Over 60 members and their guests enjoyed good food and fellowship at our annual awards banquet and installation of officers. Outgoing President John Marshall presided over the first half of the meeting to thank everyone for letting him be their President. Marshall was ready to turn over the reigns to incoming President Basil Kuzysyn joking that he now understood the saying he had heard from other Rotarians that “the most coveted position in Rotary is Past President!” Reminding everyone that the Four Way Test was always something that attracted him to Rotary, he gave each person present a Four Way Test coin to “keep, give to a friend or to a prospective member.”
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Thanks to John and Della Marshall and Greg Davis for the photos.
Incoming President Basil Kuzyszyn taking his oath of office.
Penny Kuzyszyn pins her husband Basil with his pin.
Outgoing President holds up a Four Way Test coin like the one he personally gave to all those present. He said they could keep it for themselves, give it to a young person as a guide to life, or give it to a prospective member.
2014-15 ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR: CHUCK CANADY
Outgoing President John Marshall presented Chuck Canady the 2014-15 Rotarian of the Year award for his outstanding service to the club in handling Career Day, the Dictionary Project and our Rotary scholarships.
2014-15 DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENTS
Club President John Marshall presents a Distinguished Service award to Jim Clabough for his contributions as Assistant Governor, Horse Show Chair, Rotary Gazebo Project Chair and coordinating the printing of the posters, post cards and tent cards promoting our 3rd annual Charity Auction.
Outgoing President John Marshall presented a Distinguished Service Award to Virginia Vanstory for her work as Foundation Chair, spreading the word to other clubs about Polio Plus and writing the popular Member Profiles for the club newsletter and website.
Outgoing President John Marshall presented Bill and Barbara Parker a Distinguished Service Award for their work in the Rotary Leadership Institute and in spreading the word about the C.A.R.T. program and Alzheimer’s disease to other clubs in our district. Marshall called them the club’s “Power Couple”.
Past President John Marshall and incoming President Basil Kuzszyn struggled to cut the ribbon bringing in the new Rotary year with giant scissors. Basil ended up just tearing the ribbon off the stanchions.
Sharon Crisman, left, knew little about wine a couple of years ago when she bought her wine shop. Now her shop is the go-to place for tasting and buying wines. Phillip Bruch, right, is a representative for Mutual Distributing and gave members a brief lesson in wine tasting. Sharon and Phillip served sample glasses of Chardonnay and Cabernet for tasting. Phillip explained things to look for such as “legs”, or how the wine sticks to the inside of the glass and the color to judge it’s age. Christopher’s is rated a 4.5 (out of 5) in TripAdvisor. Are we all certified wine snobs now Sharon?
Foundation Chair Virginia Vanstory presented John Rundell and Jim Clabough with Paul Harris Fellow +1 pins for reaching $2,000 in total donations to the Rotary International Foundation.
President Elect Basil Kuzyszyn showed off his Sao Paulo Rotary International convention t-shirt and presented the club with a souvenir banner.
Charity Auction Chair John Calvin shows off the poster for this year’s auction and explained some of the procedures for soliciting and handling donations. He also announced that club Treasurer Bill Leahey has secured the rental of an Italian villa valued at $4,000.
Mark Van Arnam, CEO of American Emergency Vehicles, turned a career in emergency response in Daytona, Florida into the number one emergency vehicle manufacturer in the United States. His company employs 373 people right in neighboring Ashe county. AEV was broke when he talked some other investors in to joining him in an effort to resurrect the company in 1991. With grit and determination the company now produces 1200 units per year for annual sales of $115 million. And on top of that, they expect to double that in the next 12 months.