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District governor installs Rotary officers for 77th time
The Valley Falls Rotary Club met July 10 at the Kendall State Bank meeting room to celebrate the 77th birthday of the club, install officers for the coming year, and to greet the new District Governor of District 5710, Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub.
Other guests were Debra's husband, Patrick, and Assistant District Governor Tom Gray, member of the Leavenworth club.
Vice president Gary Coleman presided announcing the Rotary district sponsored T-Bone tournament in Kansas City Saturday, July 19, located at the Legends field at Hwy. 435 and Interstate 70. This is a fundraiser, "Strike Out Polio Night," with food and family entertainment.
The district governor pinned the president's pin for Sharon Sweeney, newly-elected president, as the other officers were installed: Vice President and Treasurer, Gary Coleman, and Secretary, Jim Braum.
The district governor recognized Gordon Lowry as a past district governor. Gordon said his service to Rotary was a main part of his life. The governor told of experiences of the past district governors, many remembered by local club members. She recognized her husband, Patrick, as a Manhattan member, Foundation chairman, and public relations chair f for the district.
The newly-installed governor told members "we are all mentors to each other â€” members share with others, giving a reason why you attend Rotary each week."
She had a wrapped gift box, indi-, eating it as a gift prepared for each member as they are a gift to each other, a "Gift of Rotary."
"Being a member is to have excite- -ment and fun, sharing fellowship, each having a gift to give to another. Rotary is a wonderful social element," she said, challenging each member to bring someone to a meeting in the next 12 months.
"You have 1.2 million friends (like Facebook), members of Rotary world-wide," the governor said as she presented a Rotary International banner with the international president's motto for the year, "Light Up Rotary."
A local banner was presented to the governor.
Tom Gray, assistant district governor, gave his "sales pitch" to every District 5710 member, inviting them to a free lunch Saturday, Aug. 9, at Washburn University of Topeka, as an opportunity to listen to "dynamic speakers and to meet members from other clubs, sharing ideas."
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