Dr. Barry Booth, named the 2009 Veteran of the Year by the Mobile Bay Area Veterans Day Commission, will speak at the Eastern Shore Exchange Club’s meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 18 February at the United States Sports Academy. The public is invited to attend.

Booth, a Spanish Fort dentist and Vietnam War veteran, helped start HonorFlight South Alabama, which assists in flying World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., where they can visit the World War II Memorial and other military monuments.

Booth is a native of Charleston, W.Va. He received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and graduated from the University of Alabama’s School of Dentistry. He volunteered to serve in Vietnam as a Medical Civil Action Patrol dental officer with the 3rd Marine Division and the U.S. Army 5th Special Forces, according to a news release.

The Eastern Shore Exchange Club was founded in 2008. It promotes Americanism and raises funding for local agencies whose mission is the prevention of child abuse in the area, including the Exchange Club Family Center of Mobile and Care House in Baldwin County.

The Eastern Shore Exchange Club meets the first and third Thursdays of each month at the Academy. For more information on the club email contact@easternshoreexchange.org or mail Eastern Shore Exchange Club, P.O. Box 7880, Spanish Fort, AL 36577-7880.