By Bob Lawrence
Lakewood’s Clover Park Rotary leadership transitioned from President Joyce Loveday to President elect James Hairston on June 15, 2015 at its installation banquet held in Tacoma Country Club.
At the installation banquet Dr. Joyce Loveday highlighted another dynamic Clover Park Rotary year and installed officers for the new Rotary year of July 2016 to July 2017: President Joyce’s notable accomplishments include:
- Laser like focus assistance to the youths of our community
- Tyee Park after school program
- Build-a-bike project
- Leap Readers and books for ELL classroom – Tyee Park
- Four Heroes Elementary School 3rd grade field trip to the Nisqually Wildlife Preserve (125 kids)
- Tacoma Youth Chorus – Scholarships
- Lakewood Playhouse Youth Program – Scholarships
- Springbrook Summer Youth program
- Robotics Kit for science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) education summer programs
- TREE Program – teach, engage, feed hungry kids
- Christmas shopping for children of low income families (partner with West Pierce Fire)
- We’ve achieved 108% of our Rotary International Annual Fund goal ($7576) and raised another $1,218 for the Polio Plus Fund.
- Applied for and received a district grant which allowed us to contribute $7000 and 117 volunteer hours to the Emergency Food Network for the Break bag project that fed 2000 families over 3 extended breaks from school during the year.
- Contributed $4000 to international projects in Guatamala, Nepal, and Ethopia
New officers for Rotary year July 2016 to July 2017 are: President James Hairston President Elect Bryan Christiansen, Vice President Heidi Wachter, Secretary Karen Fengler Nichols and Treasurer Judi Maier.
President James Hairston emphasized the critical importance of the role of our service organization. He noted that Rotarians join and work together because of a desire to give something back, on a local and/or international level. The thought of making a positive impact toward something good was a common desire. This will be an extra special year for Rotary. This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to enable Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. On another important subject, Rotary could potentially reach the final milestone of eradication of polio in every country this year. This year’s Rotary theme is titled “Rotary
Serving Humanity” above all, we come together for one, overriding goal: SERVICE!!
Interested, please join at our weekly Wednesday noon meeting/lunch at Carr’s Restaurant at 11006 Bridgeport Way SW, in Lakewood and/or visit our website www.cloverparkrotary.org or on Facebook-Clover Park Rotary.Print This Post