President of Waterloo Rotary Club Announced

WATERLOO – Paula Kenny was installed as president of Waterloo Rotary Club during its changeover dinner June 28. Jane Shaffer will serve as president elect. Both women previously have served as Rotary President. Guest speaker Carol Ritter Wright entertained the gathering of Rotarians and friends with stories of her years as a reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle. Rotarian Jeff Cassim was honored by being named a Paul Harris Fellow. It is the club’s highest honor. Cassim was saluted for his willingness to step up in many of the club’s projects, especially chairing the Rural-Urban Dinner. “Jeff exemplifies the values of Rotary founder Paul Harris – peace, humanitarianism, and good will,” said outgoing President John Kenny in presenting the honor to Cassim. “I am so proud and humbled,” Cassim said, “for the opportunity to participate in something locally that has an effect throughout the world.” Outgoing president John Kenny said he has appreciated the club’s “compassion for kids, consistency in giving and understanding of people.” Paula Kenny, his wife, said she is excited as she looks forward to the coming year. The theme for her presidency, she said, is “Building Communities, Bridging Continents.” In keeping with that, Waterloo Rotary will host two international exchange students this year, one from Spain and one from India. “I think it will be a good year of working together as a team, taking ownership of our many events.” Serving with Kenney and Shaffer will be Ellen Hughes, secretary, Interact, vocal and oratorical contests; James Hughes, treasurer, Rotaract and RYLA; Doris Wolf, foundation chair, bulletin and public image; John Kenny, membership; Patsy Amidon, fellowship; Bill Velte, historian; Katie Nelson, literacy; Michele Zwick, service projects; Mike Davis, youth chair; John Stoughtenger, youth exchange. Waterloo Rotary meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, Route 414. New members are always welcome.

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