Local Rotary Clubs around the world begin a new year this month, and while the new leadership is installed with minimum pomp and circumstance, the significance of preserving the principals of Rotary International (RI) may be likened to the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.
Principals that are profound in their simplicity, like Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self," and the RI slogan for the new-year, "Lend a Helping Hand." Principals that when practiced by the million or so individual members in the coming year will provide more dollars for educational scholarships than any other organization in the world, will build shelters for children in war torn countries, provide new wheel chairs for the handicapped, dig fresh water wells in communities in India, bring solar ovens to Afghan refugees, build handicapped access to the Kenai River, and eradicate the polio virus from planet earth.
Kenai Rotary president Randy Daly passes his gavel to Gaye Dawkins last week at the Paradisos restaurant in Kenai.
In Kenai last week Rotary Club president Randy Daly, of High Speed Gear, passed his gavel to Gaye Dawkins, First National Bank of Alaska, during their regular Monday luncheon meeting at the Paradisos restaurant. In reflecting on his year as president, Daly said it was truly amazing to realize what a small group could accomplish when people get together under the banner of Rotary. In Soldotna president Ed Krohn, of Kenai Auto, gave his gavel to Dr. Dan Pitts, and said that being club president was one of the best and most fun years of his life. The new club presidents have been serving as president-elects of their clubs for the past year, which has given them time to plan and prepare the community and international service projects that will mark their year as president. It promises to a fantastic year for local Rotarians, because lending a helping hand and having fun while doing it is what Rotarians do best.
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