Rotary honours current and future presidents at gala Saturday
The Drumheller Rotary Club held their annual President’s Dinner on Saturday, June 25 where they honoured their outgoing president while welcoming their incoming president for the coming year.
The night honoured outgoing president Doug Stanford, who was also the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award, the highest international award the club awards.
“It was quite a surprise,” said Stanford, who will be ending his one year term on June 30. “It shows appreciation for the work you’ve done.”
Rotary also honoured incoming president John Shannon, a former penitentiary employee and former club president in 2007 and 2008, who will officially be given the gavel on July 4. Shannon could not be reached as of press time.
Stanford will stay on as a past president to assist with the transition.
Barb Campbell was recognized for her 15 years as secretary for Drumheller Rotary.
Stanford said this past year has been a productive one for the club. Finances were low to begin the year but the club managed to complete a number of big projects and improve their finances.
Stanford said the club had donated a lot to the community this year, including $10,000 to the Drumheller Habitat for Humanity project, donating a tricycle to a local teenager sufferng from cerebral palsy, the installation of flower statues to the spray park, donations to the East Coulee School Museum, minor hockey, Fort McMurray fire support, and hosting exchange students, among other activities.