The Denver/Lake Norman Rotary club turned over a new leaf at last Wednesdayâ€™s meeting as new officers were for 2005-2006 were installed.
At that meeting, Joe Lampron, then-current president, handed over his title to Marty Smith.
Smith said he was honored to be named the new president of the Denver/Lake Norman Rotary club.
â€œI look forward to serving as your president,â€ Smith said. Smithâ€™s motto for his term of office will be seeking to improve human conditions worldwide through â€œService above Self.â€
A tribute to Lampron was also a part of the ceremony. In appreciation of his year as president, a clock was presented to him.
â€œThank you all for a great year,â€ Lampron said. â€œI truly enjoyed it.â€
This year also marks the beginning of its second 100 years of service for Rotary.
Other new officers implemented included Jack Funk, president-elect (after Smithâ€™s term is completed); Stuart MacSherry, secretary; Lou Cloninger, treasurer; Peter Browne, vocational service director; Amanda Barker, club service director; Bill Baker, international service director; and Eric Hagler and Harry Hawkins, co-community service directors.
â€œDuring the end of June and early July, Rotary clubs around the world will be making the transition of new leadership,â€ said Ann Sperry, assistant district governor. â€œFrom the Rotary International president to the presidents of local clubs, Rotary is going through this annual rite â€“ which is probably one of the largest annual turnovers of leadership and power in any organization in the world.â€
Sperry said more than 30,000 leadership positions will turnover at the start of the new Rotary year which, only includes district governors and club presidents.
Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar, Rotary International president, has five goals for Rotary:
â€¢ Literacy in the community and the world where every club carries on a project
â€¢ Upkeep of water management
â€¢ Increase membership
â€¢ Maintain a high, public image
â€¢ Contribute money to the organization.
Joe Lampron, outgoing president of the Denver/Lake Norman Rotary club, presents fellow outgoing officers with gifts from the clubâ€™s membership. Chris Dean / LTN Photo
by Amy Wadsworth