The Rotary Club of Newton will have Ray Roberts as the guest speaker at their next Rotary meeting on Aug. 5.

Roberts was appointed Secretary of Corrections by Gov. Sam Brownback in January 2011. He was formerly the warden of El Dorado Correctional Facility, a position he had held since 2003. He began his career as a correctional officer at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in 1975. Since then he has served as a correctional counselor, staff development coordinator, deputy warden, director of faith-based ministry, warden of five correctional facilities and deputy secretary of facility management. He joined the Kansas Department of Corrections as the deputy warden of operations at Lansing Correctional Facility in 1988.

Roberts earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and his master's of education degree in counseling and guidance from Delta State University in Cleveland, Missississippi.

Newton Rotary meets at Charlie’s Restaurant at 6 p.m. Guests are welcome.