“All raise a glass and, in true club fashion, welcome our new President Camette.”
“A toast! To truth, fairness, and goodwill to all for that is the Rotary way! CHEERS!”
And just like that, the year was over.
I was president of the Rotary Club of Richland from last July until now. In Rotary, the leadership changes every year and now I’ve witnessed my own cycle. It’s a feeling like most milestones (High School, College, etc.) in which the experience itself almost feels like it takes a long time and yet when it concludes it was over too soon.
Was it stressful? You bet. Did I have fun? I sure did. Would I do it again? ABSOLUTELY!
With encouragement and guidance from my club members we were able to accomplish a lot. We helped a local organization that packed backpacks with food for the local school kids to ensure they had meals over the weekend (Some children don’t get a meal unless it’s from the school), we made little kits for hospice patients that included basic toiletry items, we did two highway cleanups, hosted a business networking event (that was disguised as a party but played a game that resembled speed dating), we gave a local high school senior a $500 scholarship for college, served at the soup kitchen, hosted our annual rubber duck race, and more than I can remember at the moment.
Through our efforts we also were recognized in our Rotary District 7330 for having the second greatest net gain in membership AND the District Governor’s Crystal Citation (We met certain achievements). It’s pretty neat going from a club of 13 to 17 over the course of the year. Oh…did I neglect to mention that we are a small club? Don’t underestimate the small clubs.
If you wish to see more photos of what we did through the year you can check out the club Facebook Page. You can also relish in two facts: I wore a bow tie for every meeting AND I never take a serious picture. As for the picture at the top of the post (It was presented to me at the meeting) it accurately shows the Chorkie Dorks and how my face gets square when I smile.
Now that my year as president is over, Camette will now be the fearless leader of the club. She was elected. Honestly. No nepotism. She was incredibly hesitant to accept but now excited to do it. She’s our super hero!
And don’t think that I’ll be taking things lightly now that I’m no longer president because I was asked to serve as Assistant Governor for my area! I’m just a middle man to four neighboring clubs to help them stay on track, but I plan to do a bang up job.
I know that I’ve got a full weekend in store and wanted to effectively write about what’s been going on.
What are you up to this weekend? Any plans for the 4th of July? Leave a comment. I would love to hear from you!