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Rotary welcomes new leadership, names Grace Rotarian of the Year

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Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014 4:30 am

The Harker Heights Rotary Club held its annual installation of officers and directors June 26 at the Saint Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church Parish Hall.

The event not only included the introduction of the new leadership, but also was a time to present special awards.

The new slate of officers were Eloise Lundgren, president; Evan Hodson, president-elect; Horace Grace, vice president; Nancy Travis, secretary; Tom Creek, treasurer; Don Nicholas, club administrative chair; Hal Schiffman, club membership chair; Linda Angel, foundation chair; Brockley Moore, club service projects chair; Cyd West, public relations chair; Diana Miller, youth service chair; Jim Wright, sergeant-at-arms and Jennifer McCann, immediate past president.

Club member Rami Alatrach was presented with the Foundation Hero award for his monetary donations to the club over the past year.

Earl Williams was given the Five Avenues of Service Award. It is given to a member who shows extreme dedication to all five categories of service — active membership development, contributing expertise, serving the public interest, volunteering on international projects and empowering youth and young professionals.

John Johnson was recognized with a Youth Service Award. He assisted students at Harker Heights High School in creating the first student-led Interact Club.

The most prestigious individual award, Rotarian of the Year, went to Grace.

“When Ed Mullen recruited me I wasn’t used to getting up at 6 a.m., but after many years I’m glad I made that decision to join this club,” he said. “Thanks for this honor.”

Groups of Rotarians also were honored. McCann called forward 17 veterans who served their country and presented them with a special pin. Fifteen club members received pins for perfect attendance.

McCann also presented plaques to six of the outgoing officers who were in attendance, including Lundgren, Hodson, Nicholas, Creek, Travis Knight and Otis Evans. Also receiving recognition were other outgoing officers, Hal Schiffman, Kyle Jeter, Bryan Radliff and Diana Miller.

“I’d could go on all night about each one of you and all that we accomplish together and the things that you taught me,” McCann said before turning over the gavel to the club’s new president. “It’s been a true blessing and pleasure to serve as president of this Rotary Club. It’s been a phenomenal trip.”

As she received the gavel from McCann, Lundgren said she had been in Rotary for 12 years and never expected to become president. “It’s a great honor and I’m excited to be working with the new leadership team,” she said.

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