Sunday, March 27, 2011

Charter Night Powell River Sunrise

On Saturday, March 26 more than 75 Rotarians and friends of Rotary gathered in Powell River for the charter dinner and celebration of the Rotary Club of Powell River Sunrise.
Governor Penny Offer presented the charter on half of RI President Ray Klinginsmith and the board of directors of Rotary International. Also present were DGE Hans Doge, PDGs William Mitchell-Banks, Gordon Dalglish and Chris Offer.  Representatives from clubs on the Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Island and Metro Vancouver.
In her keynote address to the charter members of the club DG Penny said, “I challenge you to be a vibrant club. What will your club be like? Will it be fun and energetic? Will it stand out in your community and make you proud to be a member? Will you be known for a signature activity? What traditions will you establish for your club?”
She stressed to the club members, “You are starting out with a very strong foundation for a vibrant club with strong support from your sponsoring club. You must continue to bring in new members to your club to be vibrant and strong. Strong clubs are innovative and flexible.”
DG Penny also told stated, “In Rotary we have five avenues of service – service to our club, and our local community, international service, vocational service and new generations or youth service. I encourage you to get involved in all five avenues of service.  Each type of service offers its own rewards as we use our own skills and talents to help others in our own communities and around the world.”
President Scott Randolph of the Rotary Club of Powell River presented a bell to the new club.  A variety of other gifts and gifts of cash were sent by clubs from across District 5040.  DG Penny presented the new club with an engraved gavel on behalf of all Rotarians in District 5040.
The charter members were inducted by DG Penny and presented with charter pins by PDG William Mitchell-Banks and DGE Hans Doge.
Charter President Doug Nauer thanked all the guests and expressed his appreciation to the members of the Rotary Club of Powell River for their guidance and support.

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