Thank you for the privilege of being your club president for the 2016/2017 Rotary year.  I would like to start by congratulating our award recipients tonight.  The “Get a Life” awards honours those with perfect attendance.  All joking aside our club thrives because of your dedicated service.
 
Congratulations to the Paul Harris Fellows.  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your contributions; through your gift you bring change to the world.  I would also like to congratulate Allan Davis for receiving Rotarian of the Year Award.  Allan’s contributions to Rotary are many and we as a club benefit from his time and knowledge.  And a special thank you to Dorial Davis for her support of Al’s work.
 
I received a phone call this afternoon from Dewayne checking in to see how I was doing.  I told him I was nervous.  Not because of public speaking, I do that all the time through work.  I was nervous about being president because of the importance of the membership and how very special all of you are to me.  He reminded me that I was speaking to a room full of friends and he was right!
 
Everything we do as a club comes down to the dedication of our individual members.  It is the strength and commitment to our community from the membership that makes our club thrive!  It is in everything we do from decorating floats to running the Sam Steele concession.  It is Angel Tree and Book Sale. It is building awareness for Shelter Box and brining that message to students.  It is film festivals and Gran Fondo’s.  It is a vibrant student exchange that allows young people to explore this amazing world through Rotary.  My husband had participated in student exchange and now 25 years later his family is still in contact and good friends with the student from Japan.  That speaks to the lasting endurance of work all of you do for Rotary and the impact it has on young lives.
 
I ask in the coming year that we offer support to the membership chair by forming a small committee dedicated to assisting this portfolio, not just in the development of new members, but to ensure we support our current membership well.
 
Lastly I would like to thank Trent Taylor for his thoughtful term as President.  Over the last year we’ve had many conversations and I had tons of questions for Trent.  He was always quick to respond as I am sure he was with all of you.  Thank you Trent!  You have given me an excellent foundation to begin my year as President.  I look forward to serving the Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise.
 
 
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