So she was rather uncomfortable taking center stage to receive plaudits from past president Arthur Rogers, bidding her farewell as she heads into retirement.
“She has an encyclopedic knowledge of Rotary,” past president Arthur said. “She very kindly corrects we presidents when we make bylaw mistakes, and we appreciate it. It’s amazing Bernadette was able to jump in and figure out the workings of our club.”
Bernadette got a lengthy and well-deserved standing ovation, and the club also applauded new Executive Secretary Sharon Lassiter, who already is discharging her duties with aplomb.
The 11 presidents under whom Bernadette has served pitched in to present her with a check as a token of gratitude.
She graciously accepted that. But when Jay Zenner tried to take her picture, she treated him like the paparazzi.
Submitted by Matt Dees.
Editor’s note: Bernadette can be forgiven for treating me like paparazzi…she’s had to try to clean up too many of my photos over the last couple of years to make them usable in the bulletin. – JZ