At the lunch meeting on July 22, 2009 President Jany DeCou recognized past president Carl Billings for his service to the club as president. Carl was presented with a ceremonial gavel which will remind him of the joy that comes from recognizing the members of the club during his tenure as president. Carl will be remembered for innovations to our meetings such as adding in audio visual aids and moving the podium to the other side of the room as well as his contribution to the improvements made at the Charles Paddock zoo for their accreditation.