Club President Tom Croft could not wait to inaugurate his 52-week term. Tom presented Amanda Bloomgren with flowers, a new name button, and a Past-President Rotary pin. The club gave her a standing ovation that only touched the surface of our appreciation for her dedicated service.
Tom then gave grateful thanks to individuals that caught his eye and then distributed, his thanks and candles to many others, in the spirit of our new year’s motto: Light Up Rotary.
Tom found and quoted from an article penned by Paul Harris and related it to our current efforts and beliefs. He noted that our club is viewed as leading organization with the community, and we have a responsibility to maintain and solidify that reputation. The vitality of our club will depend on individual dedication and teamwork to expand and improve our impact through Service Above Self. Tom thanked Lynn Ayers for her 5-year Goals that were established in 2009. Gary Goeman was thanked for his successful leadership in growing membership, and Tom set a goal of 7 more (net) for the coming 12 months.
Imagining big, crazy ideas and turning them into reality will require everyone’s help and dedicated leadership, so Tom invited new interest in the Rotary Board. Partnering with other groups, such as the Chaska Lions and nearby Rotary Clubs is also a goal posed by Tom.
We thank Tom for all the hours he will dedicate in the coming year, and wish him great success leading our club!