Rotary Club of Ridgefield Passes the Gavel to New Officers

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Officers for 2015-16, left to right: Tamra Evans, sergeant-at-arms; Rainer Gonet, president; Kristina Kelly, vice president; Bill Maxwell, secretary; not shown: Jonathan Dibble, sergeant-at-arms.

The Rotary Club or Ridgefield, whose “Rotary Year” runs July through June, installed new officers for 2015-2016 at a special meeting attended by members and guests at the Keeler Tavern Museum on Wednesday June 24. Taking office as of July 1: Rainer Gonet, president; Kristina Kelly, vice president (and president-elect for 2016-2017); Bill Maxwell, secretary; Jon Dibble and Tamra Evans, sergeants at arms. In addition to the officers, the Club inaugurated a slate of committee chairs who, together with the officers, comprise the Board of Directors, which runs the Club.

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Rich Vazzana, outgoing president, literally passes the gavel to Rainer Gonet, incoming president.

At the June 24 meeting, incoming president Gonet laid out his goals for the year which included continuing to improve the effectiveness of the Club’s charitable fundraising programs and strengthening relationships with local organizations.

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Bev Rogers (l) assisting Rainer Gonet (r) in presenting flowers to Carol Vazzana while Rich Vazzana looks on.

The Club is part of the global Rotary International organization with more than 1.2 million men and women members. Rotary’s mission is humanitarian service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotary Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.
The Rotary Club of Ridgefield was founded in 1941. It is part of Rotary District 7980.

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Rich Vazzana receives a plaque from Rainer Gonet and joins the ranks of Past Presidents of the Club.

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Passing of the Gavel included recognition of Paul Harris Fellows.

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