"Meet the new boss...  Same as the old boss."   - - - The Who
The Rotary Club of Clover Park met at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club on June 30 to celebrate the completion of a difficult year under Covid, and to celebrate that we will be beginning a new Rotary year, and in many ways returning to normal. 
 
Secretary Tom McClellan served as Master of Ceremonies, welcoming everyone to the banquet and ceremony.  Incoming President-Elect Becky Newton offered a thoughtful invocation.  Past-President Heidi Wachter's daughter Katherine Wachter led us in the salute to the flag.  And because we are part of an international Rotary district, Jeannie Hill led us in singing both the Star Spangled Banner and O' Canada.
 
We welcomed special guests including Assistant District Governor (ADG) Tony Camoroda, President Teresa Nye's husband Chris and son Patrick along with Patrick's special friend Megan O'Sullivan, and Teresa's good friend Sue Moss who attended to help celebrate the occasion.  We also enjoyed the company of past member Marilee Johnson and husband Wally.
 
As part of the evening's festivities, ADG Camoroda gave a presentation on the importance of supporting the Rotary Foundation, and the important work that fund has done in the past and is continuing to do in the world, noting especially that there have been no new cases of polio this year (through April).
 
President Teresa Nye had to be elevated early to that role last year, after the resignation of President John Munn, and she spoke about the challenges we have overcome together, including learning to meet on Zoom.  She thanked several club members, and especially Judi Maier who served so ably as our Zoom hostess.
 
Our lone remaining charter member Tom Faubion served in his traditional role, swearing in the slate of officers and board members and charging them with their duties to perform in the coming Rotary year.  He also charged all of the club members with supporting these officers and directors as they serve the club this year.  Now President Teresa gets to serve again as club president in what was to be her original assigned year of service in that role.
 
A pin exchange took place, with Past President Ellie Carr giving the president's pin finally to Teresa.  Then Teresa gave up her president-elect pin to Becky Newton, who then gave up the vice president pin to incoming VP Sue Potter.
 
Teresa spoke again about the plans for the coming year, which include coming back together to meet in person at our traditional meeting place, Carr's Restaurant, starting on July 7.  We will continue to engage in service projects, both at our adopted site in the South Puget Sound Wildlife Area and in other ways to be determined.  The hope is to mount another international service mission to Guatemala, to continue supporting the effort to bring clean-burning wood stoves to people in remote villages there.  Teresa also noted with a smile that by taking a second term as president, she has now broken our club's long-standing tradition of not having past presidents serve second terms, so all other past presidents are now put on notice that the precedent has been broken, and they are all now eligible for future presidential service again.
 
Master of Ceremonies Tom McClellan thanked everyone for coming, and especially noted the contributions of Sheri Hodson and Georgene Mellom who coordinated the evening's events, and Sergeant At Arms David Cotant for the event setup.
 
Some pictures of the event are posted below (photo credit Sheri Hodson).