2013 Changing of the Guard Dinner & Photo Album (Wed, 6/26/2013)

The 2013 Changing of the Guard Dinner was a great time, held on Wednesday 6/26/2013 at the Copper Hill Country Club.  President Karen (now Past-President Karen) thanked everyone for their help and service over the last Rotary year.  Herb Bohler presented and narrated a very nice photo tour of the 2012-13 Rotary year.  Our new President, Ira Liebross, was sworn in and thanked Past-President Karen for her service prior to introducing our newest Sergeant of Arms, Tom Fisher.  The evening also included the presentation of several awards.  Click here to view the Photo Album.

It shall be noted that other than William Case, who served as Club President for the very 1st two years that the club was in existance, that no other person has served a 2nd term as Club President.  Karen’s first term was during 2001-02.  She just finished her 2nd term of 2012-13.  A very special thanks to Karen for her dedicated leaderhip to our club.

The following is a summary of the 2012-13 award recipients:

2012-13 Rotarian of the Year  (Joseph E. Ziegler):  The Rotarian of the Year (ROTY) award is the highest honor given annually to the member that has provided the most significant “Service Above Self” contribution to the 5 Avenues of Service over the most recent Rotary year.  The 5 Avenues of Service are:  Club Service, Community Service, International Service, Vocational Service and New Generations (a new service avenue recently approved by Rotary International on April 28, 2010).  The recipient is selected by the ROTY Committee, which consists of all prior recipients of the award.  The award was presented by Lynn Hyman, who is last year’s ROTY recipient.  Joe will be the presenter of next year’s award, and so on.  Congratulations, Joe!!!

2012-13 Paul Harris Fellow  (Christopher C. Venditti):  The Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) award is an annual award given to the member that has provided a significant “Service Above Self” contribution to the 5 Avenues of Service over their entire history of being in the club.  The recipient is selected by the PHF Committee, which consists of all prior members of the award.  Congratulations, Chris!!!

The Paul Harris Fellow Award, as presented by Flemington Rotary, is not to be confused with the Paul Harris Fellow Recognition, which all members receive automatically after contributing $1000 or more to the Rotary International Foundation for the “Annual Programs” fund.  Most members contribute to the RI Foundation via the “Every Rotarian, Every Year” program by giving $100 annually to the Foundation.

2012-13 Distinguished Service  (Daniel “D.J.” Wright):  The Distinguished Service award is annually presented by the current Club President based upon a members significant contributions to the club as viewed through their eyes.  The Club President is in continual contact with club members and is aware of the contributions that each members make, even if those contributions are not readily noticed by all other members.  Thus, the award recipient is selected directly by the Club President.  Congratulations, D.J.!!!

2012-13 Silent Sneaker (Bob Chittenden): The Silent Sneaker award is annually presented by the current Club President based upon a members significant contributions to the club, however, in a way that most other club members would never have seen or recognized.  Thus the name Silent Sneaker.

2012-13 Perfect Attendance Awards:  The following members were acknowledged for their years of Perfect Attendance, as presented by Club Secretary, Bob Chittenden:

Ed Zanetti – 42 years

Bob Chittenden  –  10 years

Terry Ownes  –  8 years

Joe Ziegler  –  4 years

Lynn Hyman  –  2 years

Chris Venditti  –  2 years

Karen Widico  –  2 years

John Zullo  –  2 years

Jim Davidson  –  1 year

Ira Liebross  –  1 year

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