Program Report for June 26, 2017 – Passing the Gavel

Even for the end of the Rotary Year,  there was a lot going on during our meeting of July 26.

First we had a mini-trade show.  Tables with easels were set up and the major committees where given a chance to staff the tables, talk about the committee’s activities and recruit new folks to join the group. Finger food was placed strategically so no one starved while this was happening. Each table also had “door prizes” and each participating member was given several tickets that they could deposit at the tables. Each table drew for their own prizes.

Second, instead of the usual buffet, sandwiches were served in the hall and taken into the ballroom. The program began with the Rotary Chorus serenading those gathered  with a song entitled Oh Rotary, with lyrics by Shelly DeVries and sung to the tune Oh Christmas Tree. The lyrics were part of the program slide show so everyone could sing along. Ok, it probably won’t inspire a Broadway musical, but it was fun.

Third, our unofficial Chaplain, Dallas Stallings, provided a moving invocation appropriate for the passing of the gavel.


Fourth, we had a new member induction, which isn’t unusual, but this one was Durham’s Mayor Pro-Tem, Cora Cole-McFadden (see separate post.)

Then we had a number of award ceremonies that are the subject of separate posts as well.

Finally, there was the passing of the gavel from outgoing president B C Dash to new president Seth Jernigan who then swore the new directors in and thanked those who were going off.

It’s a rule that the outgoing president must make a joke about how much he or she is glad someone else is taking over. B C was no exception but anyone who doubts his sincerity is probably not alone. This man loves Rotary. 

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