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Rotary Happenings: Rotary club elects new club officers

By Staff | Dec 27, 2017

Sanibel-Captiva Rotary had a full schedule this almost last week of the calendar year. Most importantly the election of club officers. According to Rotary International by-laws our Rotary year is from July 1 to June 3. Why? After doing some research it dates back to the first Rotary International Conference held on Aug. 18, 1910. The auditors recommended that the organization end its fiscal year on 30 June to give the secretary and treasurer time to prepare financial statements for the convention and board, and determine the proper number of club delegates to the convention.

Using almost the same reasoning of holding elections for club officers by the end of each calendar year, it is meant to allow time for new officers to understand the responsibilities of their office and time to coordinate transitioning of on-going projects and programs with development of new projects and programs and budgeting for the upcoming club’s Rotary year beginning in July 1.

Sanibel-Captiva Rotary club held elections for club officers Friday, Dec. 15 and results are in… newly elected to serve on the Club Board of Directors for a three-year term starting July 1, 2018 Richard Green, Roger Grogman joining current Directors James Cardle, Cindy DeCosta, John Schwandke, and Rodger Triftsauser with the immediate Club Past President for 2017-2018 Holli Martin.

Newly elected Trust Board Officers serving a three-year term starting July 1, 2018 Dorrie Hispchman and John Henshaw joining current Trust Board Officers John Carney, Chris DeCosta, Barbara Ellis, and Bill Rahe.

San-Cap Rotary has been extremely lucky to be attracting younger members to the club and proud to say, “that these younger members have become fully engaged in serving the club.”

Many of them volunteer to serve in leadership roles from serving on our boards to taking leadership roles on important committees from fundraising to community hands-on work projects.They are an outstanding group of younger professionals and are showing that ageism is not an issue when dedicated to serving others. As a case in point, excerpts from the following article appearing in our Rotarian Magazine January 2018 issue:

“Be a millennial in Rotary,”by Dominick Bonny Rotary Club Wenatchee North, Wash.

“I’m 32. I joined Rotary three years ago.”

“At my first meeting, I didn’t see a lot of faces my age, but I found that I fit in well with the Rotary mindset of Service Above Self. I remember thinking, “Oh, wow. I’m home.”

“I find that people in Rotary do a lot of good, but not for self-promotion. I really respect and want to emulate that.”

“I run a social media and marketing company. I manage web pages for our local newspaper, three school districts, and other organizations. I monitor comments from the public, which means I’m in a quagmire of social media trolls every day. People can be terrible online. While social media is good for a lot of things, it’s not good for breaking down the walls we build between us. Rotary offers a neutral space.”

“Being in Rotary hasn’t been a total honeymoon. I struggled with time, but I made a commitment to show up, so I stuck with it.”

“So, what’s it like to be a millennial in Rotary? To most young people, Rotary is old-fashioned. For me, that’s what make it cool. People in my peer group tend to isolate themselves. We are connected by technology, but not truly connected. Rotary is my antidote to that.”

Our current Sanibel-Captiva Rotary President Holli Martin has brought a younger perspective to the club and how to attract younger members…they do want to connect and have fun while dedicating some of their time to serving others. Holli pretty much has shown by example how that works…Rotarians kayaking on the Peace River, regular monthly Happy Hours including a Halloween Happy Hour Costume contest, and possible upcoming events such as the return of the club’s infamous boating adventures and bringing back our annual theater night. It’s working. Particularly with new members. Enjoying the comrade amongst Rotarians and while doing so, learn more about Rotary and its mission and vision for serving others. If you have any interest at all in finding out about Rotary, e-mail holli@sanibelinsurance.com, or come to one of our Sanibel-Captiva Rotary club meetings at 7 a.m., Friday mornings at the Dunes Golf and Tennis Club, .