Installation Of Officers
July 31, 2017
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Newington Rotarians and guests recently came together for the club’s annual installation of officers for the 2017-2018 year. Michael Turgeon accepted the presidential Rotary gavel from outgoing president LeeAnn Morrone amidst rousing applause from club members who welcomed their new leader while praising Morrone’s accomplishments during the past year.
In her remarks, Morrone enumerated the programs, projects and good deeds the club has supported. The club presented over $27,000 to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, capping a five year donation that totals more than $102,000 to aid the Foundation’s mission into the research of new treatments and cures for childhood cancer. In addition, the club purchased an exhaust fan for the Newington Volunteer Fire Department to assist firefighters in successfully ventilating structures during fire suppression to remove smoke and toxic gases; donated in excess of $1,000 to the Newington Food Bank; provided hundreds of dictionaries to elementary age schoolchildren; purchased $1,600 worth of backpacks, flash drives and other school supplies that were distributed to local families in financial need; awarded college scholarships and leadership opportunities for community-minded high school students.
“Rotary services humanity,” exclaimed Morrone. “As Rotarians we know that providing service wherever it is needed is never a waste of time,” she added, emphasizing that Newington Rotarians are not only involved in local projects but participate with members of Rotary International on global efforts to eradicate disease, to help bring clean water, sanitation and hygiene to a generation of poor families living in rural communities of Central America, supporting education and a host of other humanitarian projects.
Morrone advised her successor and club members that the goal now should be to “identify even more areas where you can help and to encourage new membership.”
“Try to imagine what Newington Rotary will be like in 40 years. Will our next generation of professionals want to help as we do?” she asked. “The challenge is to make sure they do because by having a stronger Rotary today you prepare for a better Rotary tomorrow.”
Turgeon, who joined Newington Rotary in 2006 and served as its sergeant-at-arms and vice president in the past but never as president, praised Morrone for the hard work and dedication she and her predecessors have given to the office of the presidency.
“You’ve created a family of good friends whose combined interest in serving others has made us steadfast in taking on more and more ventures to promote goodwill,” Turgeon said. “Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision, and our club has handedly managed to do just that,” he added, citing that he envisions the club choosing even more projects in the coming year.
Turgeon emphasized that since the first Rotary Club was formed in Chicago 112 years ago, the guiding principles of Rotary have been the foundation of Newington’s own values: - service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership. And, specifically addressing his new slate of officers, Turgeon went on to say that any transition to new officers is a tradition where new ideas and visions emerge.
“Whatever Rotary means to each and every one of us, we will be defined by what we achieve.”
For the first time in its 57_year history, the Newington Rotary’s installation ceremony was attended by three dignitaries representing Rotary International’s District 7890: outgoing District Governor Frank Wargo; past District Governor Kyong Wilson and newly elected District Governor David A. Mangs who administered the oath of office to new officers.
Joining Turgeon as the club’s new officers effective July 1, 2017 are: David Tedeschi, Vice President; Pastor Joel Rissinger, Secretary; Dr. Michael Crouchley, Treasurer; and Cherilyn Spatola, Sergeant-at-Arms. Serving as Directors-at-Large are David Williams, Randy Hamilton and Charlie Lowe.
- Rotary District Governor David Mangs, far right, officially administers the oath of office to Newington Rotarians who will serve as club officers for 2017-2018. From right, Michael Turgeon, president; David Tedeschi, vice president; Dr. Michael Crouchley, treasurer; Cherilyn Spatola, sergeant-at-arms; LeeAnn Morrone, past president; Pastor Joel Rissinger, secretary.
- Outgoing Newington Rotary president LeeAnn Morrone receives a plaque in recognition of her achievements from incoming president Mike Turgeon.
- Outgoing Newington Rotary president LeeAnn Morrone presents an award pin to club member David Tedeschi in appreciation for giving 110 percent of his time and talent to serve Rotary as secretary, membership chairman, project chairman and publicist.
- State Representative Gary Byron, at center, celebrates with newly appointed Newington Rotary club president Mike Turgeon, right, and vice president David Tedeschi at the organization’s recent installation banquet.
- Newington Rotary president Mike Turgeon and his wife, Violet, at center, are shown here surrounded by family members at the club’s recent installation of officers celebration.