The St. Croix Falls Rotary Club Celebrates the Changing of the Guard

St. Croix Falls, WI
June 23, 2010

The St. Croix Falls Rotary Club celebrated the changing of the Guard with new leadership and vision, but with the same focus on service.

The St. Croix Falls Rotary Club celebrated a new Rotary Club year with the rotation in of new leadership from the organization’s top – down. Each year, Rotary Clubs around the world celebrate the inauguration of a new Rotary International President, but at the same time, they celebrate new District Governors and Club Presidents too. The event is called the changing of the Guard.

This year the Changing of the Guard celebration was hosted at the home of Jon and Cheryl Cermin of St. Croix Falls. The Rotary Club of St. Croix Falls wants to acknowledge the hospitality of the Cermin’s, which allowed us to recognize the completed term of, now Past President, Terry Hawkins. And with appreciation for her year of leadership, she was present with a Paul Harris Fellow award.

Also, special recognition was given to an outgoing member of the Rotary Board – Richard Hartung, Club Secretary. For his years of dedicated service to the St. Croix Falls Rotary Club, Richard was also recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow.

This year’s incoming President is Rebecca Berg, who was ceremonially given the Rotary Gavel for the 2010-2011 Rotary Year. Congratulations and special thanks to Rebecca’s attitude of service to our club and community here in St. Croix Falls.

Rotary Board 2010-2011As part of the Changing of the Guard celebration, the St. Croix Falls Rotary Club recognized its newest board members:

  • LeeAnn Vitalis, President Elect – who will lead our club during the 2011-12 Rotary Year.
  • Steve McCormack, Secretary
  • Rich Potvin, Vocational Service
  • Tom Klugow, Club Service

Returning members of the board include:

  • Brian Adams – Foundation
  • Kirk Anderson – Public Relations
  • Mike Armbrust – Membership
  • Cheryl Johnson – Community Service
  • Terry Hawkins – International Service (Past President)
  • Kirk Otto – Youth Exchange/Youth Protection Officer
  • Tom Engel – Treasurer

This year’s Rotary International Theme is, “Building Communities – Bridging Continents.” Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self.”

As Rotary Club President, Rebecca Berg will encourage Rotarians to use their skills and talents to contribute to the local community and the world. Rotary is a humanitarian service organization with over 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary has made the eradication of polio its top priority for the world.

Rotary is dedicated to making a difference in the local community and world through several areas of focus which include: disease prevention and Treatment, water and sanitation, economic and community development, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and peace and conflict resolution.

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