Rotary Club of Cleveland took a day to pause and reflect on the past year and to give special recognition to all of its members which helped fulfill the club’s goals.
Past President Pam Nelson said the club “did a lot of things last year.”
She noted there are many of the club’s members who travel and bring back the banners from clubs they have visited.
“That’s just wonderful the way they are spreading themselves through the world,” Nelson said. “We had a program that was dedicated to that and that was very interesting.”
She also mentioned the meeting where Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis gave a “state of the county” address.
Nelson also talked about the naming of Tom Thomas as Rotarian of the Year.
“I am so thankful for him,” she said. “He’s kind of a quiet hero for Rotary that works very, very hard.”
She discussed the annual auction which goes to help fund causes supported by the club.
“It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun too,” Nelson said. “I wanted to say thank you to all who worked on that. We gave out $38,000 this year in local grants. That’s a lot of love to spread around in our own community. That number is growing every year.”
“We also honored Harrison Brown for 50 years of perfect attendance,” she said. “That’s so incredible and quite an accomplishment.”
Nelson acknowledged the volunteer work for the project which provides dictionaries to every third grader in the community.
The past president presented mementos to the past year’s officers and committee chairman in recognition for their work.
President Tim Spires then turned the tables on Nelson.
“She and I have had a chance to work closely together this year. We had done things together within the Rotary circle, but I had never really gotten to know Pam and where she was in her heart for Rotary until this last year,” Spires said.
“I will tell you Pam’s heart is 199 percent Rotary,” he said. “She shows that all the time.”
Spires then presented a plaque to Nelson mounted with a gavel commemorating her year as the club’s president.