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6.25.20 – Club News

Club News written by Roger Morgenstern

It was our traditional Passing of the Tiller this week, with the Club Presidency passing from Neil Marchand to Jon Hankins. Many thanks to Dawn Smith and the completely-masked up Nick Farr to help link the 50 or so of us at the University Club and those of you on Zoom!

The Tiller, designed by our own John Salan is a reminder to the Club President “as captain of this Rotary ship to keep us on the right course.”

Before he refluctantly gave up the gavel, Neil listed a number of accomplishments in a year marked by many challeges created by COVID 19. As Neil said, “in every crisis there is the opportunity for lasting postive change”. Among the highlights:

  • We donated $8,500 to three non-profits for our annual Service Above Selfie Contest
  • Donated $13,500 that wasn’t used on lunch costs while we were meeting only via Zoom to a number of non-profits on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Welcomed 30 new members and ended the Rotary year with a net 7 additional Club members

Neil thanked his wife Rebecca for all her support during the last year, presenting her with a bouquet of flowers.

He then presented several awards, recognizing the gifts of Time, Talent and Treasure exhibited by members. For Time, it was Immediate Past President Chelsea Dubey; for Talent it was Club Treasurer Hilary Smith and for Treasure it was Jay Wisentaner.  For the President’s Award, Neil recognized our own incredible executive director Dawn Smith, with Neil saying “it’s fair to say it’s been one hell of a year!”

President Jon also thanked his wife, Katie, with flowers, and outlined a few of his priorities for the coming year. He said the Board’s recent decision to have its website updated will lead a focus on using technology to help Rotarians more easily interact with members. He also plans to give committee chairpersons a greater voice to share their activities with the entire club. Jon’s Rotary vision was formed 20 years ago when he was living near Seattle, WA and joined a club in Auburn, which focused on community engagement.

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