“Rotary is something that serves people around the world through many, many ways,” District Governor-elect Jerry Ware told the Rotary Club of Cleveland Tuesday.
Ware visited the club to participate in the installation of new officers.
“Rotary does not work at the national or the international level, if Rotary does not work right here in this room,” Ware said.
The fellow Rotarian complimented members of the group on the clubs they had started at the local middle and high schools. He said the Cleveland Club had been the first one to start a middle school club in the district.
“You have a great deal to live up to,” Ware said to the incoming board. “This club has been a leader in our district, and I am sure it is going to continue.”
It was a day of reflection for the Rotary Club of Cleveland as outgoing President Art Rhodes spoke of the clubs accomplishments over the past year before the installation of Pam Nelson as president. Every past president in attendance was a part of the installation of the new president, as the Rotary gavel used to bring meetings to order was passed down from each past president to the next, in the order they had served. Finally the gavel was passed to Rhodes and then to Nelson.
At the start of his year as president, Rhodes had said he wanted club members to do as much as they could for others, and have fun doing it. Rhodes said he felt the club had achieved the goals.
“We raised $60,000 in our auction this year,” Rhodes said. “In addition we completed a major water project in Guatemala. ... We reached out not only locally, but globally.”
Rhodes said dozens of organizations benefited from grants Rotary was able to give.
During her meeting as president, Nelson unveiled the new Rotary theme: “Engage Rotary, Change Lives.”
She said her friends and family hear her talk about Rotary and often ask what the club’s latest project is.
Nelson said she had large shoes to fill.
“Here I am the shortest girl in the room, filling the shoes of the tallest man in the room,” Nelson said.
She said her mother had taught her, while Nelson was in middle school, not to focus on how short she was. Instead, her mother encouraged her to be “confident in who you are.”
Today, she walks in that confidence.