GRANVILLE — The Putnam County Rotary’s annual banquet was held June 20 at the Clover Club, with more than 30 Rotarians and guests in attendance.
Matt Hostetter was installed as the club’s new president, receiving the gavel from outgoing President Brandy Sandberg, who also remains on the board as past president. Other board members installed were Tina Bergen, vice president; Beth Acuncius, treasurer; Scott Shore, secretary; Bob Cofoid, sergeant-at-arms; and Ron McNeill, club chaplain. Additional board members are Brenda Bickerman, Debbie Buffington, Nancy Burress and Adriane Shore.
Sandberg thanked the club for a year of fun and service, including projects helping youths, senior citizens, students with special needs and clients of the food pantry. The club also sponsors Red Cross blood drives, the PCHS Post-Prom Afterglow, International Youth Exchanges, senior scholarship awards, and Interact Clubs at Putnam County Junior High and Putnam County High School. She was also recognized with a plaque and scrapbook commemorating her year of leadership. She had also been recognized by the Rotary District as Club Officer of the Year.
Also recognized was non-Rotarian Peggy Smith of Magnolia, exemplifying Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self,” for her countless volunteer hours and commitment to Magnolia and Putnam County. Among her many volunteer endeavors, Smith has hosted the local St. Jude fundraiser for more than 10 years, and for many years has served as president of Magnolia baseball/softball, as a volunteer with the Magnolia Fire Department and formerly as a volunteer EMT first responder. She has also served for many years as a trustee on the Magnolia Village Board and longtime coordinator of Magnolia Days. More recently, she took on the role of president of Magnolia American Legion Auxiliary, and is a founder and curator of Magnolia Township Preservation Association. She chose the latter organization as recipient of the Rotary Club’s $100 gift in her honor.
Rotarian Nancy Burress was also honored by Sandberg, being named a Paul Harris Fellow in appreciation of her volunteer work and commitment to Rotary.
Club recognition was also given to 11 members whose combined participation in projects and meetings equated to “perfect attendance,” including Beth Acuncius, Brenda Bickerman, Debbie Buffington, Tina Dolder, Betty and Lisa Johnson, Ron McNeill, Brandy Sandberg, Scott and Adriane Shore and Reed Wilson.
If there had been a prize for the guest having traveled the farthest, it was surely earned by Marta Pinelli of Italy, who arrived this week as the club’s Inbound Summer Exchange Student. She was joined by her host family, Rotarians Jim and Lara Petersen, and their daughters, Justice and Jentsie. As part of the Summer Exchange Program, Justice will return to Italy with Marta in July and will spend a month with Marta’s family there.
Rotary is a non-profit, service organization of volunteers and diverse representatives of local communities, businesses and municipalities, enjoying friendship and opportunities to serve others locally and globally. The club’s new year began on July 1. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact PutnamCountyRotary@gmail.com.