Posted by Tim Kelley on Jul 17, 2020
Reading Rotary recently installed its new officers and directors in a hybrid live/remote meeting on June 26.  Outgoing Past President Mike Collins hosted the live, socially distanced Installation in his yard. In accordance with its by-laws, the service club elects new leadership annually. Jenniffer Rogers was sworn in as President for the 2020-2021 Rotary Year, John Douglass was sworn in as President-Elect with Michael Bonsey as Treasurer and David Traniello as Secretary.  In addition, the club’s 2020-2021 Board of Directors include Sheila Clarke, Lisa Gibbs, KC Latham, Tim Kelley, Ed Sartell and Brian Snell.  President Jenn, who serves a Business Development Manager at Northern Bank on the corner of Main and Haven Streets, said “I am excited to offer my leadership to Rotary after the club has welcomed me so warmly to Reading.  I look forward to working alongside our Rotarians and volunteers in serving the community.”
The Rotary International Theme for 2020-21 is Rotary Opens Doors. Rotary International President Holger Knaack noted that the theme asks Rotarians to create opportunities that strengthen their leadership, help put service ideas into action, and improve the lives of those in need.
Rotary is an international organization dedicated to high ethics and community service.  Rotarians are all volunteers working to contribute to their communities.  Reading Rotary runs the Reading Fall Street Faire (which is being re-imagined due to COVID-19) and the Snack Shack, supports Adopt-a-Family and many local organizations. Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self.”  The pandemic has caused Rotary to move its meetings online to Zoom for now.  Rotary, now more than ever, needs service minded community members to join.  The public is invited to join Rotary at any of their virtual meetings.