Rotary Club of South Bend

 CHANGING OF THE GUARD

Posted by David Carr on Jul 06, 2017
 
Jackie Hilderbrandt completed her 2016- 2017 Year as President of the South Bend Rotary Club.  Incoming President John Pinter assumes the President's duties for the next year.  Lisa Rzepnicki, Vivian Sallie and Todd Zeiger were recognized for their contributions as outgoing board members. 
 
President Hilderbrandt gave her thanks to officers, committee members and chairpersons who were among those that contributed to a successful year for our club.  Included in the highlights for the past year are:
  • A net gain of 22 members from a year ago, for a total of 261 members in our club
  • South Bend Rotary Charitable Foundation gained over $130,000 in the past year growing to over $800,000.Even closer to the Foundation’s goal of $1,000,000.
  • Over $24,000 donated to the Rotary International Fund including Polio plus, and the endowment
President Hilderbrandt then introduced incoming President John Pinter and took her place at the long table with a large gathering of the club’s Past Presidents.
 
President Pinter recalled when he was a new Rotarian and found his job was coming to a quick end and thought he might need to quit Rotary.He called then club Secretary Bob Annis who convinced him to stay as a member and “they’d work it out.”Pinter says he dedicated himself to serving the club, not necessarily to become President, but to help as he could.
 
The new President went on to outline areas of focus for 2017-18:
  • Continue to grow club membership
  • Increase giving to Rotary International Fund
  • Grow the South Bend Rotary Charitable Foundation and increase the impact that foundation has on the community
  • Embrace technology like the Rotary App and the Club Runner App
  • Take advantage of Strategic Planning and what was learned from the recent survey of South Bend Rotary Club members.
  • Continued excellence in programs
  • Continued excellence in service
Other items members will notice in the coming year is a return to the book donation for Headstart, two offsite meetings in the coming years as well as a meeting without a program.