New officers inducted to Buckhannon Rotary

BUCKHANNON – Members of the Buckhannon Rotary Club inducted new officers into their ranks Tuesday.

Newly inducted president Julia Keehner said she was standing on the “shoulders of giants” who have previously served the presidential office of the club with dedication.

“I can’t think of any (club or organization) that has this kind of foundation,” Keehner said.

Keehner gave each member printed information to remind them of what Rotary is all about. The test stated the object of rotary is to “encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.”

The Buckhannon Rotary Club has been dedicated to various capacities of service, including a current project to provide bags to children who have been taken from their homes by Child Protective Services.

Keehner said Rotary members often have a humble way of serving.

“We often don’t toot our own horns,” Keehner said. “We often don’t brag about the kind of service we’re involved in. I think that it’s important for us to hear from and about each other… I don’t think it’s bragging. I think it’s celebrating the wonderful people that we have.”

The club is still in need of 45 hairbrushes, 39 hair combs, 38 toothpastes, 28 stuffed animals, 53 reading books, 48 throws or blankets and 48 packs of tissues to include in the current backpack project. These are items children who are taken from their homes often don’t have.

“Rotary is one of those organizations that I believe in wholeheartedly,” Keehner said.

One of the most famous traditions of Rotary is the Four-Way Test, a list of four questions each Rotary member should ask themselves. The questions include: “Is it the truth, is it fair to all concerned, will it build goodwill and better friendships, and will it be beneficial to all concerned?” Each Rotarian is expected to live by the Four-Way Test in their daily lives.

Along with Keehner, others inducted include Kathy McMurray as the president elect, Linda Feola as past president, Steve Cain as vice president, Kay Hurst as secretary, Lee Dixon as treasurer and Jay Hollen as sergeant-at-arms.

In addition, members were inducted to serve in other roles. Sharon Carr was inducted to serve as the coordinator of youth services; Jody Light as the local coordinator of the Rotary Foundation; Rich Clemens as the coordinator of club service; Jamie Powell as the coordinator of community service; Dan Martin as the coordinator of membership development; Marty Kelley as the coordinator of international service; John Clise as the coordinator of vocational service; Michael Ellington as the District governor; and Bill Thurman as the coordinator of blood screening.