

For more information about the Jonesboro Rotary Club, you can log onto their website.

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